A lot has changed since Mike DeCole last spoke with the MSR. The 41-year-old soulful crooner has worked internationally and released a six-track EP May, And Everything After in mid-2017. DeCole was also contacted by a representative of The World Academy of Arts, Literature, and Media (WAALM), an organization based in Canada. "It was like, 'Yo, we love your voice could you do … [Read more...]
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Anyone who takes the time to speak to artist RajiTheOne will find out quickly that he has a plan at hand, and nobody believes in him as much as he does. Born Jamal Rogers, the Chicago-born, and Minnesota-based artist paid his dues in the music game for nearly a decade in various capacities. Years later, he would release a song entitled #WhiteGirlVoice that would go on to … [Read more...]
“I love you, baby. But not like I love my guitar.” -Prince on “Guitar” from Planet Earth In the previous installment of this column, we began to explore some of the many things that made Prince so great, starting with his uncommon drive and commitment to his craft. And, as I noted last time, such determination proved to be the perfect accompaniment to his immense talent and … [Read more...]
Mellow maestro, smooth jazz keyboardist-producer Wenso Ashby’s new album is Artistry, paying homage to, among other jazz masters, Joe Sample and Duke Ellington. In a modest setting, the collection showcases this internationally accomplished veteran on such lush offerings as Signature and “Midnite Walkin,’ piano backed on bass by guests Charles Hayes, Julius Walker and Duane … [Read more...]
If you catch one club act this weekend, make sure it’s jazz maestro pianist James “Cornbread” Harris at Loring Pasta Bar where he’s a regular Friday draw. The evening I made it over, the master was in fine form. I arrived in time for his off-the-cuff ode to transportation and a rambling missive somehow connecting Jimmy Forrest’s “Night Train” and Duke Ellington’s “Take the … [Read more...]