“The Takeover” – Film by Digifé | Score by Zo!

In the summer of 2017 while in California hosting screenings for our recently completed documentary (Making SkyBreak) on the creation of my album, SkyBreakDigifé (then Digital Café) approached me about a brand new project they had just been commissioned by Northwestern University to do… They wanted to know if I would be willing to score it. To be honest, I don’t even remember if I even knew what the doc was gonna be about when I first interrupted Donnie Seals (of Digifé) to blurt out, “Maaaaan, HELL yeah!!” Fast forward to Sept 2018, here we are with a helluva finished product that I’m super proud to be a part of.

“What was most impressive was the speed and depth this dude works. One day he’d send some funk that sounded like James Brown, the next day epic music like John Williams.”   Donnie Seals of Digifé

The Takeover (2018)
Film by Digifé
Score by Zo!

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Check the film’s OFFICIAL trailer…

 

 

‘Piano & A Microphone’ …Quick Shed Session

Shed time.
Houston and Dallas, see y’all soon.

Friday, September 28, 2018 – HOUSTON, TX
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
Green Mill Social Club
630 S Sam Houston Pkwy W, Houston, TX 77047
Doors: 7p | Show: 8p
BUY TICKETS

Saturday, September 29, 2018 – DALLAS, TX
Zo! + Carmen Rodgers
South Dallas Cultural Center
3400 S Fitzhugh Ave, Dallas, TX 75210
FREE with RSVP

Visuals from “Acoustic & Personal: An Evening with Zo! + Carmen Rodgers in Atlanta, GA (12.09.17)

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Zo! Carmen Rodgers
at Moods Music (Soul Village ATL)
Atlanta, GA
December 9, 2017

Personnel:
Zo! – Keys/Vocals
Carmen Rodgers – Vocals
Ladarrel “Saxappeal” Johnson – Saxophone/Background Vocals
Kamau Inaede – Bass
Kristopher “Jahi” Crosby – Keys/Background Vocals
Tim Scott Jr. – Drums

Specialty cocktails provided by D’USSÉ Cognac

Thank you, Atlanta for two SOLD OUT shows …even with Friday’s inclement weather. Y’all made this fourth annual Acoustic & Personal the best one YET.

See y’all next year for the FIFTH one.

Visuals from Zo! + Carmen Rodgers LIVE in Detroit, MI – (07.20.17)

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Zo!
Carmen Rodgers
at Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History
Detroit, MI
July 20, 2017

Personnel:
Zo! – Keys/Vocals
Carmen Rodgers – Vocals
Ladarrel “Saxappeal” Johnson – Saxophone/Background Vocals
Buddy Brown– Drums
Kamau Inaede – Bass
Kristopher “Jahi” Crosby – Keys/Background Vocals
Ideeyah – Background Vocals
D-Love – Percussion
Lola George – Hostess
DJ L Boog – DJ

Photos by Miz Korona for Trigger Finger Visuals

Zo! on DC 89.3FM WPFW – Soul Conversations Radio, Parts 1 & 2 (March 24, 2017 & April 21, 2017)

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Had the pleasure of stopping by WPFW last night an participating in a “Soul Conversation” …and to be honest, it turned out to be one of my favorite interviews in a long time. I’m sure if there was no time limit, we would probably STILL be conversing now. You can listen to it in full HERE …or by pressing ‘play’ below.

 

2016 In Pictures

What a year. Thank y’all…

‘SkyBreak’ Documentary OFFICIAL Trailer

I’m so very proud to be able to present this to y’all. After talking about and posting some of the teasers over the last month or so, here is the official trailer for my upcoming SkyBreak Documentary.

Film by Digital Café
Documentary Website

Visuals from Zo! + Carmen Rodgers LIVE in Bethesda, MD – (08.11.16)

 

Visuals from…

Zo!
Carmen Rodgers
at Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club
Bethesda, MD
August 11, 2016

Personnel:
Zo! – Keys
Carmen Rodgers – Vocals
Ladarrel “Saxappeal” Johnson – Saxophone
Buddy Brown– Drums
Kamau Inaede – Bass
Robbie McDonald – Guitar
Leroy “Boogie” Grier – Percussion

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Visuals from Zo! + Carmen Rodgers LIVE in Houston – (08.06.16)

Visuals from…

Zo!
Carmen Rodgers
at The 26th Annual Houston International Jazz Festival
in The Ballroom in WareHouse Live
Houston, TX
August 6, 2016

Personnel:
Zo! – Keys
Carmen Rodgers – Vocals
Ladarrel “Saxappeal” Johnson – Saxophone
Gary Mayes – Drums
Kamau Inaede – Bass
Kristopher Crosby – Keys

Photos by LaTroya Brooks for selfless images + design

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‘SkyBreak’ Review by AllMusic.com (4.5/5)

Review by Andy Kellman
Source: AllMusic.com

SkyBreak followed ManMade by almost exactly three years. During the intervening period, Lorenzo Ferguson assisted in the making of two Foreign Exchange albums, served as that group’s musical director, and contributed to releases from the 1978ers, Talib Kweli, Sy Smith, and fellow Detroit nativesJamall Bufford and Collective Peace. As on ManMade and the preceding SunStorm, the multi-instrumentalist works tightly with production and songwriting partner Phonte, who is among nine featured vocalists. Most of them are familiar to FE-related sessions and are also credited as composers, fitting into the album’s scheme — uplifted views of flings, falling in, out, and back in love — without lending it a muddled mixtape quality. Likewise, Ferguson and company continue to evangelize, with a modern perspective, late-’70s to early-’80s sophisticated funk and soul. Even with its pair of Phonte rap verses, including a slightly lewd smash-and-grab job pulled on “I Don’t Mind,” the album has much more in common with Rufus & Chaka‘s Masterjam or an Earth, Wind & Fire satellite project than it does with any given post-1983 commercial R&B recording. A couple voices previously unheard on a Zo!release arrive consecutively during the second, superior half. Undersung veteran Joi Gilliam lures on the frisky “Just Whatcha Like,” trailed by “Lifelines,” on which U.K. up-and-comer Dornik sings of romantic salvation with a DeBarge-like hushed sweetness. Another detail that separates this from previous Zo! output is the bounty of burbling synthesizers. As prominent as the thick bass guitar lines, they reinforce several songs. They’re deployed to most pleasurable effect on the Muhsinah-led “Packing for Chicago,” where Ferguson‘s keyboard makes Stevie Wonder-type low-end streaks that swim through steady percussion reminiscent of Herbie Hancock‘s similarly expectant “Come Running to Me.” Filled out with an instrumental dedication to Ferguson‘s father, who passed away during the album’s creation, SkyBreak is another step forward. Ferguson doesn’t allow his expanding knowledge and ability to overshadow his personal touch.

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