August 5th, 2013
This Friday LB will be performing at the San Jose Jazz Festival in San Jose, CA. What makes this performance more unique than most is that he will be performing his infamous CONTINUUM set, a Tribute to James Brown.
Backing LB will be a full band consisting of Bay Area musicians such as Uriah Duffy and members of both the Jazz Mafia Collective and Skins & Needles. Also joining him on stage, of course, is the lovely Joyo Velarde – LB’s wife and consistent collaborator.
This special performance was most recently talked about in an interview LB did for the San Jose Metro Newspaper.
The interview touches on a variety of topics ranging from Latyrx and Quannum to how jazz and funk are the core of Rap and Hip-Hop.
Check out an excerpt here:
“My perspective on jazz and funk, especially from a hip-hop background, is that it’s the musicianship, plain and simple,” he says, relating his own output to his performance August 9 at the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest. “All I listened to when I was younger was music that was sampled and programmed. When I started to dig deeper and actually listen to what was being sampled, the jazz and funk aspects, of course, stand out. There is a concept of togetherness, cooperation, exploration and defiance. There’s also a rebelliousness to both.”
Don’t miss LB performing this month at the following shows:
08/09 – San Jose Jazz Fest – San Jose, CA
08/17 – Two Acre Shaker – Pemberton, BC
08/24 – Eugene Celebration – Eugene, OR