The Listening Suite – 2015 Cupid’s Hunt Edition: Love Letters

Nice track list Calandra! Enjoy your Valentine’s Day!

Liner Notes Lounge

10959667_909888762384887_5400378004733014991_nIt’s almost Valentine’s Day and for the second year in a row, I am participating in the Cupid’s Hunt Podcast Collaboration. “Cupid’s Hunt is the premiere online collaboration event where DJ and podcasters from all over the Internet release loved-themed music mixes all on the same day: Valentine’s Day!” Check out our Facebook page HERE for details and links to my fellow podcasters’ Cupid’s Hunt selections.

This year, I decided to go with the theme Love Letters. As a lyrics-lover, I wanted to use selections that weren’t just average love songs, or typical slow jams, but tracks that had lyrics that, when separated from the music, actually read as a love letter. So sit back, and enjoy. Thanks to my friends and fellow podcasters Trel ‘Fave’ Robinson, Macedonia, and Doug ‘Fresh’ Ramsay for providing this episode’s station ID drops!

Listen HERE on Mixcloud, or Listen/Download from SoundCloud below.

Tonight’s…

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Cupid’s Hunt 2015

Cupid’s Hunt is the premiere online collaboration event where DJs and podcasters from all over the Internet release loved-themed music mixes all on the same day: Valentine’s Day!

This is where you will find all of my Cupid’s Hunt Mixes for streaming, mixed for the Valentines Day Love Fest over the past few years.

I am so happy that the founder, Todd Grundy Mr. Love Man himself invited me to be a member of this elite group to share my version of love, or lack there of…

ENJOY!!!

1. Let Me Love You – Janita
2. Barumba – Incognito
3. Your Lover – Faith Evans
4. Make Love Tonight – Chris Rob
5. In the Mood To Take It Slow – Najee f/Meli’sa Morgan
6. Sophisticated Lover – Maysa
7. Juicy  – Roy Hargrove f/Renee Nuefville
8. Until Then – Jill Scott
9. Sunshine – Quiet Dawn
10. Marathon – Raheem DeVaughn
11. Ecstasy of Love – Intro
12. Kiss – Antoinia Jenae
13. Heaven – SuCh
14. Ride the Beat – Faith Evans
15. Falling – Will Downing


1. Groove On Ledisi
2. Inside Cheryl Pepsi Riley
3. Come Inside (dialogue) Intro
4. Whose is It? (Interlude) Total
5. Imgonnacome Alison Crockett
6. Crown Royal Jill Scott
7. Lay Awhile Raheem DeVaughn
8. I Wanna Know You D-Influence f/Dyanna Frearon
9. Touch Me ChinahBlac
10. Late Night Rendezvous Carl Thomas
11. Lay You Down Portrait
12. Morning Love Carleen Anderson
13. Funny Brown Rice
14. You Know What Happens Alison Crockett
15. I Like The Way It Feels Carol Riddick


1. Early Bird – Angela Johnson f/Trish Angus
2. A Sexy Way – Alyson Williams f/ Tony Terry
3. For You (I’ll Go There) – Lamone
4. Gettin it On – Mint Condition
5. Give Me Love – Davina
6. This Love I Have – Marva King
7. Dance 4 Me – Nyr
8. Make Luv 2 Me – Zo f/Monica Blaire
9. Garden of Love – Raheem DeVaughn
10. Imagination – Floetry
11. Sumthin Sumthin – Maxwell
12. G-Spot – Gerald Levert


1. The Art of Love – Toni Braxton
2. Love Calls – Ty Causey
3. Bedroom – Jade
4. Satisfy You – Will Downing
5. Can We Come Together – Eric Benet
6. Right Her, Right Now – Maysa
7. Come Inside – Intro
8. Bedroom – Raheem DeVaughn
9. Touching Again – Eric Benet
10. All Night Long – Trina Broussard
11. Funny How Time Flies – Intro
12. Alright – Val Watson f/Patrice Rushen
13. Hurry Hurry – Pete Belasco
14. Til Tomorrow – Marvin Gaye


1. Get Me Off- Improm2
2. Tonight is the Night – Jerzee Monet
3. Ahh – Silk
4. 911 – Robin Thick
5. Slowman -Rosie Gaines
6. Romantic – Goapele
7. Get Me Off (Deep Funk Instrumental) – Improm2
8. All I Want Is You – Incognito
9. Sensual Loving – Nicole Jackson
10. Better – Nicholas Ryan Gant
11. Alone Together – Daley f/Marsha Ambrosius
12. Say Yes (10th Year Anniversary) – The Floacist
13. Anything Goes – Christion
14. My Place – Tweet
15. Can We Get Down – Jon B.
16. Calling Me – Raheem DeVaughn

1. I Want cha Babe Ledisi
2. Human Touch –  Kem
3. Slowly – Selena Johnson
4. Examine Me – Warren Xclnce & Etta Bond
5. Phone Sex – Selena Johnson
6. Nothing (Interlude) – Jill Scott
7. Wet – Sandra St. Victor
8. Obey – Dwele
9. Sexy – Maysa
10. Dinner and a Movie- Ron Isley
11. The Baby Maker – Carl Thomas
12. Intro – Slakah The Beatchild
13. Lay You Down – Jose James
14. Sex in the City –  Noel Goudin
15. Feels Like We Sexin’ – Calvin Richardson


1. Interlude: Introspective Mood – Kenny Lattimore
2. Don’t Talk to me Like That – Will Downing
3. Place in Your Heart – Ty Causey
4. Do You Want Me – Jade
5. Do You Feel The Way I Do – Rahsaan Patterson
6. Walkin – Angela Johnson f/Lisala
7. Sick of Fools – Leigh Jones
8. Crying Over You – Angela Johnson f/Trisha Angus and Lisala
9. Only You – Jill Scott
10. Seven Days – Mary J. Blige
11. Still Come Back 2 U – Laurnea
12. Remedy – Leon King
13. Never Fall In Love – Gordon Chambers
14. No Guarantee – Chico DeBarge
15. Love, Sex and Philosophy – Soul: ID

Loose Ends

The long awaited show date finally came–and then it went! I wanted to see Loose Ends when they were at BB Kings, NYC and the Capital Jazz Festival (still looking forward to my first experience–but that’s for another post).

Finally, on November 8, 2014, I got together with some childhood friends; Norma and June and my Soul Music Brother Aqeel, we had a blast!

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Fred “Bugsy” Buggs of New York’s 107.5 WBLS introduced Loose Ends and Indie Soul Artist, SuCh (Sue Charles) opened the show.  She has a beautiful voice, and the crowd definitely felt her vibe and gracious personality.  She threw her magic touch out into the crowd and they fell right in sync, participating with her song Sugar Maple (went real good with my name, Sap from a Suga Maple, lol)  SuCh and the crowd’s energy was outstanding and was the perfect match for audience participation. SuCh stopped by our table after her performance and was delightful to chat with for a few moments!  I totally support indie soul artists and this show was perfect for her to show off her talent to a room full of music heads there to see Loose Ends.

I have been to many concerts and this one had to be one of the best that I’ve seen a long time! Every soul in BB King’s that night had a ball, it was a “straight up” JAM session in there! Everybody was singing along and every BODY was on their feet, mind you this was a sold out/seated show!

Jane Eugene’s excitement and enthusiasm was just as intense as the crowd’s to see her and the band perform! They paraded onto the BB Kings stage sporting all white and lit it up like a bolt of lightning that never left!  The crowd went wild!!

Since this was my first time seeing Loose Ends live, I didn’t know what to expect.   They opened the show with Stay A Little While, Child and everyone jumped to their feet to groove with Loose Ends; it was electric!!

I was ecstatic they sang Mr Bachelor off The Real Chuckeeboo album as it is tops of my favorite Loose End albums!  I was surprised they performed the track, Don’t You Ever Try to Change Me since Jane was not a member of the group at the time the Look How Long album was released. Never mind that though, Look How Long is one of my favorites as well!

Their version of Slow Down was really on point at the end of the song, because they actually slowed it down.  You’ll see.

The backing band for Loose Ends did a fantastic job on the music and vocals, and I would go see them again and again should they keep coming to NYC!

The Band
Jeff Robinson – Vocalist
Palo Santo Vocalist/Hype Man
Craig T Cooper – Guitar (broke it all the way DOWN on Watching You)
Leroy Boogie Babaloo Greer – Percussion  (broke it all the way DOWN on Watching You, took it GoGo!)
Keith Eaddy – Bass
Cory Mason – Drums  (broke it all the way DOWN on Watching You, took it GoGo!)
Art Sherrod Jr. – Saxophone (he did his thing on Slow Down)
Aya Iwata – Keyboard

I hadn’t planned on recording “You Can’t Stop the Rain”, and kinda slept on it until I realized this was the part of the show; where the backing vocalists had the opportunity to let their voices shine (and oh did they show out!!) This is my favorite part of a show and I love it when the featured artist shares the spotlight! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! #20FeetfromStardom

Backing Vocals
Waylynn MommyGiva Pitts
Robert Gee (who I had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with during the MySpace days, I was surprised to learn it was him in the flesh!)
Dominique Karan

Editing the video footage was just as exciting as it was to see the show in person and truly difficult to cut it down–I wanted to show you everything!  It brought back memories of that evening which will always stay with me!  I never got tired of listening to and watching it over and over!!

Ain’t nothin’ like live music!  As long as I live on this earth, you better believe I’ll be somewhere supporting what I love–good music!

Hope you enjoy as much as I did!!  Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment and share if you’d like.

Special shout out to Brotha Aqeel from Jane!  Listen for it!

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The Big Boo Boo at BB Kings, NYC

For the record, I never forget or get the date mixed up for a concert! Well, there’s a first time for everything, right?

I was supposed to see Basia at BB Kings and totally got the date mixed up. Basia was to perform there on Saturday, September 17, 2011 and I went on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 and got the surprise of all musical surprises (well not really, the first time I was to see Down to the Bone, the purchase for the tickets didn’t go through on-line and when I arrived to pick them up at the window before the show, there were no tickets BOOOOOO!!!).

Anywho!! When I arrived at BB Kings and saw that Hiroshima was on the billboard as the featured artist I could not believe my eyes!  I’d missed Basia!!

I’d heard of Hiroshima but knew nothing about their music. I ran into my music brother, Craig organizer of  the Meetup Group, Jazz Explorations and he assured me I would be in for a treat if took advantage if being in the house that evening.  Luckily for me, the BB  King’s box office management permitted me to use the tickets for that evening and the night’s performance couldn’t have been more enjoyable!

I’ve been a long time admirer of Basia’s music and never heard of her performing in New York.  To say the least I was really disappointed in myself that I had gotten the date mixed up.

Basia’s performance I missed…

Courtesy of jfqman1’s channel

Taking a step backwards, I had been trying to see Vinx in New York for a while when I had first heard of him in 05/06.  So when the band started to assemble on stage, before the lights came on, I said as soon as I saw Vinx make his way on stage, in a silhouette, that it was him!  Mind you, I hadn’t seen a picture of him in a long time, but remembered his style–to my utter surprise!! How glad was I that I’d stayed to see this show?!!  Happy as hell!!

Instead, I was rewarded with Vinx’s performance with Hiromshima!!

Courtesy of Sista Suga

Kaoru Watanabe performs with Shoji Kameda and Danny Yamamoto of HIROSHIMA in Japan Relief Benefit Concert at BB King in NY on 9/21/11.

Courtesy of Lia Chang via youtube

 

 

 

 

 

Capital Jazz SuperCruise 2013 (Me, the Newbie)

I brought this post over from Blogger and made a few edits:

Enjoy!

As long as I’ve known about the Capital Jazz Fest for the past 15 years or so, I had never attended either the fest or the super cruise–until this year.  I attended the 7th annual Capital Jazz Super Cruise and had the time of my life!! As many of you already know, I LOVE MUSIC! So for there to be over 30 acts, four ports of call (Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Curacao and Aruba (my vacation home), and the vast array of activities in addition to the all of the DJs that kept the party going, I was in Musical Heaven as you can probably imagine. Before the real party started on the cruise, Friday night there was the Mix and Mingle:

Darien Dean, Cruise Host and Me

Darien Dean, Cruise Host and Me

Darien Dean, Cruise Host and one of the Fun Patrol Cruise Hosts

Darien Dean, Cruise Host and one of the Fun Patrol Cruise Hosts

Day 1 Ft. Lauderdale/Sea

Here are a few pics upon sail-off from Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. as I was truly a happy camper at sea!

(photos courtesy of my iphone)

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The excitement had been building ever since I put my deposit down in August 2012. As I eagerly checked for the artists that were going to perform, of the first five I believe that were posted were tops on my fav list that included Najee, Rahsaan Patterson and Incognito!!! Need I say more? Going to the Capital Jazz Super Cruise Website to see which artist they announced gave me something to look forward to every time I thought about it. And with each new artist announcement, it got better and better. There’s really no need to know in advance who’s going to perform. If you wait for that, the ship may not have a cabin for you 🙂 Here is a shot of the dance floor as people had completed registration and entered onto the ship. DJ Frances Jaye welcomed everyone aboard! Nice, right?

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Above photos courtesy of my iPhone

Above photos courtesy of my iphone

The first night on sea was a fun-filled night with Incognito as the first act to perform. I wasn’t sure of what the climate would be for taking pictures, so I didn’t shoot this night. Anyway, my goal was to make sure I had the opportunity to say hello to Bluey of Incognito. I had been trying to catch up with him since 2006, when I’d seen Incognito live in NYC for the first time, along with other NY/NJ Cog Heads. There! Not only did I have the chance to say hello, but took a picture with him to boot!!

Hello Bluey!

Hello Bluey!

Since I bumped into some of the members of Incognito at the bar I wanted someone to get “me” in the mix of a couple of pictures. I asked Matt Cooper, keyboardist and sometimes drummer to take a shot of the ladies of Incognito and me, and this is what he shot…

Vanessa Haynes and the back/side of me

Vanessa Haynes and the back/side of me

See that elbow in the corner? That's Natalie Williams. Umm hmm!

See that elbow in the corner? That’s Natalie Williams. Umm hmm!

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Tony Momrell of Incognito and me

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Here is the crew with big beautiful smiles, Vanessa Haynes, Matt Cooper, Deborah Bond (another Cruise Hostess) and Natalie Williams!

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Caught giving instructions on how to take the picture (me and hubby)

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Loving the back of this blouse!

Day 2
Half Moon Cay

Ok enough of my babbling! I shot plenty of pictures and just a little bit of video footage, so I have plenty to show you! (Yeah, I was busy!)

This was a lot of fun as you can tell; not too much of anything but relaxing on a cloudy, light rainy day watching some football while waiting for the rest of the crew to head back from Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas.

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Represent your favorite team’s jersey, why don’t cha!

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One of my absolute favorite artists, Rahsaan Patterson performed!  I was too late to get a decent seat to take pics/videos but did stumble across this video interview.  Love these!

 

Later on that night, in the wee hours of the morning Maimouna Youssef and Zo perform and ERRO is the host.  Joining Zo on stage were Jarrard Anthony, Deborah Bond, Chante Cann and Eric

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Eric and Maimouna

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Deborah Bond (Cruise Hostess) and Zo!

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Deborah Bond and Jarrard Anthony

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Jarrard, Eric, Chante and Deborah

The music man behind the Underground Lounge band!

I was really happy to run into Jodine Dorsey on this trip! It was like being home with my soul family!

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Eric, Jodine and DMo

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It was a real pleasure to meet Zo since I am such a fan of his music

Day 3
Day at Sea

The Doug E. Fresh Block Party was truly one of many my favorite highlights of the cruise!

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The Legendary Chris Washington rocked the Lido Deck just like I like it!

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Ain’t no party like a Doug E. Fresh party!

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If it looks like fun, well, yeah it was BIG fun!!

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DJ Frances Jaye checkin it out from the sideline

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Partaaaaay People!!!

Later on that night, into the wee hours of the morning, we were entertained by the King of Indie Soul and one of the funniest entertainers ever! He’s got so much class and a personality anyone would be proud to kick it with–Mr. Eric Roberson, and other performers who participated with the Soul Sessions. Please forgive me for not knowing everyone’s name. All of the performers were outstanding and really made me happy that I was there to witness such great talent!

ERRO Show

Eric Roberson Hosts the Midnight Jam Session

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J Soul

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Ty Causey

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Chrisette Michele’s Vocal Assistant (sorry, don’t know her name)

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Jarrard Anthony’s Wife

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Jarrard Anthony

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Chrisette Michele

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David P. Stevens

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Chante Caan

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Doug E. Fresh

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Vanessa Haynes (Incognito)

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Phil Perry

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Jarrod Lawson

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Natalie Williams (Incognito)

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DaChonne Nicole has a lovely voice! She is also the wife of Keyboardist, Carl Browne and was a background singer for ONUTSS presented artist, Mike Hammond!

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The Band

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Alex Moseley of Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam

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Carl Browne

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Demont Peekaso Pinder, awesomely talented artist!!

Day 4

LaRomana

Artists, Ken Ford, Stephanie Mills, Larry Graham and Graham Central Station graced the stage this day and I tell you, there was nothing like visiting exotic islands to return to the ship with talent on top of music.

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Ken Ford

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When we returned from LaRomana, Ken Ford performed and is fabulous on that electric violin! Later on for the main show we had the pleasure of enjoying Stephanie Mills and Larry Graham.

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Stephanie Mills

 Not sure if anyone has heard but Ms. Mills showed her back to the first audience and pissed a lot of them off. There were various stories of what happened and since I was not there, I’ll leave it at that. At the second show, which is the one I saw she was a little strange but many thought it was because she was a bit woozy from the movement of the ship. Nevertheless, she put on an excellent show.  Her voice is still magnificent and her background singers’ voices were awesome as well.

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Larry Graham still got it, y’all! This was my first Graham Central Station experience and I would go and see him perform again in a heartbeat!

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Graham Central Station

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Larry Graham and his lovely wife

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The audience was invited onto the stage to party with the band

You should know the routine by now–Later on that night, in the wee hours of the morning… One of the many Jam Sessions took place with Gerald Veasley and a bunch of jazz artists who got together for some good ole funk, jazz, soul and all that!!

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Jeff Bradshaw on trombone–he is a beast!!

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Gerald Veasely, Joey Sommerville, Najee, Pete Belasco, and Jonathan Fritzen

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Day 5

Curacao

Curacao was the late day/night so when we returned to the ship it was late evening and see who we came home to? Yes, Uncle Charlie. This was also my first time seeing Charlie Wilson and everything I’d heard about his performance was true!

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He rocked that ship and put on a total production! Look at his girls and the wardrobe changes he made.

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I was delighted to hear all around the Lido Deck while eating, the Capital Jazz radio station was playing in the background. It’s those small details that make such a big impact on a first timer like me.

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Day 6

Aruba!

And what a wonderful performance to come back to–The Donald Byrd Tribute!! The band Spur of the Moment was the backing band for many of the artists. This day the band’s front man, Wayne Bruce hosted the show, and every time an artist came on stage they did either of Donald Bryd’s songs. Bruce was not having it! Every time a new artist joined in they had this cute back and forth thing going that prevented Bruce from playing his favorite Donald Byrd song, Rock Creek Park–of course until the show’s finale.

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Wayne Bruce and Joey Sommerville

 

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Najee

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Wayne and Jeff Bradshaw

The band performing Do it Fluid

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Gerald Veasley

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Trina Broussard, Vanessa Williams and Jason Morales

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Wayne Bruce

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Rick Braun

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Wayne and Gerald

Later on that night, waaaay into the wee hours of the morning…The Soul Lounge presents J Soul and Pete Belasco

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J Soul, the Black Sinatra

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J Soul f/Deborah Bond on one of his tracks, “High”.

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Demont Peekaso Pinder, who blew me away throughout the trip with his on-stage-painting of the artists! He is also known as Painter of the Stars.

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The Band! Antone “Chooky” Caldwell, bass guitar, Chris “Biscuit” Bynum, drums and Dre King, Keyboard and music director.  Hard working and making everyone they played for sound that much better!!

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Pete Belasco with his mix of a soft and falsetto voice, and the band.

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Day 7
Day at Sea
Almost at the end of the road but before we get there, more goodies! During the day we had the pleasure of witnessing The Average White Band take us back to the good ole days.

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Ty Causey did his thing–I was ecstatic! I am one of Ty’s biggest fans as he is one of smoothest crooners of today, fulla love and soul!

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Mr. Lover Man, Ty Causey

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The band and backing vocalists (although Ty mentions their first names, I wish I knew their full names). They all held Ty down like they’d been doing it forever!

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The evening held the distinguished Najee, Phil Perry and Alex Bugnon.

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Alex Bugnon in his zone! (and Sol Elder back there–chillin)

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Phil Perry always brings it!! Boy can this man saang!

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Najee visited the audience and whattaya know, he came to the row in front of where I was sitting, and allowed me to get this closeup! #happyme!

 

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Wonderful performance by these great talents!

Day 8
Day at Sea
The last day of the trip included a full day of sun for me! Later on that evening, Anthony (the FIRECRACKER) Hamilton blazed onto the stage fired it up! I mean, he was all over that stage, dancing and carrying on like nobody’s business, lol!! I had a hard time focusing my camera on him and his band because they were jumping around like Mexican jumping beans!!!

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Ok, so there you have it–from my point of view! As far as activities, other music related discussions, panels, workshops and such, there was plenty to do on the Carnival Freedom–leaving no room for boredom–only relaxation if that’s what one deemed necessary.

What I loved most of all about my first experience with the Capital Jazz Organization is that they did a great job with the entire production of this cruise. From the moment we got on line to register to the point of debarkation after the eight-day music rendezvous, everything was well organized. They paid extra attention to every detail!

In closing, if this sounds like an ad or promo for Capital Jazz, it is! If the pictures don’t tell the story, I don’t know what else to offer. I promise any music lover like me, that you will totally enjoy all of the artists you are able to see in concert and the many activities from which to choose. Personally, I didn’t make time for anything but music and getting my sun in.

Thinking about going on the next Capital Jazz Super Cruise? The Carnival Freedom sails on October 18th for the 2014 cruise that has a talent line-up that is out of this world! I’m sighing, wishing I could be on it… I digress. There may still be cabins available on the ship if you act fast! Here is what’s left so far. Folks sign up waaaay in advance and on the ship from the previous trip, so get on it, doggonit! And while you’re at it, take a look at the Talent Line-Up for this year, a peak at what else went down last November, and where the ship is going this year and 2015!

Highlights courtesy of Capital Jazz TV

Here are some additional shots to enjoy!

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Before I let you go one last comment:
It wouldn’t even matter where the ship is going for me, that’s just a bonus on top of enjoying my favorite artists while discovering new ones in one place! You just can’t beat it!!

A family friend, gave me a new photography moniker:

Love in Music,
PAMarazzi Nichols

Heal The World Vol. I

Greetings once again, my Music Minded Maniacs!

I’ve been away from the keyboard for a long minute and I’m happy to be back!!

Here to introduce a new theme of mixes to come your way is Heal the World! I’ve been working on Vol. I for quite some time and am now ready to share it with the universe.

You probably know by now that my mixes are based on themes. The social ills that have been going on for years prior to the current state have recently intensified right before our eyes. Homelessness, police brutality, racism, suicide, loneliness, poverty, depression, street life, death, war, politics, and sexual preference, consists of most of the world’s trials, troubles, and tribulations.

The tracks I selected to represent these issues tell heartbreaking stories simultaneously with a funky beat, yet slightly uplifting. I ask you to join me for another thought-provoking ride on this mix as you listen to these poignant lyrics that may have an effect on yours or a loved one’s life.

As always, I share photos and video footage I shot at various concerts with a few artists whose music made the mix. I discuss briefly a few stand-out tracks (for me) below.

1. Intro The Sound – Mary Mary
2. Free Again – Ledisi
3. Leaving This Planet Mark – DeClive Lowe f/Sharlene Hector
4. Fallen – Carmen Rodgers
5. Crazy World –  N’dambi
6. Soldier – Raheem DeVaughn
7. No One Wins A War – Raheem DeVaughn
8. If I Could – Carl Thomas
9. My Peoples – DJ Jazzy Jeff
10. The News- Anthony Hamilton
11. Soldier –  Eryka Badu
12. Brotha Man- Kem
13. Can We Change We World – Maysa
14. Black Sheep – B. Slade

Mary Mary opens this mix with the Intro The Sound. I thought it was incredibly appropriate for what many of us look forward to each day—sound, as in music in addition to the subject matters previously mentioned:

The Definition of Sound
Vibrations that travel through the air
Or another media
And can be heard when they reach another person’s ear
That’s not the only Definition of Sound
There’s a sound in one’s voice that lets you know just what they feel, There’s a sound of Pain, a sound of Joy, a sound of strength, a sound of Love, a sound of Desperation, and a sound of victory
Listen to the Sound

Only true Led Heads know Ledisi’s humble beginnings and her song, Free Again as it is a cut from her first release, Soul Singer (I love this album)! How many can identify with relating to “Free Again”?

Mark De Clive-Lowe, one of my favorite producers, remixers, beatmakers, musicians, and an all-around music man, has introduced me to artists I may have otherwise taken longer to become familiar with or may not have known at all. When I heard his album Leaving This Planet, I fell in love with Sharlene Hector’s voice on the title track; it made me think about what “leaving this planet” really meant to the composer and for me as a listener. Indeed Sharlene took me on a trip with the grittiness and raw vocals she put down on this song. Between her and Ledisi, they actually do make you want to “fly away” and “leave this planet” even if it’s just for a little while to treat yourself to some well-deserved relaxation with the situations at hand and those personal.

Maysa, Kem, Carmen Rodgers and N’dambi all basically and briefly talk about homelessness and the goodness of God and prayer in their songs. They invite you to look at the situation from another perspective; suppose it were you and the tables turned… All in all God and Love are the ways these artists let you know in their lyrics that “it” is going to be alright!

Ledisi and Me after the BAM show

Ledisi and Me after the BAM show

Maysa and me

Caught Maysa at Macys NYC when her sophomore album, All My Life was released. (Thanks for the photo, Randy Wilson).

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Me and N’dambi at her listening party for Pink Elephant at Universal Music Group (thank you for the opportunity and photo Randy Thomas)

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B. Slade and me at his Joe’s Pub performance (thank you for the opportunity Shani!)

Raheem DeVaughn, what can I say? This young man knows how to pen a good song as well as sing the hell out of it (whether it’s Sexxxy or socially conscious)! Maybe you think it’s overkill that I included his music three times? The content of the lyrics is relevant in all three tracks as Soldier Story speaks to the fear of death in war from a mother and son’s view because this is a way for him support his college education. The unnecessary killing in a war will put you in the mind frame of Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On.  Ok, I gotta say this, there’s a part in this song where Raheem is counting pushups; now why does this sound so damned Sexxxy in a song like this?  Oh well… Nobody Wins a War reminds me of the “We Are the World” concept, where various artists contributed their voices on this song such as Jill Scott, Ledisi, Anthony Hamilton, Chrisette Michele, and Algebra among others. DJ Jazzy Jeff’s track My Peoples, Raheem sings on and the song really hits home as our people are a resilient people when the chorus comes in and says:

My peoples stay strong as an ox
My peoples will never fail
My peoples will always remain
Remain with a story to tell


Ledisi plays SOB’s for Darryl Hill (RIP) of The BAAS Group


Mark De Clive Lowe (on piano)plays with Miguel Atwood Ferguson at Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem for the 20th Anniversary Jazz Festival, celebrating Charlie Parker, Bird with Strings


N’dambi performs at SOB’s NYC


Raheem DeVaughn plays the J & R Music World Music Concert Series


Maysa performs at BB Kings NYC


B. Slade performs at Joe’s Pub NYC

 

It’s Complicated Vol. I

Looks Complicated? It is Complicated – photo credit, ohsoebony@tumblr

It’s Complicated Vol. I is my first mix in the It’s Complicated series. As explained in music minded manic; relationships and all the drama that goes with it, It’s just Complicated.

Many people refer to the It’s Complicated term as a relationship that is anything but love—such as sex, money, or some other type of benefit. However, I think that most would agree with me that a complicated relationship filled with mixed emotions that work their way to the forefront, brings about anger, sorrow, or regrets due to lies and distrust, mainly because one or the other has found someone else they’d rather be with and not sure of whether to stay in it or leave. Or, in another case wants his or her cake and eat it too. Some other causes in complicated relationships are due to a breakdown in communication, incompatibility, and jealousy. In addition to that one of the two is no longer willing to give 100% of their devotion.

Just as the lyrics suggest with all of these issues, love is prevalent and still an integral part of the relationship and in some cases supersedes all else—in spite of…

As you can see from the track titles, something ain’t right! This is what the It’s Complicated mix series is all about, and it’s just one of many to follow so keep looking out for them as I have discovered songs that delve right into ALL THAT!

I’m feeling the Rock and Soul collaboration on tracks 2-5!

As always, listen to the lyrics and ENJOY!

It’s Complicated Vol. I

1. Maybe I’m Not the Man – Marcell and the Truth
2. Disgusted – Lamone
3. Damn! – Cheryl Pepsi Riley
4. Falling Apart – Mint Condition
5. You Can Make the Story Right – Chaka Khan
6. Three is a Crowd – Milira
7. Trial Separation – Kenny Latimore
8. Best Friend’s Lover – Avani
9. He Will Break Your Heart – Darien Brockington
10. Get Over You – Faith Evans
11. Hollywood Story – Rogiers f/Bilal
12. Beautiful You Are – Javier
13. Stop Fanning the Fire – Junior
14. Lonely When You’re Around – Jill Scott
15. Lover and Friend (interlude) – Darien Continue reading

SeXXXy Love Vol. II

You are in for a throwback treat!

These pictures were taken with my Kodak Easyshare, a few months before my Nikon D40X Christmas gift. Good times with that Easyshare!! I still use it for video recording and it’s been doing a great job thus far. I actually prefer it over my newer Samsung model to video record performances because the sound is so much better.  I’ve upgraded to something that encompasses great sound, along with exceptional video quality and now I’m looking forward to the big time!

Choklate performed at SOB’s in NYC in 2007 where Eric Roberson still hosts Sol Village every third Wednesday of the month or so. Choklate was the first artist to kick off the ONUTSS phenomenon, and the first artist featured on the SeXXXy Love Vol. II mix!  The additional photos are from other music events I attended, where the artists are also featured on this mix I wanted to share.

 

By now, you know that my SeXXXy Love mixes showcase just what the title suggests–SeXXXy and Love. Listen to the lyrics and most definitely ENJOY with the one you love–or lust!!


1. Grown Folks – Choklate
2. Come Over – Cheryl Pepsi Riley
3. Fantasy (Spending Time) – Will Downing
4. I Wanna Make Love – Peven Everett
5. Give Me Your Love – Curtis Mayfield
6. Moist – Janet Jackson
7. Addicted – Antonia Jenae
8. Whatever – Jill Scott
9. Sweet Sticky Thing – The Ohio Players
10. I Want You – Floetry
11. I Can Go Deeper – Silk
12. With You – Marsha Ambrosius
13. Afterplay – Silk
14. Finer Things – Jon B. f/Nas

Liv Warfield and The NPG Hornz

Attention all Prince fans!!

Last month Arsenio Hall dedicated his show to Prince in addition to a few extra added attractions! If you watched the show in its entirety you had the absolute pleasure of witnessing Ms. Liv Warfield’s energy unfold right before your eyes. Joined by background singers Ashley Seamster and Saeeda Wright, they brought the house down with the NPG (New Power Generation) Hornz!

Liv Warfield and the gang performed at NYC’s BB King’s Blues Club Sunday, April 6th, 2014 and tore that stage up! The way Liv sashayed so gracefully across the BB King’s stage, with her head bowed, gave the audience the feeling that the show we were about to experience was definitely going to be The Unexpected! Liv blew the audience away with her beautiful voice, her, toned body, and the definition on those guns, please stop!! Liv was just breathtaking!

Learn a bit more about Liv via this interview before the show!

I didn’t get any video footage, however here is a lil taste…

After seeing Liv at the J & R Music Fest in the summer of 2007,  ONUTSS was extremely excited to receive a call a few months later asking us if we could host a listening party for her–we ecstatically accepted!

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ONUTSS was introduced to Liv when she performed at the J & R Summer Music Festival in 2007.  We miss you J & R Music World!!

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Although I had seen Liv at the J & R Music Festival her performance at the ONUTSS listening party totally took me by surprise. Deep down inside Liv is a Rocker Chick, who possesses the power to turn on her soft side and then bring the fire to heat up the song that has a Rock appeal and I love it!!

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ONUTSS presents Liv Warfield performing at Shrine World Music Venue in NYC, April 2008

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Pam, Liv and Detrel

Liv was a STAR before her rise in my eyes! I’ll see you at the top of your game, gurl!

Visit Liv Warfield and pick up her sophomore album, The Unexpected while you’re at it!!