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Jazz by Genre V – Hip Hop Jazz brings the Guru of the art form to Toronto

Sunday, December 3

The Mod Club

722 College Street, Toronto

Doors @ 8 pm


and www.nufunk.ca

The Nu Jazz Society proudly presents a spectacular celebration of Hip Hop Jazz and culture featuring:

* Guru (the legendary MC & rap-jazz genre creator)

* Solar (NYC’s hottest hip hop producer)

* Doo Wop (the master of the mix tape)

* Special Surprise Guests

* Rhythmicru w/The Irie Band (live hip hop)

* Jugular (beat boxing)

* DJ Dalia (on the decks)

* Anne-Marie Woods aka Amani (Spoken Word)

* and other special guests!

Tickets: advance $25 members / $30 non-members


Soundscapes - 572 College, 416-537-1620

2 The Beat - 161 Spadina Ave – (416) 598-8120

Play De Record - 357A Yonge Street - (416) 586-0380

Rotate This - 620 Queen St. W – (416) 504-8447

Shanti Baba - 546 Queen St. W - (416) 504-5034

Sonic Temple - 5165 Yonge St - (416) 835-0035

Tickets also available online at www.ticketweb.ca

For more information on Jazz by Genre V – Hip Hop Jazz!!, the series and Nu Jazz Society Membership please visit our website at




Jazz by Genre V – Hip Hop Jazz

Arguably, no other modern form of music has done more to keep the indomitable spirit of Jazz alive and current in today’s consciousness than Hip Hop. With the advent of Hip Hop, the human voice became an instrument of improvisation, the essence of Jazz itself. Within Hip Hop are preserved forever as samples and beats so many immortally timeless Jazz sounds going back to its creation as America’s one true indigenous music in New Orleans, to the streets of New York City, Los Angeles and so many other cities that have their own identifiable styles of both Jazz and Hip Hop. Jazz by Genre V – Hip Hop Jazz celebrates this essential connection with what is quite possibly the most spectacular lineup to date for this acclaimed series, headlined by the very artist who created hip hop/jazz as a genre – the legendary MC Guru of Jazzmatazz and Gang Starr fame.

Joining Guru from the cradle of Hip Hop, New York City, will be Solar – the next generation of NYC superproducers whose studio savvy has brought Guru to yet another level of brilliance; and Doo Wop, the master of the mixtape himself. Backing them up in the spirit of Hip Hop Jazz will be a live band comprised of some of Toronto’s finest acoustic jazz musicians.

Setting the table for the master of Hip Hop Jazz is an A-list of Toronto’s best Hip Hop talent. Our live openers are a special surprise guest band who will be performing right before Guru; and Rhythmicru, one of this city’s most-loved Hip Hop collectives playing with a rhythm section comprised of members of reggae-dub thumpers The Irie Band with special guest Nick “Brownman†Ali. Rounding out this phenomenal party will be the beatbox performance art of Jugular; Anne-Marie Woods’ poignant and powerful Spoken Word; and DJ Dalia with selections from Hip Hop’s jazziest mid-90s glory days.


Artist Bios


* Guru with Solar & Doo Wop

The legendary MC and his 7 Grand sonic sources – backed by Toronto’s finest acoustic jazz/hip hop musicians

www.guru7grand.com / www.myspace.com/guru7grand / www.myspace.com/solar7grand

Guru is an acronym for Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal. A native of Boston, he is considered by many to be the greatest MC in Hip Hop history. While that may be debatable, it can be said with certainly that no other MC has released such a high-quality body of music over such a long period of time, starting with the formation of Gang Starr in 1986. Guru’s hard-edged and streetwise yet soulful and enlightened lyrics, together with the beatmaking genius of DJ Premier, resulted in seven Gang Starr releases, including: Step into the Arena (1991), Daily Operation (1992), Moment of Truth (1998) and The Owners (2003).

While groups such as The Roots deserve their props for bringing together hip hop and live jazz-based instrumentation (and long before them, artists such as the Last Poets and Gil Scott-Heron brought the lyrical style to full bands), Guru’s Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1 (1993) is generally considered the first true jazz-rap fusion album. Jazzmatazz inspired an entire generation of hip hop/jazz projects such as Us 3, Digable Planets, and recently the great Carlos Santana’s collaborations with Wyclef Jean and other hip hop artists.

Jazzmatazz Vol. 1 featured collaborations with foundational jazz players such as Roy Ayers, Donald Byrd, Branford Marsalis, Ronny Jordan and Lonnie Liston Smith. Jazzmatazz Vol. 2: The New Reality (1995) and Jazzmatazz Vol. 3: Streetsoul (2000) built on the concept by integrating R&B, reggae and soul; with a diverse range of musicians & vocalists such as Herbie Hancock, Isaac Hayes, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Garrett, Erykah Badu, Me’shell N’degeocello, and Macy Gray. Jazzmatazz: Vol. 4 is due out in early 2007, with the lead single Keep the Worries featuring Angie Stone having just been released.

There could surely be no more appropriate headliner for Jazz by Genre V – Hip Hop Jazz than the MC who defined the fusion in popular music consciousness back in the day.


Solar is the sound of 7 Grand Records, a partnership dedicated to evolving Guru’s music and in general bringing the very best of true New York City hip hop to the world. Filling the very large shoes of DJ Premier and then some, Superproducer Solar has created the soundscape for the new and improved Guru; and challenged him to push himself to new heights of his lyrical abilities. Not merely a beatmaker but a complete producer (he also writes rhymes and as such is able to give Guru complete concepts with which to work) Solar takes great pride in being a New York success story. He has been immersed in the New York hip hop scene since its inception; and coalesced the influences of the five boroughs (in particular, Brooklyn) into a powerful ear for producing “what’s next†from the cradle of hip hop. Guru credits Solar’s encyclopedic knowledge of black music from early jazz to today’s soul – and ability to integrate it with hip hop while remaining true to the principles of hip hop --for helping the Jazzmatazz vision return more to its original spirit on Vol. 4.


Doo Wop, aka Da Bouncemasta, refuses to use the title “DJ†in front of his name because it only scratches the surface of what this urban street legend and king of the mixtape does. He is one of hip hop’s true trendsetters, his mixtapes the standard by which all others are judged. Skits at the beginning of each tape, catchy titles to coincide with the concept of a particular mix, and freestyles by well-known rappers are just a few of the innovations credited to Doo Wop that are now commonplace on underground and commercial hip hop releases.

Guests on Doo Wop’s legendary mixtapes have included: Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe, Keith Murray, Redman, Mobb Deep, AZ, Lost Boyz, Puffy, Big Daddy Kane, Memphis Bleek, Beanie Sigel, Guru, Raekwon, MOP, Krsone, Q-tip, Smith & Wesson, Buckshot, 50cent, Big Pun, Big L, and Shabba Ranks.

He has taken home at least one award from the Mix Tape Award Ceremony every year since its inception in 1995.



Rhythmicru with the Irie Band Rhythm Section

Toronto’s most organic & conscious hip hop collective

www.rhythmicru.ca / www.myspace.com/rhythmicru / www.myspace.com/iriebandtoronto

It’s safe to say that almost everyone who reads this has come across a sticker with the iconic Rhythmicru logo – in a bathroom, on a public phone, on a newspaper box, or somewhere across the city – some time in the last several years. Like the city they represent, Rhythmicru is diverse enough to be equally at home dropping jazzy, De La-style head-nodders or brilliantly poignant political battle cries. Their Heads Connect series, these days often featuring guests from their collective of Montreal friends Island City Monsters, are some of the most anticipated regular hip hop shows in Toronto. Adding to the vibe is their uniquely creative visual arts and multimedia presentation, including the Open Canvas community mural project created by the audience during the show.

Rhythmicru has released three full-length albums: Rhythmicwho? (2001), Open Canvas (2003), and SuperToke MixTape Vol. 1 (2006); along with the Roxton Chronicles limited edition (2005). They have sold over 10,000 copies independently. They have opened club shows and festivals in Toronto across Canada for the likes of Ill Bill, Non Phixion and Pete Rock & CL Smooth.

The evolution of Rhythmicru continues, as they now explore the live-band potential of their music with members of The Irie Band, one of Toronto’s most popular new dub-reggae bands, as their rhythm section.


DJ Dalia

Toronto’s favourite B-girl

www.myspace.com/djdalia / www.neverforgiveaction.com

Dalia is one of Toronto’s authorities on classic and underground hip hop music – also bringing reggae, soul, funk, disco and everything else that keeps the dancefloor shakin’ into the mix. From 1994 until July of this year, Dalia co-hosted ‘Best Kept Secret’ on CHRY 105.5 FM, the city’s longest-running community radio hip hop show; and was a charter member of the long-running Chicks Dig It all-female DJ Crew with Chocolate, Denise Benson and otheres. She continues to give props to the old school at the monthly Never Forgive Action classic hip hop nights with fellow DJs More or Les and Numeric, which ram the Gypsy Co-op to capacity. She is also the cutmaster for the Shebang! all-female breakdance crew among many other beat-inspired labours of love. Her reviews of the hip hop you need to hear frequently grace the pages of Exclaim! Magazine.

“I aim to provoke fun and, at the same time, open ears and minds to new sounds and old classics,†Dalia says. “I also wanna get people to shake their asses and feel comfortable approaching the booth and talking about music.†~ eye weekly, July 2006



The true musician’s beat boxer



Born and raised in Toronto, Jugular has stunned crowds with his unique style of vocal percussion. He can accurately imitate any-thing from musical instruments to turntable scratches and of course, hip-hop songs. Jugular regularly performs in cities across North America including Toronto, Calgary, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Oakland.

Jugular’s new CD Welcome to the Universe has been described as "mood music for the passionate soul". The album is a beautiful blend of RnB-Soul and Hip Hop set to a highly erotic space theme. The sensual revolution has landed. This album is completely produced, arranged, written, and composed by the one-man band himself. In addition, including the entirely beat boxed percussion sounds. Join Jugular as he releases this visionary recording to the masses at Toronto’s Lula Lounge on Nov. 23, his very first solo live performance.


Anne-Marie Woods aka Amani

Spoken word for the soul


Born in England to Trinidadian heritage and raised in Nova Scotia, Anne-Marie Woods is one of the most dynamic, versatile and socially-concious and relevant female performing artists in Canada.

For 12 years, she was a member of the award winning and internationally acclaimed a cappella group Four the Moment; whose long list of prestigious performances includes tributes to Lincoln Alexander, Dr. Maya Angelou and the Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Anne-Marie has worked for CBC Radio for the past several years, doing comedic commentaries and artistic treatments for news and current affairs programming; as well as producing innovative documentaries such as Flat Belly Blues, which also aired on the BBC. She tours to schools around the country with “Artivationally Speakingâ€, harnessing her unique ability to reach young people with positive messages about issues such as bullying, racism and peer pressure.

On Friday November 17th, she will be the featured poet at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City, one of the most famous spoken word venues in the world.

"This show is a co-promotion between the Nu Jazz Society (www.jazzbygenre.com) and Nu Funk Concerts (www.nufunk.ca)."

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