"JAZZ goes to CHURCH!"
presented by Kendrick Oliver & The New Life Jazz Orchestra
featuring Critically-Acclaimed Pianist, Robert Glasper and Vocalist, Kevin Mahogany This clubhouse revival draws concert goers from all walks and brims over with passion and spiritual uplift as World Class Artists, Robert Glasper and Kevin Mahogany, join the vibrant and youthful 19-piece Kendrick Oliver & The New Life Jazz Orchestra, to take the infectious gospel of swing into venues throughout the US and abroad!
Kendrick Oliver, photo by George Valentine
Kendrick Oliver & The New Life Jazz Orchestra Presents
Sing, Swing, Stomp, Shout! The Art of Big Band Performance Clinic
I. Kendrick Oliver & The New Life Jazz Orchestra open clinic with a powerful performance of a Big Band arrangement.
II. Introduction of New Life Jazz Orchestra members by Kendrick Oliver and summary of his vision for the group.
III. Kendrick shares his songwriting and arranging influences.
IV. Performance & Analysis of 3 big band arrangements w/ written outline for audience to follow along:
(Note: Songs/arrangements to consist of an old cover to feature instrumentalists; an original big band piece; an arrangement to feature vocalist.)
V. Application of Performance/Arranging Techniques.
Swingin' the Blues: Basie and Beyond:
Celebrating Count Basie and the Kansas City Sound featuring Kendrick Oliver & The New Life Jazz Orchestra with renowned Jazz vocalist, Kevin Mahogany
Kendrick Oliver & The New Life Jazz Orchestra is proud to present a unique and historic touring jazz program that is certain to stir excitement in audiences of all ages and creeds, and catalyst a heightened interest in the jazz tradition from mainstream pop culture. Paying homage to the "King of Swing", Count Basie, and the Kansas City Sound, this passionate and high-energy performance program will complement the line-up of any performance venue and leave the crowds begging for more! Even the most stoic jazz enthusiast will find it difficult to remain politely seated for this riveting musical experience; for the music presented in this concert will surely foster a celebration of the energy, joy, and passion of the Swing Era, and pay historic reverence to Count Basie and his Orchestra, and the Kansas City Sound.
Kendrick Oliver & The New Life Jazz Orchestra and Kevin Mahogany, in kindred communion, join forces to unveil the sacred treasures of Count Basie and the Kansas City Sound and humbly commit their own spirited musical perspectives as seeds to be planted in tribute to this timely resurrection. Performing timeless arrangements most signature of this Era, New Life will render attendees nothing less than a blow-the-rooftop caliber experience. Click on the title to preview familiar tunes, "The Comeback" and "Jumpin at the Woodside", as performed by Kendrick Oliver & The New Life Jazz Orchestra.
The Comeback is a mid-tempo Frank Foster dirty blues swing arrangement made famous by the Count Basie Orchestra featuring Joe Williams. Impeccably arranged with heavy brass and a joot-joint-type style, this high energy blues sums up the Kansas City Sound in a nutshell, and features lovely New Life vocalist, Monica Lynk, in show-stopping grandeur and elegance.
JUMPIN AT THE WOODSIDE
"Jumpin' at the Woodside" is an up-tempo signature Basie composition that has been recorded on several albums by various artists. Although this composition is most familiarized by three solos recorded by Eddie "LockJaw" Davis, Frank Wess and Frank Foster, Kendrick Oliver & The New Life Jazz Orchestra add a bit of new life flavor to the arrangement with a heart-wrenching tenor saxophone battle from members of his saxophone section.
KENDRICK OLIVER & THE NEW LIFE JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Kevin Mahogany picks up where Joe Williams, Billy Eckstine and Mel Torme left off. This Kansas City born jazz vocalist grew up within the city's rich jazz heritage, so it is no surprise that his music has helped to expand, enhance and bring new meaning to the standard jazz repertoire. As a young male jazz vocalist, Kevin Mahogany is a rare commodity, but among that group, he is rarer still - comfortable with a range that encompasses Memphis R&B, Motown, gospel and jazz. Kevin moves effortlessly between musical genres, incorporating elements of one to enhance the essence of the other. "The standout jazz vocalist of his generation." (Newsweek) When Kevin Mahogany first burst onto the international jazz scene, it was a sound that was both traditionally grounded and boldly innovative. The result brought a much-needed change to the contemporary jazz landscape. Simply put, over the course of his career, Kevin has made breathtaking breakthroughs in style and sounds that re-directed, redefined and even reinvented jazz music, without ever losing touch with the essentials.
Over the years, the vocalist has released such acclaimed albums as his self-titled debut, Kevin Mahogany (1996), Another Time, Another Place (1997), My Romance (1998) and a collection, Portrait of Kevin Mahogany (2000) with another release scheduled for Spring 2002. Together they comprise a body of work that has earned an ecstatic response from both critics and audiences. The New Yorker declared, "There is little Mahogany cannot do." The Los Angeles Times considers Mahogany "One of the first truly gifted male vocalists to emerge in years."