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The Black Experience / Press

“Detroit's De'Sean Jones is working to change the way jazz is conceived and perceived. The genre-bending saxophonist knows the classics but plays originally, executing his fat tenor with the authority of a craftsman. De'Sean Jones: Septet is due later this year and features slinky guitar riffs and flowing hip-hop delivery. Durham's the Black Experience is also redefining jazz, playing bluesy swing as smooth as Southern Sunday grease. Rappers the Real Laww and Toon, both from Durham, open. $7/9 p.m. This bill also plays on Thursday night in Raleigh at Kings, joined by Apple Juice Kid's latest creation, the politically motivated multimedia project The Beat Report. —Ashleigh Phillips”

"....As the Black Experience makes its Raleigh debut next week, Darity says the musicians are confident audiences won’t get scared by what they bring. In fact, they’re sure their music will get behinds wiggling. “I’d say it’s not that difficult if you present it with clarity and feeling,” says Darity. “And if the rhythm is strong, people will dance to anything. As long as you’re grooving, you can do whatever you want.” Adds Jones, who’ll be jamming along with them, “Once you establish that relationship with your audience, they’re more willing to go with you wherever you decide to go.” "

"Trussing soul, funk, gospel, jazz, rock and hip-hop into one, The Black Experience is the electric project of Triangle jazz heavyweights Ernest A. Turner (keys) and Larry Q. Draughn (drums). Joined by Darity brothers Aden (emcee) and Will (guitar) plus Justin Henry (bass), they intend to loosen jazz's tie. "We have the personnel to go from Fats Domino to Notorious BIG," Turner says. They merge songs and influences with a DJ's flow."