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.

Maestro Links

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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EVENT: TAKE 5 – Latin, Jazz & Rare Groove, DJ’s; Thomas Crown, Craig T Wilson & Samir Sundays @ Gotham


Join us from 6pm this Sunday long weekend for drinks, cocktails and exotic tunes. If you haven’t seen Gotham yet – this bar is one of Sydney’s hidden gems on the lower part of Oxford St. Cool out to the sounds of groovin’ jazz, bossa n boogaloo favs and simmering afro and latin rhythms! FREE ENTRY ALL NIGHT. Weekly Sunday event.

DJ’S: THOMAS CROWN, CRAIG T. WILSON & SAMIR.

More info at facebook

OUR HOUSE NYD SPECIAL – SECRET LOCATION REVEALED


A BIG THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE PURCHASED TICKETS FOR OUR NEW YEARS DAY CELEBRATION!! THE LAST FEW REMAINING TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED FROM www.ourhousesydney.com. THE VENUE LOCATION IS ALSO UP ON THE WEBSITE. WE WILL ALSO BE GOING PAST 1AM, SO ANYONE LOOKING TO KICK ON AFTER THE FESTIVALS HAVE FINISHED CAN CALL PHIL ON 0415 164 425 OR EMAIL ourhouse_sydney@optusnet.com.au

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Our House returns this NYD to celebrate the new year – underground style.

Join us in our indoor/outdoor sanctuary as we delve deep into our record collections for the finest House, Garage, and Disco gems.

Music selectors include James Bucknell, Gian Arpino, Phil Hudson, Phil Toke, Michael Zac, Eadie Ramia, Toby Wilson, and The Latin Jam Crew (Live).

Tickets are $20 from www.ourhousesydney.com.

Presale tickets only. Strictly limited capacity. BYO

*This party is proudly supported by Soul Of Sydney – Funk, Disco, and House music Blog.

Latin,Funk,Cumbia: Kon & Amir – What The Funk Mix #2 (ParisDJs.com)


Kon and Amir What The Funk Mix Part 2

What The Podcast Part 2, Jan 19th 2010,

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Legendry DJs and crate diggers Kon & Amir (Wax Poetics/BBE) put together this dope latin funk mix for the  What The Funk party. Very summery vibe for this little teaser.

Expect more of the same global funk vibes this Saturday as Kon is playing at The Basment along with The Transatlantics & Sydney’s own Soulshaker DJ’s. More info here

Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, Gilles Peterson & James Locksmith (Jembe Music) , Thursday March 4 @ Manning Bar Sydney Uni


Niche Presents:


Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra & Gilles Peterson

Thur March 4th

Manning Bar Sydney Uni

Supported by: James Locksmith (Jembe Music)

Info/Tickets:

Mixes:

  1. Gilles P on ‘The Soul Show‘1994 Sydney,2RES
  2. Gilles P dance-floor jazz set for Brownswood Records

Niche Productions Presents: This 11 piece live afrobeat/funk/soul/latin band is simply one of the best live bands in the world and features eleven of the hottest and baddest musicians New York has to offer.


This is high energy, rhythmic, contagious and political music that turns your shoes into dancing machines and your hips into a frenzy. Antibalas has been a fixture at the crossroads of international music since their humble Brooklyn beginnings in 1998. As a group entity, they are largely responsible for reviving and innovating an obscure but dynamic style of music known as afrobeat, tirelessly spreading its gospel to over thirty countries around the world, from New York’s Rikers Island Prison to the stage of Carnegie Hall, from Tokyo to Turkey.


As collaborators, they have worked with artists such as Paul Simon, TV on the Radio, Baaba Maal, Burning Spear, Public Enemy, The Roots, Angelique Kidjo, Sinead O’Connor, and Medeski, Martin and Wood. In addition, members of Antibalas have made their imprint on recordings by Mark Ronson, Ornette Coleman, Amy Winehouse, Beck, The Foals, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and countless other bands from underground to multi-platinum, spanning the genres of funk, jazz, soul, rock, and experimental music

In 2009, members of Antibalas have arranged the music for, and are also performing on Broadway in FELA! a musical about the African icon and afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti.

Antibalas – War is a Crime

Antibalas – Big Man Live at The Yerba Buena Center Gardens, San Francisco, CA. June 29, 2004

Gilles Peterson is one of BBC1’s favourite presenters, with his blessing deeming an artist worldwide success. From humble beginnings as an acid jazz DJ to hosting one of the most popular radio shows worldwide, Gilles has been responsible for aiding the careers of many of the musicians around today.

In 2006 Gilles launched his most recent record labal ‘Brownswood Recordings’ after the street he used to live on. To date the label has released records by British singer/songwriter Ben Westbeech, 45 piece live act The Heritage Orchestra, Japanese punk jazz band Soil & “Pimp” Sessions, Brooklyn based pianist Elan Mehler, jazz vocalist José James, and two volumes of a soulful compilation album series called Brownswood Bubblers.


Releasing over 30 mixtape albums to date, Gilles Peterson is perhaps one of the most famous DJs on the planet, and is a regular feature at festivals all over the world.

Check out this rare live recording of Gilles in Sydney on The Soul Show, 2RES, 1994

Also check this wicked dancefloor jazz set he played for Brownswood Records @ iLL Communications 9th April

Check out Gilles Peterson Interview @ SubSub

Talks about some great interview’s, music sources and internet radio

Thursday 4 March, a night not to be missed as the finest live and DJ acts take to the stage for a party the likes of the Manning Bar has never seen! Tickets on sale Wednesday 3 February from manningbar.com, moshtix.com and all moshtix outlets.

Special guest DJ, James Locksmith (Jembe Music).

Podcast#3 – 'Cumbiambero Loco: An Afro-Latin & Caribbean Expedition in to ‘Cumbia’ Hosted By: Jack Posada


Soul Of Sydney Podcast #3

‘Cumbiambero Loco’:

An Afro-Latin & Caribbean Expedition in to ‘Cumbia’

Mixed By: JackPosada (Myspace, Soundcloud)

Our podcast this week is a little different to the standard ‘Funk’ we been featuring, it is an unexpected & enjoyable voyage into Caribbean & Afro-Latin beats.

This week we present a 45 min mix of traditional Colombian rebellion music called ‘Cumbia’.

Style: Afro Latin, Cumbia & Caribbean Percussion

Download Here

Click Here to Listen:

Email: soulofsydney@gmail.com

Tracks

  1. Ritmo de cumbia sonora tropical
  2. Se baila asi Rufo Garrido
  3. Ritmo y palmeras Marimba orquesta gallito
  4. Para el magdalena Los candelosos Continue reading

Podcast#3 – ‘Cumbiambero Loco: An Afro-Latin & Caribbean Expedition in to ‘Cumbia’ Hosted By: Jack Posada


Soul Of Sydney Podcast #3

‘Cumbiambero Loco’:

An Afro-Latin & Caribbean Expedition in to ‘Cumbia’

Mixed By: JackPosada (Myspace, Soundcloud)

Our podcast this week is a little different to the standard ‘Funk’ we been featuring, it is an unexpected & enjoyable voyage into Caribbean & Afro-Latin beats.

This week we present a 45 min mix of traditional Colombian rebellion music called ‘Cumbia’.

Style: Afro Latin, Cumbia & Caribbean Percussion

Download Here

Click Here to Listen:

Email: soulofsydney@gmail.com

Tracks

  1. Ritmo de cumbia sonora tropical
  2. Se baila asi Rufo Garrido
  3. Ritmo y palmeras Marimba orquesta gallito
  4. Para el magdalena Los candelosos Continue reading