Burnt Sugar Arkestra. Photos by Shane Nelson

Sept 25th at 92Y Tribeca NYC, NY

Starting 2010 with three sold-out previews at Brooklyn’s BRICstudio & two sold-out nights in Paris at the Sons D’Hiver Festival as Melvin Van Peebles’ on-stage band for the theatrical debut of Sweet Sweetback’s Badasssss Song this past February, and preparing to mash-up James Brown’s songbook for the Apollo Theater’s Salon Series later this fall, Burnt
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Burnt Sugar freaks the JB Songbook

Burnt Sugar Freaks The JB Songbook, An Opera In Progress

Burnt Sugar will re-orchestrate several medleys taken from James Brown’s three “Live At The Apollo” albums, and re-imagine them in the styles of Brown contemporaries such as Miles Davis, Sun Ra, John Coltrane, Nina Simone, Jimi Hendrix and Chaka Khan. The unique program for these performances have been subtitled JB’S FUNKY DIVAS VS THE REVOLUTION OF THE MIND as it will not only feature music made famous by Mr. Brown himself but the productions and compositions he developed for his premiere female vocalists as well–notably Vicki Anderson, Lyn Collins and Marva Whitney.

Undead Jazzfest poster

Undead JazzFest

On June 12th and 13th 2010 boomBOOM Presents and Search & Restore unleash the Undead Jazz Festival on New York City.  Hot off the success of Winter Jazzfest,  these like-minded, ambitious concert presenters have revived the same two-day, many-artist, multi-venue formula.  For two Summer nights, one ticket will give jazz fans access to Le Poisson
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“Serralves em Festa” in Oporto Portugal

Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber will be making our first trip Portugal performing on the closing night of the 2010 edition of “Serralves em Festa” in Oporto. The festival directors expect around 10,000 people to gather around the main stage in the park and the Sugar will hit them with JB’s FUNKY DIVAS VERSUS THE
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Burnt Sugar Arkestra. Photos by Shane Nelson

JB’s Funky Divas vs The Revolution of The Mind

You most likely can’t travel to Porto, Portugal and witness Burnt Sugar’s performance on June 6th at the 2010 edition of Serralves em Festa.   More likely you can come to the Blue Note’s Late Night Groove Series on Friday, May 28th and witness the Arkestra Chamber perform  JB’s FUNKY DIVAS VERSUS THE REVOLUTION OF THE MIND, a musical mash-up of the albums, James Brown
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Burnt Sugar Arkestra. Photos by Shane Nelson

May!

Ah… the Sweetback gift  keeps on giving!   We’d like to welcome Aman-Re Jack (congas), the husband of Tracy Jack (choreographer for the Sweet Sweetback production ), to the Sugar tribe. Speaking of Sweetback we’ve just heard from Mr. Melvin Van Peebles that a 52-minute documentary shot by Mr. Samuel Thiebaut and containing cast interviews, BRIC
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Burnt Sugar Arkestra. Photos by Shane Nelson

The Rites of Thang. With Apollo Heights and Smoota!

8:30 Smoota 9:30 Apollo Heights 10:30 Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber $10 in advance at Ticket Web or $12 at the door SMOOTA: “Each song is so sexy (instrumentals), yet weird (lyrics) at the same time…you almost feel wrong for digging it so much.” (DOWNTOWN DIARIES) http://www.myspace.com/smoota APOLLO HEIGHTS: “The best live band in New
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Funk You -Funky Soul Party

Funk You – Funky Soul Disco Dance Party

8:30pm : Dan Saks and The Funkdadeli All-Stars (feat Burnt Sugar’s Jared Nickerson on bass & ‘Moist’ Paula Henderson on bari-sax) 9:15pm: DeLEON (J-Dub Records) “From the same cultural blender that gave us Gogol Bordello and Dengue Fever comes the Spanish/Jewish/Brooklyn mash that is Daniel Saks’ visionary band DeLeon. At times rocking the Casbah (“La
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"Mizik Pou Dwa Moun" disc 1

Greg Tate on Mizik Pou Dwa Moun

“Like everyone else within reach of global media on the week January 12, 2010, the members of the Burnt Sugar collective were horrified and saddened by news of the massive earthquake which catastrophically struck the island of Haiti. In its disastrous wake came the loss of 250,000 lives and the ongoing terror, displacement, hunger and grief for those of Haiti’s people left to fend for themselves in the continuous aftermath. While many of us immediately made individual contributions to relief efforts, we have also now been guided by the conscience and imagination of our good friend (and graphic design maven) Amy Gail to present this compilation of music by Burnt Sugar and its members to Haiti’s survival and rebirth