Tag Archive for James Casey

The Killa 4 Dilla 4/30/16 New Orleans, LA @ Maison – Fiyawerx Prod. – J Dilla Tribute

Killa 4 Dilla 4/30/16 Maison, New Orleans

The Killa 4 Dilla II – April 30, 2016
New Orleans, LA @ Maison (actually started 5/1/16 @ 3:30am)
Part 1 of 2:
???, The Light (with Ivan Neville, Ian Neville & Nikki Glaspie), [Alvin Ford Jr exits, Louis Cato enters], Thelonius > Players > Get Down > U and Ur Smile > 2 You 4 You, [Louis Cato exits, Adam Deitch enters], Thought U Wuz Nice, So Far To Go

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

After the rousing success of their first endeavor, a late-night, post-BUKU throwdown, FIYAwerx Productions revealed a Jazz Fest after dark redux, and the Killa 4 Dilla II was born just days before the show. The FIYA Dept had this one tucked up their sleeve for a few weeks, but once they announced the second edition of their J Dilla tribute, the excitement around the city was palpable. Boasting a roster of jazz-funk heavyweights with a healthy appreciation for hip-hop history, the band came together in short order to summon a ghost of The Ummah. Lacing us with two hours of classic Jay Dee, this was Welcome to Detroit, the Frenchman Street edition.

The ensemble included the likes of Borahm Lee (keys and samples), Nate Edgar (bass), Nicky Cake Cassarino (guitar), Ian Neville (guitar), Maurice “Mobetta” Brown (trumpet), Khris Royal (sax and effects), Alvin Ford Jr (drums), Adam Deitch (drums) and emcees Nikki Glaspie and M@ Peoples. The outfit ambled on stage just after two in the morning, and deftly delivered a cadre of bangers that had us “Body Movin'” and crush-groovin’ late into the night. A student of the James Yancey pantheon, Borahm Lee was a revelation; a true-school beat conductor for this focused free-for-all, playing choice Rhodes betwixt a bevy of samples and looping gymnastics. Soulquarian essential oils were in the air on Common‘s “The Light”, and the energy turned Nthfectious; Cassarino‘s slinky Spanky Chalmers licks, Edgar‘s Pino Palladino was perfection, and Glaspie‘s mojo was workin’ through Rashid‘s effervescent verses, the dreaded femcee gripping the mic like it was mama’s gun. Another period piece, Slum Village‘s “Jealousy” was handled with verbal authority by M@ Peoples. This talented local emcee shined on a vast array of Dilla-gence throughout. Brown and Royal passed the champion sound forth and back, and Ford was steady-clicking a metronome of Dillafication, the off-beat/on-beat, blunted breaks mined from a Conant Gardens bassment.

Killa 4 Dilla 4/30/16 Maison, New Orleans

Miraculously, the man, myth, legend, the all-galaxy cat himself, Louis Cato appeared out of thin air and relieved Ford on the drum kit; a segment of virtue and virtuoso, this was beyond Filthy Mcnasty. Naturally, it being a FIYA Dept hip hop show in NOLA, the boy wonder Adam Deitch emerged to nail the illest Iverson crossovers. Lettuce‘s hip-hop heartbeat got luscious on a lucid dreaming “Lightworks,” an MPC piece of masterpiece theater found on Yancey‘s final finished document, Donuts. The Killa chorale continued to bless the Maison massive by honoring the legacy of hip-hop’s greatest producer; emotional readings of several undying soundtracks to our lives included “Runnin'” (The Pharcyde) and the SV/Common slab of heat rocks “Thelonious.” Most treasured was an sojourn through this writer’s amaranthine anthem: De La Soul‘s 1996 word-to-the-wise “Stakes is High”. James Casey and the Mayor of *my* New Orleans Derrick “Smoker” Freeman assumed the role of Plug-One and Plug-Two; this duo led the crew through golden-age, rap-superhero theme music.In a word: FIYA. A new generation of Native Tongues had been reinstated. Vibes? Vibrations. Jay. Love. JazzFest.

The Killa 4 Dilla II – April 30, 2016
New Orleans, LA @ Maison (actually started 5/1/16 @ 3:30am)
Part 2 of 2:
??? > Lightworks > ??? > Jealousy, Runnin’ (Can’t Keep Running Away) > Stakes Is High, Encore: [Adam Deitch exits, Nikki Glaspie enters], Think Twice

The Killa 4 Dilla II:
Borahm Lee – keyboards
Alvin Ford Jr. – drums (beginning until The Light)
Louis Cato – drums (Thelonius > 2 You 4 You)
Adam Deitch – drums (Thought U Wuz Nice > Stakes Is High)
Nikki Glaspie – drums (Think Twice), MC (on The Light)
Nate Edgar – bass
Nick Cassarino – guitar
Maurice Brown – trumpet, MC (on 2 You 4 You, ??? before Lightworks, & Jealousy)
Khris Royal – saxophone
Ivan Neville – vocals (on The Light)
Ian Neville – guitar (on The Light & Runnin’)
M@ Peoples – MC (on Thelonius & Players)
James Casey – MC (on Runnin’, Stakes Is High & Think Twice)
Derrick Freeman – MC (on Stakes Is High)

Greg Bryant - Killa 4 Dilla

Killa 4 Dilla 4/30/16 Maison, New Orleans

Nikki Glaspie guest sets at Bear Creek Music Festival 2013: Chali 2na, Jennifer Hartswick Band, The Nth Power and more!

Chali 2na House of Vibe Nikki Glaspie

It seemed like Nikki Glaspie was playing drums with everyone at Bear Creek in 2013. She played no less than 8 full sets, including 4 full sets on Sunday. Here she is with Chali 2na’s House of Vibe Band, 2 sets with the Jennifer Hartswick Band and a late night set with The Nth Power.

She also played with Dumpstaphunk, The Bear Creek Allstars (Dumpstajam) and subbed for Adam Deitch in Lettuce. Those 3 sets can be founds here. She also held it down with Roosevelt Collier & Nigel Hall’s Gospel Surprise, but I’m holding on to those videos until I find an audio source (I accidentally left my mic turned off so I have no sound for that set). Enjoy the last of my Bear Creek 2013 videos:

Chali 2na & The House of Vibe Band
November 16, 2013 Bear Creek Music Festival

???, Comin’ Thru > Don’t Stop, Get Focused > International, Jurassic 5 Medley (Ducky Boy > Freedom > Quality Control > I Want You Back > I’ll Be There > Quality Control), Welcome To The Fish Market

======================================================================

Jennifer Hartswick Band
November 17, 2013 Bear Creek Music Festival

Part 1 of 2: Ain’t No Sunshine [Bill Withers cover] (with George Porter Jr)

Jennifer Hartswick Band
November 17, 2013 Bear Creek Music Festival

Part 2 of 2: Ain’t Nobody [Rufus & Chaka Khan cover] (with Jans Ingber, Natalie Cressman & James Casey), This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody) [Talking Heads cover], Piece of My Heart [Janis Joplin cover] (with Jans Ingber and Natalie Cressman), Magic Man [Heart cover], Crush [Jennifer Paige cover], If You Don’t Wanna Wait

Jennifer Hartswick Band

Jennifer Hartswick Band
November 15, 2013 Bear Creek Music Festival

Part 1 of 2: You Got The Love [Rufus & Chaka Khan cover]

Jennifer Hartswick Band
November 15, 2013 Bear Creek Music Festival

Part 2 of 2: Let Me In

======================================================================

The Nth Power
November 14/15, 2013 Bear Creek Music Festival

Part 1 of 4: Spirits, Only Love

The Nth Power
November 14/15, 2013 Bear Creek Music Festival

Part 2 of 4: Only Love (continued) > Weedie percussion solo

The Nth Power
November 14/15, 2013 Bear Creek Music Festival

Part 3 of 4: JazzFest 420

The Nth Power
November 14/15, 2013 Bear Creek Music Festival

Part 4 of 4: JazzFest 420 (continued)

Lettuce, Dumpstaphunk & Bear Creek Allstars come together at Bear Creek Music Fest 2013

Bear Creek 2013

Bear Creek All Stars (Part 1 of 3) 11/16/13 Bear Creek Music Festival
Dumpstaphunk plus Eric Krasno, Nigel Hall, Ryan Zoidis, Igmar Thomas, James Casey & Skerik:
Bop Gun (Endangered Species) [Parliament cover] , Dr. Funkenstein [Parliament cover]

Bear Creek All Stars (Part 2 of 3) 11/16/13 Bear Creek Music Festival
Lettuce with Nikki Glaspie, Nigel Hall & Alecia Chakour:
Baby, I Do Love You [Greg Phillinganes cover], For My Friend [Bill Withers cover]

Bear Creek All Stars (Part 3 of 3) 11/16/13 Bear Creek Music Festival
Lettuce with Nikki Glaspie, Nigel Hall & Alecia Chakour:
Need To Understand > Jam (with Ivan Neville, then Andrew Block joins and Dave Watts swaps with Nikki, then Wil Blades swaps with Neal Evans, then Eric Vogel swaps with Jesus, then Robert Walter swaps with Ivan Neville, then Joey Porter swaps with Wil Blades, then Matt Grondin joins on guitar.)

=====================================================================

Lettuce - Bear Creek 2013

Lettuce 11/17/13 (Part 1 of 3) Bear Creek Music Festival
Mr. Yancey > Workinonit > Body Movin (J Dilla Tribute)

Lettuce 11/17/13 (Part 2 of 3) Bear Creek Music Festival
Salute (with George Porter Jr, Cheme Gastelum & Weedie Braimah)
Lettsanity (with Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman & Cheme Gastelum)

Lettuce 11/17/13 (Part 3 of 3) Bear Creek Music Festival
Do It Like You Do (with Nigel Hall, Jennifer Hartswick & Natalie Cressman), Making My Way Back Home (inc. P-Funk Do That Stuff remix) (with Nigel Hall, Jennifer Hartswick & Natalie Cressman), Encore: Madison Square

=====================================================================

Dumpstaphunk - Bear Creek 2013

Dumpstaphunk 11/17/13 (Part 1 of 3) Bear Creek Music Festival
I Know You Know (with Cheme Gastelum, ???, Igmar Thomas, James Casey & Skerik)
Raise The House (with Natalie Cressman, ???, Igmar Thomas, James Casey & Skerik)

Dumpstaphunk 11/17/13 (Part 2 of 3) Bear Creek Music Festival
I Wish You Would (with Natalie Cressman, ???, Igmar Thomas, James Casey & Skerik)

Dumpstaphunk 11/17/13 (Part 3 of 3) Bear Creek Music Festival
If I’m In Luck I Just Might Get Picked Up [Betty Davis cover], Put It In The Dumpsta