JAZZ IS DEAD
Georgia Anne Muldrow
Born in Los Angeles to acclaimed jazz musician Ronald Muldrow, known as an instrumentalist with Eddie Harris, and Rickie Byars-Beckwith, leader of the famed Agape Choir and a noted spiritual teacher with the New Thought movement, Georgia was exposed to music at an early age. Upon graduating, Georgia moved to New York for The New School’s jazz program and met fellow students Robert Glasper and Bilal. Connecting with the likes of Wajeed led to her works on the critically acclaimed Platinum Pied Pipers’ Triple P album, but being on the NYC Subway underneath the World Trade Center during the mayhem of that tragic event led her to abandon New York for Los Angeles. Working with local producers such as Ras G, Dibiase & Sa-Ra grew her buzz which attracted major artists Erykah Badu & Mos Def.
Pete Rock (Special Jazz DJ Set)
Peter Phillips (born June 21, 1970 in Bronx, New York), better known by his stage name Pete Rock, is an American record producer, DJ and rapper. He rose to prominence in the early 1990s as one half of the critically acclaimed group Pete Rock & CL Smooth. After the duo went their separate ways, Rock continued with a solo career that has garnered him worldwide respect, though little in the way of mainstream success. Along with groups such as Stetsasonic, A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots and Gang Starr, Rock played a major role in the merging of elements from jazz into hip hop music (also known as jazz rap). He is widely recognized as one of the greatest hip hop producers of all time, and is often mentioned alongside DJ Premier and RZA as one of the mainstays of 1990s East Coast hip hop production. Pete Rock is also the older brother and younger cousin, respectively, of rappers Grap Luva and Heavy D.
Editors from About.com ranked him as #2 in their "Top 50 Hip-Hop Producers" list.
Spiritual Practitioner, Recording artist from Oxnard, CA (USA). Affiliated with Madlib, Lootpack, and Georgia Anne Muldrow
After building her name up through LA’s underground, Ill Camille took a professional hiatus due to hardships that forced her to grow both personally and musically. Always stressing the importance of God and family before everything else, since finding the light at the end of the tunnel she has designed Heirloom as a collection of stories dedicated to keeping her head on straight in the midst of turbulence.
Ill Camille’s divine mission to uplift the world through Heirloomis an extension of ancestry that includes musicians and fighters whose spirits make her art a necessity.Translating her tumultuous past few years through cathartic soulful Hip-Hop, creating this album was key to maintaining her sanity as she notes “I don’t think I had a choice in the matter”.
Despite self-awareness being at the core of who Ill Camille is on and off of the mic, the bittersweet beauty of her most introspective release to date is the life struggle contained within her songs.Heirloom details all she’s experienced since 2012’s Illustrated, from losing relatives to incarceration and death, her own health complications and mistakes made diving headfirst into love and lust.
Evidenced by Heirloom’s lead single “Almost There” (which features recent TDE signee SiR), and her follow up “Home”, Ill Camille is able to shine by simply relaying her innermost truths for the world to relate to. Never overthinking the process in figuring out her path, she says “I let the spirit in my feeling guide me in everything, I didn’t plan anything out. Your music should reflect the mental space you’re in at the time, I have a moral obligation to put that on my records.”
A window into Ill Camille’s upbringing, last four years and days to come, Heirloom represents a rebirth with her continuing to evolve as a woman before being a warrior. In the end, inner strength and communal support triumphed over her setbacks and obstacles, with Camille summing up the experience saying “I was inspired to finish this project because I owed it to myself and the people around me the respect to show my appreciation for them.” Having used pressure to form a diamond, this latest body of work promises to speak for past, present and future generations of confused souls determined to become hopeful survivors.
Supa Lowery Brothers
Trumpeter/Songwriter Christopher Lowery and twin brother, Drummer/Producer Wesley Lowery, make up the heart of the Supa Lowery Brothers. Born and raised in Philadelphia,PA with a sound to be reckoned with, this pair were determined to make their name known. The Lowery Bros. music not only manifests the musical talents and ideas of this awesome duo but it also mirrors the spirit and influence of their musical hometown of Philadelphia. With original compositions that range in styles from Jazz, Hip Hop, R&B, there is no other choice than to place them under the genre of good music. Under the influence of their father, a professional drummer, it was inevitable that the two pursue a career as professional musicians. Their training started with the Tony Williams Youth Jazz Ensemble & The Clef Club Philadelphia of Performing Arts Center. Later they entered Philadelphia’s High School of Creative and Performing Arts,the only school of it's kind in Philadelphia dedicated to preparing and developing the skills of those pursuing a career in the arts. After high school Chris attended Delaware State University where he studied under Jazz Legend Trumpeter Donald Byrd. After an early start playing professionally in the Philadelphia area, Wes chose to move to Brooklyn,NY and attend Long Island University to pursue a degree in Jazz Studies. After an abbreviated stay at Delaware State, Chris decided to go to New York city to complete his Bachelors degree at Long Island University. That marked the beginning of the Supa Lowery Brothers Band. It wasn't long after hearing the music of the two brothers that fellow college schoolmates and talented musicians decided to join in and complete the sound that it is today. After years of performing regularly in New York City and touring the country the Supa Lowery Brothers relocated to Los Angeles where they held a residency at Shutters On the Beach Hotel in Santa Monica,CA (one of the leading hotels in the world). Most recently the Supa Lowery Brothers have opened and performed with comedic star Dave Chappelle at venues around the country ,most recently a month residency at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. You can find the Supa Lowery Brothers performing regularly in and around the Los Angeles area as their music continues to charismatically attract more and more listeners.
Adrian Younge (DJ Set)
American composer, arranger and music producer, born in 1978.
LA native. Mexican roots. Strong affinity for brasilian & jazz records. Event producer, music aficionado, artist liaison & tour manager.
Monalisa (DJ Set)
Monalisa Murray has been an independent grassroots promoter of quality music and events in Los Angeles and across the country for over 20 years. She supported various DJs and musicians as both a music promoter and a fan before taking her love of music to the turntables eleven years ago. Her music format is described as "anything with a groove", ranging from soul, funk, & hip hop to rock, pop, jazz-funk & world music. Monalisa has a monthly show on Dublab called Paths Of Rhythm, where she explores these various genres. She is a member of Umoja Hi-Fi Soundsystem and KPL All-Stars, and is currently a resident DJ at LA's Motown On Mondays. Monalisa is also the opening DJ for the annual SoulSlam and Wonder-Full tribute events thrown locally by Footlong Development.
Since beginning her career as a DJ and selector, Monalisa has gained respect and support from key influencers in the music & DJ industry, namely Pete Rock, Peanut Butter Wolf, DāM-FunK, Garth Trinidad, and the World Famous Beat Junkies. She's done sets for favorable crowds at well known Los Angeles-based events such as Firecracker, Boombox, Rootdown, Kiss N Grind, Thanksgivends, Strictly Social, Wonder-Full, SoulSlam, The Do-Over, Afrofunke, Blazing 45s, Paid Dues and many more.
Monalisa is a member of Los Angeles' own Umoja HiFi Soundsystem, as well as LA's KPL All-Star DJs and Spinderella's Backspin DJ Crew. She can usually be found working behind the scenes at Amoeba Music in Hollywood, digging for classics and discovering new music. Her key DJ influences include Larry Levan, Jaycee, Spinderella, The Beat Junkies, The PIrate DJs, Rich Medina, Sake One and Spinna.
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