#JooksiU Presents: “Straight No Chaser – A No Nonsense Conversation about Jazz”

It’s time for our second installment of Jooksi University!

Everyone made our first class, WTF is Black Music, such a awesome success that we decided to follow it up by delving deeper into a subject we can’t talk enough about…jazz. …

Nine Artists NOT Named Prince That You Need to See at Essence Music Festival


We all know The Purple One is opening up the 20th Anniversary of Essence Music Festival this year. So you don’t need me to tell you to show up at the Superdome Friday, July 4th, 2014 for that.


One …

Fredara M. Hadley on HuffPost Live


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Big Boi of Outkast as Chris Bosh compared to Andre 3000 as LeBron James?

No way. No how. Not today.

This panel of serious Outkast fans let host Marc Lamont Hill HAVE it when he tried …

Announcing….Jooksi University!


One of the things I’ve learned to embrace about myself is my love for teaching. I love the discussion, debate, and commentary. Popular music doesn’t have enough of that. So Jooksi University (or #JooksiU) is where we come together and …

Jooksi Radio Episode 9: This is Black Music

June is Black Music Month and you’re probably wondering what the hell is Black Music? Is it rap? R&B? Jazz? Blues? Just music made by African-Americans? Well Fredara and Improv!? will provide you some answers on this episode of Jooksi …

Jooksi Radio Episode 8: Whatever Happened to…

In this week’s episode of Jooksi Radio, hosts Fredara and Improv!? (@Prov_Sez) ponder on some of the great music/artists that came and went just as quickly. Were they too “advanced” for the general listening public or did the …

Jooksi Episode 7: Grown Woman Birthday Extravaganza!

It’s May 20th and it’s host, Fredara’s 35th Birthday! So this week she and Improv?! (@prov_sez) put together a show that celebrates all the beautifully complicated aspects of grown womanhood!

1. Dianne Reeves: 32 Flavors”
2. Betty …

Jooksi Radio Episode 6: Every Song has a Mate

1. “Something” Snarky Puppy featuring Lalah Hathaway
2. “Sunshine Lady” Willie Hutch
3. “Hit it and Quit it” Funkadelic
4. “Goree” Lionel Loueke
5. “All Matter” Robert Glasper Experiment featuring Bilal
6. “Harvest for the World” The Power Station
7. …

Jooksi Radio Episode 5: Spring


1. Not Here Anymore: Phonte/Elzhi produced by 9th Wonder
2. “Out of the sky:” Van Hunt
3. “Make Love to Me:” Luke James
4. “I Got Lost in His Arms:” Terri Lyne Carrington featuring Gretchen Parlato
5. “I Found …

Jooksi Radio Episode 4: A Tribute to Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis

Jooksi Episode 4 Playlist:

Just be Good to Me: S.O.S. Band
Diamonds: Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
Saturday Love: Alexander O’Neal and Cherrelle
Fishnet: Morris Day
Got a Thang 4 Ya: Lo-Key
Used to Hold Me Tight: Thelma Houston
Nasty: …

Jooksi Radio Episode 3: Tribute to Outkast

We welcome Improv?! (@Prov_Sez) as the co-host of Jooksi radio!

1) Player’s Ball
2) Hootie Hoo
3) Elevators (ONP 86 Mix)
4) Mainstream
5) Skew
6) Royal Flush
7) BOB
8) Slum Beautiful
9) GhettoMusick
10) shutterbug
11) …

Jooksi Radio Episode 2: Live in Atlanta

1. Roberta Flack – Go up Moses
2. Jazzanova – Soon (A Touch of Jazz Mix)
3. Ab-Soul – The Book of Soul
4. Common ft. Ab-Soul – Made in Black America
5. James Blake – Retrograde
6. Kris …

Jooksi Radio Debut: Live from Atlanta

1. Frankie Knuckles – Soon I will be done
2. Gary Bartz – Keep Goin’ On
3. The Roots – Radio daze
4. S.O.S. Band – High Hopes
5. Snarky Puppy ft. Shayna Steele – Gone under
6. Bilal – …

Check out Jooksi in ESSENCE Magazine!

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Jooksi Circuit’s Maiden Voyage!

Jooksi Circuit’s Maiden Voyage!

Jooksi Harlem Tour51

Soooo…..For the last few months we’ve been testing out this idea of doing music-based tours here in New York City.

And guess what? We did it!

We kicked 2014 off by taking 14 NYU Abu Dhabi students and their professor, …

This Happened: I Interviewed the Resplendent Dianne Reeves


dianne reeves

I love love love Dianne Reeves.

I’ve seen her live several times and each concert is a transcendent experience. With that in mind, can you imagine how ELATED I was when Revive Music asked me to interview her about …

What is “Alive Music?”

We’re hunters.

At Jooksi we’re constantly on the look out for the next fantastic musical experience. We believe that awesomely dope music helps you feel not just live, but ALIVE.

That’s what we here to support and spread.

That song …

Meet Fredara: Jooksi Chief Music Evangelist

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I’m a native Floridian transplanted in New York who loves football, beaches, food, and FAMU and wants to open a jook joint.

When I nursery school graduation program said that “Fredara loves to sing, never runs out of words, and …

Super Black Black History Month

Valentine’s Day: #TeamOverIt

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and of course we have music to express our innermost feelings about love through song. But to be fair, I wanted to make sure those in or out of love – and in maybe between – …

Valentine’s Day: #TeamIntoIt

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and of course we have music to express our innermost feelings about love through song. But to be fair, I wanted to make sure those in or out of love – and in maybe between – …

Next Collective: some of the most talented young jazz musicians play R&B/hip hop


February 26 · 10:00 PM
Le Poisson Rouge
Okay this is a late show on a Tuesday night. But if you can come out, you won’t be disappointed.

Next Collective is a like an all-star band of some of the …

MotownPhilly Party with DJ Spinna

It’s President’s Day weekend!

That means lots of us don’t have to work on Monday.

Well DJ Spinna (who does the awesome Stevie WonderFULL party every year) started another awesome party all with the music of Motown and Philly soul. …

End of the Year Meetup at Harlem’s Lenox Lounge

Hey guys,

I know we’re in the middle of the holiday madness. But I wanted to do something lowkey (and cheap) where folks could just hang out a little bit.

So let’s meet up at Harlem Lounge, have some drinks, …

Human Nature

We welome this Michael Jackson retrospective by Langston Collin Wilkins (@LangstonVillain)

Monday, June 25, 2012, marks the three-year anniversary of the death of the King of Pop, Michael Joseph Jackson. I felt the need to write something …

Black Music Month Brings Out my “Yay” and “Meh”

President Barack Obama and B.B. King during a Black Music Month celebration at the White House



It’s Black Music Month y’all. While I’m glad it exists, I also fight a bit of irritation about it. This year I …