Following its re-activation in January 2013 with releases that included projects by Bill Frisell, Bob James & David Sanborn, Michel Camilo and John Medeski, SONY Masterworks’ OKeh Records is proud to announce their next wave of signings. The artists, who are part of the label’s “The Sound of Next” campaign are: saxophonist Craig Handy, Tunisian oudist/vocalist Dhafer Youssef, guitarist Nir Felder, drummer Jeff Ballard, saxophonist James Brandon Lewis, African vocalist Somi, and trumpeter Theo Croker.
- Craig Handy – Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith – Renowned saxophonist continues the brass band tradition with a creative edge and groove derived from the tight 2nd Line funk of the Crescent City
- Dhafer Youssef – Birds Requiem – Oud master of the highest caliber creates music for an imagined movie, blending delicate and melodic tones with modern sensibility
- Nir Felder – Golden Age – Stylistically diverse, Brooklyn-based guitarist, composer and songwriter creates new, unique sounds on the electric guitar
- Jeff Ballard Trio – Time’s Tales – First-time band leader, this in-demand drummer and composer breaks out with forward thinking, modern jazz
- James Brandon Lewis – Divine Travels – Eclectic saxophonist channels the late avant-garde style of Coltrane, creating free jazz with a spiritual theme
- Somi – The Lagos Music Salon – Inspired by her time in Lagos, Nigeria, the East African vocalist and songwriter straddles the worlds of jazz, pop and soul
- Theo Croker – Afro Physicist – Trumpeter, vocalist and composer’s powerful modern jazz that pays respect to the tradition of the music while moving jazz forward