Fly My Pretties - Closer (featuring A Girl Named Mo)

The Quiet Storm presents Fly My Pretties and their song titled Closer freaturing A Girl Named Mo

Here is one of the latest live recordings from a very eclectic independent collective of musicians from New Zealand known as Fly My Pretties from their latest album titled String Theory. The group played 9 shows in Auckland and Wellington to record the String Theory album. This particular song, titled Closer, personifies The Quiet Storm sound with lead vocals on this track by a rising New Zealand artist known as A Girl Named Mo.

Fly My Pretties - Closer (featuring A Girl Named Mo)


Connect direct with Fly My Pretties at FlyMyPretties.Com and at Facebook.com/FlyMyPrettiesNZ

The 14 member Fly My Pretties cast from the String Theory album are:
Barnaby Weir
Bailey Wiley
A Girl Named Mo
Ills Winter
Miloux
Ria Hall
Iraia Whakamoe
James Coyle
Jarney Murphy
Laughton Kora
Mike Fabulous
Nigel Patterson
Ryan Prebble
Tiki Taane

The Quiet Storm sister websites The Indies at TheIndies.Com and MusicLoad previously featured classic songs by Fly My Pretties at the links below:

http://www.theindies.com/2012/01/fly-my-pretties-ever-changing.html

http://www.musicload.com/2012/03/fly-my-pretties-this-music-kicks-ass.html

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The Funky Knuckles

The Quiet Storm presents The Funky Knuckles and live films of songs from their album, New Birth

Here is a tasty jazz act from Dallas, Texas, that features the quintessential improvisational contemporary jazz sound that represents what The Quiet Storm is all about.

The Funky Knuckles band, which is signed to the New York based independent label GroundUP Music, consists of Wes Stephenson on bass, Cedric Moore who composes for the group and plays drums, Caleb Sean McCampbell on keyboards, Frank Moka on percussion, Phill Aelony on guitar, Ben Bohorquez on saxophone and Evan Weiss on trumpet.

The first performance below features a song song titled New Birth, which is also the title of their most recent album.

The Funky Knuckles - New Birth


Funky Knuckles - Me Too


The Funky Knuckles - Arise


Funky Knuckles - Moorish


Connect direct with The Funky Knuckles at TheFunkyKnuckles.com and on Facebook.Com/TheFunkyKnuckles, Twitter.com/Funkknuck and on Instagram.com/thefunkyknuckles

TOUR SCHEDULE


LIVE FILMING AND AUDIO PRODUCTION CREDITS TO THE ABOVE FILMS
Andy LaViolette - director of photography
Ben Bohorquez - director/editor
Andrew Conway - camera operator
Julie Garcia - camera operator
Jason Hess - camera operator
Andy LaViolette - camera operator
Chad Windham - camera operator
Tye Robinson - audio engineer
John "Bear" Arispe - mixing engineer
Recorded at January Sound Studio

Kamasi Washington - The Epic (album release party concert)

MusicLoad.Com presents Kamasi Washington performing The Epic at the Regent Theater

The 2+ hour video below, produced by NPR's Jazz Night In America program, features the background story on the legendary saxophonist Kamasi Washington and his long time friends and musical collaborators, as well as the music from his album titled The Epic, filmed live at it's release party at the Regent Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, California. Kamasi is joined by his full working band, a choir, a string section and plenty of special guests. Enjoy!



Connect direct with Kamasi Washington at KamasiWashington.Com, Facebook.com/kamasiw, Twitter.com/KamasiW and Instagram.Com/KamasiWashington

Connect direct with NPR's Jazz Night In America at npr.org/jazznight, Facebook.com/jazznight, Twitter.com/jazznight, and on Instagram.com/jazznightinamerica

SETLIST
5:45 - "Askim"
27:25 - "Change of the Guard"
47:00 - "Leroy and Lanisha"
1:02:01 - "Henrietta Our Hero"
1:15:10 - "Re Run"
1:44:00 - "The Message"

MUSICIANS
Kamasi Washington, Tony Austin, Ronald Bruner, Stephen Bruner, Brandon Coleman, Cameron Graves, Miles Mosley, Ryan Porter, Patrice Quinn, Battlecat, Munyungo Jackson, The Gaslamp Killer, Terrace Martin, Leon Mobley, Ras G, Dwight Trible, Rickey Washington, Dontae Winslow, Miguel Atwood:Ferguson, Paul Cartwright, Yvette Devereauz, Atryom Manukyan, Ginger Murphy, Tylana Renga, Molly Rogers, Jim Simone, Andrea Witt, Nia Andrews, Trenyce Cobbins, Thalma de Freitas, Taylor Graves, Charles Jones, Dawn Norsleet, Steven Wayne, Mashica Winslow

FILM PRODUCTION CREDITS
Producers: Alex Ariff, Patrick Jarenwattananon, Nick Michael, Suraya Mohamed, Simon Rentner, Katie Simon / Editors: Nick Michael, Morgan McCloy / Videographers: Morgan McCloy, Nick Michael, Benjamin B. Morris, Doriane Raiman / Event Producer and Promoter: Andrew Lojero, ArtDontSleep / Assistant Producer: Colin Marshall / Asst. Videographer: Aaron Ashby / Lighting Director: Jerome Cushing / Audio Mixing and Mastering: Daddy Kev, Cosmic Zoo / House Audio Engineers: Nic Monaco, Kyle Berzle / Additional Audio: Alex Ariff / Supervising Sound Editor: Suraya Mohamed / Special Thanks: The Regent Theater, Atom Factory, Banch Abegaze, Many Giangardella, Mitchell Frank, Liz Garo, Jasper Kuo / Executive Producer: Anya Grundmann

Al Jarreau - March 12, 1940 – February 12, 2017 - Look To The Rainbow

Al Jarreau passed away yesterday, on February 12, 2017. He is perhaps the epitome of what Quiet Storm music is about, where improvisational jazz, soul and R&B converge.

He was age 76 when he died, and so it is quite a coincidence, that for many, they got they got their first taste of Al Jarreau in 1976 after the live recordings (featured below) were produced by the legendary engineer, Al Schmitt.  The videos that were shot in sync with the live audio recordings, below, are reason for celebration, for these are obscure gems that are not widely known about and they are still cool. Timeless in fact.

When the album was released, it was a style of jazz that seemed really fresh and was really different. Nobody scat sang like this, blending lyrics and scat with such fluid soul, backed by a super burning trio of real musicians.

The album was titled "Look To The Rainbow: Live in Europe". This album takes a long time to explore in all of it's intricacies.

TheQuietStorm.Com Celebrates All Jarreau March 12, 1940 – February 12, 2017

The record was recorded and was shot live in Hamburg, Germany. The musicians featured are Tom Canning on keys, Jerome Rimson on bass guitar and Nigel Wilkinson on drums.

One of the most popular songs on the record was Jarreau's unique version of the Paul Desmond classic, Take 5, that was already famous as it recorded by The Dave Brubeck Quartet on their 1959 album titled Time Out. Jarreau's take on the song was a major departure, like a blast off to another planet. Be patient, the song does not really take off until the 2:20 point of the first video below. Enjoy! GC

Al Jarreau - Take Five (live)


Here is the song entitled Letter Perfect.



Here is the song entitled Susan's Song



Here is the song entitled We Got By



Somebody Watching You



You Don't See Me



Lock All The Gates



Your Song





Connect direct with Al Jarreau's official websites at AlJarreau.Com and Facebook.com/AlJarreauOfficial and at Twitter.com/AlJarreau

Al Jarreau's past catalogue is with Rhino Records/Warner Bros. Records

Most recently, Al Jarreau was/is signed to the Concord Music Group, home to numerous historical and current imprints/labels, and home to hundreds and hundreds of the most legendary established and well picked emerging artists, groups and songwriters.

Blitz The Ambassador with Nneka


This is the first time we've featured rap here. It's infused with horns and a thick jazzy funk that is very Quiet Storm. The artist from Ghana known as Blitz The Ambassador with stellar vocal support from a wonderful artist named Nneka originally from Lagos Nigeria. Both artists are so well traveled they should be considered citizens of the world.

The song is titled Love On The Run



Connect direct with Blitz The Ambassador at blitz.mvmt.com/

Hear and see a rich musical film by Blitz to his album titled Native Sun, featured on our network at http://www.musicload.com/2011/09/blitz-ambassador-native-sun-full-album.html

Connect direct with Nneka at NnekaWorld.Com

Hear more music by Nneka on our network at http://www.thequietstorm.com/2011/11/nneka-ultimate-quiet-storm-artist.html and at http://www.musicload.com/2013/09/nneka-lost-souls-live-in-philly.html

Lianne La Havas - Don't Wake Me Up


Lianne La Havas is well into promoting her second major label release, but it was the opening track on her debut 2011 album that makes her a Quiet Storm fave. The song is titled Don't Wake Me Up from her album titled Is Your Love Big Enough. It has that potential to be a timeless Quiet Storm classic.

Lianne La Havas - Don't Wake Me Up


Just below is a particularly nice scaled down version of the song live, just Lianne and her guitar, while she appeared in Los Angeles a few years ago.



And, yet another beautiful live take (perhaps our favorite) of the song with her full band. The video was shot by a fan at the Village Underground in London on July 17 2012 with a single hand-held camera and no editing. The audio is nice :)



Connect direct with Lianne La Havas at LianneLaHavas.Com

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Alex Nester is The Quiet Storm

The Quiet Storm presents Alex Nester

The stunning bright eyed songwriter, pianist and vocalist Alex Nester is a lady who is the real Quiet Storm deal.

She just finished this live studio recording the old school way: with real musicians simultaneously in one take. There were only a few follow up overdubs of guitar, the Hammond keyboard/organ and the background vocal tracks which Alex sang herself.

This song, titled With You, is an original she wrote and a very personal heartfelt tribute song to her grandparents Mel & Frieda as her tight-knit family was going through most difficult times together.



If you liked it, you might like the minimalist, yet stellar live piano/vocal video of With You that Alex originally recorded and we featured on MusicLoad.Com in April 2015. Please click here to see that video.

Prior to the above recording making onto this page, in March of 2015, our sister site MusicTelevision.Com featured a music video to another one of Alex's excellent original songs titled Show A Little Love. Please click here to see that video.

Connect direct with Alex Nester at AlexNester.Com and Facebook.Com/AlexNesterFan and Twitter.Com/Squeelo

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This post was created by Gregory J. Chamberlain on October 8, 2015, with subsequent edits and updates by Mariana L. Villanueva