Thursday, March 5, 2015

Teaser for My First Official Single

Coming soon for digital download and cassette; my first official single!

 News and details at a later stage! 

Design by Bachir Najjar

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Photoshoot Blues

I have signed with AlGas Events who will be managing my live performances as
 'Ali Sleeq Blues Band'.

Here's a teaser video from my photoshoot last week; looking forward to 
bring you guys some new gig news soon!


Monday, March 2, 2015

Playlist: Nu-Blues / Electro-Blues

Balling the Jack: Birth of Nu-Blues

One of the few compilations of nu-blues music

Blues music is considered a heritage genre; however some musicians have sought to modernize the blues by using cutting edge electronics and technology to experiment with different sounds.

Nu-Jazz and Nu-Metal are quite big scenes right now; nu-blues less so, but here is a list of songs that will broaden one's scopes of how the blues can be manipulated:

Mississippi KKKrossroads - Chris Thomas King

Someday Baby - North Mississippi All-Stars remix by Brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson

Sure 'Nuff 'N Yes I Do - Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band

Ride On (Fight On) - Little Axe

St. James - Snakefarm

Natural Blues - Moby

Parchman Blues -Tangle Eye

It's Bad you Know (remix) - R.L Burnside

Death Letter - Johnny Farmer

Stagger Lee - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Country Bluesman Robert Belfour Passes Away

Last year, I published a post about one of the great remaining original country blues musicians, Robert Belfour.

Sadly, it was announced on the 24th of February that he had passed away at age 74. He was not insured apparently, which is a sad reality for musicians who aren't popular with massive audiences. The Memphis Blues Society is taking donations to help his family at this time. Truly a blues story being lived.

He dedicated most of his life performing the deep roots blues, and wasn't recognized until the early 2000's when he released his major recordings. He will be missed; RIP Robert.

Here's Pushing My Luck:

Paris Named Host City For 2015 International Jazz Day

UNESCO Goodwill ambassador Herbie Hancock has announced that this years International Jazz Day host city will be Paris, France. Last Year, it was Osaka, Japan.

April 30 has been officially announced as International Jazz Day, where a massive concert and other jazz related events take place to celebrate the contributions of this great music.

The concert will feature:

The 2015 All-Star Global Concert will feature a cast of internationally renowned jazz artists including pianists John Beasley (Music Director), A Bu, Antonio Faraò and Herbie Hancock; trumpeters Till Brönner, Ibrahim Maalouf, Hugh Masekela and Claudio Roditi; vocalists Dee Dee Bridgewater, Al Jarreau, Rudy Pérez and Dianne Reeves; saxophonists Igor Butman, Ravi Coltrane, Femi Kuti, Guillaume Perret and Wayne Shorter; bassists James Genus and Marcus Miller; guitarist Lee Ritenour; drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and harmonica player Grégoire Maret.

For more info click [here].

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Whiplash Wins, Jazz Loses

The Huffington Post published an article discussing the realism of the Oscar winning film Whiplash, drawing how the film portrayed jazz musicians and teachers in a wrong way. In the film, an aspiring jazz drumming student gets in a heated rivalry with his instructor at a music conservatory. The film won 3 Oscars for Best Supporting Actor, Film Editing, and Sound Mixing.

I do agree that the film overdid what real jazz players and instructors do; instructors don't call students names or be violent, and students have rarely (if ever) bled while practicing their instruments.

One jazz professor at Julliard, Mark Sherman, says:

"If Wynton Marsalis, who's my boss here at Juilliard, did that, called kids "cocksuckers" and badgered kids like that -- he'd be thrown out."

The good thing about the film is that is brings jazz into the big screen, something missing from today's media. And although the film went overboard with the drama for the sake of pulling in the audience, it might not have portrayed it in a way that might let people actually go out to listen or buy jazz records.

The full article is [here], what do you think?

Monday, February 23, 2015

Standard of the Week: 'Good Morning Little Schoolgirl'

In 1937, Sonnyboy Williamson I recorded 'Good Morning Little Schoolgirl' and it immediately became a standard.

Uptempo, with a sweet story of innocence, it quickly became popular. 

Dozens of bluesmen and other rock musicians covered it, such as:

Muddy Waters

Junior Wells

Lightnin' Hopkins 

Grateful Dead

The Yardbirds

Government Mule

Sunday, February 22, 2015

New 5CD Collection of Lead Belly to be Released

Celebrating his 125th year, The Smithsonian Folkways label has announced a massive collection of music by folk blues legend Lead Belly, due on Tuesday the 24th of February.

The collection will also come with a 140 page book. If you pre-order, a poster and a t-shirt are available as bonuses.

Lead Belly has been a huge influence on many blues and folk musicians, with his famous songs 'Goodbye Irene, Bourgeois Blues, and many more.

Here's 'Midnight Special':

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Inductees to the 2015 Blues Hall of Fame Announced

The Blues Foundation has announced the newest inductees for the 2015 Blues Hall of Fame:




The inductees will be awarded at The Blues Music Awards in May. 
Congrats to each of these deserving musicians!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

'Stir It Up' Video From Last Night's Bob Marley Tribute Concert

Last night a tribute concert to Bob Marley took place in Bayt Lothan (Kuwait). Three performing acts each performed a selection of covers and originals. We got together for one big jam of Marley's classic hit 'Stir It Up'.

The performers are: Amin AKA Mr. Fari, Fabrice, and Karrouhat Band (Basel Hadi, Hashim Al-Nasser, Abdulrahman Essa, Alex Abdalian, Ali Sleeq (me), and Fredrico Del Melo). Sound and audio by Sarj.

Thanks to Nour from Get Out Blog for the video!