JSWISS, Vick and the Velvicks and FKAjazz take the stage at The Revolution #28 on 06.23

National Sawdust is highlighting three up-and-coming local acts for the 28th, Deli sponsored installment of “THE REVOLUTION”. For the month of June, artists from jazz and hip-hop to rock n’ roll are being presented on the venue's stage for their contribution to local music and for pushing their respective genres forward. This month's three artist are FKAjazz, JSWISS and Vick & the Velvicks. JSWISS is a rapper and lyricist whose focus on positivity and overcoming obstacles is paired with lively jazz and soul influences, creating an assured and bright sound. Vick & the Velvicks’ blend of hard rock hooks and energetic songwriting have transformed New York's most intimate venues into stadium shows. FKAjazz marries a new vision and old school precision to create an exciting new take on jazz. National Sawdust hopes these three artists will be the benchmarks for local music and will highlight their talents this Saturday on June 23. - Tucker Pennington read on The Deli


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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.