Southern-born guitarist/vocalist Kat Dyson relocated to Los Angeles from Montreal via Minneapolis where she was a featured guitarist & vocalist with Prince as a member of the New Power Generation. Her contributions to this musical alliance can be heard on the following recordings: Emancipation, The Truth and Newpowersoul.
Along the way,she has performed with renowned artists including Cyndi Lauper,Natalie Cole,Ivan Neville,Donny Osmond,rap artist T.I.,Seal,Sheila E and C.O.E.D.,Joi,George Clinton and the P-Funk AllStars, MusiqueSoulchild,Phoebe Snow,Res,The Winans,Mary Mary,Yolanda Adams,Big Mamma Thornton, Ben E. King,Bo Diddley, Odetta,Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir,Celine Dion, Roch Voisine and many others.
Her studio work includes sessions for such artists as Keb Mo’,Ziggy Marley,Sheila E.,Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) and Mick Jagger [Alfie soundtrack], Jeff Healey, Jamaican producers Sly and Robbie, Cat Cooer of Third World and Bernie Worrell (Parliament Funkadelic). Before joining forces with Prince, Ms. Dyson is a contributing guitarist and vocalist on the multi-platinum Cyndi Lauper greatest hits album, “12 Deadly Cyns”,along with ‘Sisters of Avalon'”At Last” and “The Body Acoustic.She continues to perform with Ms. Lauper.
Highlights of her work in film and television include: As a featured credited musician, her soulful guitar can be heard in the filmscore for DANCING AT THE BLUE IGUANA, starring Darryl Hannah. She also composed and performed several pieces of music for HBO’s acclaimed documentary series AMERICA UNDERCOVER. Since 1998, Ms.Dyson has also been a fixture as lead guitarist in such talk-show house bands as The Wayne Brady Show, The Donny & Marie Show and The Magic Hour, with Sheila E.
She completed over 200 shows with italian rock artist ZUCCHERO on the highly acclaimed FLY TOUR 2007 and ALL THE BEST TOUR 2008. At present, she continues to tour with him on CHOCABECK TOUR 2011. She is a member of the rock trio, CHALLENGE with T.M.Stevens and Cindy Blackman-Santana. She also continues to be a go-to guitarist for many; including playing for Black Rock Coalition events such as THE BRC all female orchestra, conducted by Tamar Kali. In addtion to releasing her EP ‘COLOUR KOMMENTARY, she continues composing music for television and film in Los Angeles.
Sorceress. Alchemist. Beat Conductor. Funk Philosopher. Seneshal of Style. Purveyor of Pocket. Child of God. Agent of Love.
Nikki Glaspie is among the premier drummers in music today. As a founding member of The Nth Power she’s blazing a path of light, and rolling waves of love in her wake. A student of J Dilla, James Brown, Led Zepplin, Earth, Wind & Fire, Gospel traditions and all points between, Nikki Glaspie has toured the world as the drummer of Beyonce’s backing band SUGA MAMA, trotting the globe behind the likes of Maceo Parker, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Martin Luther, and more. Glaspie studied at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, and credits Professor Angelamia Bachemin as her single greatest teacher/influence. For the better part of two decades, Nikki has been in-demand, with a who’s who of the jazz/funk scene. Nikki Glaspie is already a living legend, well before her fortieth birthday. Remarkably, it feels as though she has merely just begun!
Soul provider Nigel Hall is in many ways an artist who needs no introduction. An in-demand sideman, he’s built a mighty foundation of funk over the years onstage and in the studio with collaborators including the Warren Haynes Band, Jon Cleary, Soulive, Oteil Burbridge and Roosevelt Collier, Ledisi, the Soul Rebels, Lettuce and countless others. Legions of fans are already well in the know about Hall’s copious keyboard chops and powerful vocal style. But even to them, his Feel Music/Round Hill debut solo album will be a revelation – a confirmation that Hall has stepped out front and center into a creative space to call his own.
“Ladies & Gentlemen… Nigel Hall,” due out in digital format November 13th and vinyl November 27, captures the spirit of the songs that made Hall a musician. It was produced by Eric Krasno, guitarist and producer of music by a dizzying array of artists including Norah Jones, Justin Timberlake, Talib Kweli, Aaron Neville and Matisyahu. Hall’s original compositions, from the blissful, sunny ‘60s-style soul grooves of lead single “Gimme A Sign” and “Never Gonna Let You Go” to the teasing, R&B kiss of downtempo cuts like “Too Sweet” and “Call on Me” to show off a record collector’s pitch-perfect knowledge and a lifelong fan’s passion for gritty, muscular rhythm and blues, funky dancefloor rave-ups and sultry bedroom serenades.
Nigel Hall grew up in Washington, D.C., in a highly musical family. His fingers first touched the keys before he hit kindergarten age, and his ears were wide open.
“I grew up with records,” he said. “That’s why I’m obsessed. My father had a vast collection. I’d be in third grade with my Walkman and everyone’s listening to Ace of Bass, and I’m listening to “Return to Forever,” Chick Corea’s fusion project with Stanley Clarke. The vintage sounds of “Ladies & Gentlemen… Nigel Hall,” infused with his electric freshness, together make both an audible autobiography and Nigel Hall’s musical mission statement.
Cover choices including Ramp’s “Try, Try, Try,” written by Roy Ayers, Ann Peebles’ “I Can’t Stand The Rain,” and Latimore’s “Let’s Straighten It Out” – deep album cuts from the back pages of golden-age R&B – reveal a true student of the sound. Most of the songs on “Ladies & Gentlemen… Nigel Hall” were cut in one take, straight from Hall’s spirit to tape. It’s a loving, detailed, sure-handed scrapbook of American soul influence that tugs your heart and moves your hips.
“Music is our way of traveling through time,” he said. His cover of Stanley Clarke’s “I Just Want To Love You,” for example, newly recorded as a turn-the-clock-back, Motown-infused duet with intensely soulful vocalist Alecia Chakour, was originally released the year Hall was born, in 1981.
“It’s a part of my life, a part of my childhood, and it’s a part of what made me me, that song,” he said.
Nigel Hall is also a relatively new resident of one of America’s most sonically significant cities, a place that has always respected the power of history. Since relocating to New Orleans in late 2013, Nigel Hall has been embraced by its world-renowned music community. In early 2014, a feature in its premier music-focused magazine, Offbeat, enthusiastically welcomed Hall as “a perfect fit” for the vibrant city and its singular culture. The Times-Picayune’s review of his solo debut at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival the same year crowned him with a comparison to Southern funk godfather Art Neville.
“It’s the best decision I ever made for myself in my life and musically,” Hall said of the move. “I’m surrounded by the most amazing, incredible musicians in the world at all times. The big picture, the sincerity is very present here at all times. It’s a breath of fresh air. Everybody’s in the vibe. Everybody’s feeling something.”
You can feel it on “Ladies & Gentlemen… Nigel Hall,” particularly on the slinky, nasty, Meters-style funk of “Don’t Change for Me.” But Hall’s recent past is present, too; his Lettuce co-conspirator Eric Krasno shares writing credit on several of the original tracks, and longtime jamband collaborators like sax man Ryan Zoidis and drummer Adam Deitch, of Lettuce and Soulive, lend their talents. So does fellow crate-digger Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, who guests on a cover of the Isley Brothers’ “Lay Away” along with former Rolling Stones sideman Ivan Neville.
“I like to sing songs that reflect my being and who I am as a person,” he said.
“Because that really touches me. When you hear a song and it makes you cry, or it makes you happy or it evokes any kind of feeling, that is music. That is what music is supposed to do. And music is the last pure thing we have left on this earth. It’s the only pure thing.”
At age 15, Matt picked up a bass and hasn’t stopped playing since. He’s shared a stage with Nikki Glaspie, The Lee Boys, Victor Wooten, Doug Wimbish, George Porter Jr., Soulive, and Oteil and Kofi Burbridge to name just a few! Regularly you can see him with RC3 (with Roosevelt Collier & Anthony Cole); and his other projects including Heej (with Bobby Lee Rogers and Anthony Cole), Children of the Klorn, The New Etruscans, Con Leche, Brown Note, Absinthe Trio, and Shak Nasti; around Florida and beyond.