Khris Royal & Dark Matter Share New Single Featuring Nigel Hall [Listen]

first_imgNew Orleans-based saxophonist Khris Royal has been busy over the last year! When he’s not touring with Rebelution or playing with George Porter Jr. & The Runnin’ Pardners, Royal has been hard at work with his own band, Dark Matter, which features Big Sam Williams (trombone), John Michael Bradford (trumpet), Danny Abel (guitar), and Max Moran (bass).This weekend, Khris Royal & Dark Matter shared their brand new single “Step Children” featuring the one and only Nigel Hall on the Rhodes organ. Says Royal of the track, “‘Step Children’ is a tribute to funk night at Wally’s, the historic jazz club in Boston where I played three nights a week while attending Berklee Collage. The Tuesday night band was called Step Children. No one really knows how they got the name. Some people say it’s because they were treated like step children because the Straight Ahead Band was treated better. They played on Fridays and Saturdays.You can listen to “Step Children” below, via Royal’s SoundCloud:Royal explained the personal significance and backstory of the song to Live For Live Music: “When I first got to Berklee I was only 17 and Wally’s was 21 and up so I never tried to go. One day, Nikki Glaspie (Dumpstaphunk, Beyonce, Nth Power) and James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band) told me I had to go with them because Nikki was playing there with (frequent Soulive collaborator) Sam Kinninger . I had no idea Sam played there every Tuesday, so I went with them and Nikki got me in. A week later, Amy and Aaron Bellamy called me because Sam was leaving to tour with Soulive, and I ended up filling in with the Step Children Wally’s. Playing there with that band changed the way I play. Up until that point, I had always looked at myself as a jazz cat. The Step Children made me realize I wanted to be able to play everything.”Continues Royal, “It was only natural to have Nigel Hall on this track. Nigel moved to Boston right as I was leaving for Los Angeles. He would come sit in with us every week so he totally understands the spirit of Wally’s and the Step Children. When I moved, Nigel took my place in the band before being picked up to tour with Soulive and Lettuce who also have roots at Wally’s Jazz Club.[Photo via Nola.com]last_img read more

Local Officials Trained in Procurement Compliance and Corruption Prevention

first_imgOne of facilitators presents on a topic shortly after the opening session.The Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC), in collaboration with Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC), on Monday, March 18 began a week-long training of local government officials in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County.Funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the training is part of the government’s strategies to strengthen transparency and accountability in the local government through procurement compliance and corruption prevention. It brought together local government officials from Grand Gedeh, Sinoe, Maryland, River Gee and Grand Kru counties.Zwedru City Mayor, Mrs. Cecelia Jolo, earlier welcomed the trainers and participants to the county, adding that the city remains open to all visitors, regardless of whether it was their first time to come there for a workshop.The chief trainer and head of the team, Himmie E. Langford of the PPCC, said the training aims to enhance participants’ abilities in the basics of the PPCC procedures at the local level.He told the trainees that the training will enable them to know some of the non-compliance and compliance processes in the local leaderships.In his opening remark, the manager of programs, education and prevention, James K. Kingsley, told the participants that the training will enlighten the local leaders on some corrupt practices.He said the LACC covers the entire country and has the responsibility to monitor every aspect of the government, whether central or local government. He outlined four divisions in which the LACC functions, including enforcement, education, prevention and prosecution.The issue of the protection of whistle blowers was also highlighted to the extent that many of the participants believed that the process was slow, something the participants believe was also a long process.Some of the topics to be discussed will include Concept of Framework Agreement and Advance Contracting, Corruption and Budget Process, Bid Evaluation, etc.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

STORMWATCH ALERT: HAIL AND SNOW STORM HITS COUNTY AS GARDAÍ ISSUE WARNING

first_imgSTORMWATCH UPDATE: FURTHER heavy falls of hail, sleet and snow are hitting Donegal this afternoon – with ice predicted on all roads overnight.Gardaí have issued an urgent warning to motorists to take extreme care.There have been a number of minor traffic crashes in Donegal today due to the road conditions. One hail storm is currently moving east to west across the county.Said a Garda spokesman: “We would urge motorists not to drive unless absolutely necessary and where people are out and about this evening, they should drive with extreme care.“Roads, particularly in rural areas and in housing estates in towns, are very slippery and with ice expected to form after dark, this will make conditions more hazardous.”Donegal County Council gritting lorries are treating main routes. BBC Northern Ireland and Met Eireann says there will be more wintry showers tonight before cloud clears and temperatures drop.A new gale will sweep into Donegal around 10am on Friday. STORMWATCH ALERT: HAIL AND SNOW STORM HITS COUNTY AS GARDAÍ ISSUE WARNING was last modified: December 19th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldonegal daily weatherhailsleetsnowstormlast_img read more