ICON New Edition, New Jack Swing
and 80s / 90s R&B
DJ MetroGnome and Sounds by Todd.
Friday, Feb. 9th at The Jazz Kitchen.
Old SOUL Entertainment present
ICON: New Edition, New Jack Swing
and 80s / 90s R&B
Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 @ The Jazz Kitchen.
DJs MetroGnome & Sound by Todd.
10:30PM. $10 Adv. 21 & over.
About the ICON party
ICON is a Tribute Party Series that celebrates the people, places and times that have influenced Old SOUL Entertainment. Usually it involves DJs. If you see the word LIVE near ICON, then there will be live performances. We use these night to pay homage to our musical influences. So far, we've reviewed the catalog of James Brown, Dr. Dre, Fela Kuti, Outkast, Notorious BIG, Michael Jackson and Prince to name a few.
New Jack Swing
New jack swing or swingbeat is a fusion genre spearheaded by Teddy Riley and Bernard Belle that became popular from the late 1980s into the early 1990s. Its influence, along with hip hop, seeped into pop culture and was the definitive sound of the inventive black New York club scene. It fuses the rhythms, samples, and production techniques of hip hop and dance-pop with the urban contemporary sound of R&B. The new jack swing style developed as many previous music styles did, by combining elements of older styles with newer sensibilities. It used R&B style vocals sung over hip hop and dance-pop style influenced instrumentation. The sound of new jack swing comes from the hip hop "swing" beats created by drum machine, and hardware samplers, which was popular during the Golden Age of Hip Hop, with contemporary R&B style singing.
Merriam-Webster's online dictionary defines new jack swing as "pop music usually performed by black musicians that combines elements of traditional jazz, electronica, smooth jazz, funk, rap, and rhythm and blues." Encyclopaedia Britannica calls it the "most pop-oriented rhythm-and-blues music since 1960s Motown," since its "performers were unabashed entertainers, free of artistic pretensions; its songwriters and producers were commercial professionals." New jack swing did not take up the trend of using sampled beats, and instead created beats using the then-new SP-1200 sampler and Roland TR-808 drum machine to lay an "insistent beat under light melody lines and clearly enunciated vocals."Encyclopaedia Britannica states that the "key producers" were Babyface & L.A. Reid, Bernard Belle, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and Teddy Riley.
New Edition is an American boy band from Roxbury, a neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts, formed in 1978. The group reached its height of popularity during the 1980s. They were the progenitors of the boy band movement of the 1980s and 1990s and led the way for groups like New Kids on the Block (also formed in the Boston area), The Boys, Boyz II Men, Hi-Five, Backstreet Boys, and NSYNC. The group recorded mostly as a quintet.
During the group's first bout of fame in 1983, its members were Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Bobby Brown, Ronnie DeVoe, and Ralph Tresvant. Early hits included "Candy Girl," "Cool It Now", and "Mr. Telephone Man". Brown was voted out of the group in 1985 and embarked on a solo career. The group continued for a time with its remaining four members, but eventually recruited singer Johnny Gill, who would be introduced on their 1988 album Heart Break. The group went on hiatus in 1990, while its various members worked on side projects, such as the group Bell Biv DeVoe. Gill and Tresvant also recorded successful solo albums.
All six members of New Edition reunited in 1996 to record the group's sixth studio album Home Again. During the ill-fated Home Again Tour, both Bobby Brown and Michael Bivins eventually quit the group, forcing the remainder of the tour to be cancelled. Various reunions have occurred since, usually with the 1987-1990 lineup, though occasionally also including Brown. Their last studio album was 2004's One Love. As of 2010, two New Edition descendants were recording and touring: Bell Biv DeVoe and Heads of State (which features Brown, Tresvant, and Gill).
On May 3, 2011 New Edition issued a press release on their official website announcing that all six members were reuniting as New Edition to kick off the 30th anniversary celebration of "Candy Girl" with their fans. They received their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2016. In January 2017, a three-part docuseries premiered on BET about the group's career and personal life. It was later announced that all six members will reunite to record another album and go on tour.