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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah • Matthew Stevens

Jazz thing at the club & Black Atlantic presents

 

Christian Scott

Christian Scott, also known as Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah (born March 31, 1983, in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a two-time Edison Award winning (2010 and 2012) and Grammy Award nominated trumpeter, composer, producer and music executive. Christian’s Grammy nominated international recording debut, Rewind That was called “arguably the most remarkable premiere the genre has seen in the last decade” by Billboard Magazine, earning Christian two prominent features on their cover and inclusion in their list of “Ones to Watch in 2006.”

In June 2015, Christian established a partnership between his newly formed Stretch Music label and the lauded Ropeadope Music family. In the Fall of 2015, Christian’s debut release on Stretch Music/Ropeadope, titled Stretch Music, will be released along with the first interactive Stretch Music App offering for this generation of young improvisors. The recording and the app are set to be deeply impactful statements of the new genre. Christian is the nephew of jazz innovator and legendary sax man, Donald Harrison, Jr. He began his musical tutelage under the direction of his uncle at the age of thirteen. After graduating from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) in 2001, Christian received a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music, where he earned a degree thirty months later.

Since 2002 Christian has released seven critically acclaimed studio recordings and two live albums. According to NPR, „Christian Scott ushers in new era of jazz“. He has been heralded by JazzTimes magazine as „the Architect of a new commercially viable fusion“ and „Jazz’s young style God.“ Christian is known for developing the harmonic convention known as the “forecasting cell” and for his use of an un-voiced tone in his playing, emphasizing breath over vibration at the mouthpiece, widely referred to as his “whisper technique.” Christian is also widely recognized as one of the progenitors of “Stretch Music,” a jazz rooted, genre blind musical form that attempts to “stretch” jazz’s rhythmic, melodic and harmonic conventions to encompass as many other musical forms, languages and cultures as possible. Through his partnership with Adam’s Instruments Christian’s signature line of horns, the Siren Trumpet, Sirenette and Reverse Flugelhorn, are revolutionizing brass instrument design all over the world.

 

Matthew Stevens

Guitarist Matthew Stevens is “a singular talent brimming with a strong identity” (DownBeat) who “navigates with ease among jazz, indie-rock, and soul” (NY Times). With his stellar trio of bassist
Vicente Archer and drummer Eric Doob, his debut recording as a leader, Woodwork, showcases his diverse stylistic mastery, at times warm, robust, fluid, and emotive. Born in Toronto in 1982, one of Stevens’ earliest influences was Jimi Hendrix. After graduating from
Berklee College of Music in 2004, Stevens began to show up everywhere, as an essential element of the important new work by strong young artists like Christian Scott, Terri Lyne Carrington,
ERIMAJ, Sean Jones, Walter Smith III, Linda Oh and, notably, Esperanza Spalding, in whose Emily’s D+Evolution project Stevens is key. His playing has been met with critical acclaim: In 2016 DownBeat Magazine included Stevens in their 25 for the Future issue and placed him in their Annual Critics Poll Rising Star Guitar Category.

His performances have been continually lauded in DownBeat Magazine, NPR, PopMatters, Billboard, the New York Times, the Guardian, and more. In 2015, he released his debut album as a bandleader under Whirlwind Recordings/Crystal Math. Titled Woodwork, it received enthusiastic reviews from DownBeat Magazine, The Kansas City Star, The Ottawa Citizen, Jazz Wise Magazine, Jazz Times Magazine, The Irish Times, Jay Z’s Life and
Times and more, and was described as “an amalgamation of modern jazz and neo-fusion elements which showcase…sonic versatility and savvy producing chops” in LA Weekly. Its iTunes feature review praises Stevens’ “immense melodic gifts and deceptively intricate playing.”

Christian Scott

Matthew Stevens