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Turn Music Lovers into Musician Lovers: New Orleans Musicians’ Assistance Foundation

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, April 1, 2019 04:54pm | Post a Comment

By Shona

I love New Orleans, and if you’ve been there, you do too. (If you’ve never been, get yourself down there!) New Orleans is the birthplace and repository of so much important music and, more importantly, so much music is alive and swaggering there. It’s Jazz, it’s R&B, it’s Cajun and Zydeco, it’s Funk, it’s Mardi Gras Indians, it’s Rock & Roll, it’s brass bands, it’s Bounce and Hip-Hop, and we could go on. Let’s just say it’s all that and a bag of Zapp’s potato chips! It’s our past and present, but how do we keep it going for our future? We add Musician Lover to our identity as Music Lover. We support the music and culture by supporting the health and well-being of the people who create it.

Amoeba Music has a long history with the New Orleans Musicians’ Assistance Foundation (NOMAF) and the clinic they support, New Orleans Musician’s Clinic (NOMC). Their mission is to save New Orleans Music and one of the ways they do that is “preventing death by lifestyle.” If you’ve seen an episode of the David Simon HBO drama Treme, then you saw their work depicted. We are a business run by music lovers that caters to music lovers and, let’s be real, we gotta be Musician Lovers.

Every year, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival happens the last weekend of April. It’s an epic music festival, mixing big name, internationally known acts and hyper local artists. Last year they had almost 450,000 attendees over seven days. This year is their big 50th Anniversary, and the line-up is insane. Dave Matthews Band, Diana Ross, Katy Perry, Herbie Hancock, Leon Bridges, Logic, Big Freedia, Santana, Trombone Shorty, and more. NOMAF is holding a raffle and tickets are only $10 each! The grand prize is two Brass Passes (7 day access, VIP perks) to Jazz Fest. Trust, you want that prize. (They don’t take any federal funds, so they rely on year-round donations and special events to fund their programs.)

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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Robert Glasper

Posted by Amoebite, January 9, 2017 06:58pm | Post a Comment

Robert Glasper What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

"'Off the Wall' actually used to scare me," says Grammy-winning pianist and record producer Robert Glasper. He's talking about the title track off of Michael Jackson's monumental record, which starts with eerie, building vocals and a sinister laugh. "I used to literally take the needle and skip it to, like, more in the middle of the song, 'cause I was so scared of the beginning." Glasper had plenty of personal anecdotes and insights into all the records he found on his recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood

Hailing from Houston, TX, Robert Glasper started his musical career performing at the East Wind Baptist Church, where his mother was music director. While attending the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, Glasper met neo-soul singer Bilal Oliver and the two began collaborating on a series of musical projects that would lead them to work with J Dilla, Erykah Badu, Kanye West, Mos Def, Q-Tip, Meshell Ndegeocello, Talib Kweli, Jay-Z, Common, Slum Village, and Maxwell. Glasper released his first album, Mood, in 2004. A record for Blue Note, Canvas, followed a year later. Glasper's 2009 LP Double-Booked netted a Grammy for Bilal, who appeared on the track "All Matter."

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GQ Style’s Vinyl Jazz Bundle

Posted by Amoebite, October 23, 2016 07:40pm | Post a Comment

In the Holiday issue of GQ Style (on newsstands now), photographer Christian Weber photographed ten of the greatest living jazz musicians for an epic portfolio. To celebrate, we’ve bundled this exclusive set of LPs representing every artist in the shoot. It’s 11 albums in total, all on speaker-melting vinyl. At checkout, enter the code GQSTYLE15 to receive 15 percent off the retail price of $305.78.

Chick Corea "Vigil" Chick Corea - Vigil (2013) [180 Gram Vinyl, 2 LP Set] - $36.98

With Flying Lotus and his ilk busy making fusion cool again, 2013 was a good time for Chick Corea to revive his flashy '70s aesthetic. The Vigil should've been a breakthrough that year: From its proggy, groove-driven themes right down to the unabashedly grandiose cover art—which depicts Corea as a questing knight much like the one that adorned Romantic Warrior, a 1976 album by his high-flying supergroup Return to Forever—the album feels like a rediscovered crate digger's treasure.
Roy Haynes "We Three" Roy Haynes - We Three (1959) - $24.98

10 Essential Albums From Blue Note Records

Posted by Billy Gil, September 29, 2014 06:35pm | Post a Comment

Some of our staff have picked out essential albums from Blue Note Records that should satisfy both the purist and the newcomer to go along with Sonos Studio’s brilliant exhibition celebrating the label's 75th anniversary.

A bit about Blue Note’s history: The label was in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis, getting its name from the “blue notes” of blues and jazz, or notes sung a bit lower than the major scale for expressive purposes. Moving from traditional jazz to some bebop (including artists like Thelonious Monk) in the 1940s and hard bop (artists such as Horace Silver) in the 1950s, Blue Note distinguished itself by paying musicians for rehearsals as well as recordings, in order to ensure a better final product. With iconic album artwork by Esquire designer Reid Miles (using photographs of the musician in session, taken by Blue Note’s Francis Wolff), Blue Note made its name as one of the most influential labels in jazz music, later issuing records by free jazz musicians like Ornette Coleman and popular musicians like Herbie Hancock, having records sampled in hip-hop records by the likes of Madlib and, now, seeing massive success with mainstream artists like Norah Jones.

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Saturday at the Monterey Jazz Fest: Herbie Hancock, Booker T., Charles Lloyd and So Much More

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, September 21, 2014 12:13pm | Post a Comment

herbie hancock monterey jazz festivalIt was a big Saturday at the Mini-Amoeba tent with all-star signings from 1pm straight through to 10pm. We knew we were going to have a great day when we opened to the sounds of Red Baraat emanating from the Garden Stage just steps from the Amoeba tent and then kicked off our signings with the one, the only Herbie Hancock!

The legendary Herbie Hancock joined us to sign copies of Herbie Hancock’s The Imagine Project (winner of two 2011 GRAMMY Awards for Best Pop Collaboration and Best Improvised Jazz Solo) and Herbie Hancock: The Warner Bros. Years. During his illustrious career spanning five decades, he’s won 14 Grammy’s, and influenced acoustic and electronic jazz like no one else in the biz. Mr. Hancock was charming and gracious with the scores of fans who turned out to meet the great man.

Quick on the heels of the Hancock signing and their ripping set on the Garden Stage, all eight members of Brooklyn's eclectic Red Baraat sat at the Amoeba tent for a signing of their latest album, Shruggy Ji. Impossible to define by genre, Red Baraat creates a merging of hard driving North Indian bhangra rhythms with elements of jazz, go-go, brass funk, and hip-hop. You need to hear them to believe them.

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