Jazz Bands Are the New Hyphy 

Kev Choice at The Junction

Despite the proliferation of son clave beats and technophile studio effects in current hip-hop, it's rare to hear a track with live instrumentation — let alone a real DJ scratching real records. But in Oakland, three artists are bucking the trend. Local emcee Kev Choice — who has consolidated his career as music director and sideman for Lauryn Hill, but also holds down the rhythm section for Goapele and Amel Larrieux — is a jazz pianist turned emcee whose eight-piece band includes some of the Bay Area's best emerging talent in both worlds. He joins forces with guitarist B'nai Rebelfront (of the Coup) and singer Jrod Indigo for the Junction, a new monthly residency at Oakland's Black New World Gallery, which kicks off this Friday, October 5. Together they'll reveal the protean quality of jazz, hip-hop, R&B, and funk, and treat hip-hop fans to sounds rarely heard in the genre — such as a live horn section and a keyboard playing through changes. 9 p.m., $10. BlackNewWorld.com

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