THIS IS JAZZ? Vol. 1
Mamarazzi
Dana Leong
Lifted Crew
The Suite Unraveling

*Mercury Lounge* ~ Showtime: 8:00pm

Mamarazzi – 11:00pm
Spontaneously combusting under the careless scientific supervision of a group of Wesleyan University Alum (the nonsensical institution that housed Santigold, MGMT, and Dar Williams), the band’s sound has been born and born again through daily revivals of its earthly ingredients…
The result, like a ripe grapefruit, is that just-right combination of unlikely elements: tart funk, acidic groove, and nectar of ancient lullaby.   Mamarazzi Myspace

Dana Leong – 10:00pm

Cellist/Trombonist/Composer Dana Leong fuses hip-hop, jazz and electronics to create a signature boundless sound. Often referred to as a “hi-def Yo-Yo Ma,” Dana’s pioneering fusion of electronic music and ethereal jazz sensualities has garnered critical acclaim and wowed audiences worldwide. Whether as a performer, composer, collaborator, or recording producer, he has worked with top artists including Dafnis Prieto, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Wynton Marsalis, Yoko Ono, and Kanye West, to name a few.  Dana Leong Website

Lifted Crew – 9:00pm

Lifted Crew is a New York City based hip hop soul band that engrosses the listener with its eclectic concoction of soul, funk, and R&B. This 10-piece powerhouse ensemble consists of two lyrically conscience MC’s, three remarkable vocalists, hard hitting horns, and an explosive rhythm section. Lifted Crew’s innovative sound is a product of their diverse musical and cultural backgrounds, allowing them to create songs that intelligently bridge the gap between music lovers, hip-hop heads, and the every day listener alike. Lifted Crew most recently have hit the road with hip hop legend Slick Rick in addition to sharing the stage with Just Blaze, Kid Cudi, Eddie Vedder, Asia, Cyril Neville, Brand Nubian, Brother Ali, Trombone Shorty and Vast Air among others. The horn section has also recently collaborated with Shaggy, Ryan Leslie, India.Arie, Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek. Whether you like to dance, or are in need of a good escape, the Lifted Crew sound is one to rock to, be inspired by, and evolve with.  Lifted Crew Website

The Suite Unraveling – 8:00pm

Fresh from the Brooklyn underground, guitarist/composer Lily Maase is at the forefront of the arts movement sweeping through the recently-reclaimed industrial neighborhood known as Bushwick, where she has built fully-equipped stages onto warehouse rooftops, recorded music in cavernous basements and abandoned churches, and built a multimedia experience around her new music ensemble, the Suite Unraveling, with her own two hands.More rock band than jazz quintet, yet playing music more improvised than composed, Lily and the Suite have one foot planted in the world of rock and roll and the other firmly in the avant-garde, embracing influences as broad as Ornette Coleman, electronic music, and guitar heroes from the days of yore. The goal? To create something honest and new, steeped in the sensibility of simpler times, but reaching with reckless abandon into the sonic landscape that lays ahead.  Suite Unraveling Myspace

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Date:
June 20, 2011
Cost:
$15
Venue:
Mercury Lounge
Address:
217 E Houston St # A, New York, NY, 10002