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Zion I Ticket Giveaway + Free Album

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Zion I, Oakland’s diverse underground kings, present a rare concert experience at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz on Saturday October 4th, 2014. Zion I will be recording their upcoming album “The Rapture: Live from Oaklandia” with a full band at The Catalyst, featuring classics from their expansive catalog. The band, curated by piano prodigy Kev Choice, will re-envision and transform these standards into a unique and intimate space by incorporating elements of jazz and acoustic instrumentation. In addition, attendees will have their names recorded in the liner notes of the album as well as receiving the album digitally before it is available to the public, making this a truly collaborative experience for the artists and fans alike. For aficionados of Zion I and Hip Hop culture, this is an extraordinary opportunity to participate in and be a part of Bay Area musical history.

Make sure to tune in this week for a chance to win tickets to Zion I!

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Charts and Adds for the Third Week of September

As always, our weekly adds and charts from the world of jazz here at KZSC.  Some new artists are infiltrating what has otherwise been a summer dominated by a few great artists. This week we have introduced Afro Bop Alliance, a compilation of upbeat Brazilian tunes, to the airwaves alongside Moon Hooch, a new New York experimental jazz group. And by experimental, I mean straight up placing traffic cones in their horns. All the same, we are lucky to have a fair mixture of jazz legends of new and old. New Blue Note artists include pianist and composer Jason Moran (All Rise); and drummer Otis Brown III (The Thought of You).  Brown has worked alongside acclaimed artists like Esperanza Spalding and Terence Blancahard. Chick Corea’s latest album Triology is nothing short of a trinity of modern jazz masters…. Bassist Christian McBride  and drummer Brian Blade accompany Corea on this live album, which contains three albums steeped in hard driving melodic lines.

1    MELISSA ALDANA AND CRASH TRIO    Melissa Aldana And Crash Trio    Concord
2    SERGIO MENDES    Magic    Sony
3    TRIOLOGY    Triology    Cellar Live
4    YELENA ECKEMOFF QUINTET    A Touch Of Radiance    L and H
5    AFRO BOP ALLIANCE    Angel Eyes    Zoho
6    AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE    The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint    Blue Note
7    ALEX MERCADO TRIO    Symbiosis    Fornarte Latino
8    BAD PLUS    Inevitable Western    SPEAKEASY
9    MOON HOOCH    This Is Cave Music    Hornblow-Palmetto
10    OTIS BROWN III    The Thought Of You    Revive-Blue Note

1    CHICK COREA TRIO    Trilogy    Concord
2    VERVE JAZZ ENSEMBLE    East End Sojourn    Self-Released
3    JASON MORAN    All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller    Blue Note
4    OTIS BROWN III    The Thought Of You    Revive-Blue Note
5    KIKI EBSEN    Scarecrow Sessions    Painted Pony

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One to Watch: Jazz: Jon Batiste & Stay Human

Social music. This is how up and coming artist, John Batiste refers to his music and jazz music in general as during a live set of Jon Batiste & Stay Human.* At first, this phrase may seem pretentiously effusive. After all, it does not take a professional music critic nor an intellectual to understand that music is meant to be enjoyed by others or shared. What the twenty seven year old Lousiana pianist means instead is that jazz likes to draw from all sorts of styles and inspiration in a way that allows for seriously progressive music. Jazz is everything you want it to be in many ways, and Jon Batiste & Stay Human  are creating some seriously enticing progressive jazz.

Batiste is backed by a talented group of young artists: Eddie Barbash (sax), Ibanda  Ruhumika (tuba), and Joe Saylor (percussion). I had a chance to see the group in performance at the 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival. The group’s carefree and fun loving vibes was most evident in in Batiste’s wardrobe choice for his big MJF debut: skinny mint green suit. The man has confidence and knows how to have a good time.

The group is surely eclectic in its inspiration and sound. It’s almost as if Andree 3000 successfully decided to dapple in jazz one day. Batiste has a soulful voice that is built for R&B and smooth jazz, yet his music touches upon numerous musical styles. One moment he crooned a classic and the next he is busting out some hardcore Dixieland jazz, whose rollicking vibes got the otherwise indifferent audience on its feet. Whatever he decides to draw from, what is certain is that Batiste is a virtuosic pianist who enjoys some serious foot stompin’ backed percussion. I look forward to seeing what is next for the man in the mint green suit.

* See video for Jon Batiste & Stay Human covering “Wrecking Ball” below

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TOKiMONSTA ticket giveaway

The TOKiMONSTA show is just around the corner! She will be playing at the Catalyst this Sunday, September 21. Tune in this weekend for a last chance to win a pair of tickets to her show. This will be in support of her new mini album DESIDERIUM, which drops September 23 as the first release on her new record label Young Art Records.

Stream and download the first release from her album, “Realla” feat. Anderson Paak, here:

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RPM Charts – Mid-September

Top 10:

1. RUSTIE – Green Language / Warp
2. JIM-E STACK – Tell Me I Belong / Innovative Leisure
3. FALTYDL – In The Wild / Ninja Tune
4. MNDSGN – Yawn Zen / Stones Throw
5. BASEMENT JAXX – Junto / Pias-Atlantic Jaxx
6. SAINT PEPSI – Fiona Coyne/Fall Harder [Single] / Carpark
7. THE BUG – Angels And Devils / Ninja Tune
8. VARIOUS ARTISTS – Hyperdub 10.2 / Hyperdub
9. MOIRE – Shelter / Ninja Tune
10. MARCUTIO – Redline / Young Heavy Souls

Top 5 Adds:

1. GARDEN CITY MOVEMENT – Entertainment/Bengali Cinema / BLDG5
2. 2 BEARS – “Not This Time B/w Get Out And Angel (Touch Me)” [Single] / Southern Fried
3. KODAK TO GRAPH – “IAMANTHEM” [Single] / Self-Released
4. KASPER BJORKE – After Forever / HFN
5. KWES – Ilpix [EP] / Warp

We had a couple of excellent adds this week with Garden City Movement (a wonderful trio from Tel Aviv) and 2 Bears (of Hot Chip fame); have a listen below.

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Charts and Adds: Second Week of September

Summer may be ending, but things are really heating up with in terms of Jazz in the area. The  57th annual Monterey Jazz Festival has come to to town as well as some great sounds to KZSC. The charts remain dominated by Concord and Bluenote favorites, but some new artists from the international stage are rightly making their presence known on the airwaves and in the station. Most notably, young vocalist Malika Tirolien and Mexican pianist Alex Mercado (and his quintet). Canadian based artist, Malika Tirolien is increasingly getting critics attention with her smooth blend of R&B and Afro-Carribean infused jazz, which adds to a fresh new sound to jazz. Mexico City may not be known for jazz, but has given birth to one special pianist that makes us take a second look south for what’s new in jazz. Classically trained Mexican Pianist, Alex Mercado debuts his masterful skills on his album Symbiosis, which is steep in melodic improvisations and virtuosity. If the summer has taught me anything, it’s that it has surely set the stage for the upcoming school year for jazz.

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Charts:

1    BAD PLUS    Inevitable Western    SPEAKEASY
2    MALIKA TIROLIEN    Sur La Voie Ensoleillee
3    BOSSACUCANOVA    Our Kind Of Bossa    Six Degrees
4    JOSE JAMES    While You Were Sleeping    Blue Note
5    JOSHUA REDMAN    Trios Live    Nonesuch
6    BRIAN BLADE AND THE FELLOWSHIP BAND    Landmarks    Blue Note
7    YELENA ECKEMOFF QUINTET    A Touch Of Radiance    L and H
8    MELISSA ALDANA AND CRASH TRIO    Melissa Aldana And Crash Trio    Concord
9    LISA HILTON    Kaleidoscope    Self-Released
10    DR. JOHN    Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit Of Satch    Concord

Adds:

1    YELENA ECKEMOFF QUINTET    A Touch Of Radiance    L and H
2    AFRO BOP ALLIANCE    Angel Eyes    Zoho
3    ALEX MERCADO TRIO    Symbiosis    Fornarte Latino
4    BOBBY BROOM    My Shining Hour    Origin
5    MOON HOOCH    This Is Cave Music    Palmetto-Hornblow