So we round off March’s Jazz Meet programme at Floripa with a very special tribute to the original street poet Gil Scott-Heron who sadly passed away just under two years ago. As an artist, we’re sure you’ll agree he had a profound effect on most of us and as his birthday falls on April 1st, we thought there would be no better time to honour a legend and delve a little deeper into the man’s catalogue for a little rediscovery of some of the singer’s finer moments. So for four hours on Sunday 31st March 2013, we dedicate a large chunk of our weekly event the late Chicago native. On the day, resident Sid Ford will be kicking things off at 5pm in the Floripa DJ booth, digging into his vinyl vaults and dropping a 90 minute set of Gil Scott-Heron tracks, ranging from his Flying Dutchman début right through to his
So reports reached all of us just over a week or so ago that Donald Byrd, one of the most revered trumpet players of our times had passed Monday 4th February. With a career that spanned several decades and many genres of jazz, everyone it seems has their favourite part of Dr. Byrd’s long career, whether it be his early forays into bebop and hard bop, his soul jazz and gospel inflected recordings of the late 60s or the fusion and R&B albums he created during the 70s and 80s. His music has also been well sampled, his fruitful work with the Mizell Brothers, which started out in 1973 with the album ‘Black Byrd’, proving especially popular in hip-hop, soul and house music circles. Frannie Kelley at NPR Jazz and Straight No Chaser’s Paul Bradshaw were but two journalists to pen brilliant tributes once his death was finally confirmed, both of which are
Terry Callier (May 24, 1945 – October 28, 2012) “I never had a more wonderful live music experience than seeing Terry Callier at the Jazz Cafe. It was like being in church (in the best way), a genuinely moving spiritual experience, an overwhelming calm, peaceful atmosphere and a music of profound beauty, of positivity and a love for humanity, exquisitely sad yet with a gentle smile. Bless that noble statesman of soul. The great Terry Callier. Rest In Peace.” Jessica Lauren, October 2012 May you rest in power, sir. We’re hoping to pay tribute to the great man this coming Sunday at Floripa.