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Big Apple Spotlight
|Meghan Stabile '06|
In 2006, Meghan Stabile '06 established the production company Revive Music Group with trumpeter Igmar Thomas '06 and emcee Brian "Raydar" Ellis '06. Revive Music introduces audiences to jazz and hip-hop through conceptual live-music productions and collaborations. The group's signature program "Revive Da Live" has garnered a huge following in New York and presented shows worldwide that bring together some of today's top jazz and hip-hop acts and emerging crossover talents.
Revive Da Live shows have featured such acts as Mos Def, Robert Glasper, Q-Tip, Bilal, Roy Hargrove Big Band, Scratch (of the group the Roots), Chris Dave, Louis Cato, and the Cypher Band. "There are so many musicians and so much music to hear that's not easily accessible to the masses," Stabile says. "Our goal has always been just to supply a platform to this growing musical scene, particularly with jazz music."
In conjunction with the Okayplayer website, Revive Music Group also launched The Revivalist, an online journal for the jazz community. The site enables visitors to navigate the New York jazz scene and meet artists who are expanding the boundaries of their craft. "People can go on the blog and read about these musicians and also watch footage of their shows," Stabile says. "There wasn't really a platform before to cover this music in such depth."
The buzz created by Stabile and Revive Music Group is resonating with industry figures. Don Was, the new chief creative officer at Blue Note Records, was impressed with Stabile's work with artists in the progressive jazz scene and recently invited her to join the BlueNoteRecords.com site as a consultant.
For more information on Revive Da Live, visit www.revivedalive.com or http://revivalist.okayplayer.com/. For those in New York, Revive Da Live jams happen every Tuesday at Zinc Bar, 82 West 3rd Street at 11:00 P.M.