James Dewitt Yancey, better known by the stage names J Dilla and Jay Dee, was an American record producer and rapper who emerged in the mid-1990s underground hip hop scene in Detroit, Michigan, as one third of the music group Slum Village. He was also a member of the Soulquarians, a musical collective active during the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Although his life and career were short, J Dilla is widely considered to be one of the most influential producers in the hip-hop genre. It was described in The Guardian that “his affinity for crafting lengthy, melodic loops peppered with breakbeats and vocal samples took instrumental hip-hop into new, more musically complex realms.”
This tribute is endorsed by Madukes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMH0wNkOs60
Dazzle is also raising money for The James Dewitt Yancey (J. Dilla) Foundation through donations added to ticket sales for January shows.
Come see Manycolors, a Denver based quartet that specializes in hip hop beats played in a jazz context, pay tribute to the “King of Beats” in an intimate setting right in the heart of downtown Denver.
Brant Williams – Guitar
Braxton Kahn – Drums
Eric Luba – Keys
Kirwan Brown – Bass