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Maysa, Sweet Classic Soul (Shanachie Records) Release Date: February 21

Veteran vocalist Maysa Leak is back with her 5th solo album "Sweet Classic Soul." Maysa shows off her vocal skills and range on this new album filled with her version of soul classics that include Rose Royce’s “Wishing on A Star,” The Isley Brothers “Don’t Say Goodnight,” and my favorite “Love Won’t Let Me Wait.”

Maysa shows off her sultry and addictive voice on track after track of this new album and does so in a way that would make all of the original artists whose tracks she has put her spin on proud and appreciative for breathing new life into old classics. If you like Lalah Hathaway, Jill Scott, and N’Dambi, then you will love Maysa. With help from saxophonist and labelmate Kim Waters and producer Chris “Big Dog” Davis, “Sweet Classic Soul” is instant vintage and a must have for jazz and smooth R&B lovers of all kinds.

Deejays we Listen to:
Chocolate City w/ host Garth Trinidad – 89.9 FM KCRW. Saturday evenings from 6 – 9pm. Progressive mix of soul, hip hop, and world rhythms, hosted by DJ Garth Trinidad.

Restless Soul w/ hostess Kristi Lomax – 90.7 FM KPFK. Monday evenings 10:30pm until Midnight. Also “Lomax Wax” Saturday afternoons from 1 am – 1pm on Cyberjamz Radio at
Soul, house music, world rhythms, and a live mix of the latest club jams

DJ Garth Trinidad’s Top Five
1) Jay Dilla/ Donuts/ Stones Throw
2) Ben Harper/ Both Sides of The Gun/ Virgin
3) Jazzanova/ The Remixes 2002-2005/ Sonar Kollektiv
4) Roy Ayers/ Virgin Ubiquity Remixed/ BBE
5) Van Hunt/ On The Jungle Floor/ Capitol (forthcoming)

DJ Kristi Lomax’s Top Five
1) Darondo/Let My People Go/Luv N’ Haight
2) Ursula Rucker/Ma’at Mama/K7
3) Raul Midon/State of Mind/Manhattan
4) Groove Junkies/House of Om/Om Records
5) Melba Moore/My Heart Belongs to You (Jon Cutler Distant Mix) – 12” /Soulfuric

Jasmyne’s Top Five
1) N’Dambi/Tunin Up & Co-signin/Cheeky-I Productions (2002)
2) Fertile Ground/Season Change/Counterpoint (2002)
3) Zero 7/Simple Things/3MV/Pinacle (2001)
4) Les Nubians/Presents Echos Chapter One/Triloka (2005)
5) Esthero/Wikked Lil’ Grrrls/Reprise (2005)

JuJu – at 737 North LaBrea Avenue in Inglewood – Saturday, March 4 – 9pm-2am – DJs Al Jackson, Sacred, Rome, mcdjOne, Qmichelle and T. Black spin soul, hip-hop, and reggae – 21+ – $10

Oneway – at Zanzibar 1301 5th St – Sundays – 9pm-2am – Garth Trinidad and Mr. French spin soul, hip hop, and world rhythms – 21+ – $5

Thursday Lounge Sessions – at Opus Bar & Grill 3760 Wilshire Blvd – Thursdays – 8pm-1am – DJ lady Sha spins rare grooves, roots reggae, and underground classics – 21+ – Free – appetizers & deserts available

Root Down – The Little Temple 4519 Santa Monica Blvd – Thursdays – 9pm-2am – DJs Dusk, Miles, Wyatt Case, and Loslito spin rare funk, hip hop, latin soul, and dub – 21+ – $4 before 10:30pm

Love is The Message – at The Room 1626 Cahuenga Blvd – Thursdays – 9pm-2am – A-Ski spins soul, jazz, and deep house – 21+ – call for cover (310) 712 5438

March 17 – N’Dambi, Soul of John Black Doors @ 9 p.m. Show @ 10:30 p.m. $10 Advance $12 Door Temple Bar, Santa Monica, CA

The Black Lily Concert – A little birdie told us that this years concert will be in Los Angeles in March. In the past, Black Lily Concert’s have brought artists like Jaguar Wright, The Roots and, the Jazzyfatnastess together. This year’s line up will no doubt be hot. Stay tuned….

This column appears weekly in the Our Weekly Newspaper in Los Angeles.