Sounds From The Underground
- 800 Giants
- Darryl Reeves w/ Kenny Banks, Joel Powell, Kenton Bostick & Special Guest, Diggs Duke!!!
& Joel Powell's BIRTHDAY BASH!!
Free Admission - (Donations Accepted)
Hailing from Atlanta, GA, Darryl Reeves is a saxophonist that effortlessly merges the lines between funk, soul & hip-hop, expressed from a platform rooted in jazz. Growing up in a musical family, Reeves attended the Northwestern Performing & Visual Arts Center in Miami. Moved by hip-hop samples originating from jazz, Reeves was led to being influenced by greats such as Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. Reeves studied music at Jackson State University. He subsequently completed his Masters of Music at the University of New Orleans, where he studied with Terence Blanchard and performed on the scene with Delfeayo Marsalis. In 2004, Reeves released the funky and playful Diary of a Bandstand, to ample acclaim. It featured Robert Glasper, Russell Gunn & Quamon Fowler and cemented Reeves' reputation for presenting a new outlook on the sound, style and production of jazz music. Reeves has kept a steady hand in not being limited to any specific genre. Some know him just as well for his production in hip-hop. Reeves caught Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson’s attention with his ingenious jazz-funk remixes of Jay-Z’s Black Album, which was spun upon many of the drummer’s dj sets. Recently in Atlanta, he has been the music director of many highly acclaimed live sets with Aishah Rashied Hyman’s Spreadlove and DJ Kemit. He has performed and recorded with notable artists including Roy Ayers, The O'Jays, Frank McComb, Angie Stone, Kirk Whalum, Jill Scott, Phonte, Toku, Janelle Monae, Young Jeezy, B.O.B. and T-Pain.
The sound of Diggs Duke's music can best be characterized as a fresh, yet familiar interpretation of the bond between Soul and Jazz. Within the last year, the American vocalist, instrumentalist and composer has released a steady stream of quality music that's been dominating playlists from LA to Indonesia. Shortly after the release of his debut EP, “Gravity,” as well as several ambitious singles, the music was swiftly placed into the rotation of taste-makers across the US and Europe, including Gilles Peterson in the UK and Lefto in Brussels.
Mentored by alumni of the bands of Max Roach, Cecil Taylor and Frank Foster, Duke's jazz ideals blend well with the Hip-Hop, R&B and Latin music of a 90's upbringing. The result is a stellar mix of raspy vocals, fascinating horn arrangements and adventurous song forms, never losing sight of the perfect groove.
When & Where
Sounds From the Underground
The movement that we call “Sounds from the Underground “(SFTU) was born out of struggle. From around the city, Atlanta’s rising jazz composers were notating piece after piece and filling up their desk with songs from a place deep inside them with not enough venues to support their appetite for live expression. For some time, these musicians have dealt with these frustrations…and we’re happy to say that the times are a changin’.
SFTU will start it’s residency at a small hideaway known as Elliot Street Pub in the Castleberry Hills district of Atlanta. Below this quaint neighborhood bar littered with musical portraits that feature Frank Zappa and others lays a refurbished basement that was once home to the jazz club “Dee’s Bird Cage” from the 1940s to the 1980s. This quaint space will be our listening room for some of the finest music Atlanta has to offer every 2nd and 4th Mondays starting Feb 27th at 8pm. Each night we’ll feature two local composers and their music that is improvisational in nature.
Because we aim to peak the interest of fellow musicians and music lovers we will not be charging a cover initially. We will however provide a basket for each one of our patrons to contribute to support each act that brings their talents to the stage in hopes that something special can grow and flourish. In addition to this, we hope you’ll support this wonderful venue buy purchasing something to say thanks to them for hosting us.
Spread the word. The movement has begun in Atlanta.