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

Blue Note

http://www.bluenote.net/

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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