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OKeh Records Announces 7 New Signings

2014 releases expected from Craig Handy, Dhafer Youssef, Nir Felder & others

Craig Handy performing with Mingus Big Band at Portland Jazz Festival
Dhafer Youssef

OKeh Records, which was newly reactivated last January, has announced seven new signings, each of whom will release new recordings in 2014. The artists, who are part of the label’s “The Sound of Next” campaign, are: saxophonist Craig Handy, Tunisian oudist/vocalist Dhafer Youssef, guitarist Nir Felder, drummer Jeff Ballard, saxophonist James Brandon Lewis, African vocalist Somi and trumpeter Theo Croker.

OKeh will release a seven-track The Sound Of Next sampler featuring one song from each of these artists.

The first OKeh releases included 2013 titles from John Medeski, Bob James and David Sanborn, Michel Camilo and Bill Frisell.

The release schedule is as follows:

January 21

Craig Handy-Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith

Dhafer Youssef-Birds Requiem

Nir Felder-Golden Age

February 4

Jeff Ballard Trio-Time’s Tales

James Brandon Lewis-Divine Travels

March 25

Somi-The Lagos Music Salon


Theo Croker-Afro Physicist

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