ABOUT FKAJAZZ - Supreme Love (feat. BD3 & Marcus Machado)
A new scene of jazz musicians taking up the mantel as the producers and tastemakers for popular music around the world has slowly been on the rise since the early 2000s. Forerunners like Robert Glasper and Chris Dave who spent much of their early careers working with artists & producers such as D’Angelo, J Dilla, & The Roots, have increasingly sparked a new generation of musicians & producers and FKAjazz is without a doubt taking the reins as one of it’s new frontmen. FKAjazz, whose background is reflective of Glasper & Dave, not only from Houston but also from the same performing arts high school, HSPVA, is carrying the torch of Jazz Hiphop into new and exciting territory.
“Supreme Love" FKAjazz’s second single release of 2019, leads us closer to the artist’s sophomore album, “Beautifully Awkward” and continues our expedition into the makings of a fully driven statement about what love can be, in its many colors and hues (clearly apparent in the cover art of the new single, Supreme Love).
Originally from Houston, Texas, the musician/producer/writer Samir Zarif aka FKAjazz “first began catching the attention of many when he moved to New Orleans, where he performed often with the likes of Ellis Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, and the Jason Marsalis Quintet,” as noted by Christian Wissmuller in JazzEd Magazine.
BRIC TV - B-SIDE PREMIERE
Me & the Trew Culture family did our first TV appearance on Brooklyn’s own, BRIC TV. BRIC TV’s “B-SIDE” is a live in-studio music series, featuring performances from Brooklyn’s hottest emerging and established musicians. Hosted by Kenyatta Beasley, the appearance features both performances of some of my songs from Stereotype Threat, some songs by iconic influences of mine like J Dilla, Wayne Shorter & Herbie Hancock as well as the TV premiere of songs from my upcoming album “Beautifully Awkward.” Joined by Elise Testone, Edson Sean, BD3, Noah MacNeil, Yoshiki Yamada, & Justin Swiney, we had a blast. Feel free to skip through the talking! LOL!
Upon the upcoming 1-Year anniversary of my debut album under the moniker FKAjazz, George W. Harris from JazzWeekly.com reviews Stereotype Threat. It's wonderful to see this album is still gaining new listeners everyday, mainly due to all the amazing people supporting me across the globe and especially right in my local community here in New York.
For those unfamiliar with my album (but I'm sure you are, wink wink), Stereotype Threat is a 9-track collection of work that seamlessly branches together my musical journey, from my time as a kid listening to hiphop in the 90s, to my many years solely as a "jazz musician" to my 180 degree turn into becoming an electronic music producer. To the refined listener, the influence of jazz, hiphop & electronica are apparent. To those just looking for good music with a fresh sound, I hope, because of my unique journey, I'm providing something exciting and adventurous for you to listen to and enjoy.
We're still working to spread the vibes of this new direction & journey I've established since my debut solo performance at Webster Hall back in the Fall of 2016. And the world is starting to catch on thanks to you! Obviously if you're here, you caught on long time ago and I truly appreciate the love and support. Get ready for new music coming soon! To read the article on JazzWeekly.com click here