Archive for the R&B Category

B.B. King and Eric Clapton – Oh Yeah!

Posted in Blues, Music, R&B with tags , , on June 5, 2012 by Val McCall

Mofroism and The Feel. Monique Jarvis

Posted in Art and Culture, R&B, Spoken Word with tags , , , , on May 19, 2011 by Val McCall

Mofroism & the Feel

As aptly put on her Facebook Fan Page, Mofroism and Tthe Feel is a compelling and relentless fusion of R&B, folk, funk, jazz & soul, and spoken word as an urgent call for social change.

Her bio: Monique Jarvis recalls music as her first language having grown up in a household of aunts and a mother who sang with and at prestigious venues ranging from the Metropolitan Opera to the Duke Ellington Jazz Orchestra.

She attended the University of Connecticut as a voice major. A deep-seated desire for social justice turned her to a decade-long career of journalism where she became one of the nation’s youngest editors as Managing Editor of Southern New England’s then-largest African American newspaper.

Over the past two decades Jarvis has fused her love of music and the spoken word, birthing a genre she coins Spok’N Truth. Hers is a transformative and compelling fusion of jazz, r&b, funk, and folk with a backdrop of spoken word that issues a soulfully urgent call for social justice.

The former National Slam Poet co-sponsored two teams to the National Poetry Slam in 2000, and 2001 respectively and is considered “The Godmother of Poetry” in Hartford where she spent a decade creating award-winning performance arts venues.

Jarvis has shared the stage with such luminaries as the internationally renowned First Nations all-female a capella trio, ULALI, veteran musicians such as percussionist Jim Pugliese, bass artisan Christopher Dean Sullivan, and pioneering poets nationwide. She has conducted creative writing workshops at Yale, Vermont School of Law, Connecticut’s Trinity College, and more.

Monique is now director of a national award-winning performance arts afterschool program in the South Bronx, a Master’s in Human Services candidate at Lincoln University, and founder of the uncompromising and compelling Spok’N Truth Trio, Mofroism and The Feel.