The Sound of New York

Thursdays in September


Every Thursday evening, at 21:00 (CEST), Stingray DJAZZ presents an unprecedented episode of The Sound of New York, an exploration of the musical universe of a new generation of New York artists. Of diverse origins and all having a unique history and baggage, these musicians gave birth to new sounds that in turn influence the music scene of the entire world. This new generation of artists combines sounds from past and present, interacts with a range of other artistic forms, and plays with many influences. In September, meet singer-songwriter Bilal, saxophonist Mark Turner, trumpeter Theo Croker, and guitarist Vicente Archer.

Thursday, September 6 at 21:00 CEST | The Sound of New York – Bilal (premiere)

Bilal Sayeed Oliver, better known as Bilal, is an American singer-songwriter and producer currently residing in New York. Bilal grew up in Germantown, a neighborhood in northeastern Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His keen interest in jazz was fueled from an early age by his father, who made him frequent the clubs of the city. Bilal studied at New York's New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, where he trained in singing and big band arrangements. Bilal is known for his impressive vocal range, his exploration of multiple musical styles and his electrifying performances. Hailed by the public and critics in the United States and internationally, Bilal has collaborated with an enviable list of artists, including Kendrick Lamar, Common, Erykah Badu, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Guru, Kimbra, Dilla, Robert Glasper, and The Roots.

Thursday, September 13 at 21:00 CEST | The Sound of New York - Mark Turner (premiere)

Born in Fairborn, Ohio, and raised in the small Californian town of Palos Verdes Estates, Mark Turner originally planned to become a commercial artist. He studied clarinet in primary school, then alto and tenor saxophones in high school. He joined various jazz ensembles during his stint at California State University in the 1980s, and then chose to make the leap to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in 1990. Upon completion of his studies, Turner put the New York, where he worked for a long time at Tower Records before becoming a full-time jazz musician. Inspired by Warne Marsh and John Coltrane, Mark Turner has developed a distinctive and highly personal style. His demanding compositional approach, his sharp improvisational skills and his great creativity have earned him an enviable reputation among the most original and influential musicians of his generation.

Thursday, September 20 at 21:00 CEST | The Sound of New York - Theo Croker (premiere)

Theo Croker was 11 years old when he heard his grandfather Doc Cheatham, a great jazz trumpet player, perform in New York. Doc died the following year, but young Theo, who was a bit of jazz, continued to listen to his grandfather's recordings and performed for the first time at his memorial service. "I was only 12 years old, but the way music touched people and the emotions it caused in me were enough to prepare me for life. I immediately knew that I wanted to be a musician," said Croker. In 2013, Croker returned to the United States after a seven-year stint in Shanghai, China, where he broadened his musical horizons by infusing his jazz with other complementary styles including salsa, rock fusion, R&B, hip-hop, and blues. That same year, Croker performed for the first time with singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, who then decided to represent him on his label DDB Records. With this new partnership, Croker has started in New York the production of AfroPhysicist, an album based on the musical concepts he has developed with his groups, Theo Croker Sextet and Afrosonic Orchestra & Collective. The album includes collaborations with Stefon Harris, Roy Hargrove, Karriem Riggings, Dave Gilmore, and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Theo Croker's newest album, Escape Velocity, is not limited to one musical category, but relies on the premise of jazz: merging and reinterpreting history, styles, and ideas to create a sound unique.

Thursday, September 27 at 21:00 CEST | The Sound of New York - Vicente Archer (premiere)

Guitarist Vicente Archer was born in Woodstock, New York. It was in this historic, culturally rich city that he became interested in great local jazz artists such as Dave Holland, Jimmy Cobb and Jack DeJohnette. Self-taught, Archer began his musical career at the age of 16 by learning guitar to the sound of Wes Montgomery's and George Benson's albums of his parents. He gradually began to make a name for himself by performing with various ensembles in the Hudson Valley area, from Albany to New York. After graduating from high school, Archer was accepted at the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he began studying jazz. After his first year at the NEC, he was transferred to Northeastern University in Boston, where he moved from guitar to acoustic bass. Impressed by Archer's talent, saxophonist Donald Harrison invited him to perform on his Impulse album Free To Be. After graduating, Archer moved to New York, where he quickly began performing on stage and touring with Kenny Garret, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Haynes, Stefon Harris, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and Wynton Marsalis. Vicente Archer has established itself today as one of the main new voices of bass jazz.