Trombonist Phil Ranelin and saxophonist Wendell Harrison are among the last people to be surprised at jazz’s resurging popularity. Together, they have dedicated over half a century to making Jazz education and concerts accessible to all. In the early 1970s in Detroit, Ranelin and Harrison would found Tribe Records, a small jazz label that grew to become a model of independent enterprise and ownership. For its time, it was nothing short of revolutionary. Working together with a tight-knit community of supporters, Tribe engineered a platform that placed artists in control of marketing and selling their own works. The results are some of the most soulful and urgent jazz records of any era, timeless classics whose ethos and ambition have guided generations of musicians that followed.
Both Ranelin and Harrison had begun to stake out careers in music prior to recording together. Harrison had toured and recorded with Hank Crawford, Grant Green, & Sun Ra. Ranelin, who hails from Indianapolis, moved to Detroit to play with percussionist Sam Sanders. By that time,
he had already shared the stage with Wes Montgomery and his childhood friend, Freddie Hubbard. Fate brought them together at Metro Arts, a unique federally-funded institute that offered a breadth of interdisciplinary arts courses, ranging from jazz to dance, designed to be accessible for teenagers. Here, many future members of Tribe began building the framework for what was to come.

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Henry Franklin


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Laying in the bouquet of any jazz ensemble, of any era, playing any style, is the bass. Sturdy and stoic, but also capable of providing the emotional crux, the bass is an essential unit, a compass on which the rest of the ensemble relies on, the provider of the heartbeat, the rhythm, the feel. The conjurer of traditions, the conductor of an elastic orchestra, writing symphonies in real time. There is one such conductor whose own legacy, much like their instrument, has been obscured while remaining ever present. Take a closer listen, however, and the music and career of Henry “The Skipper” Franklin is among the most luminous of any jazz artist. A native of Los Angeles, Henry Franklin came of age while the city was producing some of the most exciting jazz talent in the nation. Early mentorship from his father, who was a bandleader, was foundational. In addition, Franklin took lessons from bassists George Morrow and Al

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In the storied and woefully under-celebrated history of Los Angeles Jazz, community has remained the beating heart and driving force. In the 1960s, Horace Tapscott's Pan Afrikan People's Arkestra and Union of God Musicians Ascension Association connected local jazz
musicians. More recently, Los Angeles' new Jazz Renaissance has flourished both on a local and global scale through steady collaboration and mentorship of the next generation.

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Jean Carne

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For decades, the voice of Jean Carne has been a crucial part of the American musical landscape, tying together generations of Jazz, Gospel, and R&B artists. As a solo artist, backing vocalist, and vocal coach, she has contributed to and collaborated with the likes of Norman Connors, Doug Carn, Dexter Wansel, Phyllis Hyman, Lonnie Liston Smith, Michael Jackson, and many more. At 74, she shows no signs of slowing down.

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Album Release

As the final chapter in the initial run of Jazz Is Dead releases, Remixes JID010 continues the creative catharsis of an exhilarating new chapter in jazz music. Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad tapped nine iconic creators to reimagine their personal favorites from Jazz Is Dead’s catalogue to-date, who created striking new versions of songs by Marcos Valle, Roy Ayers, Gary Bartz, Azymuth, João Donato, Doug Carn, Brian Jackson and The Midnight Hour. Holding the line taut like a bass string, Younge & Muhammad only invited those special musical alchemists who have previously participated in Jazz Is Dead happenings, or those who are slated to share that stage soon: Cut Chemist, DJ Spinna, Georgie Anne Muldrow, Akili, Shigeto, Pink Siiffu, Dibiase, Natureboy Flako, and Kaidi Tathum. It’s a family affair.

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Album Release

Features instrumentals from previously released JID albums by: Roy Ayers, Marcos Valle, Azymuth, Doug Carn, Gary Bartz, João Donato, Brian Jackson, Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad.

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Jazz Is Dead Series One Mixtape by J.Rocc

Jazz Is Dead Series 1 Mixtape, a heady hour-long trip through the nine LPs we released in 2020 and 21. Mixed by Beat Junkies Crew founder J. Rocc, this mix wraps up the first series of Jazz Is Dead releases, and is only available on very limited run of cassettes - 300 white, and 300 smokey grey.

Suitable for dancefloors and headphones, it is the perfect capstone and entry point into the musical world that Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad have built, showcasing the living history, influence, and potency of Jazz through its ties to DJ culture.

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This August 2022, The Jazz is Dead family will be headed on its first tour in over 2 years! Traveling to San Francisco, Portland, Port Townsend and back to Los Angeles.   Adrian and Ali will be joined by jazz luminaries Brian Jackson, Doug Carne, Henry Franklin and Katalyst.  

Jazz is Dead: Series 2

In the music industry, time moves ten times faster. There is no pause given to greatness, and legends can vanish amidst the churn of the hit parade. It is no minor miracle, then, that in the face of a deadly pandemic and faltering supply chain, Jazz Is Dead has returned with another offering of top-shelf recordings, paying tribute to past legends and new school torchbearers alike. Whether you’ve known the names of Jazz Is Dead Series 2’s featured guests, or are just meeting them for the first time, prepare to be blown away.  For Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, collaborating with music icons and personal heroes is a dream come true.  

Jazz is Dead: NFTs

Jazz Is Dead NFTs unlock special access to vinyl subscriptions,
concert tickets, getaway experiences,  exclusive merchandise giveaways and so much more!

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We are in solidarity with our Black brothers and sisters all across the country.  We stand with you. All power to the people. A people united will never be defeated.

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Roy Ayers makes his big comeback accompanied by Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad on the album Roy Ayers: Jazz Is Dead 002 scheduled for June 19th.

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