Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival
The New Power Generation "Celebrating Prince"
- Date: 29 november 2019
- Venue: Opera Garnier Monte-Carlo
- Concert type: Seated concert
- Support : Brooklyn Funk Essentials
- Opening doors : 8:00 pm
- Beginning of the concert: 8.30 pm
- Dress code : Jacket required - Correct attire
- Minimum age: 7 years
- Mail: [email protected]
- Official website: https//www.newpowergeneration.net
When Prince decided in 1990 to reconnect with a band to tour with him and call it The New Power Generation, it was with the idea of exploring new musical territories, starting with New Jack Swing, a mix of R&B, dance and hip hop that had emerged three years earlier, thus breaking the pop mold that had made him a world-famous and recognized artist with Purple Rain, Sign O’ The Times and Lovesexy, his career milestones. And he certainly found his match! Much like Prince’s previous band The Revolution, The New Power Generation could not pass up the chance to pay tribute to their boss at a special concert in October 2016, just a few months after his death. It turned out that they acquired a taste for performing together, coupled with the desire to keep their mentor's legacy alive and kicking through a celebratory tour that was quickly gaining traction. Who else but Morris Hayes, Prince’s keyboard player and musical director for many years, could regain the role of conductor of the collective? The answer is in the question... The line-up may vary according to the availability of each musician, but the heart of the New Power Generation reunites Tony Mosley (guitars and vocals), Sonny Thompson (bass) and Damon Dickinson (percussion), the core of the band where Tommy Barbarella (keyboards), Levi Seacer, Jr. (guitars), Isa Nielsen (bass), Keith Anderson (saxophone) occasionally join them on stage -- and that’s just part of the list. A voice was needed to make this collective’s heart race, and it was a virtually unknown singer by the name of MacKenzie who took their breath away… and by storm. And if a rain shower were to fall on Monte Carlo, we hope it would at least be purple.
Support : Brooklyn Funk Essentials
Brooklyn. Funk. Essentials. In absolute terms, it wouldn’t really be necessary to add anything else. Except that ... it’s too simple, of course. Because if funk is really the issue here, it’s a mishmash that the New York gang favors, where soul, hip hop, spoken word and jazz all intertwine. In any case, this was the roadmap set a little over 25 years ago by producer Arthur Baker and musical director Lati Kronlund when they formed the band. And since the latter is still at the helm, we don’t see why they should change course, except to incorporate here and there some stylistic deviations as was the case in 1996 with Turkish music. With a new album under their summer belt, aptly titled Stay Good and which says so much - and yet so little - about their intentions, our Essentials pursue what they do best and which systematically arouses their enthusiasm: performing live! It makes sense when it’s been your daily routine since the party days in the New York clubs of yore, or when you’ve shared the stage with the likes of James Brown, Parliament Funkadelic, The Fugees, The Meters or Erykah Badu. Making our bodies and hearts dance, the sextet wouldn’t see things any other way. No need to look further or longer for the best nonstop flight between New York and Monte Carlo. You don’t even need to fasten your seat belt, quite the contrary...