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Karriem Riggins

Karriem started out as jazz drummer, working with vocalist Beety Carter and trumpeter Roy Hargrove. He is also a producer, and has worked with people like The Roots, Common, Slum Village and J Dilla. He is also part of The Detroit Experiment, along with the likes of Amp Fiddler and Marcus Belgrave.

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Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder (born May 13, 1950 Saginaw, MI) is a singer, songwriter, producer, musician, humanitarian and social activist. Although his name at birth was Stevland Judkins, he later changed his name to Stevland Morris. His mother's biography states that his surname was legally changed to Morris, "an old family name", in 1961 when he signed with Motown. Wonder has recorded more than 30 Top 10 hits, won two dozen Grammys, also one for lifetime achievement, and been inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Songwriters halls of fame.

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Dudley Perkins

As a vocal muse for Madlib’s creations, Dudley is unmatched; he’s earned first pick at Madlib’s prized beat collections. Just like Madvillain or Quasimoto, the Dudley/Madlib combination is a facet unto its own – on par with the most illustrious collaboration projects in Madlib’s catalog. His dynamic sophomore effort, entitled Expressions (2012 A.U.), takes an extended detour in the direction of Parliament’s Mothership Connection. The funk is strong this time around – as is the soul music that brought tears to the eyes of Dudley’s and Madlib’s aunts and uncles back in the golden days.

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The Virgins

There is more than one artist with this name: 1) The Virgins are an American indie rock band formed in 2005 based in New York City, New York. They have toured with Jet and opened for Sonic Youth and Patti Smith. The Virgins were formed after a Ryan McGinley photo shoot brought together Donald Cumming and Wade Oates to work on tracks Cumming had begun. The two other members joined shortly after; Erik Ratensperger, and Nick Ackerman. The Virgins have gained popularity recently due to the CW show Gossip Girl featuring five of their songs in one episode and recent participation in SXSW.

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The Triumphs

The Triumphs, an instrumental precursor group to Booker T & The MGswere assembled in 1961 by producer/songwriter Chips Moman in Memphis TN. He recorded recorded them at Stax headquarters in the old Capitol Theater on McLemore Avenue. They were the first release for the Volt label. and they were also apparently the first inter-racial group in the then segregated city. Joining Moman on guitar duties was Booker T Jones on Hammond organ, Lewie Steinberg on bass and drummer Howard 'Bulldog' Grimes, who later would go on to anchor Hi-Records rhythm section.

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Jamiroquai

Jamiroquai is a funk/acid jazz band which formed in London, England in 1992. The band currently consists of Jason "Jay Kay" Cheetham (vocals), Matt Johnson (keyboards), Rob Harris (guitar), Paul Turner (bass), Derrick McKenzie (drums) , Sola Akingbola (percussion), Lorraine McIntosh (backing vocals) and Hazel Fernandez (backing vocals). After "Jay Kay" (born Jason Cheetham) auditioned unsuccessfully to be the singer of the Brand New Heavies, he decided to put together his own band. Jamiroquai's first single, When You Gonna Learn?, was released in 1992 on the Acid Jazz label.

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Chris Hicks

Chris Hicks is a bluesy Southern rock guitarist who has played with Gregg Allman, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Marshall Tucker Band, among others. Based in Macon, GA, where he was inspired by Otis Redding and James Brown, Hicks played with his band the Experience at various blues festivals around the South. His group opened up for Steppenwolf and Charlie Daniels during the 1980s, and later that decade, Hicks was asked to join the Outlaws.

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The Apples

There are two bands with the name The Apples. The first is an Acid Jazz group from Israel. The other is a girl group from Czech Republic who perform 60's music. The first group began in Israel in 2002 with the core of electronic artists Schoolmaster & Mixmonster and the steadfast rhythm unit of Shai Ran and Yoni Halevy. Here is their myspace profile http://www.myspace.com/theapplesmusic The idea was to lay down a funk foundation laced with live samples and organic effects, with a jazz-based front line of improvising horns.

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