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Jason Moran And The Bandwagon At The Kennedy Center (Full Concert Video)

Sebastien Helary
Co-Founder
s.helary@nextbop.com / @helaryous

Since his groundbreaking entrance on the music scene in the late 90s, jazz pianist Jason Moran has proven more than his share of genius as a performer, even earning him a Macarthur Genius Grant. The Blue Note Records recording artist has established himself as a true innovator with his distinct and unique brand of jazz music. “Jason Moran [is] shaping up to be the most provocative thinker in current jazz” says Rolling Stone. Catch a one hour set performed by his trio, The Bandwagon, with Tarus Mateen on electric bass and Nasheet Waits on drums, recorded at the Kennedy Center in 2013. Video, courtesy of NPR Music, expires in one week.

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38 Essential Jazz Albums You Should Own For Under $6 Each On iTunes

Sebastien Helary
Co-Founder
s.helary@nextbop.com / @helaryous

iTunes is currently having a jazz sale. Here are 38 essential jazz albums, under $6, we think you should own listed in alphabetical order. If you’re a Canadian user, the selection is not quite as good but nonetheless we’ve selected 6 albums you should own for under $7 each.

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Omar Sosa & The Afri-Lectric Experience Tribute To 'Kind Of Blue' (Full Concert Video)

Sebastien Helary
Co-Founder
s.helary@nextbop.com / @helaryous

Omar Sosa, the virtuosic pianist and 7 time Grammy nominee hailing from Cuba, I believe is seriously underrated. I personally loved his performance at the Montreal Jazz Festival a few years back. In 2009, he was commissioned by the Barcelona Jazz Festival to compose and produce a tribute to the legendary Miles Davis album Kind Of Blue on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. This lead to Sosa’s 2013 album Eggun, a completely original take on the aforementioned Kind Of blue heavily influenced by Sosa’s Cuban heritage as well as the African diaspora. Hear select tracks from the album performed live at the Jazz A La Villettte festival filmed last August in Paris. The band features Sosa on keys, vocals and effects, Mozambican bass player Childo Thomas, American drummer Marque Gilmore, Cuban saxophonist Leandro Saint-Hill (also on flute and vocals) and German trumpet player Joo Kraus. Video courtesy of Arte, expires March 6th.

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Fallin' Floyd - A Jazzy Animated Short

Sebastien Helary
Co-Founder
s.helary@nextbop.com / @helaryous

Here’s a cute animated short coming out of the Netherlands featuring a beautiful original jazzy soundtrack by Martin Fondse with Eric Vloeimans on trumpet. After a painful heartbreak, the lead character falls into a dark abyss only to be saved by jazz. As Art Blakey masterfully said: “Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life.”

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Matthew Stevens - "Star L.A." (Stream)

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

Guitarist Matthew Stevens never fails to impress. For years, he's been a crucial part of Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah's quintet. In recent years, he's been a shining spot in Concord Jazz's NEXT Collective and gave some key touches to Harvey Mason's comeback album, Chameleon. There's undoubtedly many other credits to add to this list but the most important of these would be his latest one, his upcoming album on Whirlwind Recordings, Woodwork. The new release featuring an extra mic'd up Stevens on guitar, Gerald Clayton on piano, Vicente Archer on bass, Eric Doob on drums, and Paulo Stagnaro on percussion. You can hear an exclusive stream of the first single, "Star L.A.", after the break.