There was a time, over a decade back, when $50 to see Erykah Badu at Metropolis seemed steep. But no one balked to pay twice that price ($93.50 to $118.50) as the grand dame of neo-soul touched down at Place des Arts’s Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Monday night, as part of the Montreal International Jazz Festival.
Badu has always had a jazzy element to her music – something at once more earthbound and ethereal, bringing R&B away from the charts and clubs toward something more understated and organic.
It was on display from the opening minutes of the opening number, as her band jammed it’s way through the groove while awaiting the woman of the hour. But the intro dragged as she failed to take the stage – an example, perhaps of her other person: the diva. Read more.
okayplayer.com: The mesmerizing talent of Erykah Badu is something to be celebrated every day of the year, but Monday night saw the R&B queen receiving very special honors in the name of one of jazz’s greatest vocalists. Badu was presented with the 17th annual Ella Fitzgerald Award at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Monday. In receiving the award, Badu joins the ranks of Diana Ross, Sade, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Tony Bennet, Bobby McFerrin, Diana Krall and many more legends of soul, jazz and rhythm & blues.
Badu performed Monday night at the Montreal jazz fest, turning out performance that was, in the words of the local press, a top-notch display of her talents in “championship form.” Near the end of her set, Badu was presented with the award (which celebrates “an artist that had tremendous influence and the vocal hard of jazz and R&B”) on-stage by the festival’s co-founder Alain Simard, but the honors had actually been bestowed upon her hours earlier at a press conference.Read more.
Montreal, Monday, June 29, 2015 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is delighted to present the Ella Fitzgerald Award to Erykah Badu, for her extraordinary contribution to contemporary vocal jazz. The award will be presented to her by Laurent Saulnier, vice-president of programming of the Festival, and Marie Hélène Poitras, journalist and author, tonight at 11 p.m. during a press conference in the Place des Arts’ Salon vert (Green Room) after her concert in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier (Événements spéciaux TD series). Read more.
latimes.com: In an industry rife with rules and expectations, Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu purposefully stand out. Self-described as “wonder twins,” the two artists make socially conscious and sonically unique music across genres.
Saturday, Monae and Badu talked with Reggie Ossé of “The Combat Jack Show” as part of the Genius Talks series hosted by BET at the L.A. Convention Center during the network’s weekend of activities leading up to its Sunday awards show. Read more.
billboard.com: Day three of BET Experience brought some serious hip-hop heads to L.A. Live's Club Nokia on Saturday night (June 27). Black Thought, Questlove and the rest of The Roots were joined by Erykah Badu and a grab bag of other artists to pay homage to their fallen friend James Dewitt Yancey, better known as J Dilla. Read more.
Okayplayer.com: This year’s BET Experience Festival lineup has just been released–and it’s got a strong Soulquarian vibe to it. The fest will feature, amongst many others, The Roots and Erykah Badu performing the music of J Dilla at Los Angeles’s Club Nokia on Saturday, June 27th. Other highlights of the Experience Festival’s lineup include Miguel, funnyman Kevin Hart, Bel Biv DeVoe with Doug E. Fresh, Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube. Read more.
Billboard.com: Erykah Badu performing with The Roots is a special occasion all on its own -- add a 20-minute ode to hip-hop, complete with guest appearances from YG, the LOX, and Freeway, and it becomes one for the ages. At last month's 8th Annual Roots Picnic in Philadelphia (May 30), Badu and the Roots took it all the way back to hip-hop's, well, roots with a mashup that encompassed not just their own songs, but everything from Afrika Bambaataa to "Gold Digger" -- watch the full performance below. Read more.