Tonight KICKS OFF A SERIES OF EVENTS JILL NEWMAN PRODUCTIONS WILL BE PRESENTING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON !
Alicia Hall Moran + the motown project
Produced by Jill Newman Productions
- Tarus Mateen, bass
- Kaoru Watanabe, taiko
- Adan Vasquez, harp
- Thomas Flippin, guitar
- Steven Herring, operatic baritone
- Jason Moran, piano
Event Details: http://www.highlineballroom.com/bio.php?id=2160
Concert starts @ 8PM Doors open @ 6PM | Tickets $15.00 in advance | $20.00 day of show.
- Full dinner menu available
- General Admission Seating
- First come, first seated
- $10 min. per person at tables
Alicia Hall Moran brings diverse influences and passions together in a rich, quintessentially modern artistic brew. She is constantly balancing performances in the realms of musical theater (currently understudying Bess and Audra McDonald in George and Ira Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess, directed by Diane Paulus), opera-cabaret (currently performing with the motown project at The Kitchen, Le Poisson Rouge, Regattabar, etc.), art performance (currently collaborating with visual artists such as Joan Jonas, Adam Pendleton, Simone Leigh, and Liz Magic Laser), and jazz (most frequently with husband and pianist Jason Moran), while consistently finding outlets for her other loves – dance (music for Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane Dance Company’s award-winning Chapel/Chapter) and writing (in her weekly classical music column Suite Sounds for the New York Amsterdam News).
Upholding the traditions of her great-great uncle Hall Johnson (legendary choral director, composer, and preserver of the Negro Spiritual) and her greatest teachers (Shirley Verrett, Adele Addison, Hilda Harris, David Jones, and Warren Wilson) without being tethered to the classical repertoire, Moran’s performances transcend all expectations. Her singing and theatrical sensibilities lead purely into a sensual musical world where the lyricism of Marvin Gaye and the high drama of Puccini collide.
The Roots Present:an undun performance…
Produced by Jill Newman Productions
LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR AT SHOW TIME.
Concert starts @ 9PMDoors open @ 8PMTickets $20.00 in advance $25.00 day of show.SOLD OUT
Full dinner menu available
General Admission Standing Room
Limited seating available
First come, first seated
Amidst The Roots’ busy schedule, from performing as the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to recently fronting a Pre-Emmy Awards jam session, the legendary crew has returned with their latest musical creation, a new album entitled undun (Island Def Jam). Set for release on December 6, 2011, undun marks the first conceptually-based album from The Roots and quickly reaffirms the creativity of the outfit notorious for pushing the envelope. The album’s first single, “Make My” featuring Big K.R.I.T., dropped on November 1st on iTunes. In addition to their new album, The Roots are set to perform in New York City on November 29th and 30th and December 6th at the Highline Ballroom. undun is an existential re-telling of the short life of one Redford Stephens (1974-1999). Through the use of emotives and Redford’s internal dialogues, the album seeks to illustrate the intersection of free will and prescribed destiny as it plays out “on the corner.” Utilizing a reverse narrative arc, the album begins as the listener finds Redford disoriented – postmortem – and attempting to make sense of his former life. As he moves through its pivotal moments, he begins to deconstruct all that has led to his (and our own) coming undun.
Formed in 1987 in Philadelphia, PA, the legendary Roots Crew consists of Black Thought (MC), Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (drums), Kamal Gray (electronic keyboards), F. Knuckles (percussion), Captain Kirk Douglas (electronic guitar), Damon Bryson (sousaphone), James Poyser (electronic keyboard), and Mark Kelly (electronic bass). Having previously released 12 projects, The Roots have become one of the best known and most respected hip-hop acts in the business, winning four Grammys, most recently for Best R&B Album for Wake Up! (2010), Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for “Hang on in There” (with John Legend), and Best Group or Duo R&B Vocal Performance for “Shine.” Additionally, in 2009 The Roots, named one of the greatest live bands around by both Spin and Rolling Stone, became the official house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, where they currently perform every Monday – Friday.
“?uestlove Eats … In Concert” w/ special guest Bobby McFerrin
FEATURING:?uestlove, drums & electronics
Black Thought, vocals
Members of Brass Heaven, horns
Bobby McFerrin, vocals
And introducing “Love’s Drumstick”
Produced by JILL NEWMAN PRODUCTIONS
2011-12-05 Showtime: 8:00PM
Doors Open at 6:00PM
?uestove takes over the Blue Note kitchen with a three-course ?uest Loves Food tasting menu featuring the international debut of “Love’s Drumstick” – Creole-seasoned, buttermilk-fried chicken drumsticks. Mirroring the three-course tasting, ?uestlove will lead off a not-to-be-missed three act “tour d’course” performance with close musical friends Bobby McFerrin, Rahzel “The Godfather Of Noyze,” Black Thought, and Brass Heaven. Be there and Four Square.
Drummer and producer Ahmir Thompson is a living link between the digital science of modern hip-hop and the flesh-and-blood textures of vintage R&B. He co-founded the Roots, universally hailed as one of the most sonically inventive hip-hop acts. Meanwhile, his collaborations with such artists as D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, and Common have reasserted the importance of real-time playing in a style dominated by sampling and programming.
“I’m really into the game of making people guess, is it a machine, or is it him?” says Thompson, who also goes by the name ?uestlove (pronounced “Questlove”). One famous example is the Roots’ biggest hit, “You Got Me,” which sounds for all the world like a programmed side stick pattern – until Thompson cuts loose with a blazing drum-and-bass groove. Like much of Thompson’s work, the passage is startling, witty, and funky.
“Hip-hop is based in rhythm, repetition, and perfect time,” says Thompson. “With Roots stuff, I go for a more perfect, quantized-type sound than I would with, say, Erykah or D’Angelo. For D’Angelo’s Voodoo , we wanted to play as perfectly as we could, but then deliberately insert the little glitch that makes it sound messed up. The idea was to sound disciplined, but with a total human feel.” For Thompson, “human feel” is bred in the bone. His father was the leader of the ’50s doo-wop group Lee Andrews and the Hearts, and Ahmir literally grew up onstage. “I was playing percussion at gigs from the age of seven because my parents didn’t believe in babysitters,” he says. “By 13, I was the musical director, and I stayed in that world until I got a record deal with the Roots at age 22.”
Thompson relies on several Yamaha kits: a new Maple Custom Absolute, several sets from the early ’80s, and the Stage Custom he used with D’Angelo. But Thompson’s tireless studio experimentation is as crucial to his drum sounds as the instruments themselves. “I like to mold sounds like clay,” he says. “Sometimes I put drums through a guitar amp. Or we might put mikes everywhere – in the room, down the hall, anyplace you might hear the drums. Sometimes we use just the farthest mikes, EQ them until they sound dirty enough, mix it all to one track, really compress it, and then bounce it to another track. We’d go around that cycle a few times – six generations, maybe.
- Day: Fri, Dec 23, 2011
- Showtime: 8:00 PM
- Doors open: 7:00 PM
- Days until show: 31
- Ages: 16 & Over
- On sale now
- Ticket Prices*: $29.50-$35.00