This week we will continue our series of jazz events with a truly outstanding artist. On April 7 we are opening doors for Jeff Parker and The New Breed. So many interesting facts to talk about, where do we even begin?
The American jazz and rock guitarist, born in Hampton, Virginia, in 1967 was attracted to music from an early age on and decided to study at the Berklee College of Music. Soon after he moved to the jazz capital Chicago and started working on his career as a musician. Parker became a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), a non-profit organization, which supports and encourages jazz performers, composers and educators. According to its charter the ACCM is devoted “to nurturing, performing, and recording serious, original music”. Also members of the organization are, for instance, George Lewis, Chico Freeman, Anthony Braxton and the Art Ensemble Of Chicago. But Parker was not only interested in playing jazz, his skills as a rock musician were widely acknowledged when he joined the famous post-rock band Tortoise. The almost entirely instrumental music of Tortoise is quite experimental and, rather than the standard rock and roll sound, a mixture that incorporates everything from the so called krautrock, dub, minimalist music, electronic to various jazz styles. Their last album “The Catastophist” was released, by the Chicago based indie label Thrill Jockey, i Continue reading “Jeff Parker and The New Breed”
Gretchen is proud and happy to host the Hospitality nights in Berlin. The next one is right around the corner, March 25, and the Line-up speaks for itself. A true Jungle/D&B legend who have not played in Berlin in a long long time, a superstar of the genre and one of the most talked about of the last years. But before we take a closer look at these guys, let us find out more about Hospitality, a name that rings a bell of junglists and bass addicts all around the globe.
It is 1996, Forest Hill, South London, two enthusiastic men with a plan are starting their independent label Hospital Records. Tony Colman, also known as the man behind London Electricity, and Chris Goss had a vision and were ready to jump into cold water to swim with the sharks. Their engagement and hard work paid off relatively fast, as Hospital became a well known name and was mentioned in the same breath with leading labels of Jungle/D&B at that time like for instance Metalheadz, Moving Shadow or Reinforced. Releasing artists on the imprint such as London Electricity, the Austrian duo Camo & Krooked, Danny Bird, Nu:Tone, Logistics, Fred V & Grafix, and the list goes on, guarantee a level of quality that makes it hard for other labels to keep up with and almost unlikely to even top it. The sound of Hospital Records is warm and easy, soulful but impulsive. Music for the dance floor as well as hanging out with friends or in your car driving down the highway. In 2001 Hospital came to the conclusion that it was time to start their own event series. Maybe the parties at that time were not what Colman and Goss were looking for, be it the atmosphere, ticket prices or door politics. Or maybe it was just the wish to present their very own idea of Jungle/D&B, in the right environment and with a Line-up that they could put together themselves to feature the labels artists as much as possible. They named it Hospitality and the first event took place at the, now closed, Herbal club in Shoreditch, East London. From there Hospitality took it to several London clubs such as Heaven, Matter and all the way up to the Brixton O2 Academy. But London became too small, so they started to throw regular events all over the UK. From Brighton to Bristol, Nottingham, Sheffield, Leeds and everywhere else where people were asking for it. But guess what? Great Britain became too small, so Hospitality took it to Miami, Tokyo, Ibiza and many other locations across the globe, until they finally landed in Berlin where Gretchen was their first choice. We are feeling honoured and looking forward to a long partnership with many great nights at our club.You probably want to know who will be on the wheels of steel this time? As usual Hospitality will not disappoint you: This card is something for everyone from the old school to the next generation of D&B heads. Continue reading “Hospitality Night Berlin”
This Wednesday, March 15, we are opening doors for Oddisee & Good Compny. Rap music that has a message that goes deeper than the usual talk on the mainstream records these days. Who are these guys and what is their game plan? Let’s find out!
Amir Mohamed el Khalifa (age 32), better known by his stage name Oddisee, son of an African American mother and Sudanese father, a rapper and producer has an interesting life story to tell. Raised by his father and stepmother, who also is Sudanese, he spend the first years of his life in Silver Spring, a small town in Montgomery County, Maryland. Referring to previous interviews it must have been a peaceful time growing up in this affluent environment. Oddisee was originally influenced by his parents heritages, combined with a hip hop influence from his older cousins. His very first role models were Eric B. & Rakim, De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest, he stated that these rappers don’t talk about drugs or murder, and he could relate more to their lyrics. In his song “You Grew Up” he is mentioning how he was trying to keep his Nikes clean when his best friend, who was white, was trying to scuff his Chucks up. This is where he first discovered the cultural differences between Caucasians and African Americans in the American society. From there they moved to Prince George’s County, one of the wealthiest African American counties in the nation but borders some of Washington D.C. area’s roughest parts. After high school he decided to move to Washington D.C. and work on his career as a musician. Continue reading “Oddisee & Good Compny”