1. The Pace Report: "A Conversation With The Nite Tripper" The Dr. John Interview


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    This has been an incredible ride for Dr. John over the last two years. This year he won the 2013 Grammy Award for best Blues recording for his Nonsuch Records release "Locked Up". Last year he was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In a career spanning some five decades, Dr. John has been on the cutting edge of blues, jazz soul, and rock and roll collaborating and recording with the likes of Etta James, Earl King, Allen Toussaint, Frankie Ford, Ahmet Ertegun, Johnny Vincent, The Meters, The Rolling Stones, Carly Simon and James Taylor, Rickie Lee Jones, and endless musical icons. Born Malcolm John "Mac" Rebennack, Jr. in New Orleans, Louisana, Doc was born in the third ward where he was exposed to the diverse and ecclectic music scene. While growing up as a teen he was mentored by the legendary pianist Professor Longhair and was recording as a session musician playing both guitar and eventually piano after accidental shooting that injured his finger. When he left for Los Angeles in the early 1960's, Doc played and backed the likes of Sonny and Cher, Frank Zappa, and Canned Heat. Doc continues to record and tour and will be coming to a city near you this summer. For upcoming tour dates or to order his Grammy-Award Winning CD "Locked Down", please visit him online at www.nitetripper.com.

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    • The Pace Report: "A Life Dedicated To Keeping Time" The Will Calhoun Interview


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      Drummer Will Calhoun has come full circle in his career which spans some 30 years. The two-time Grammy Award winning drummer is best known for his years with the groundbreaking rock group Living Colour and collaboration with Wayne Shorter and Black Jack Johnson. Over the years the Bronx, New York native has backed the likes of Marcus Miller, B.B. King, Herb Alpert, Dr. John, and Pharoah Sanders. His latest Motema Records release "Life In This World" features is trio with special guests Ron Carter, Donald Harrison, and Wallace Roney. The new recording takes him back to his jazz roots while keeping a connection the architects of the jazz music to keep Will rooted to where this music going in the future. Will the master percussionist also teaches and gives seminars all over the world to educate musicians about their roots which stem from Africa. Look for Will at a jazz club or festival this year. For more info on Will, please visit him online at www.willcalhoun.com.

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      • The Pace Report: "Breezin' Through" The Champian Fulton Interview


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        The next generation of jazz musicians have to develop their own voice and style, while keeping the rich traditions of the music going forward. Vocalist and pianist Champian Fulton lives by that creed. Born on September 12th, 1985, her family helped develop and encourage her to become a musician.Her grandmother began teaching her the piano at age five and added singing in the mix before she turned ten. While most of her friends were listening to Madonna and Nirvana, Champian, at the age of 15, decided to pursue jazz music professionally. Her father, trumpeter Stephan Fulton (who also plays with her), introduced her to legends like Clark Terry and Major Holley. The Norman, Oklahoma native was valedictorian of her high school class in 2003 and decided to study music at SUNY Purchase Music Conservatory here in New York City. While attending school, she developed a following at the famed Birdland, one of the first venues she performed at before she moved to the Big Apple. In the seven years she’s been here, she’s performed with legends such as Clark Terry, Lou Dondalson, Louis Hayes, Frank Wess, and Jimmy Cobb. Champian’s latest Spectra Records release “The Breeze and I” features Neal Miner on bass and Fukushi Tainaka on drums. To order Champian’s disc or to find out her upcoming tour dates, visit her on the web at www.champian.net

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        • The Pace Report: "Good Smoke" The Gregory Porter Interview


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          Vocalist and songwriter Gregory Porter is having a stellar 2012. Just right off the heels of his 2010 Grammy-Nominated debut recording “Water” on the Motema Records label, he’s back with his second release “Be Good.” Porter teamed up with legendary record producer Brian Bacchus for his new record in which the vocalist wrote 9 of the 12 songs on the disc. He continues to bring the rich tradition of male jazz vocalists of the past like Lou Rawls and Ernie Andrews by singing jazz standards like Nat Adderley’s “Work Song” and Billie Holliday’s “God Bless The Child” which he performs in his live set. Over the last 18 months Gregory has risen to the top internationally performing on BBC’s Carol King and Friends at Christmas and Jools Holland’s show. He guest appear’s on producer/writer Mecco’s new disc “Beauty of the Night” and on Nicola Conte’s new album. Gregory performs every Sunday at Smoke Jazz and Supper Club in Harlem, New York when he’s not on tour. He’s even a guest performer with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Gregory is the best thing that’s happened to jazz and soul music since the mid-1990’s when the neo-soul music movement produced young music geniuses like Erykah Badu, Maxwell, and D’Angelo. Porter in the only person right now in music that takes music listeners to church, the fish fry, and gut bucket soul of great soul singers during the 1970’s. His songwriting really is personal and sincere like his 70’s soul heros like Donny Hathaway and Bill Withers. Gregory is the new music jazz vocal Messiah whose time is long overdue. Gregory is about to go on tour in support of his latest Motema Records release “Be Good.” For upcoming tour dates or to order his latest disc, please visit him on the web at www.gregoryporter.com or www.motema.com.

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          • The Pace Report: "A Surreal Journey" The Incognito Interview featuring Maysa Leak and Mo Brandis


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            For 33 years soul-jazz British band Incognito has been the saving grace for many music fans all over the world. The band has produced over 1,100 producers, writers, musicians, and vocalists in the band’s 3 decades as a unit. Spearheaded by the legendary Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick, he’s been the backbone of keeping Incognito together as a band as well as lend his efforts as a producer, musician, and mentor to many musicians that perform in the group. Their latest Shanachie records release “Surreal” features the legendary Maysa Leak on vocals as well the dynamic Mo Brandis and Natalie Williams who are on their way to becoming superstars in their own right. Bluey decided to form a new recording and touring band and bring in new writers Brandis, Williams, and Vanessa Haynes as part of the mix. The results are a powerful and rejuvenated Incognito group that hasn’t lost its past groove and funk element that the band is noted for. Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick formed Incognito in 1980 and was major staple along with other British soul-funk bands like FBI and Gonzalez. Incognito’s first record was “Jazz Funk” and would be staple of what would become the legendary Incognito sound. Bluey’s sound would be a thumping rhythm section along with the famous horn section. Also the vocalist would add a major part in the mix as DJs all over the UK and overseas would play mixes of their music added the increase sales of Incognito’s music. Many of the vocalists who’ve performed in the band have enjoyed international success including Jocelyn Brown, Maysa Leak, Kelli Sae, Imaani, and Pam Anderson. When Bluey met DJ/radio host/producer Giles Peterson, founder of Giant Step records, the band would enjoy a larger reach as well as heavier club presence. Incognito would record a slew of records including: “Inside Life,” “Tribes, Vibes & Scribes,” “Positivity,” and “100 Degrees and Rising” that catapulted the group’s rise as a mega band at a time when the solo artists reigned the record charts. Vocalist Maysa Leak was part of that legendary run and still records and performs with the band to this day. Currently Incognito is embarking on their 2012 world tour and will be playing in a city near you. For upcoming tour dates or to order their latest disc “Surreal,” please visit the band online at www.incognito.org.uk or www.facebook.com/cogheads

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            • The Pace Report: "A Major Milestone" The Adam Cruz Interview


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              Born to jazz and Latin drummer Ray Cruz, Adam Cruz has given the jazz world his own voice as a musician. After playing on well over 40 session as a in-demand drummer, Adam released his first solo project titled 'Milestone' on the Sunnyside Records imprint. The New York City native finally took a major leap of faith and wrote and composed what would become 'Milestone.' The recording was made possible by the Aaron Copland Recording Fund, a grant that allows young jazz musicians the opportunity to record and document the elements of roots music which includes jazz. His writing and playing on this recording is enhanced by the stellar line-up which includes: Steve Wilson, soprano saxophone; Ben Street, bass; Edward Simon, fender rhodes/piano; Steve Cardenas, guitar; Chris Potter, tenor saxophone; and Miguel Zenon, alto sax. Many of the musicians that are on 'Milestone' are musicians that he's recorded and played with during his 20 years in the business. As a child Adam's father took him to legendary jazz greats like Buddy Rich to Willie Bobo, and that laid some of foundation for him getting the exposure to play and learn jazz music. It was while he was in college that he studied both piano with Grammy-Award Winning and NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron at Rutgers University before he transferred to the Manhattan School of Music, where he graduated in 1993. It was also during this time Adam was becoming a young and in-demand session and sideman playing with likes of Paquito D' Rivera, the Mingus Big Band, amd Hilton Ruiz. But it wasn't until he got the call from legendary pianist Chick Corea to join his Origin group that many people took notice. It was in this group where Adam met and played extensively with saxophonist Steve Wilson, who's currently on Milestone. Over the last decade he's been part of the Danlio Perez Trio. Currently, Adam is on tour promoting his new CD. For upcoming dates or to order MIlestone, please visit him on line at www.adamcruz.net.

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              • The Pace Report: "ERIMAJ Meets Jamire: Jamire Meets The Conflict of Man" The Jamire Williams Interview


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                As a journalist who covers music and the arts extensively, I can say that the old heads who are jazz fans have kept the music between 1936 to 1968 locked in their minds as how jazz music has to stay in the modern and be-bop phase in order to survive. Many jazz musicians of this generation are having a problem incorporating music from today like hip-hop and soul in this ever changing musical diaspora in presenting the music to broad audiences including the old heads. Miles Davis and musicians during the fusion and soul-jazz era in the late 1960’s changed that mind-state. But during the 1980’s “Young Lions” era, the musicians were playing music of an era that was during its glory days and the older journalists were praising the sounds of be-bop again not keeping up with the other popular music that would dominate the world in a short span of 10 years. Hip-Hop, house, and electronica(and off shoots of it) were coming into play and jazz producers and musicians in the UK and other parts of Europe were experimenting with new technology and ways to keep jazz music innovative and crisp. Thank God for musicians like Christian Scott, Nicholas Payton, Robert Glasper, and endless musicians like them who never want to keep this art form in a box. Who always spice up and mix black culture in today’s jazz music to keep the fire and legacy of this music going. Drummer Jamire Williams is in that new class of jazz musicians that can play all genres of music, understand and explain it, and use the info and their vision to communicate why this music will always have room to grow. The Houston, Texas native has been playing the drums ever since he’s been a kid. Jamire graduated from the High School of the Performing & Visual Arts. Upon graduation he moved to New York City where he attended the New School University where he was the recipient of the school’s Young Beacon Award. It was while in New York City where Jamire didn’t want to stay locked down in play straight-ahead jazz even though he earned his degree in Jazz and Contemporary Music. He’s been one of the most important and in-demand drummers for the last decade backing and touring with the likes of Dr. Lonnie Smith, Jacky Terrasson, Bobby Hutcherson, Terence Blanchard, Kenny Garrett, GURU, Bilal, and Corrine Baliey Rae just to name a few! It’s about time he branched off and formed his group named ERIMJ, which is Jamire’s name spelled backwards. This group is the next generation of jazz, funk, soul, and hip-hop. Their 2010 debut disc “Memo to All” was recorded live and takes music listeners on a ride that is as bold as Miles Davis’s “Bitches Brew” meets J-Dilla’s “Donuts.” This group was about 5 years in the making due to him playing and touring all over the world and him not taking the time to focus on his own music. Once he got the musicians he wanted it was just his vision and collaboration with Corey King his co-music director, then it was off to the races. He added Matt Stevens on guitar, Chris Turner on keyboards, Vicente Archer and Burniss Earl Travis on bass and the rest is history. His upcoming project “Conflict of a Man” is set to be released in March of 2012. For upcoming club dates or to order Jamire’s music, please visit him online at erimaj.bandcamp.com or erimaj.tumblr.com.

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