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April 8-10, 2022

Word of South 2022

Brad Leali

With a unique style and sound, which echoes the influences of his past, Brad Leali is one of the most notable saxophonists of current times. Leali toured and recorded with numerous jazz greats, including several years with the Harry Connick, Jr. Orchestra and with the Count Basie Orchestra. Leali was a standing member of the […]

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Nat Adderley Jr

As Luther Vandross’ long-time musical director, Nat’s compositions include “Stop to Love”, “Wait for Love”, “Make Me a Believer”, “Other Side of The World”,  and the Grammy-nominated “Give Me the Reason”. His many arrangements for Luther include “Superstar”, “Here and Now”, “So Amazing”, “If Only for One Night”, “If This World Were Mine”, “There’s Nothing […]

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TaReef Knockout

TaReef KnockOut is a hip hop artist based in Tallahassee, FL. He began his journey as an artist earlier this decade releasing multiple mixtapes, singles, EP’s and albums along the way. His latest project, “Eggs For Breakfast” was released on all streaming platforms on May, 21, 2021. Blending a variety of genres with Hip Hop, Reggae, […]

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DJ Demp

As a D.C. native, Demp has spent the majority of his life in Tallahassee establishing strong roots and instilling positive impressions in the community. Demp has worked as a DJ since the age of 13 and established himself as an internationally known celebrity DJ. DJ Demp is a member of legendary group Ghostown DJs best […]

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Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo, the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States, is a member of the Mvskoke Nation and belongs to Oce Vpofv (Hickory Ground). She is only the second poet to be appointed a third term as U.S. Poet Laureate. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, she left home to attend high school at the innovative Institute […]

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The 502s

The 502s are undeniable, immaculate rays of Florida sunshine. Their new album finds the 5-piece indie folk band reveling in the thrills and joys of living their dreams, yet resilient in the face of heartbreak and relentless upheaval which comes with the passing of time. Led by earnest banjo-strumming songwriter Ed Isola, The 502s are […]

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Son Little

aloha, the latest album from Son Little, the musical nom de plume of LA’s Aaron Earl Livingston, is available now. As previewed with the release of the invisible EP and early single, “hey rose,” which The New York Times described as comprising “bluesy distorted guitar chords, a hint of Latin rhythm and perhaps a distant […]

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Sherman Irby

Alto saxophonist and composer Sherman Irby was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Clark Atlanta University, then joined the quintet of Johnny O’Neal, a former member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Irby has recorded two albums for Blue Note Records, and worked with Marcus Roberts, Roy Hargrove, […]

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Roy McCurdy

Roy McCurdy is one of the foremost jazz drummers in America. A member of theCannonball Adderley quintet from 1965 until 1975, he has appeared with such jazz greats as Sonny Rollins, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Herbie Hancock and Chuck Mangione, as well as serving as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California. He’ll […]

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Revival

Tallahassee powerhouse Revival takes to the stage with the incomparable Avis Berry’s dynamic voice and stage presence. These folks have catapulted to the top of Tallahassee’s musical mountain with a stellar ensemble of gifted local musicians including Jeff Davis on bass, Dillon Bradley-Brown on drums, Chris Skene on guitar and vocals, and John “JB” Babich […]

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