Reggie Rajah Helm is in the studio working on the follow up to En Sabado, and there'll be a first chance to hear some of his new material when he plays at The Country Club Hills Theater on July 16 for their "Jazz Under The Stars" series. Rajah opens the show for Jazz / R&B artist Kem, and besides introducing the new material, he'll also be performing two songs as a tribute to the late, great Curtis Mayfield.
Performing with Rajah will be two talented background vocalists, Al Young and Alfreida Young, who he first worked with while performing with Terisa Griffin (Terisa Griffin also sang two of the tracks on En Sabado) at the Dusable Museum. Performing on alto and soprano sax, Rajah is also planning on introducing his rendition of a rock classic by Led Zeppelin. Although he's not revealing the title of the track yet, he does say that it will be included on the new album, entitled Chase-N-Me There.
Just got confirmation from Rajah about the show with Stanley Clarke’s new group SMV at The Country Club Hills Theater: It’s Saturday, June 20. The Country Club Hills Theater is a 5000 seat outdoor theater that has become a major venue for some of the best national R&B and Jazz tours. This summer’s schedule includes shows by Babyface, After 7, War and Lalah Hathaway, to name a few. I thought this would be the ideal time (and person) to launch a new series called “3Q” that will serve as a little introduction to some really good people to know about.
Always a good day when you hear some great news from an old friend. I heard from Reggie Rajah Helm, who fronts a driving, jazz influenced / R&B group as RAJAH, about a really high-profile show they've just been booked for in late June, which he won't let me release details of until the promoter has announced it. That should be soon --- stay tuned. The group is Rajah on Sax, Phil Seed on Guitar, John Owens on Bass, Derek Henderson on Drums, and Brandon McCune joining them on Piano.