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With Grace and Soul, The Baylor Project Makes Its Debut With ‘The Journey’ at Blue Note

Blue Note

131 West Third Street, New York, NY 10012

In January in the midst of dozens of bands and musicians playing at New York’s astonishing Winter Jazzfest, a capacity crowd crammed into the Zinc Bar narrow space and was captivated by the husband-wife collaboration of Marcus and Jean Baylor leading a their band into a rousing and glorified set of soulful and graceful music. While The Baylor Project made its live debut in 2013 at the Upper West Side Smoke jazz club, it’s taken a few years to hone its material—a spirited mix of jazz, gospel, r&b, soul and the blues—into its debut album The Journey, which will be debuted at its one-night stand at Blue Note. This promises to be a compelling set led by rollicking drummer Marcus (a longtime member of The Yellowjackets) and mezzo-soprano songbird Jean (who most recently has been contributing compositions and vocals on harmonica maestro Grégoire Maret’s trilogy project). Both leaders are children of pastors, so expect a rich African-American church vibe alive in the mix. —Dan Ouellette


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