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ReCovering the Classics ~ G-Force

Monday, March 24th, 2014

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GFM’s close and active partnership with the hit making song writer, music producer and discoverer of amazing talent Kashif Saleem has afforded me the opportunity to express my gratitude through blogging about my personal experience in rediscovering one of my first favorite Jazz artists: Kenny G. This month GFM has been on a roll promoting yet another Kashif labor of love entitled , “The History Of R&B.”

The in-depth ten part documentary series, “The History Of R&B” is currently being filmed while allowing us here at GFM HQ both the daunting and equally thrilling opportunity to actively be apart of such an amazing project. Now with all that being said fellow music lovers, I have to level with you here. I am a bona fide “Gen X’er” albeit on the later end of the spectrum. So what does this mean? Well…I’m no spring chicken but I’ve yet to reach the grown and sexy other side of forty and as a result of this fact I tend to approach music from a different perspective. My first memorable musical experiences are that of a child growing up in the soundscapes of both the 1980’s and 1990’s. Fortunately these decades offered an even deeper progression into genre crossing and risk taking for many popular R&B artists. I was also happy to have a mother with an insatiable appetite for music; in fact she still does to this day. I can remember sneaking into my mother’s vinyl and playing as much of her music that time would allow while she was busy with work and such. On the weekends we danced and sang out hearts to her massive record collection – a few hits were the direct bi-products of the artistic powerhouse Kashif.

So while prepping for my small part in this tremendous project, I rediscovered an old favorite Kenny G album: G-Force. Kenny G is one of those artists who really turned me onto offerings of Jazz, Funk, and Electro music. Kashif was the executive producer of Kenny G’s second album G-Force which consequently went platinum. I was in Kindergarten when the G-Force album was initially released in 1983 so this time around, while having more than a few unsupervised re-listening sessions, these gems struck me once again…. Have a fun listen with me down memory lane.

Here’s Kenny G’s album titled track G-Force with a funky intro that leads to the real swagger of early 1980’s Electro Jazz and Funk music.

Tribeca serves up classic vibes and smooth grooves complimented with a slick chorus. Meanwhile Kenny G gives us enough instrumental freedom to allow us a solid listen while leading us to take a mental hiatus where-ever we’d like!

You can see current projects and touring information for Kenny G at his official webpage. Kennyg.com
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Be sure to drop by Kashif’s “The History of R&B” Facebook Page for the latest and greatest happenings on the project.
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About DJBeni

DJBeni is an ardent music fan who enjoys the hunt for great music as much as the reward of listening. She is also a "foodie" and is as enthusiastic about culinary culture as she is music. DJBeni’s zeal for music and food formed in early childhood due to being fathered by an Executive Chef, the heavy influence of her Aunt who is a Jazz Singer, and being involved in many styles of dance. She now spends her days homeschooling two little boys while playing everything from Flying Lotus to Beethoven as the sound track of her family life. She usually spends her free time experiencing new tunes, flipping through food publications and music reviews; all while continuously creating edgy playlists for her GFM set entitled the “Kouffe Lounge.”

New Music: Jef Kearns – “Saturday’s End”

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

I’ve had the pleasure of following funk-jazz flutist, Jef Kearns with singles like “On the Level” and “Play On”. I’ve found his sound to resonant a lighthearted soul that can get you through a rough day or soothe the mind with the perfectly complimented Riesling. In Kearns latest single, Saturday’s End, from his sophomore album, Soulfisticated, you’re sure to find that similar branded feel that will carry you into your weekend. While I’ve been known to appreciate Kearns’ video direction and creative animation, this video didn’t particularly catch my attention as his other creations but despite the visual content, Saturday’s End definitely holds its own in catching your ear.   To get more from Jef, check out his official website at http://www.jefkearns.com

About WestStyle Chronicles

My name is Hope West but you can call me WestStyle Chronicles. From video, photography, interviews and blogging, my music adventures always leave me juggling a lot but I wouldn't have it any other way. Whether being funny, opinionated or just plain entertaining, I always keep it 100% WestStyle. To see my wild ride in the world of music, catch my adventures at the one & only....Grown Folks Music!!!! :)

Atlanta!!!! The Robert Glasper Experiment Is Coming Live in Concert May 5th!!!!

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

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Listen up, music fans!!! If you’re in the Atlanta area and looking for a concert that will set off your weekend, you absolutely don’t want to miss The Robert Glasper Experiment live in concert!!! This show will introduce Jazz Future along with a few special guests. Now, a little birdie told me that singer/songwriter, Marsha Ambrosius would be blessing the mic. Other guests are scheduled but of course, our lips are sealed for this is strictly confidential information. So, if you’re interested in some incredible music and some surprise performances, you can catch The Robert Glasper Experiment Sunday, May 5th at Center Stage Theater. Be sure to get your tickets at CenterStage-Atlanta.com. Doors will open at 7pm, showtime will be 8pm. Hope to see you there.

About WestStyle Chronicles

My name is Hope West but you can call me WestStyle Chronicles. From video, photography, interviews and blogging, my music adventures always leave me juggling a lot but I wouldn't have it any other way. Whether being funny, opinionated or just plain entertaining, I always keep it 100% WestStyle. To see my wild ride in the world of music, catch my adventures at the one & only....Grown Folks Music!!!! :)

Chaka Khan Featured on Billboard Magazine’s First-Ever Augmented Reality Cover

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

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Nothing excites me more than seeing iconic artists reinventing themselves and cultivating their relevance through the medium of music and technology!! When I heard about Billboard Magazine’s Star Tribute issue coming together with the 60th birthday of the ten-time GRAMMY® Award winning songstress, Chaka Khan, I couldn’t contain myself. Now you may ask, “what’s the big fuss?” Well, this issue is more than just a simple spread. It is the first issue published by Billboard Magazine that features “Augment Reality” through Printergize, a new and creative way of linking traditional print media with ones online marketing efforts. With this app you simply scan the target object and watch the content take on a life of its own. The awesome thing about this innovation is its utilization of mobile technology that engages the audience in a unique fashion.

Also, this mobile app will go directly to www.chakakhan.com, where fans will see Chaka introduce her 100 Days of Chaka campaign, which marks the 100 days from her birthday (March 23) to the anniversary of the release of her first recorded album with Rufus, Rufus (July 1, 1973) 40 years ago. This app will also highlight a timeline that will commemorate a series of historic moments in Chaka’s career, mixed with celebratory current events. The 100 Days of Chaka culminates with the release of The iKhan Project: Alive! The Commemorative Edition, in stores July 2nd. This CD and DVD project will be recorded the same way Chaka recorded her first album. “I want to experience the magic I felt 40 years ago when I recorded my first record,” says Chaka. “The thrill of recording with all the musicians in one room, the interaction with the producer and the spontaneous moments of the experience.”

So don’t miss out on this great mix of innovation and music engagement from Chaka Khan. The Billboard Magazine Star Tribute issue is now out on newsstands! Go check it out!

About WestStyle Chronicles

My name is Hope West but you can call me WestStyle Chronicles. From video, photography, interviews and blogging, my music adventures always leave me juggling a lot but I wouldn't have it any other way. Whether being funny, opinionated or just plain entertaining, I always keep it 100% WestStyle. To see my wild ride in the world of music, catch my adventures at the one & only....Grown Folks Music!!!! :)

The Big Ol’ Nasty Getdown “Volume 2″

Monday, March 11th, 2013

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Last year we introduced you to what I consider to be an incredible concept and labor of love through The Big ‘Ol Nasty Getdown Project. Make sure you make your way here to check out this incredible music and to purchase a copy of the project.

I am happy to report that the collective is back at it again and have already wrapped some writing and recording sessions for Volume 2! Checkout the official press release after the jump. (more…)

About Ivan Orr

Ivan Orr is a musician/social critic whose creative output runs the gamut from provocative to entertaining. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music, Ivan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music(Jazz Studies Emphasis) with a minor in African American Studies. During the 1990’s and early 2000’s Ivan was involved with The Music Resource Center in Charlottesville, VA.

Tortured Soul is Hitting the ATL – Saturday, March 16th!!

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

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Yes, it’s your girl WestStyle Chronicles giving you the 411 to the shows that “must be” on your personal calendar. On Saturday, March 16th, funk soul group, Tortured Soul will be headlining at The Vinyl at Center Stage. Special guests will include Waterseed, DJ Kemit and Brand New Heavies’ N’dea Davenport. To get a taste of what you’ll experience, check out their live performance at the Java Jazz Festival. Advance tickets are $17 and available at Moods Music and The Center Stage Box Office. Doors will open at 8pm and showtime will start at 9pm.

About WestStyle Chronicles

My name is Hope West but you can call me WestStyle Chronicles. From video, photography, interviews and blogging, my music adventures always leave me juggling a lot but I wouldn't have it any other way. Whether being funny, opinionated or just plain entertaining, I always keep it 100% WestStyle. To see my wild ride in the world of music, catch my adventures at the one & only....Grown Folks Music!!!! :)

Live Shows: Steve Wexler and Top Shelf Presents From Booker T to Beyonce': 50 Years of Soul, Motown & R&B at DROM NYC February 7

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

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Check out Steve Wexler and Top Shelf February 7 at DROM NYC! Tickets are $13 in advance and $17 at the door. For reservations call (212) 777-1157

Turning out unique arrangements of everything from Marvin Gaye to Beyonce, this 12-piece band is powered by original arrangements of familiar favorites. Steve Wexler and the Top Shelf features a powerhouse, four-piece horn section whose members have performed with The Temptations, The Fifth Dimension, Ray Charles, and The Tonight Show Orchestra. The horns are backed by a virtuoso rhythm section whose members have performed with John Lennon, Al Green, Audra McDonald, Jackson Browne, Carly Simon, Larry Harlow, Maria Schneider, and Bruce Springsteen. If those accolades weren’t enough, the vocalists for Top Shelf have worked with Aretha Franklin, John Legend, LL Cool J, Sting, Michael Jackson, and many others. Combine these band members with superior material and arrangements and the result is truly “Top Shelf”.

About DJKKC

Kimberly Kennedy Charles (DJKKC) is trying to navigate life (in a minivan, no less) as a wife, mother, caregiver to Grandmother and writer in the 'burbs of Atlanta.

GFM’s Music Review: Andy Allo’s Superconductor Drum Majors a Symphonic Masterpiece!

Friday, December 28th, 2012

After donning the stage with his Royal Badness on the “Welcome to America” tour, there has been a stirring curiosity surrounding the Cameroonian-born guitarist and vocalist, Andy Allo. While some may be familiar with her face from television series like The Game and her 2009 debut album, Unfresh, Allo’s sophomore project, Superconductor not only grabs your attention but creates a remarkable declaration of her talent and individuality as a musician and songwriter. Without question, Superconductor is brilliantly styled in the garments of funk, soul and R&B with a fusion of vulnerability, sensuality and thoughtful inspiration. (more…)

About WestStyle Chronicles

My name is Hope West but you can call me WestStyle Chronicles. From video, photography, interviews and blogging, my music adventures always leave me juggling a lot but I wouldn't have it any other way. Whether being funny, opinionated or just plain entertaining, I always keep it 100% WestStyle. To see my wild ride in the world of music, catch my adventures at the one & only....Grown Folks Music!!!! :)