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Cha Wa—Mardi Gras Indian slang meaning “we’re comin’ for ya” or “here we come”—embodies the city’s street culture while adding a modern twist. With their ever-evolving sound, Cha Wa received a Grammy nomination in 2018 for their most recent album, “Spyboy,” which highlights their new horn section and vocals supplied by frontman J’Wan Boudreaux. Boudreaux is the grandson of the most prominent Mardi Gras Indian today, Monk Boudreaux, the Big Chief of the Golden Eagles tribe. They’ll be playing at the Rosslyn Jazz Fest during their summer jazz festival tour that includes the Rochester International Jazz Festival, Telluride Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival and more.

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Freihofer Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Freihofer Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Rudolph Lu

The 42nd Annual Freihofer Jazz Festival in Saratoga Springs, NY was held from June 28-20, 2019 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The broad spectrum of jazz was well represented. Well over 25 artists performed. There was an unofficial opening on the 28th held at the Caffe Lena, a venue located in Saratoga Springs ...

ARTICLE: JAZZMATAZZ

Jazz, Zen, and Hip-Hop: The 2019 Montreal Jazz Festival

Read "Jazz, Zen, and Hip-Hop: The 2019 Montreal Jazz Festival" reviewed by Matt Hooke

Exploring the grounds of the Montreal Jazz Festival is like going to all you can eat Las Vegas buffet. “Look over there at table four; there's Dixieland. Wait at table six, there's Latin jazz, supposedly the main table as a new head chef, let's go there." You can stuff yourself by going ...

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18th Edition Of The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Starts Friday June 21!

18th Edition Of The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Starts Friday June 21!

Jazz in June officially starts this Friday June 21 with the opening of the 18th Edition of the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival. The nine- day Festival runs through June 29 and will present more than 320 shows including a record 102 free shows and events and 220 shows in the Club Pass Series. It all ...

Funk 'n' Feathers

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2016
Track listing: Injuns, Here They Come; Ooh Na Nay; Upt; Shallow Water; Jock-A-Mo; Hold 'Em Joe; All on a Mardi Gras Day; Tootie Ma; Li'l Liza Jane; Cha Wa Got Fiya.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Cha Wa: Funk 'n' Feathers

Read "Funk 'n' Feathers" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

"Party in a box" is an overused expression, of which yours truly is more guilty than most. But there's no better way to describe or explain the celebratory, communal and thoroughly excellent funky joy that radiates like the brilliant sun from Funk 'n' Feathers. Funk 'n' Feathers may be Cha Wa's debut release, but ...


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