Here's a clip from our last show at Rockwood Music Hall featuring JSWISS, Yoshiki Yamada & Justin Swiney, performing a new song tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. using samples from his outspoken, Vietnam speech titled, Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence. The speech was done in New York City's Riverside Church on April 4th 1967.

Written in the New Yorker article by Benjamin Hedin Martin Luther King, Jr.,’s Searing Antiwar Speech, Fifty Years Later, Hedin states, "Half a century later, the Riverside speech also seems to carry the greater weight of prophecy. King portrayed the war in Vietnam as an imperial one, prosecuted at the expense of the poor. Vietnam, he said, was 'the symptom of a far deeper malady within the American spirit,' and, if left untreated, if the malady continued to fester, 'we shall surely be dragged down the long, dark, and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight.'"

Let 2018 be a time of reflection and progress at the weight of regression and backward thinking. - FKAjazz


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(January 29, 2018) FKAjazz’s new album is titled Stereotype Threat, and if you have listened to his solo album done under his ‘government name,’ Samir Zarif, that record title can only be called explanatory. Starting Point, the saxophonist’s 2010 debut, was a mixture of post-bop avant garde and electric fusion jazz. He then joined forces with Brian Lindgren to form the group Pax Humana, a group that fused electronica with jazz and a little hip-hop thrown in to boot.

“Brighter Days,” the first track from Stereotype Threat, finds FKAjazz taking elements from his solo work and his time with Pax Humana to again create something distinct. The track features his saxophone improvisation in a conversation with keyboards, drum machines and slashing rock guitars. This is an artist who refuses to be pinned down. Check it out here.

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New YouTube Channel!

Last's month in September was amazingly epic for the FKAjazz Squad! Now there's a YouTube Channel to capture all the fun. See us perform "F.A.F." live at Rockwood Music Hall during the album release show featuring Marcus Machado, Julian Litwack, Noah MacNeil, Lez Lemon, and Justin Swiney.