If one were attempting to design a prototype for the quintessential contemporary musician, trumpeter/fluegelhornist/composer Russell Gunn is the model. A certified member of the hip-hop generation, Russell’s early aspirations in the world of rap music took precedence over the trumpet that he began playing in fourth grade. When he reached sixteen, his dedication to the art of jazz took shape.
Rather than abandoning the music he loved, he simply applied its energy, spirit and fiercely proud intellectual rage to the jazz idiom, creating a synthesis that is truly contemporary and singular.
HERS IS THE VOICE HEARD PLEADING TO GOD TO “HELP ME UNDERSTAND YOUR PLAN” ON A.D.’S CHART TOPPING, 1992 GRAMMY AWARD WINNING SINGLE, “TENNESSEE“. HERS IS THE VOICE HEARD ASSUREDLY LETTING YOU KNOW, “I KNOW” (WHAT YOU’RE
DOING AND IT’S NOT GOING TO WORK THIS TIME), ON HER GROUND BREAKING FIRST TOP 10, GRAMMY NOMINATED SINGLE FROM HER CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED DEBUT, “WILD SEED – WILD FLOWER“. HERS IS THE VOICE THAT CALMED TUPAC SHAKUR’S SOUL WHILE IN SOLITUDE, “SHE REALLY GOT ME THROUGH A LOT OF THIS TIME.” HER VOICE IS AT THE HEART OF BLACK MUSIC TODAY. SHE IS THE VOICE OF THE ‘LOVE JONES‘ GENERATION, WITH THE UNDYING CLASSIC ANTHEM SINGLE, “HOPELESS” (AS A PENNY WITH A HOLE IN IT). THIS PHOENIX CONTINUES TO RISE, AS HER VOICE IS NAMED ONE OF 2011′S TOP 10 SOUL CD’s ON “SIGNS OF LIFE” BY CREATIVE LOAFING ATLANTA.
When: Saturday, October 13, 2012 – 9:30pm & 11:30pm Shows
Where: Churchill Grounds Jazz Cafe – 660 Peachtree Street – Atlanta, GA
Dionne Farris received his first Grammy nomination for what category?
Entry Deadline: Friday, October 12, 2012