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A brand new Album from Wenso Ashby

 

Wenso Ashby turns it up with the Debut Album Soulfully  by The Wenso Ashby Project!

The Lab http://thelabspps.com/

 

Today, I had a tremendous experience at the Lab with students and staff. In his capacity as a Creative Arts Specialist for the Lab, Shay Glorious L. Martin a.k.a. Supa Pesh! a.k.a. Glo invited me to speak with and share my talents with the students who attend the Lab. After connecting with the students and discussing that their own personal success starts inside of them, just as it starts inside for me and for you, I had the opportunity to sing Whitney Houston's The Greatest Love of All, Mariah Carey's Hero and our very own song Keep Dreaming that my sister co-wrote. The students were responsive, repeating in chorus “MY SUCCESS STARTS WITH ME!” Afterwards, we broke off into small groups where some students attended a hip-hop dance group, and others went to writing groups. In the group I attended, we wrote about how decisions that we made long ago shape who we are today. The students had powerful thoughts and insights to share! This opportunity was very fulfilling and I learned so much from this experience and from the students. They were genuine, open to learning, serious yet fun and great kids all around. The Lab created a wonderful environment that was conducive to the positive and up-building interactions that preteens and teens need to channel energy into creative avenues, i.e. music, writing, dancing, photography, visual arts, poetry, yoga and more! Again, thank you to Glo, to the Lab Director Mary Tinucci, the staff: Tess, Jason, Kyle, and the volunteers including Noah, intern Kelly, the dance instructor, and most of all, to the Lab students! Thank you goes out to Wenso Ashby for his support.

Much Love and many thanks!

 

I just wanted to say thank you for all your love and support. It has been such a great joy to know that people enjoy the music that we have provided. This has been such a wonderful season. I had the priveledge to perform with some very talented people, however today I want to give much love and support to one person. That person is Zsame, she is such an incredible vocalist and person. She has provided so much to the Wenso Ashby sound. With out her I don't know where I would be. Today I honor her and ask you to continue to embrace her as well. Remember, "Cherish the Moment"

Meessage From Wenso Ashby

 

Hello everyone, I just want to say thank you for all of your support and encouragement. It has been a while since I have sent out email and lots of great stuff has happened. As you know, I released my new CD “Love is so Amazing” Featuring Zsamé. The CD is doing very well. In fact, it has been added to rotation on several radio stations (see links below). We also have gotten some great reviews. We just recently appeared on NBC for Kare 11 Showcase Minnesota and have received many calls to secure performances. As I said, so many good things are happening. I might not always email, however I want you to know that you are so very important to us. I really mean that from the bottom of my heart. With out you liking what we do, we wouldn’t be getting any of this now. Some people keep asking me questions about me and the group, so I want to clarify things. Wenso Ashby is not a group or a Trio. Wenso Ashby is an individual artist featuring the lead vocals of Zsamé. Additionally, Deynn Hampton joins us to sing whenever she can. She is an excellent vocalist and adds much support by backing up Zsamé. Her many talents include lead vocals and spoken word. We also have Willie Moore join us as well. He is an individual artist that lends his support whenever he can on the saxophone. You can expect his debut CD to be out soon. Together we perform as collaboration under the direction of yours truly. All in all we make beautiful music together and enjoy having fun. We hope you continue to like what we do and we hope you will also support many other artists out here doing their stuff as well. Again, I can’t say enough about the appreciation we all hold for each and every one of you. Stay in touch with our website and please mark you calendars for September 13, 2008. That will be the Selby Jazz Festival. There are some very talented people performing and I believe it might be the last outdoor concert for the year. Our performance will start at 2pm Urban Music Scene http://reviews.theurbanmusicscene.com/2008/08/03/wenso-ashby--love-is-so-amazing.aspx TC Daily Planet http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/article/2008/08/10/interview-smooth-jazzers-wenso-ashby-and-zsame.html TV and Air Play NBC KARE 11 http://www.showcaseminnesota.com/show/client_article.aspx?storyid=521064 Radio http://www.swissgroove.ch/en/ http://www.upperroomwithjoekelley.com/upperroomplay71508.htm Wenso Ashby

TC Daily Planet article!

 

Check out this article about Wenso Ashby in the Twin Cities Daily Planet: http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/article/2008/08/10/interview-smooth-jazzers-wenso-ashby-and-zsame.html Interview: Smooth jazzers Wenso Ashby and Zsamé By Dwight Hobbes , TC Daily Planet August 10, 2008 There could be no better fit than Wenso Ashby featuring Zsamé to play St. Paul’s vaunted Selby JazzFest—lovers of mellow music would do well to be in attendance. The Twin Cities have seen the recent loss of two smooth jazz radio stations, and no one has stepped into the breach to rectify this situation. So a healthy audience, left with nowhere to turn on their radio dials, needs to grab every available opportunity to listen to artists this gifted. Composer, producer and keyboard man Wenso Ashby is one of the best at what he does, creating a lush tapestry of sound that, at times, is nothing short of spellbinding—especially when front lady, singer-songsmith Zsamé is at the microphone on splendid vocals. There are three albums: Midnite Walkin’, Wenso Ashby Live, featuring Zsamé, Q’Aisha, and TaVanni, and the newly released Love Is So Amazing, featuring Zsamé. You can’t wrong with any of them and, indeed, are apt to sooner or later end up owning them all if getting locked into a sweet, laid back groove is your thing. September 13, the Selby Avenue JazzFest is at the intersection of Selby and Milton, right outside Golden Thyme Coffee Café. The festival starts at 11 a.m. and goes until 6 in the evening. How did your musical partnership come to be? Wenso Ashby: I came here from D.C. on a visit and was listening to the radio. I didn’t know who she was, but I loved the voice. I called the station [but] couldn’t connect with her. A year later, I came back. Somebody told her I was in town, looking for a vocalist, so I met with her. Zsamé: I wasn’t singing at the point—just goin’ to work, goin’ home. Daily grind. Ashby: We talked. She listened to [my] CD and liked it. Later, we went out to a [rehearsal] area. I asked to do some runs, and she did it a cappella. On the spot. I was like, wow. I immediately said, “I’m gonna stay here.” We started working together. Now, it’s four years later. Each of you easily could go solo. Why stay hooked up? Ashby: If you look at the [new] album, it features Zsamé and it features the saxophone player Willie Moore. Production is what I really love to do—to stay in the background. Zsamé: I always felt the music. It’s funny, because [earlier] I’d been doing vocals for a local hip-hop group, recording at Flyte Time, but when I looked at my music collection, I owned mostly smooth jazz, R&B, soul music. That was the music I was feelin’. This was the opportunity, when I started performing with Wenso, to [be] in my comfort zone. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- “This was the opportunity, when I started performing with Wenso, to be in my comfort zone.” -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- You write for the ensemble? Zsamé: I do. And for the live CD, it’s actually kind of funny. When we first met, he brought over this music and wanted me to write words for some of the songs [in the vein] he had in mind when he wrote the music. When I brought [them] back, it was totally different. Ashby: Than the way I wrote it. Zsamé: So, he always jokes about that. “Just like a woman. It came back totally different from the way I gave it to her.” But, you know, I have my own originality within what we’re doing—even when we’re doing covers. Ashby: She can capture the essence of any song. If she hears it, she can capture it. How is it performing together onstage? Ashby: We do the songs over and over, but each performance is a little different. That’s where the intuitive stuff comes in. She’ll go off and do something. Willie will do something. You know how it is. The words may be the same, but the way you feel changes. Each time she sings, it’s a new spark. So, I’m always, “What can I do to enhance that?” I never get tired of hearin’ what she does. You also have another singer on board. Zsamé: Deynn Hampton. She does background vocals. Ashby: She could be an individual artist, too. The thing that works for us as a group is that everybody’s willing to come in and, like Boston [the NBA Celtics] did this year in basketball? All them people, stars, but they put their personal games aside to be a team. I just say here’s the song, here’s the concept, let’s go and do this. Dwight Hobbes is a writer based in the Twin Cities. He contributes regularly to the Daily Planet.

WOW! Insight Newspaper gives front page press to Wenso Ashby!

 

A performance review, written by the esteemed Mr. Dwight Hobbes, was published by Insight Newspaper in the Twin Cities on August 11, 2008! http://www.insightnews.com/default.asp Many thanks and much respect to Mr. Hobbes for taking an interest in our music and to Insight newspaper for sharing it with you! Most of all, thenk YOU for being with us every step of the way. We just can't say it enough, it is all of you, our family, friends and FANS who motivate us to keep on making music! Love always!

LOVE really IS SO AMAZING!

 

Wenso Ashby's new Release, Love Is So Amazing is complete! This CD was 2 years in the making, thank you for hanging in there with us! The CD is graced by the music of several Twin Cities based artists sharing in the passion of creating music including bassists Yohannes Tona and Dan Ristrom. More than a collection of songs, the music is a true reflection of what this collaboration is all about.

The Urban Music Scene Review of Wenso's new CD Love Is So Amazing

 

http://reviews.theurbanmusicscene.com/2008/08/03/wenso-ashby--love-is-so-amazing.aspx

Kare 11 and Bellanotte

 

Wenso Ashby recently had the opportunity to play on Kare 11 on Showcase Minnesota, check out this link to see the interview: http://www.showcaseminnesota.com/show/client_article.aspx?storyid=521064 We had a great time meeting Corbin and Rob on Showcase Minnesota and talking about our upcoming performances at Bellanotte!

Thank you!

 

We haven't written for a long time but you are definitely in our hearts and minds! Wenso, Willie, Deynn and I are so happy to have the opportunity to share our artistry with you! Your outpouring of support and LOVE IS SO AMAZING!!!

With love to all of our fans!

 

Wow, it is that time of year again! Holidays are rolling around - but to me, everyday this year has been special. Wenso and I really appreciate all of the love and support that we get from our fans! As you may know, a new CD is in the works and it is sure to please; it was created especially for you. I look forward to continuing to see so many beautiful people coming out to the concerts and enjoying themselves. It is truly my pleasure to share this music with you, my friends. Blessings Always! Love, Z.

Happy New Year! 2006

 

Many blessings in the year to come! We appreciate the outpouring of love and support from all of our fans! We look forward to keeping you entertained and connected to the community in 2006 and beyond!

Happy Holidays!

 

Happy Holidays from Wenso Ashby! Wishing good cheer, peace and blessings to all.

From rhythm to Vocals

 
FYI, the word on the streets is that Blair, the percussionist with Wenso is working on his debut CD due out before the new year. Keep your ears open for more information in the near future.

A Sunny Day at the Bean Scene

 

A special thanks to Sonny Day from KMOJ for checking out Jazz in the Cities™ on Tuesday at the Bean Scene. You can listen to Sonny at 89.9 fm from 2am to 5 in the morning. You just might hear some Midnite Walkin or Wenso Live! Email me if you do. Peace. Thanks for all your support. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that this day marks the first time to our knowledge that a selection from Wenso Live featuring Zsamé was aired on the radio.

Jazz in the Citiesâ„¢

 

Introducing Jazz in the Cities™ (The Concert Series) with Wenso Ashby Featuring Zsamé. Jazz in the Cities™ is a series of concerts and events where modern jazz meets neo-soul in an atmosphere that is fun, relaxing and you can be yourself. You can find Jazz in the Cities™ at various locations in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, including The Bean Scene, Lula's Coffee & Jaz and Amore Coffee. See weekly schedule below and remember to "Keep Jazz Alive". Begining Tuesday October 4, 2005, you can find Jazz in the Cities™ at the following locations: Every Tuesday at The Bean Scene 2220 West Broadway 7pm Every Thursday at Lula's Coffee & Jaz 3400 Nicollet 7pm Alternating Sundays at Amore Coffee on Grand & Milton, St. Paul 6:30pm Jazz in the Cities™ Come ease your mind, relax your body and feel your soul!

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