Benjamin Jaffe, Sonya Kitchell

Tue, March 13, 2018

8:00 pm

Baby's All Right

Brooklyn, NY


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An intriguing swirl of electronics, warm chamber-pop, and rock n’ roll, Brooklyn quartet Howard released their new single, “Mother’s Wedding.” Taking cues from the winsome sounds of Athens' Elephant 6 collective to Amnesiac-era Radiohead and the distant lullabies of the Everly Brothers—it all coalesces to form a sound that is truly its own. Their upcoming album (2018) follows 2015's hushed bedroom-recorded debut Religion and last year's experimental and electronic Recycle EP, all documenting Howard's continued sonic evolution towards new and thrilling territory.
Benjamin Jaffe
Benjamin Jaffe
Years before he hit the road as one half of the Americana duo HONEYHONEY, Benjamin
Jaffe kickstarted his career as a solo artist. He was a young Massachusetts native living in Los
Angeles, rolling his sharp songwriting, multi-instrumental chops and vocals into songs that
were honest and experimental. A decade later, he returns to that career with Oh, Wild Ocean of
Love his first full-length release as a solo artist.
Trading the rootsy stomp of HONEYHONEY's three albums for an indie-alternative sound,
Jaffe widens his approach with Oh, Wild Ocean of Love. These songs make room for a broad
range of influences, from the polyphonic rhythms and improvisational freedom of jazz music to the
soul and swagger of Motown. There are R&B ballads like "Everlasting Peace," where Jaffe
layers his voice into gorgeous stacks of multi-part harmony, and dissonant rockers like "Dominator,"
where he shines a light on his skills as an inventive electric guitarist. Throughout the tracklist, Jaffe
plays nearly every instrument himself, bouncing between drums, keyboards, bass, and
guitar. The result is an album that doubles not only as a rejuvenation of the career he put on hold
years ago, but also a showcase of the chops he's sharpened during his time with HONEYHONEY.
For the record, HONEYHONEY's time is far from over. Jaffe and bandmate Suzanne
Santo both appear as recurring characters in the new TBS series The Guest Book, doubling not only
member of the show's cast, but as musical guests, as well. They perform in each episode,
with Jaffe producing much of the material. While the band temporarily scales back its touring
operations, though, Jaffe restarts his solo engines, exploring a sound he only hinted at
during his busiest years with the band.
Inspired by a wide of sounds and texts — including Paul Simon, Beck, Randy Newman,
Father John Misty and The Essential Chuang Tzu — Oh, Wild Ocean of Love explores the
wreckage left by a relationship that's poorly-defined and headed south. It's an album about the full
spectrum of love: love for yourself, for others, and even your maker. An album about lessons
learned. An
album about the realization that even in these chaotic times, it's ok to relax.
Meanwhile, Jaffe continue to broaden his career beyond the confines of the recording studio
and the stage. He composed, recorded and produced the film score for Joy Joy Nails, a short
film that screened at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, building on a resume in TV and Film that
includes work on the cartoon, “Spongebob Squarepants” and various other shows and films. He also
continues to find charitable avenues for his music, years after HoneyHoney performed
alongside the high-school symphony of Jaffe's alma mater in order to raise money for the school's
program. Oh, Wild Ocean of Love is the latest chapter in a story that's still being told, and
Jaffe has rarely been so compelling.
Sonya Kitchell
Sonya Kitchell
Two time Grammy Award Winner, Sonya Kitchell is a songstress with a voice that is unadorned and true. She weaves psychedelic folk & unbridled pop together in an array of classic melodies tinged with a raspy rock ‘n roll spirit. Based in Brooklyn NY, she has toured the globe thrice over in support of her three internationally acclaimed records,Words Came Back to Me (2006), This Storm (2008) and We Come Apart (2016). She spent a life-changing year collaborating with the legendary Herbie Hancock on his Grammy-winning album, River: The Joni Letters, winning two Grammys — the first for her work on River: The Joni Letters and later for her work on Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Revelator. Her prolific, illustrious career is marked by collaborations with respected artists, including Joni Mitchell, Wayne Shorter, Jackson Brown, Reggie Watts, Blake Mills, The Barr Brothers, Blue Foundation, Yellowbirds and Trixie Whitley. Along with her last release produced by Stewart Lerman and done in collaboration renowned film composer Garth Stevenson, Sonya released her 2010 EP Convict of Conviction.

She has graced the stage at Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl, the Montreaux Jazz Festival, Newport Folk Festival, and Central Park Summerstage. Her televisions appearances include Late Night with David Letterman, Live at Abbey Road.
Venue Information:
Baby's All Right
146 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY, 11211