The Souljazz Orchestra, Zongo Junction, Jay Cleary

Fri Nov 30 2012

8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

The Studio at Webster Hall

125 East 11th St. New York, NY 10003

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  • The Souljazz Orchestra

    The Souljazz Orchestra


    Canada's hardest-working super-group, the Souljazz Orchestra, have been perfecting their signature sound for over a decade now: a percussive explosion of Soul, Jazz, Afro, Latin and Caribbean rhythms, driven by majestic horn-drenched melodies, all backed by an arsenal of overheated primitive keyboards.

    The multicultural collective returns at full throttle this year with Solidarity, a dynamite new collaborative album released by UK-based Strut Records, featuring a range of unique artists connected to the group through Canada's vibrant underground scene, yet hailing from a variety of backgrounds, from Senegal to Brazil to Jamaica and beyond. These guests were the catalyst for memorable artistic exchange, where the group remained rooted in rhythmically rich musical traditions of the past, but kept their eyes firmly on the future, pushing the boundaries of Soul, Jazz and Tropical styles with a fresh set of heavyweight new songs, unified by an underlying message of positive social change.

    Now celebrating their 10th year, the Souljazz Orchestra continue their impressive run of memorable albums. Breaking through on Toronto label Do Right!, Freedom No Go Die (2006, featuring the huge single ‘Mista President’) and Manifesto (2008) set the bar high. Rising Sun (2010), their first album with Strut Records, was subsequently recognised as a landmark in deep, spiritual Afro Jazz. Meanwhile, as a live unit, years of relentless touring have formed the Ottawa-based combo into an in-demand fixture at venues and festivals worldwide. 

    Philippe Lafrenière - drums, percussion, vocals
    Zakari Frantz - alto saxophone, flute, percussion, vocals
    Pierre Chrétien - vintage keyboards, percussion, vocals
    Ray Murray - baritone saxophone, percussion, vocals
    Marielle Rivard - percussion, vocals
    Steve Patterson - tenor saxophone, percussion, vocals

  • Zongo Junction

    Zongo Junction

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    Zongo Junction is generating a well-deserved buzz in NYC’s burgeoning afrobeat scene. The ensemble blends West African rhythms with funk, jazz and soul. True to their inspiration, Nigerian superstar, political activist and afrobeat pioneer Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the outfit excites dance floors wherever they perform.

    The critics agree. “The only thing Zongo Junction has to do to start a legitimate dance party is show up and plug in…anyone within a square block earshot of this Ford-tough funk factory would be hard pressed not to join in the hoopla,” says the Bay Area’s SF Station. “Sheer energy, with a brawny horn section that played unison lines with the force of a tractor-trailer and a rhythm section that roared with power and noise.” Says the Village Voice.

    The band, 12 pieces in total, has toured extensively throughout the East and West coats. Highlights include a sold out show at Slim's in San Francisco on December 30, 2010, a Monday night residency at Brooklyn Bowl in June 2011 and a recent tour supporting Asheville, NC heavyweights, Toubab Krewe.

    The band released their debut album Thieves! on December 30, 2010. As afrobeat music has always done, the album speaks truth-to-power with humor and soul. The album’s five original songs feature long-time Fela Kuti band member, Leon Kaleta Ligan-Majek, on vocals.

    Members of the band have performed or recorded with: TV on the Radio, Easy Star All Stars, The Walkmen, and many more.

  • Jay Cleary

    Jay Cleary

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The Souljazz Orchestra plus Zongo Junction / Jay Cleary

Fri Nov 30 2012 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:00 PM)

The Studio at Webster Hall New York NY
The Souljazz Orchestra, Zongo Junction, Jay Cleary
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