L4Blackdoor Presents: Judi Jackson, Changing Modes, & Nik with special guest Maxx Moor
85 Avenue A
(between 5th St & 6th St)
New York, NY, 10009
This event is 21 and over
Judi Jackson is a multi-talented vocalist from Roanoke, Virginia. Judi has performed on a variety of stages with a myriad of world-class talents. Introduced to the world of music through the Jefferson Center's Music Lab, Judi spent her early years immersed in a school for young artists and musicians to learn, practice, and perform their talents. At the age of 14 Judi was fortunate enough to meet Wynton Marsalis at the Jefferson Center performance hall after a show. He sent her a box of music the following Christmas that became the seed of inspiration for her development as a jazz vocalist. She began listening to and studying the sounds of Blossom Dearie, Billie Holliday, Sarah Vaughn, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, and Mahalia Jackson, amongst many other greats. She continued studying over the next several years and started gaining more experience as a performer by opening for acts such as Mavis Staples. Judi has shared the stage with Snarky Puppy, and recorded her original piece, “Only Love”, last spring with the Grammy award winning group.
Currently at the age of 24, Judi is based in London/NY performing and collaborating on with several musicians and recording her debut EP. She aspires to continue performing as a vehicle for sharing love to all willing to receive it.
Nik is a young R&B/ Pop artist signed to Mook'A'Milli & Gaurdfathet Entertainment. Originally from Connecticut, Nik has a strong background training in dance, music and working in the fashion industry. Her artistry presents a fine mix of her R&B vocals and Pop persona as an entertainer. Her debut single "Love Me Crazy" received major radio play on Sirius XM: Venus and reached Top 10 on the U.K. Urban Charts!
Maxx Moor is a young R&B artist signed to Mook'A'Milli Entertainment. Born and raised in the Bronx, he is strongly influenced by hip-hop culture, jazz and R&B. Growing up studying classical music and West African drumming, Maxx's artistry is very much diverse. After a few years of experience in the industry, Maxx is now in studio finalizing his first EP project planned to drop early next year!
The music of New York City based rock band, Changing Modes, began quietly in the mid-90’s when the principal songwriter of the band, Wendy Griffiths (vocals, keyboards, bass) started making her “bedroom tapes.” She says she had no intention of making these songs public. “They were like art songs with very unusual rock beats,” Yuzuru Sadashige (bass, guitar) recalls. “She programmed very complex layers of accompaniment on her Yamaha SY77, then sang along to record onto her $30 Sears tape recorder, very LoFi, you would hear house noise and car horns in the background, but they were extremely interesting and totally unique.”
Lucid Culture describes their music very well: "New York art-rockers Changing Modes leap from one radically dissimilar style to another with gusto, guile and a tunefulness that won’t quit. Blending classical flourishes, punk energy, playful and clever lyrics that draw on 80s new wave and a ubiquitous element of surprise, every time you think you’ve got them figured out, they drop something new on you."
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