Tristan Prettyman - Suite 268

Tristan Prettyman has all it takes to be a great artist: talent, commitment, love, and a story to tell. After releasing two albums and touring extensively, Prettyman took an extended break during which she traveled the globe, had surgery to remove polyps on her vocal cords, got engaged to her long-term boyfriend, dealt with the pain of his ending the engagement, and eventually questioned whether she even wanted to be a musician at all. We’re glad that in the end she did want to! Indada Music had the honor of having her for an exclusive interview and performance for Suite 268 in September 2012.

Halloween is coming…

Terror fills October skies, while spirits from the dead arise, and through the thick of night we hear, a distant sound is growing near.

The tune you dreamt while fast asleep, is calling to you from the deep, to come while eeriness is rife, and bring this spooky song to life.

Submit your best Halloween track to win! 

Sophie Madeleine performed a cover of Dusty Springfield’s “Spooky,” live at Indaba Music in March 2012. The Brighton-born, eclectic pop singer’s album, “Silent Cynic” was released in January 2014 and can be found on iTunes or streamed on Bandcamp.

The Top Ten Frustrations of a Producer

1. That time when you got a session from a friend and there were 20 plug-ins you didn’t have.

2. That time when Logic magically disappeared your soft-synth patch FOR NO REASON.

“What happened to all of my LFOs and filters? Dammit Logic.”

3. The time when you forgot to double check the sample rate before bouncing.

“why does everything sound like witch house??”

4. The time when you spent hours reworking the sounds and arrangement, but forgot to save and Pro Tools crashes.

5. The time it took 20 takes.

“This is the one!”

6. That time your client brought their significant other to the session. 

“That’s my chair dude.”

7. And they started fighting.

“We’re not getting anything done today, are we?”

8. That time the band started arguing and the singer walked out.

9.  And came back blackout drunk.

“I’m fine you guys.”

10. That time you ran out of beer.

Dear Contestants,
On behalf of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, WBGO 88.3FM and JAZZ ROOTS, thank you for your submission to the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition.  We are delighted to have you participate and grateful to you for sharing your talent.
 As a native of Newark, it couldn’t be more fitting that a vocal competition honoring Sarah’s legacy will take place in her hometown at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.  And as you undoubtedly know, Sarah started her own storied career by wowing the crowds at Amateur Night at the famed Apollo Theater.
 Over the next few weeks, we will be evaluating the many wonderful submissions we have received to narrow the field to the five contestants who will be invited to perform live at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on November 16 as part of the TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival.  Those contestants will be notified during the week of September 30.
We extend all good luck to you and hope you will take a moment to learn more about the competition and Festival by going to www.njpac.org.  You may also visit Indaba.com after October 10 to see who has been chosen to participate in the live competition and again after November 16 to learn all about the winner.
Again, many thanks for your participation and for joining us in honoring the Divine One herself, the inimitable Sarah Vaughan. 
Best regards,
John Schreiber
President & CEO
NJPAC

Dear Contestants,

On behalf of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, WBGO 88.3FM and JAZZ ROOTS, thank you for your submission to the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition.  We are delighted to have you participate and grateful to you for sharing your talent.

 As a native of Newark, it couldn’t be more fitting that a vocal competition honoring Sarah’s legacy will take place in her hometown at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.  And as you undoubtedly know, Sarah started her own storied career by wowing the crowds at Amateur Night at the famed Apollo Theater.

 Over the next few weeks, we will be evaluating the many wonderful submissions we have received to narrow the field to the five contestants who will be invited to perform live at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on November 16 as part of the TD James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival.  Those contestants will be notified during the week of September 30.

We extend all good luck to you and hope you will take a moment to learn more about the competition and Festival by going to www.njpac.org.  You may also visit Indaba.com after October 10 to see who has been chosen to participate in the live competition and again after November 16 to learn all about the winner.

Again, many thanks for your participation and for joining us in honoring the Divine One herself, the inimitable Sarah Vaughan. 

Best regards,

John Schreiber

President & CEO

NJPAC

The Listening Party has become quite the local hang for our most active members. To potato or not to potato (either you know or you don’t). 10 of these awesome members started chatting in the party one day and decided to write a song about Indaba. My heart… all the feels.

Indaba first started as a site for musicians to collaborate and it means so much to us that the spirit of collaboration is still alive and well in our community. Mantis said about the project,

"Banding together with others, practically strangers, for the purpose of creating beautiful music solely to nourish the spirit of others. It’s amazing."

Below are the beautiful people who worked on this. See you guys in the Listening Party!

1. Soundset - Beat 

2. K’angs Toil - Bass 

4. Groovex - Arp 

5. L o p p n a r - Ambient synth 

6. PantaGorian - Plucks 

7. Philippe TRIAY - Pre-mix/Arrangements/Guitar

8. Chabee - Synth (Lead) 

9. John Yandell - Mixing / Mastering 

10. Fabio Martorana - Mastering / Engineering