Monday, June 2, 2008
BILAL @ THE BLUE NOTE - NEW YORKER PREVIEW
131 W. 3rd St., near Sixth Ave. (212-475-8592)—June 3-4: The vocalist Bilal, who was born Bilal Sayeed Oliver and was raised in Philadelphia by a Christian mother and an orthodox-Muslim father, has appeared on albums by Common, Erykah Badu, and other hip-hop musicians. Classically trained, he deftly combines streams of jazz, hip-hop, funk, and soul in his music; he’s as comfortable with falsetto and scatting as he is with laying down smooth raps. For this engagement, he’ll be backed by a small band that includes the jazz pianist Robert Glasper.