Long time lovelies! Well, the summer break is officially over. We are wearing jackets again in NYC. September was not only my birthday month, but music month. I performed more in the past few weeks than I did all summer. More deets later, but wanted to start spreading the word about this incredible upcoming show!!!!
***Just added to the show: TONI BLACKMAN with master beatboxers Adam Matta & Chesney Snow opening the evening** …one of the most sought after drummers on ANY scene, the incomparable Gene Lake brings his blend of BALLADS + FUNK to The Blue Note for this rare late night appearance… THE GENE LAKE BAND *LIVE* AT THE BLUE NOTE Gene Lake, drums | Nick Rolfe, keys | Alex Han, reeds | James Genus, bass | Quenton Rubin, guitar/vocals + TONI BLACKMAN!
“Toni Blackman’s work resonates profoundly in so many disciplines and genres, from education to theater, from hip hop to politics, from poetry to diplomacy.” – Danny Hoch
Blue Note’s Late Night Groove Series
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2010, 12:30AM (IT IS LATE FRIDAY NIGHT!!!! 12:30 am…which is kinda’ like Saturday already, but not)
Gene Lake embodies the contradictions of modern music. An all-around drummer, Gene Lake has worked with a diverse range of artists: David Sanborn, Meshell Ndegeocello, Steve Coleman, Marcus Miller, Maxwell, D’Angelo and Screaming Headless Torsos, to name a few. Critics have described Cycles, Gene Lake’s first jazz/funk CD, as “staggering”, “surprising”, and “out-and-out head slammin”. A blend of ballads and funk, Cycles reflects Gene Lake’s love of the musically innovative and adventurous. His latest jazz/funk project features guitarist David “Fuze” Fiucyzynski, Marcus Strickland on tenor sax, and the vocals of Freedom Bremner. Check out Gene Lake and his music here: http://www.myspace.com/genelake http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4U2NXd3zZc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loFIITSeRig&feature=related http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/Gene_Lake.html ABOUT TONI BLACKMAN Toni Blackman is a woman and the first-ever cultural ambassador to represent Hip Hop with the U.S. Department of State. This highly respected rap lyricist has shared the stage with the likes of Erykah Badu, the Roots, and Mos Def, won the Lilith Fair Talent search and opened for Ricki Lee Jones. Perhaps one of the foremost artist-activists of her time, Blackman is also the founder of the legendary Freestyle Union Cipher Workshop.
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