JAZZ, SOUL, FUNK, LATIN: DJ Maestro’s Mixtape + Final Sydney Show at Hunky Dory Social Club Info


Special Guest DJ Maestro (Blue Note Records, Verve)
Playing his final Sydney show at Hunky Dory Social Club
This Wed 11th Jan.
Free Entry, from 8pm till late.

This will be the final DJ set in Sydney for ”Dancefloor-Jazz’  legend DJ Maestro. He will be playing an extended 4 hour set from 8pm.

If you haven’t managed to catch DJ Maestro during his recent tour then you won’t want to miss this. Come along and listen to the finest Jazz, Latin, soul, Funk and much more…..

Check out the FB Event HERE for more info

Definitely one we will be getting down to, big ups to JC @ Funkdafied for making this happen. Check out these Maestro Mixtapes to give you Soul Peeps an idea of what to expect from one of the finest selectors of eclectic Jazz sounds around.

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About DJ Maestro:

There is a doll in the Amsterdam apartment of Martijn Barkhuis: it’s a DJ Maestro Action Figure. The box proudly mentions: ‘It really DJ’s, drinks and smokes!’ “That’s slightly exaggerated,” the real-life version says with a husky voice, while putting his Davidoff cigarette in the ashtray to fill our glasses with pinot grigio. “That doll doesn’t DJ at all.” At least, not like the human version of DJ Maestro, as many, many international dance full of sweaty and cramped calves can attest to. Mesmerize, DJ Maestro’s debut album, following the compilations he did for legendary jazz labels Blue Note (Blue Note Trip, three editions) and Verve (Delicious Jazz), is made for exactly those dance floors. “The music was inspired by the records I play and by the reactions of people who dance to those records. Some of the songs on Mesmerize are more than a year old, others I wrote only two months ago. But they have all been tested on the dance floor. When something didn’t work, we improved it.”

‘We’, in this case, are Maestro and producers Mark van de Bergh and Maarten Helsloot, aka JAAN and Marty Belmondo. They are the owners of a studio in the mundane outskirts of Amsterdam, are blessed with a good ear and the ability to transform Maestro’s ideas into beats, grooves and bass lines. “Sometimes, I hummed them a song, or described a certain feeling or vibe. I put dozens of my favourite songs on mini disc for Mark and Maarten, so they would understand what I was looking for.”

Mesmerize was born out of pure necessity. While the record collection stacked behind him almost crumbles under its weight, the DJ explains: “It’s getting harder and harder to find records I want to play. They often lack a certain atmosphere or groove. So when I was given the opportunity to record my own album, I took it with both hands.” We will get back to the hands in a second.

His record deal enabled Maestro to work with a bunch of talented musicians he often performs with: renowned saxophone player Benjamin Herman, flute player Magnus Lindgren (who also worked with Koop), Zuco 103-singer Lilian Vieira, Carl Young (bass player in Michael Franti’s Spearhead), keyboard player Sven Figee (with whom Maestro co-wrote two songs), soul singer Forrest (known for his hit ‘Rock the Boat’) and saxophone player Tineke Postma. “In general, we invited them to the studio once we finished the basis. All we told them was to do whatever they’re good at. Benjamin Herman did his thing in just half an hour.” As a result, the lazy track ‘Spring Street’ has a real ‘neon light in a wet street’ vibe, while the sax in the spicy latin song ‘En Orbita’ is like an exquisite sauce poured over the groove.

Funk, jazz, latin: the DJ seems to have been raised on soul food and hot peppers, but actually comes from a family where everybody listened to classical music in appropriate silence and played the piano and the cello considerably well. Maestro himself played the violin “quite well”, but he feels that “if somebody else is more talented, you should let that person play for you.” But clapping his hands is certainly not a problem for the DJ: just listen to ‘Rainy Day’.

As a teenager, Maestro was mesmerized by the turntables, mixers, headphones and vinyl albums of his friends, who took their drive-in show to hockey parties and school parties. It left him with an insatiable hunger for albums, and an incredible disgust for dance classics: “One of the highlights in my career was the moment somebody requested ‘Relight My Fire’ for the umpteenth time. ‘I’ve got that one,’ I said, pulled the record from my bag and broke it in two right before his very eyes.”

That doesn’t mean the DJ doesn’t know how to please the crowd: his Blue Note Trip-nights in clubs, nationwide attract many dance lovers, who love to work up a sweat on the amazing mix of modern and vintage from the Maestro’s record cases, which he carries with him to Indonesia, Japan, New York and most European countries.

With his own record label (Dig This!), being programdirector of the IJazz Amsterdam festival, booker for the new Amsterdam club “Jazz on the Riverbank” and founder of the dutch station Radio Jazz, Maestro has a big hold on everything that has to do with funk, latin and jazz in the Netherlands. “It’s killing sometimes, all those long nights with too much cigarettes and drinks,” he tries to put his fabulous life somewhat into perspective. But isn’t that a very big grin we see on the face of the DJ Maestro Action Figure?

 

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LATIN,JAZZ,FUNK,ACID JAZZ- Dj Maestro (Blue Note Records) Australian Tour Mix + Sydney Gig Details (Fri 12th Aug @ The Basement)


Really diggin’ this Latin-Jazz & Funk mix JC of funkdafied sent our way as part of the up coming Blue Note Trip tour featuring the one and only Maestro playing an intimate Dj set at the Basement.

Funkdafied & Double Lucky are proud to present Blue Note Trip with DJ Maestro at the Basement on Friday 12th August. Hailing from Amsterdam, DJ Maestro is one of the leading Jazz DJs on the scene today and this will be a one-off show in Sydney at the home of jazz music. Martijn Bark

huis, a.k.a. DJ Maestro is the only DJ to work with Blue Note and has mixed and compiled 9 albums under the name Blue Note Trip – compilations with material from the archives of the legendary jazz label.

The prestigious record label Blue Note has become the home for jazz heroes like Art Blakey, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock and Eric Dolphy, the label became famous for its inspired, high quality jazz recordings. Following a busy schedule of European festivals and tour dates and on the back of releasing Blue Note Trip Vol 9 we look forward to DJ Maestro performing for an Australian audience. With his own record label (Dig This!), being program director of the Swingin’ Groningen festival and the Jazz at the Lake festival, DJ at VPRO/Radio 6 and

founder of the Dutch station Radio Jazz, Maestro has a big hold on everything that has to do with Funk, Latin and Jazz in the Netherlands as well as a high profile world wide through the Delicious Jazz series, (Verve) and the platinum selling Blue Note Trip Series……

Expect a mix of traditional jazz with a blend of funk, soul and latin, up-tempo and lounge as well as forgotten treasures from the archives …
Joining DJ Maestro on the night we will have the following DJs/Acts: Trevor Parkee, (2SER Radio),and Omegaman Sound System, with some special guest musicians TBA. This will be a night of quality music,

get in quick as we expect a large demand for tickets to this event

LINKS;
http://www.funkdafied.com.​au/
http://www.facebook.com/mu​sicadimaestro?ref=ts
http://www.myspace.com/mus​icadimaestro
http://www.youtube.com/wat​ch?v=jvmpL3SjIeY
http://www.radiojazz.nl/http://www.digthis.nl/
http://eastsidefm.org/spec​ialist/thevinylfrontier/
http://www.2ser.com/progra​ms/shows/departurelounge
http://www.omegaman.com.au​/
http://www.thebasement.com​.au/

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