Category Archives: Jazz Music

So Many Men gets revamped by producer Tuplain

Tuplain is a passionate music maker. He does music composition and production in multiple genres, including electronic dance music, deep house, hip-hop, and Latin lounge. His latest, “So Many Men,” featuring the L.A.-based singer L. Paris, seems to fall into the pop category with a taste for Latin lounge and hip-hop, as it sounds both jazzy and stylish. There are horns, tinkling piano and a groovy bassline. It’s musically interesting for the ears.

Tuplain

Tuplain’s “So Many Men” follows a self-confident lonely heart from dusk ’til dawn.

She’s looking for one a kind, and even though she has her pick from so many men, she finds the one she truly wants and decides he’s the one she cares about the most.

As a piano and trumpet player who admires Duke Ellington and the swing music of yesteryear, Tuplain gives “So Many Men” a sound that evokes another era when Cab Calloway and big bands ruled. However, he puts his modern spin on the genre, and with L. Paris singing the song, you might think you’re listening to Christina Aguilera– I know I did. She has a strong vocal presence!

Give the song “So Many Men” from Tuplain a listen via the YouTube video here:

Meanwhile, check out Tuplain’s website. On it he shares a quote from Plato that says, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” I like that quote.

The Swiss music maker is also on Twitter, Facebook, and other social platforms.

Diversity is the name of Tuplain’s musical game. On his Soundcloud, you can hear the flute gettin’ funky on “Chasing The Moment,” a deep house track, as well as cool percussion and the sound of crickets on the jazzy Latin lounge sound of “Sunset.” You can even hear the first, original version of “So Many Men,” which features spoken word and a slower, more hip-hop sound than the updated L. Paris boogie version.

Syreeta is Number One on Jazz Chart

If you hadn’t heard of Syreeta Thompson yet, now’s the time to know her name. Why? Well, she just debuted at Number One on the Billboard Jazz Album chart with her latest work, appropriately titled Winner.

Syreeta Thompson is known as “The Trumpet Lady.”

She has been playing the horn since she was a little girl, and in a world where there aren’t that many female black trumpet players, she stands out!

Syreeta

Generally, Syreeta has been making her mark in the Gospel music world, having shared the stage with Gospel greats like Hezekiah Walker and Dorinda Clark-Cole. So it’s interesting that she has just gone to Number One on the Jazz chart, right?

Syreeta is a musician and singer and educator. She has spent many hours inspiring youngsters to develop their own musical talents. As a graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Syreeta didn’t stop there. She also holds a Master’s Degree in film scoring, jazz composition, and arranging. Is she serious about school and education? You bet she is! The educator wrote music curriculum for the East Orange School District and holds the title of Master Music Educator with the New Jersey Education Association.

To learn more about Syreeta, please visit www.TrumpetLady.com.

Forget Me Not from Kim Meeks

Kim Meeks counts Al Green, Marvin Gaye, and the Bee Gees among her influences. Her biggest influence, though, is Hall & Oates. One of her goals in life is to perform on “Live from Daryl’s House,” which is a web series people watch online featuring the soulful vocal stylings of Daryl Hall from Hall & Oates.

Right now, Meeks calls Macon, Georgia home. It’s where her song, “Sleeping With The Past,” ended up on the Macon Music CD. She enjoys living there and says, “Macon definitely supports artists. The music scene in Macon is growing.”

Kim Meeks

Besides performing around Macon, Meeks has recently toured the South and the East, with Washington, D.C., being among the memorable stops along the way. On tour, Meeks usually plays piano while singing solo, though she sometimes has a band, like the time she performed at Blues Boulevard Jazz in Greenville, South Carolina.

While national recognition “would be awesome,” she’d mostly like to make a living playing music. If her songs were featured in TV shows and movies, that’d be a bonus.

With her new CD, Meeks titled it Forget Me Not. The title track on the CD speaks to betrayal. “The victim ultimately sees the villain for who he/she is,” she says. Her music, ultimately, has a deep sense of longing, which is “something I believe listeners can relate to.”

Kim Meeks doesn’t like to reveal too much about herself, preferring to let the music speak for her.

One listener told her that “Sleeping With The Past” helped get him through a difficult time and that really touched her.

“I want to move people with my music, and that’s what inspires me to continue on this journey,” she says.

“I’d love to connect with people all over the world. Please feel free to like my Facebook music page at www.facebook.com/kimmeeksmusic. Also the CD Forget Me Not can be purchased on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby.”

Julian Hartwell Project

The Julian Hartwell Project had me hooked upon first hearing their song, “Street Dreams.” It’s a fresh take on jazz music, that somehow manages to sound like something old school AND brand new at the same time. Credit the band’s homebase– Philadelphia. Consisting of many of Philly’s up-and-coming players– many out of Temple U’s jazz studies program, The Julian Hartwell Project has got the skills to make a viable career playing and touring with their unique brand of funky jazz music.

Julian Hartwell

At the heart of the sound is Julian Hartwell, who would describe himself as “Alabama-born, Philly-molded.” He’s going for a “high-energy, funky, soulful, swinging, cinematic, evocative sound” and succeeds. This is feel good music that doesn’t get too unapproachable like so many jazz groups get. Hartwell will tell you he and his bandmates are making jazz music that appeals not only to the head, but to the heart as well. That’s a good thing– a very good thing.

The band’s original compositions are multi-layered and complex, with a variety of instruments getting their chance in the spotlight, including some fun piano work on “Say No More” and nifty trumpet playing on songs like “Stay Easy Bro.”

Indeed, The Julian Hartwell Project puts value on heavy horn arrangements and high-caliber musicianship, and it shows.

Give a listen to Julian Hartwell here:

Playing piano since he was 12-years-old, Julian Hartwell has grown up to become a sought-after pianist, composer, bandleader and educator.

Having graduated as a jazz performance major from Temple University in 2014,  Hartwell is focused on his band right now, gigging around Philadelphia at places like Chris’ Jazz Café in Center City. He also teaches piano lessons, infusing them with both improvisation and fun.

Find out more about this young, cool bandleader here. Find The Julian Hartwell Project on iTunes here.