Indelible Festival, Friday, January 11 At Highline Ballroom
Meshell Ndegeocello presents Spirit Music Jamia, Cecil Taylor, DJ Questlove, AYO, Guy Davis, Grégoire Maret, The Dust Rays ft. Kirk Douglas & Mark Kelley of the Roots & Ricc Sheridan from Earl Greyhound
Surprise Special Guests
INDELIBLE FESTIVAL IS DEDICATED TO ABBEY LINCOLN WITH A TRIBUTE TO LIVING LEGENDS CECIL TAYLOR AND RUBY DEE
Friday January 11, 2013
431 West 16th Street, NYC
INDELIBLE FESTIVAL is dedicated to those who inspire and influence young people and, by their example, make a difference in the world. Jill Newman Productions created the Indelible Series two years ago, presented by the New York Public Library.
The second INDELIBLE FESTIVAL will feature Artists who are "forever", now and in the future, featuring Meshell Ndegeocello presents Spirit Music Jamia, Cecil Taylor, DJ Questlove, AYO, Guy Davis, The Dust Rays ft. Kirk Douglas & Mark Kelley of the Roots & Ricc Sheridan from Earl Greyhound & Surprise Special Guests
Meshell Ndegeocello presents Spirit Music Jamia Canonized, marginalized or just scrutinized, Meshell Ndegeocello has given up trying to explain herself. After 20 years in an industry that has called her everything from avant garde toa dying breed, what unquestionably remains is the fearsome bassist, prolific songwriter, and the creativity and curiosity of an authentic musical force. With that, she has earned critical acclaim, the unfailing respect of fellow players, songwriters and composers, and the dedication of her diverse, unclassifiable fans.
Soon after he first emerged in the mid-'50s, pianist Cecil Taylor was the most advanced improviser in jazz; five decades later he is still the most radical. To simplify describing his style, one could say that Taylor's intense atonal percussive approach involves playing the piano as if it were a set of drums. He generally emphasizes dense clusters of sound played with remarkable technique and endurance, often during marathon performances.
Ahmir Khalib Thompson, known professionally as ?uestlove or Questlove, is an American drummer, DJ, music journalist, and record producer. He is best known as the drummer and joint frontman (with Black Thought) for the Grammy Award-winning band The Roots, which is now the in-house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Ayo, the multi-instrumentalist singer, songwriter, and producer, has achieved massive success, selling over 1.5 million albums in France and across Europe. In addition, she has received very warm reviews from music critics in the United States.
Updating the rural blues tradition for the modern era, Guy Davis was among the most prominent ambassadors of African-American art and culture of his generation, additionally winning great acclaim for his work in the theater.
Grégoire Maret was born in 1975 in Geneva, Switzerland and began playing the Harmonica at age 17. His childhood was filled with a diverse array of musical influences from his Harlem born, African-American mother and his Swiss father, a local jazz musician. He has developed his own unique sound and his versatile style enables him to play effortlessly across different musical genres. He has been sought out to play with an incredible number of famous musicians including Youssn'Dour, Me' Shell Ndegeocello, Pete Seeger, David Sanborn, George Benson, Cassandra Wilson. In 2005, Grégoire toured with the Pat Metheny Group, receiving a Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. He also won the Jazz Journalists Association 'Player of the Year Award'. After his Grammy win, Maret embarked on a two-year tour with the world-class bassist Marcus Miller and subsequently joined Herbie Hancock's band.
The Dust Rays featuring Kirk Douglas & Mark Kelley of the Roots & Ricc Sheridan from Earl Greyhound
When they aren't holding down guitar and bass duties, respectively, as card-carrying members of The Roots, Captain Kirk Douglas and Mark Kelley, along with drummer Ricc Sheridan of Earl Greyhound, are The Dust Rays.
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