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Jazz, Funk and Soul Revival this Saturday Night

Often when I tell people that I love funk and jazz they think of the big jazz bands of the 30's or the funk scene of the late 60's/early 70's. What they don't realize is that the jazz and funk scene is still alive and well today. In fact, the last decade has witnessed a soul/funk revival that shows no signs of slowing down. Record labels, such as Daptone Records on the East Coast and Ubiquity Records on the West Coast, continue to sign and release contemporary soul, funk and R&B acts--not just legends from the past, but fresh blood: contemporary artists with a new take on that classic jazz/funk sound for a new kind of listener.

This Saturday night we're going to be listening to some of my favorite jazz and funk albums that have come out over the last few years. We're going to hear from the Greyboy Allstars, a funk group based out of San Deigo, off of their album that they released last month (after a 5 year hiatus): Inland Emperor. We'll also hear from the British acid jazz group the James Taylor Quartet off of their album that they released just last week: Closer to the Moon. On top of that we've got The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ikebe Shakedown, Menehan Street Band, Snarky Puppy, The New Mastersounds, Heavy Shift and a whole lot more funky sweetness. If you can dig the funk, soul and jazz scene, and want to see where it is progressing today, then make sure not to miss this Saturday night's editon of The After Hours.

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