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Friday, April 23, 2010

Harlem Stage present Pete Rock: A Tribute to Roy Ayers 


TOMORROW NIGHT (April 24) in NYC presented by Harlem Stage:

"Revive Music Group’s tribute to the legendary jazz musician Roy Ayers features an amazing lineup of music pioneers including legendary hip hop producer Pete Rock, jazz trailblazer The Robert Glasper Experiment and special guests. Honored Guest Roy Ayers will be there to bask in the glory. For this very unique event, the featured artists will collaborate in tribute to the extraordinary career of vibraphonist Roy Ayers and his influence and contributions to contemporary urban music.

Featured artist, Pete Rock, has produced many hip hop milestones from Ayers' source material, inspiration and influence. Revive Music Group is focused on revealing the roots of music culture by uniting two legends, two genre's of music, two generations and examining the foundations of emerging and established artists.

To bridge the gap, blue note recording artists The Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Chris Dave on drums, Derrick Hodge on bass & Casey Benjamin on alto/vocoder will perform sequences between Roy Ayers selections transition them into Pete Rock productions that were created from his musical influence. The live reinterpretations and interpolations of both works serve as the conduit to understanding the harmonic relationship between the past and present.

Since 2006, Revive Music Group has been presenting as series of conceptual concert events called REVIVE DA LIVE that specialize in illuminating the historical influence and relevancy of jazz with today's popular music. In the past year Revive Music Group has produced events like, Hip Hop 1942 w/Phonte of Little Brother, Hip Hop 1953 w/Pete Rock and Roy Hargrove & Guru (R.I.P.). Revive Music Group is planning many events in the near future inspiring the education of music, the influence of jazz and the future of hip-hop."

I can't imagine this will go down tomorrow without some kind of acknowledgement of Guru's passing. That guy carried the torch for the jazz-rap sound long after most others had left it far behind....

Cop tickets via HERE.

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