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[VIDEO] “Behind the Scene Rehearsal” with Shelia E. on the “Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour” – “Little Drummer Girl”

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

For Grown Folks Music, supporting the arts is one of the pillars of our beliefs. It can be quite contradictory to criticize the present quality of music in the mainstream and not contribute to the roots of education for our youth to counteract the present conditions. So for this reason and many others we could outline, we greatly support the efforts of Jazz Roots and the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Foundation. The following pictures and video are from the sound check sessions of the Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour. It was inspiring to see students learning from the professionals and being educated in other classes on the influence of blues and jazz in music. Here is Shelia E. during sound check of the song “Little Drummer Girl” with Dave Koz and composer David Benoit. Happy Holidays!!!!

Please note, this performance is only rehearsal. Shelia “killed it” during her live performance and if you missed our pictures from the concert, here is your chance!!!

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 & The Top Shelf at DROM NYC December 6

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

In NYC? Check out Steve Wexler and The Top Shelf at DROM December 6.

The show will spotlight 21st Century Soul including creative arrangements of Amy Winehouse, Beyonce, Eli “Paper Boy” Reed, and more and the winner of the “Top Shelf Cocktail” will be announced!

For tickets click here

Take a peek at what you can expect from the band in this video of one its performances at DROM:

 

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.

[New Video] Andy Allo Ain’t No “People Pleaser”

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

After watching the official video of Prince’s latest protégé, Andy Allo all I could say is, WHOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAA, this industry ain’t ready for no chick like dis!!!! This is the kind of introduction that will make you say, “who is DAT, where is she playing and when is the album coming out!?!?!?”  I love artists who are unapologetic in being themselves and with the single, People Pleaser, from her upcoming album Superconductor, Andy proves she’s the least bit repentant. In an industry filled with synthetic music, synthetic images and synthetic artists, the combination of NPG instrumentation, Andy’s enticing subtlety, Prince’s Midas touch and a massive funk/soul track all had me doing the “big mama church revival run”!!! If you don’t agree with me on this, auto-tunes has affected your taste more than you thought and you’ll need to reset your idea of excellence!

For more Allo, be on the lookout for her second album, Superconductor, November 20th!! Matter of fact, I’m just gonna get the single on Amazon right now! :)

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!!!! :)

New Video: Ethan “E-Bassman” Farmer – “Watch”

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

If you’re like me and have a thing for funk with a touch of chili sauce, you will definitely like this right here! Here is the new single from acclaimed bass player Ethan Farmer called “Watch” from his upcoming album “Wine & Strings”. In case you’re scratching your head and wondering where you’ve heard “E-Bassman’s” nasty groove, he has worked with Patti Labelle, Babyface, Keri Hilson, Christina Aguilera and the queen of nasty, Janet Jackson. Tell us how you feelin’ this joint!

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!!!! :)

[PHOTOS] JAZZ ROOTS Series Presents Ladies of Jazz: Esperanza Spalding & Terri Lyne Carrington

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Esperanza Spalding at the JAZZ ROOTS Jazz Series at the Cobb Energy Centre

When you think of jazz, you may very well ponder on the syncopated rhythm of Thelonius Monk or the elegance of Duke Ellington. However, you would be highly remised not to mention the grace of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn or Billie Holiday in the very same sentence. On October 19th, JAZZ  ROOTS: A Larry Rosen Jazz Series presented the Ladies of Jazz, a celebration of the present generation of female jazz artists with Terri Lyne Carrington and Esperanza Spalding at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Now I could tell you how Terri killed it on the drums, how Esperanza ripped the stage and even about her “Black Gold” duet with soul artist, Algebra Blessett as a special guest. However, we know you and we know pictures are worth a thousand words. So on that note, here are the highlighting photos from that great show!

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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!!!! :)

New Memphis Music Hall Of Fame Announces 2012 Inductees Including Issac Hayes and More!

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Isaac Hayes

Photo Credit: Memphis Music Hall Of Fame Website

The city that has long been, and continues to, undeniably, serve as the fulcrum for music’s most original creators is Memphis, Tennessee. Social, political and economic circumstances and a preternaturally musically included population catalyzed a vast array of musical genres to interact and intersect, creating a distinctive sound that shook the world. For practitioners and devotees of blues, gospel, jazz, rhythm and blues, soul, country, rockabilly, rock and roll, hip-hop and more, Memphis has been a destination, both real and metaphysical, for those who both make and appreciate the great music with which it is so rightfully identified.

This year, almost 60 years after a teen aged Elvis Presley first walked into Sun Studios to record a keepsake for his mother and almost a century since “The Father of the Blues,” W.C. Handy, penned Beale Street Blues, Memphis pays tribute to those who put it at the center of world’s musical map with the launch of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame. Under the leadership of Memphis Mayor AC Wharton and the administration of the Smithsonian-developed Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum, the names of the 25 inaugural Memphis Music Hall of Fame inductees were announced at a press conference on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 . The reveal was held at The Warehouse at 36 East G.E. Patterson Avenue in downtown Memphis. As the name implies, the facility is a converted warehouse that has been the site of several national music video productions.

An iconic list of many of music’s top names reflects the fact that Memphis boasts one of the world’s richest musical legacies, and a plethora of world-famous music-related landmarks, including Sun Studios, Beale Street, Stax Records and Elvis Presley’s Graceland, the second most visited residence in the world. Mayor Wharton commented, “Everywhere I go, people know Memphis, Tennessee. Every country around the world recognizes Memphis as the epicenter of music. The establishment of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame will lend focus to this fact, and pay tribute to the musical pioneers and icons whose contributions to our culture and our heritage, both locally and globally, are unequalled.”

The inaugural inductees were selected earlier this year by a Nominating Committee of local and national music professionals, including studio owners, producers, authors, and historians who discussed and debated at length who would be tapped for induction based on a variety of criteria. Those inductees will be honored at the MMHOF’s first induction event that is set for Thursday, November 29 at PM at the Cannon Center for Performing Arts in downtown Memphis.

The Memphis Music Hall of Fame website, including tributes to each inductee, a showcase of new Memphis musicians, and education components, as well as Hall of Fame social media tools, also launched on October 16, 2012. Tickets for the November 29, 2012 Induction Ceremony will also go on sale that day, and will be available through www.ticketmaster.com.

Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum is located at the corner of Third (legendary Hwy 61, “Blues Highway”) and 191 Beale Street at FedExForum, the city of Memphis’ premier sports & entertainment complex. The museum’s exhibition, “Rock ‘n’ Soul: Social Crossroads” was developed by the world famous Smithsonian Institution as part of its 150th anniversary celebration. The museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Additional information is available at (901) 205-2533 or at www.memphisrocknsoul.org.

2012 Memphis Music Hall Of Fame Inductees:

B.B. King

    Dewey Phillips

Elvis Presley

George Coleman

Howlin’ Wolf

Isaac Hayes

Jerry Lee Lewis

Jim Dickinson

Rufus Thomas

Willie Mitchell

Jim Stewart & Estelle Axton

Sam Phillips

Al Green

Bobby Blue Bland

Booker T. & The M.G.’s

Jimmie Lunceford

Lucie Campbell

Memphis Minnie

Nat D. Williams

Otis Redding

Professor William T. McDaniel

Staple Singers

Three 6 Mafia

W.C. Handy

Z.Z. Top

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.

Concert Alert: Ladies of Jazz Featuring Esperanza Spalding & Terri Lyne Carrington – October 19th!!

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

On my last music voyage, I reported straight from the JAZZ ROOTS inaugural concert featuring Ramsey Lewis and Al Jarreau! If you’re a true music fan and you missed this event, your head should be shaking in shame for not attending this affair.  However, you still have a chance to redeem yourself from the magnitude of your transgression.

My friend, mark your calendar for a show filled with music clothed with a woman’s touch. On Friday, October 19th the JAZZ ROOTS concert series, will celebrate the “Ladies of Jazzat the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. Headlining the stage will be bassist, vocalist and Grammy Award winner, Esperanza Spalding along with fellow jazz drummer, composer, record producer and Grammy winner, Terri Lyne Carrington.

This will be an unforgettable night all in tribute of the ladies that have greatly contributed to the art of jazz! If you hadn’t purchased your tickets, be sure to check out Ticketmaster for this upcoming event! In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek video of what you can expect!

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 On Her Upcoming 40th Anniversary Album and European/Asian Tour!!!

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Chaka Khan

Hola, my fellow Grown Folks!!! It’s you’re favorite “concert traveler” here with some news you absolutely must use!! Ten-time GRAMMY® Award winner Chaka Khan is touring Europe and Asia October – November 2012. Chaka will join the David Foster and Friends tour in November.

Also, next year, 2013 will mark the 40th anniversary of Ms. Khan’s career in music and entertainment. What does this mean, family???? It means Chaka Khan is working “them” pipes in the studio to bring us some BRAND NEW MUSIC!!! Can the church say AMEN!!!  The release will include a gospel and jazz project, an international and US tour and several other key events.

“Being in the studio makes me very happy,” says Chaka. “I am so excited about the new music and the direction on this project.  We are having a super great time on tour and the opportunity to connect with my fans is one of the greatest gifts ever.”

Check out Chaka Khan’s tour dates below and for more information,visit her at www.chakakhan.com and follow her on Twitter @chakakhan. (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!!!! :)