The Roots 30 Year Anniversary
The wide-spanning influence of hip-hop group The Roots can't be overstated. Since the early 90s, they have been consistently producing sounds that set the direction of the genre. The Jazz Café is paying tribute to this hip-hop powerhouse with an orchestral rendition of three of their best albums - 'Do You Want More', 'Phrenology' and 'Things Fall Apart'. The 15-piece orchestra will pay their respects by performing selected classics across the three albums. Demand has been so high, that two extra nights were added, with Saturday already sold out. You know what to do.
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Pete Rock + CL Smooth
Pete Rock and CL Smooth make dictionary definition 90s hip hop, and they're pretty goddamn spectacular at it. Legends from a legendary era, the producer/MC combo make hip hop with a jazzy, soulful undercurrent that's a real joy to listen to. Pete Rock is outstanding in his own right - he's pretty much worked with all the hip hop greats (Wu Tang, Biggie, Nas and more). With that said, his work with CL Smooth is a special triumph and we're so hyped to catch the two of them bringing the vibes at the Jazz Café.
We're super into the super chill vibes of Yussef Kamaal. They make quiveringly light, jazzy vibes with an undercurrent of a cosmic kind of funk (and even a vaguely hip hop element), and it's all kinds of beautiful. With the likes of Bonobo, Lefto, 4Hero and Alexander Nut all counting themselves as fans, and with their debut album scheduled for later this year, we highly recommend you get to the Jazz Café to catch Yussef Kamaal. This should be a bit magic.
Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards Afterparty
So you didn't snag tickets to Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Awards on Saturday. Lucky for you, the formidable tastemaker is extending the party into the early hours of the weekday with a mysterious afterparty at the Jazz Cafe. We say mysterious because the lineup is decidedly mum - all we know is that Gilles will be behind the decks. But we bet there will be a few surprise WWA guests popping up. We think that's worth getting off the couch for.
MNDSGN is so cool that we're not even sure where to start. The guy serves up some incredible hip hop production that's smooth as fuck: think a Madlib vibe but a little more low-key (and sometimes a little bit grittier). Such talent is not unexpected given that MNDSGN, like Madlib, is on the always-amazing Stones Throw Records (J Dilla, Quasimoto, etc). If you want some polished, lush hip hop beats that make you want to sway under pretty lights, get yourself to the Jazz Café. Any hip hop aficionados out there will not want to miss this.