Celebrated Hip-Hop veterans ?uestlove and Black Thought of The Roots and the rapper formerly known as Mos Def, Yasiin Bey, will all bolster the second annual NYC Blue Note Jazz Festival lineup beginning on June 10. The three-week festival will feature an abundance of notable artists spanning generations and genres throughout separate venues in the city.
“After an extraordinarily successful first year, the Blue Note Jazz Festival will return from June 10 – 30, 2012 with over fifty shows throughout New York City,” read a statement found on the festival’s website. “The 2012 Festival will feature numerous high-profile international and local acts such as McCoy Tyner, Bela Fleck, Soulive, Buika, Kathleen Battle, Groove Theory, Stanley Clarke & George Duke, Michel Camilo, Cassandra Wilson, ?questlove, Jack DeJohnette, Roy Haynes, Jimmy Scott, Black Thought & Rahzel with Strings and many more.”
Black Thought will be performing alongside beatboxing wizard Rahzel under the name Riq and Rah for free on June 17 at the Central Park Summerstage at 6 p.m. Joining the pair on the same stage will be R&B mainstays Groove Theory and funk/jazz band Soulive. Yasiin Bey is slated to take the stage at the legendary Apollo Theater a week later on June 29 at 9 p.m. Former Roots collaborators The JazzyFatNastees and famed jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson are also part of the Blue Note line up.
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