Singer-songwriter Becca Stevens follows the beat of her own drum, or in this case ukulele. The young product of the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music is a highly sought-after collaborator to the likes of Ambrose Akinmusire, José James, Dayna Stephens and Taylor Eigsti, among others. But when it comes to her own band, which features keyboardist/accordionist Liam Robinson, bassist Chris Tordini, and drummer/percussionist Jordan Perlson, Stevens has chosen to carve her own unique and distinct path, evolving beyond her jazz roots and making a foray into the vast world of pop and rock. With Perfect Animal, released last month on Universal Music Classics, Stevens is striving to make her mark in music creating a sound that can only be described as her own. We absolutely loved Stevens’ brilliant rendition of Frank Ocean’s “Thinking About You”, the first single off Perfect Animal. Now check out the brand new video for “105”, the second single off the album, a beautifully subdued and mellow original composition which hits all the right notes. Perfect Animal can be purchased via iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.
Sébastien Hélary co-founded Nextbop in 2009 with the objective of introducing modern jazz music to a younger generation of fans. Aside from music, his other main obsession is food, particularly ramen and other Japanese delicacies.