Turntablism in jazz was well represented at this year’s festival -- not only was DJ Logic on the bill two times, but the Roots brought their own big band hip-hop into the mix as well. Logic’s band, though stunted by an unfortunate late arrival, quickly fell into a deep groove thanks to both Logic and drummer Marcus Gilmore. The gradual layering of bass and piano licks created a solid backbone for master soloists Jaleel Shaw (saxophone) and Keyon Harrold (trumpet) -- when the group found a riff they all liked, it was passed around the band in staggered repetitions: a real-time remix.
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Very excited to be bringing Project Logic to this year's Newport Jazz Festival August 5 in Newport, RI. For this set I'll be joined by my good friends Vernon Reid, MonoNeon, Marcus Gilmore, James Hurt, Jaleel Shaw and Keyon Harrold.
This is going to be my Newport Jazz debut and I can't wait to see you all there!