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Philly: Rachelle Ferrell + K'Jon @ the Keswick, Saturday 9/15, 8pm
Do you hunger for an evening of nice R&B? Do you sometimes wonder if such a thing even exists anymore in 2012? Or does what used to be called R&B, has been replaced with what I would describe as "singing hip hop?" Well if you are in or around Philadelphia, you are in luck.This weekend's show at the Keswick featuring Rachelle Ferrell + K'Jon should ease your mind just a bit, for those of you who question if R&B even has a future.
If you have been paying attention even a little bit, you know that K'Jon has introduced a whole new thing to younger R&B fans (called aactual singing) with his monster hit record of a few years ago called “On The Ocean," which sounds like what R&B music should sound like. Pairing him up with Rachelle Ferrell, Phillys own 6-octave singer songwriter whose vocal range & technique simply defy description sounds like a masterstroke to me!
And speaking of Rachelle Ferrell, check out the following review from our friend Kevin Amos of a recent show there featuring Rachelle Ferrell over the summer....
RACHELLE FERRELL PUTS ON UNFORGETABLE PERFORMANCE AT CABARET
"You folks are some real serious music lovers here in Pittsburgh, aren't you?" asked Rachelle Ferrell to the sold-out crowd at Theater Square.She then proceeded to build a dynamic 13 song set that included audience favorites, a brand new composition called "Back to Me" from her upcoming release "Art and Soul" in addition to what Ferrell described as "grown folks music".
Rachelle Ferrell is one of the most vibrant talents on the music scene today. There are not many vocal artists in the industry that have Ferrell's combination of range, phrasing, and musicianship. She is also an extraordinary entertainer. Her recording on a label started back in 1992.
Rachelle Ferrell is one of the most vibrant talents in contemporary pop music. Very few vocal artists in the industry have Ferrell's potent combination of range, phrasing, and musicianship. Ferrell first emerged in the states with her R&B debut Rachelle Ferrell (1992), a solid collection of self-penned originals that featured a striking duet with Will Downing on "'Nothing Has Ever Felt like This". It was with the release of First Instrument in 1994 that audiences were really introduced to Ferrell's jazz style. Ferrell began singing at the age of six, which many speculate contributed to the "development of her startling six and change octave range." Her range also includes the ability to sing in the whistle register. She received classical training in violin at an early age and by the time she was a teen, she was able to play the piano at a professional level.
Ferrell's performance was a combination of several genres and at times with the call and the response interplay it was like being in Wednesday night prayer meeting. Her vocal acrobatics and the interplay with her band mates was something to behold. Some of the highlights of this "Funky Tuesday" evening also included "Sista", "My Funny Valentine" and "Bye Bye Blackbird.
The evening was a perfect way to conclude the Directions in JAZZLIVE activities for Jazz Appreciation Month presented by the Cultural Trust.
GO TO: Rachelle Ferrell + K'Jon @ the Keswick, Saturday 9/15, 8pm
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