Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah is constantly treading the line between innovative and revolutionary. Whether you like him or not, aTunde Adjuah is one of the only neojazzmen going where no one has gone before. Exhibit A, 2017 gave birth to the trumpeter’s Centennial Trilogy, a triple album, which brought him attention not only from all the usual suspects but also from Rolling Stone and GQ. Exhibit B, the New Orleanian was also featured in the Gap commercial “Skate Meet Horn”. Exhibit C, he partnered up with 1800® Tequila and Billboard to make “Refined Players”, a five-part digital documentary series showcasing how five musical talents from all over the country, namely Joe Dyson, Weedie Braimah, Joe Harley, Elena Pinderhughes and Derrick Hodge, were brought together in three days to record a new, refined sound, a genre-bending exploration of hip-hop and jazz. Check out the collective’s first single “Freedom is a Word” below which features hip-hop artist Vic Mensa as well as Chapter 1 of “Refined Players”.
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.