WINNIPEG JAZZ FESTIVAL | BADBADNOTGOOD
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A fews weeks ago we got a look at this years Winnipeg Jazz Festival roster and, like last year, we were not to be disappointed. Last year featured the likes of Romi Mayes, Royal Canoe, Pete Rock, and The Lytics. Ask me the best show of the festival and I will, without any hesitation, respond Shad.
This year boasts another impressive lineup including Winnipeg’s Enjoy Your Pumas, Haunter, Imaginary Cities, The Liptonians, Sierra Noble, and Royal Canoe. On top of that you have international artists Janelle Monae, The Antlers, The Hold Steady, Mayer Hawthorne but the one we’ve set our sites on hails from Toronto.
You’ve probably heard of theses guys by now and if you haven’t, you are about to. Meet BADBADNOTGOOD a trio of Toronto jazz artists brought together by their love of hip-hop and indifference for traditional Jazz. BBNG is comprised of the very talent Matthew A. Tavares on keys (piano/synths), Chester Hansen who runs the bass lines and Alex Sowinski firing away with percision on the drums. The guys met while enrolled in Humber College’s Music Performance program and what started as after school Miles Davis jam sessions quickly spawned into something bigger. What transpired were hip-hop and rap cover interpretations that ranged from Odd Future, Gucci Mane, Slum Village, Wakka Flocka and A Tribe Called Quest. This twist on the traditional cover caught the attention of a lot of people including arguable one of the most controversial artists in the industry today, Tyler the Creator. The guys have teamed up on some jam sessions covering OFWGKTA’s albums Goblin and Bastard. More recently they’ve been in the studio with producer Frank Dukes (50 Cent, Danny Brown, Ghostface Killah).
If this isn’t enough reason for you to go out and grab a ticket, try this. This is BBNG2, the trio’s latest free album download. The 11 track music project was recorded in one 10 hour session with no one over the age of 21 involved in the process.
If there is one show that you don’t want to miss this year it will be this. The show is slated for Wednesday, June 20th at The Pyramid (176 Fort). A club pass or wristband will get you into the venue or you can purchase a ticket in advance. That or you could wait and try your luck at the door to get your $15 ticket (good luck). That’s like 2 hot and ready pizzas, how could you not attend.
Here are a couple tracks to wet your palette. This first one is a cover of James Blake track ‘Limit To Your Love’ featured on BBNG2. This album is the first jazz album I have ever downloaded, purchased or maybe even listened to in entirety. It is also the first one that I have pumped, and I mean pumped, from my car. That’s got to be saying something.