The Real Gentlemen (Julian Velard and BSKi) return a day late but not a dollar short. This episode they cut it up with singer Vivian Sessoms about some of the greatest vocal performances ever put to record. Julian exercised self-restraint and did not put Bob Dylan on the list. Listen to the accompanying Spotify playlist here.
This week we have the great pleasure of speaking with Vivian Sessoms.Raised in a musical family in Harlem, Vivian's list of credits in the musicbusiness requires a lot of scrolling, with notables like Stevie Wonder,Sinead O Connor, and Ryuichi Sakamoto on the list. Vivian stunned us withher two part album entitled LIFE, an epic collection of songs and lusharrangements done with her husband, Chris Parks, and featuring the likes ofKeyon Harold, Casey Benjamin, Shedrick Mitchell, and Amp Fiddler. Herpowerful social commentary is mixed throughout, with the most powerfultrack - I Can't Breathe - dedicated to Erica Garner.Support Vivian by purchasing her album "Life" at https://vivian-sessoms.bandcamp.com/album/lifeProduced by Nick Perri. Engineered by Steve Eshewsky.
Making a return engagement is the classy, accomplished, multi-talented singer/songwriter Vivian Sessoms. And once again, we cover a lot of territory. In a beautiful tribute, Vivian shares the impact the iconic Aretha Franklin had and has on her both personally and professionally. And...she also talks about the impetus for her new, powerful double-album LIFE, scheduled to be released on Baby Buddha/Ropeadope November 2nd.
Singer Vivian Sessoms makes a return appearance - and we couldn't be more pleased! An entertainer with a long and impressive resume, Vivian's new album "LIFE" explores the themes of love, loss and life. The first single, the Billie Holiday classic "Strange Fruit," deals with the timeless and potent issues of racism and social inequality. "LIFE" also features appearances by some of the most talented musicians and performers to compose today's jazz scene. It's been quite a ride for Vivian, so listen in and catch up.