The connections between today’s most popular music and the 100-year old traditions around jazz were on full display on June 17, at Dazzle at Baur’s! THE DROP, KUVO JAZZ and NPR’s “Jazz Night in America” presented “Jazz Meets Hip Hop” with The Rob Tz Experience, Greg Tanner Harris and Friends. If you were lucky enough to get tickets to this event your ticket price of a mere $20 included a credit towards food and non-alcoholic drinks.
The night began at 6:30 pm with Rob Tz (“Rob Tease”) Experience, presenting a set called “The Sunset Sessions.” The Rob Tz Experience is led by drummer Rob Thomas, with Thomas’ brother J-Fiaa at vocals and keyboards and THE DROP’s morning show host DJ Dif’Rent on the 1’s and 2’s. Watch for the interplay between the musicians and the DJ, and “bring your boogie shoes!”
Thomas says he’s inspired by the way Kendrick Lamar collaborated with jazz players and producers (Terrace Martin, Thundercat, Flying Lotus) on his project “To Pimp a Butterfly.” “(Lamar) gave us as hip-hoppers and music lovers a whole different approach to hip hop and how it’s received.”
Vibraphonist Greg Tanner Harris has long been directing traffic at the intersection of jazz and contemporary music. Greg’s his friends included vocalist Venus Cruz from the band What Young Men Do, Jon Stewart (sax), Matt Fuller (guitar), John Grigsby (bass), drummer Mark Emmons and percussionist Atta Addo. Elements of “world” sound will feature Addo’s vocals and Harris playing the “gyil,” a West African xylophone.
In between sets, THE DROP’s own evening hostess with the mostess, DJ Bella Scratch, KUVO’s Arturo Goméz shared colorful stories, insights on the convergence of jazz and hip hop. KUVO’s program director Steve Chavis gave away cool swag and took questions from the audience. Check out the video on our youtube page and don’t forget to click “LIKE” and “SUBSCRIBE”