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Run N’ Fly Performs November 16 at The Iridium Jazz Club in Support of New Eponymous Debut


Sandro Albert – guitar

Darryl Tookes – vocals

Cindy Mizelle – vocals

Angela Clemmons – vocals 

Bashiri Johnson – percussion

Michael Rorby – trombone

Patience Higgins – saxophone

James Zollar – trumpet 

Alex Navarro – keys 

Katreese Barnes – Rhodes

Gregory Jones – bass

Bernard Davis – drums


Run N’ Fly is set to perform at The Iridium Jazz Club on Thursday, November 16 at 8:00PM in support of their new eponymous debut (available November 10 on Run N’ Fly). Embracing a newfound creative freedom to explore his lifelong passion for old school R&B/funk and contemporary urban jazz, guitarist Sandro Albert is the mastermind, composer and producer of this extraordinary collective. Teaming up, Steely Dan style, with the brilliant Brazilian lyricist and artist Manu Lafer, Run N’ Fly includes a dynamic and versatile group of session veterans. 

Although these two are at the core of Run N’ Fly, this project joyfully transcends the trappings of a strictly “Brazilian” band, showcasing the depth of the infusion of American pop, jazz and soul into their culture. Albert’s early influences start with Nascimento and Antonio Carlos Jobim, yet also include James Brown, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kool & the Gang, Wes Montgomery and Miles Davis. His time in Los Angeles working with R&B greats Patti Austin, James Ingram, Brenda Russell and Dionne Warwick–and recent live jams with some R&B hall of famers in Harlem–helped pave the way for the extraordinary spirit of eponymous debut album as well. 

A quick look at the song titles of this 12-track project reveals an extraordinary theme that lets us know this one’s for the ladies who over the past few decades have defined and driven pop culture and our fascination with strong feminine role models. As Albert was creating the infectious, soulful and intensely grooving tracks that would evolve into Run N’ Fly, he knew that his longtime friend Lafer was the perfect, multi-faceted artist and poet to turn to for compelling lyrics that would take the venture to deeper creative heights. 

This gifted collective coming together in Albert and Lafer’s vision launches a genre blending attack that recalls some of the most important artists in recent time. Run N’ Fly conjures a cohesive sound as the session musicians personify characters in a way not seen before as they build on a narrative of empowered women. Albert states, “When they heard the concept, everyone was eager to collaborate, and I love the way it turned out. Even though it was work getting all the details right, I was having such a blast that I felt like I was on vacation. Now I’m excited to have some of these great artists join me as we fly live with Run N’ Fly.”

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 Run N’ Fly · Release Date: November 10, 2017