Kamasi Washington & Christian Scott discuss music & civil rights at North Sea Jazz Festival 2016

PANEL: MUSIC & CIVIL RIGHTS WITH KAMASI WASHINGTON AND CHRISTIAN SCOTTAshley Kahn (moderator); Kamasi Washington (tenor saxophone); Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah (trumpet).

Although the Civil Right movement of the 60s and the anti-apartheid movements of the 80s are seen by many as struggles of the past, discussions about civil right have flared up again. What is the role musicians can have when it comes to social and political issues? Saxophonist Kamasi Washington and trumpeter Christian Scott discuss their experiences and those of fellow musicians.
North Sea Jazz Festival 2016 - Ahoy, Rotterdam

Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands - North Sea Jazz Festival

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North Sea Jazz Festival 1976 poster

Kamasi Washington & The Metropole Orkest 7/8/16 North Sea Jazz Festival; Henrietta Our Hero

North Sea Jazz Festival 1977 poster

Christian Scott 7/8/16 North Sea Jazz Festival: Diaspora

North Sea Jazz Festival 1979 poster

Christian Scott 7/8/16 North Sea Jazz Festival: New Heroes

Miles Davis - North Sea Jazz Festival 1985 poster

Erasmusbrug - Rotterdam

New Orleans Jazz Fest Late Night: Break Science Live Band at The Blue Nile 2016

Break Science Live Band 2016 New Orleans Blue Nile

Break Science Live Band
April 30, 2016 New Orleans, LA @ Blue Nile
Part 1 of 2:
Owner Of A Lonely Heart [Yes] > Goin ‘Down [Michal Menert collab], In Full Effect (clip), Hand Clapping Song [The Meters] > Funky Style (clip), Brain Reaction, Intergalactic

Bee Getz as quoted in his NOLA Jazz Fest After-Dark 2016 overview review at Live For Live Music:

Break Science is trendsetter in realms of live electronic music; implementing avant garde approaches to technology while retaining core identity and original sound. The duo comprised of Adam Deitch and keyboardist/sampler/producer Borahm Lee have begun to reinvent themselves as a live band, drafting Lettuce crew Jesus Coomes (bass), Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff (guitar) and The Shady Horns (Ryan Zoidis & Eric “Benny” Bloom) to make a formidable dance music dragon.

Break Science Live Band 2016 Blue Nile

It’s clear that familiarity and trust are crucial to the duo’s transition into a full live band. Deitch remains a force behind the kit, propelling the breaks, programming pads, and setting the ultimate tone; while Lee is mad professor, furiously twisting knobs, painting Rhodes colors, and layering the synth waves. Shmeeans and Jesus would lay back, low-down dirty and deep in the cut, serving the songs and keeping it vibey with disciplined restraint.

On the other hand, saxophonist Ryan Zoidis was levitation station, a dude not of this earth. The Shady Horns veteran hellraiser married imaginative melodies with sinister, psychedelic tones; all done through his Korg analog guitar-synth triggered by a custom-equipped mouthpiece. Eric
Benny” Bloom
is well versed in live-band electro-soul from his tours of duty in Pretty Lights Analog Future Band, and his stimulating, muffled wah wailing remained a perfect Zoidis foil in yet another compelling context.

The undeniable Tycho/Kendrick Lamar mashup “Vibe Walk” was a moving expedition, paired with familial collaborations with Michal Menert (“Goin Down”). Two tracks from the recent Manic Science project were reinterpreted: the Nice & Smooth-sampled “Funky Style,” and the haunting Pretty Lights remix “I Can See it in Your Face.” In mixing older Break Science originals like “Zion Station”, re-working NOLA classics (The Meters “Hand-Clapping Song”), and powering through AOR radio staples (Yes‘s “Owner of a Lonely Heart”), the omnifarious Break Science personalities were revealed. A smattering of new songs were interspersed within the set, only adding to the promising potential of this larger unit. Break Science Live Band surpassed many expectations, and chaperoned an enchanting journey down the wormhole of organic electronic music in 2016.

Break Science Live Band
April 30, 2016 New Orleans, LA @ Blue Nile
Part 2 of 2:
Throwback [Michal Menert collab] > I Can See It In Your Face [Pretty Lights], Let’s Go, Vibe Walk [Kendrick Lamar vs Tycho]

NOTE: Please excuse the fact that the audio on these is subpar. I think my Sony ECM-MS908C external video cam microphone started to crap out in a weird way (after extended use in the humidity I guess?). Luckily it didn’t happen until the 8th night (of 8 nights) so it didn’t affect too much of my footage. I promptly replaced the mic. I actually I picked up two because it is no longer being manufactured. I’ve been using these mics since 1999 and they still do a great job. I think I’ve owned 5 of them, if you count the 2 I have now.

John Medeski’s Mad Skillet 4/25/16 New Orleans, LA @ Little Gem Saloon Ramp Room

John Medeski's Mad Skillet 2016 Little Gem Saloon

John Medeski’s Mad Skillet
4/25/16 New Orleans, LA @ Little Gem Saloon’s Ramp Room
Set One:

Briar Patch [Brother Jack McDuff cover], ???, Blister [Will Bernard], Mojet [Mago cover], ???

John Medeski’s Mad Skillet
4/25/16 New Orleans, LA @ Little Gem Saloon’s Ramp Room
Set Two:

Inside Straight [Cannonball Adderley / Dirty Dozen Brass Band cover], 571 [Will Bernard], ???, Adele [Kirk Joseph], Baby Goats [John Medeski], Awanna [Will Bernard], Wiggly’s Way [Medeski Martin & Wood cover]

John Medeski's Mad Skillet 2016 Little Gem Saloon

John Medeski’s Mad Skillet
April 25, 2016
New Orleans, LA @ Little Gem Saloon’s Ramp Room

Recorded, Mixed, & Mastered by Phil Harris – PH Balanced Recordings
SBD matrix: Schoeps CCM5’s (ORTF/Cardioid Onstage Center) + Mono SBD feed > Tascam DR-70D
SBD was mostly piano and keys, nothing else in it.
Most of the mix is from my Schoeps onstage.

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Set One – 11:15pm:
01. Briar Patch [Brother Jack McDuff cover]
02. ???
03. Blister [Will Bernard]
04. Mojet [Mago cover]
05. ???

Set Two – 12:55pm:
01. Inside Straight [Cannonball Adderley / Dirty Dozen Brass Band cover]
02. 571 [Will Bernard]
03. ???
04. Adele [Kirk Joseph]
05. Baby Goats [John Medeski]
06. Awanna [Will Bernard]
07. Wiggly’s Way [Medeski Martin & Wood cover]

John Medeski’s Mad Skillet:
John Medeski
– organ, piano
Will Bernard – guitar
Kirk Joseph – sousaphone
Terence Higgins – drums

Notes:
This was the 3rd year for this project. In 2014 it was billed as Will Bernard’s Blue Plate Review and occurred on Saturday of first weekend with Eric Kalb on drums. In 2015 it was billed as Will Bernard’s Blue Plate Special, on Thursday night, and cemented the lineup with Terence Higgins on drums. In 2016 it was Monday night and it was clear that Medeski was the leader of this group. They are going to record an album soon and start a kickstarter campaign. They also played a few European gigs in July of 2016.

John Medeski's Mad Skillet