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Nayo Jones featured in Concert with Robert Glasper

By on July 1, 2019
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The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra with Robert Glasper and Christian Bold,
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Adonis Rose, NOJO’s creative director and drummer, started the Herbie Hancock section of the night with a brief intro on Herbie and a much longer one on Glasper, who entered stage right with a smile on his face and a drink in his hand. Dressed in sneakers, faded jeans, a “Chicago: We Invented the Footwork” T-shirt, and a tight grey beanie, he looked like an oversized middle schooler crashing a black-tie gallery opening. He acknowledged his attire at one point, looking down at himself, shaking his head and saying, “Damn. I think I have skinny jeans on.”

Featured singers were peppered throughout the evening, from NOJO trombonist Michael Watson to Jesse McBride’s Next Generation vocalist Christian Bold to solo diva Nayo Jones. The biggest surprise came at the end of the night, when Al B. Sure! was invited onstage to perform Quincy Jones’ smash hit, “The Secret Garden.” Sure! performed his own verse on the song, as well as Barry White’s, El DeBarge’s, and James Ingram’s, perfectly producing each singer’s inflections. It was impressive and entirely unexpected.

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