Jarell Perry, Harry Duncan
628 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA, 94117
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Universally hailed as a thrilling new figure in music for his edgy, lo-fi debut, The Headphone Masterpiece, back in 2002, Cody ChesnuTT is a soul troubadour whose frank, socially conscious ruminations on life continue to challenge popular notions of what modern soul music can look and sound like: a raw storyteller for the people wearing a guitar and a toothpick-chewing smirk; a wide-eyed, intense soul brother in a crazy-fly get-up singing about bedraggled love in the land of Lost Angeles - he’s all of that, but wiser now while still wearing poetic license on his skin like a battle scar.
A decade earlier, Cody explored the Atlanta’s early ‘90s R&B scene as a singer, and then toiled in his LA-based band, The Crosswalk. His time spent alone exploring raw new sounds in his bedroom finally paid off in 2002 with the release of The Headphone Masterpiece. Industry tastemakers like music writer dream hampton (and The Roots drummer and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon bandleader) Questlove took to the record immediately, hearing in Cody’s music the kind of emotional intensity and savvy, irreverent wordplay that was sorely missing in Black music in the early 2000s as the neo-soul movement sputtered to a near halt, losing several of its key players to their own hiatuses. A song from The Headphone Masterpiece was re-tooled as “The Seed 2.0” for the Roots’ seminal album Phrenology, exposing Cody’s music to a wider mainstream audience.
Landing On A Hundred, Cody’s second full-length LP, marks his return to the music game after a period of family-man retreat and reflection that did a world of good for him after his meteoric rise to near fame. The title is a reference to the slang saying, “Keeping It One Hundred,” or telling the whole truth, and for lovers of true blue Southern soul this new album is a must-have - he recorded it with a ten-piece band in Memphis-based Royal Studios, the sonic birthplace of some of the deepest works by soul and blues luminaries like Al Green, Buddy Guy and Ike & Tina Turner. “The original tracks were cut on two-inch tape,” Cody explains. “My hands were tingling because I got to sing on the actual microphone that Al Green recorded with. Nothing has changed. The downhome acoustic treatments are still in place.”
Topics on Landing On A Hundred cover lots of grown-folks business: a man’s road to redemption after years of womanizing and crack addiction, the power and labor of slow-burning marital love that eclipses mere material expressions of affection. Keeping it truthful is ultimately what matters most in Cody’s songs: how it reveals itself in your darkest thoughts, how it can heal old wounds with a handclap and a foot stomp. Truthfulness emanates from Cody’s vocal chords and the strings of his guitar while his, strong, sensitive voice continues to command listeners with its riveting sound, leading them to their own higher ground.
In the quickly rising new-school class of 'alt-R&B', Jarell Perry is paving his own lane. His critically-acclaimed debut LP "Simple Things," which mixes flavors of Electronic, Indie-Rock, and Pop, has already drawn comparisons to cross-over heavyweights like Miguel and Frank Ocean. But as URB Magazine puts it, "what sets him apart from this new breed of talents is a much fuller and developed vocal quality…sublime perfection..."
Lyrically, Perry's "Simple Things" covers everything from love-gone-wrong to awkward moments, and the hum-drum of 9-to-5 day jobs. "There's a song for every situation, you can take it as the soundtrack to your life at any moment," says the LA-based singer-songwriter.
Prior to releasing the LP, the MTV Buzzworthy artist's writing credits included Fat Joe's comeback single featuring Chris Brown, "Another Round." After growing a strong worldwide fanbase from YouTube and his alma mater UCLA, Jarell went on to meet and work with the likes of R&B superstar Usher, rapper Childish Gambino, and international producers Diplo and Rusko. With "Simple Things," he's looking to create a legacy even larger than his esteemed collaborators. And based on the feedback (R&B veteran critic Mark Edward Nero raves, "the future of R&B has arrived"), Jarell Perry is more than well on his way.
Harry Duncan, longtime Bay Area-based producer of black music shows also produces and hosts In The Soul Kitchen, the award-winning, Roots & Rhythm music show broadcast live every Sunday night on KCSM, the Bay Area’s jazz station and streaming worldwide via: www.kusf.org This experience informs and drives his live dj-ing.
Respected industry-wide as an innovator, Duncan serves up his own Roots & Rhythm mix: a danceable, rich musical stew of soul, funk, blues, roots reggae, ska and jazz plus African, Latin and select World music both on In The Soul Kitchen and when spinning live.
Duncan has appeared with a wide variety of artists including Aretha Franklin, Tedeschi-Trucks Band, The Roots, Warren Haynes, Chris Robinson, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Charles Bradley, Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples, India.Arie, Trombone Shorty, Dr. John, The Original Meters, Dumpstaphunk, Rebirth Brass Band, Lizz Wright, Cody ChesnuTT, Boz Scaggs, Femi Kuti, Bombino, Madness and The Specials.