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Hot Stepper Productions presents...

GARAGE 416 The Ibadan Recordings Album Release Party featuring JEROME SYDENHAM with Peter & Tyrone, Peter Bosco, K.C. & Victor, and Blueprint

Friday, February 16th, 2001 at Roxy Blu - 12 Brant St. $12 advance tickets available at: Play de Record (357a Yonge St.),
Vice (383 Queen St. W.), Cosmos (607 Queen St. W.),
Rotate This (620 Queen St. W.),
Traxx (427 Yonge St.)
more at the door- doors open 10:00pm - 19+

Once again Garage 416 delivers the goods on underground funky-soulful house bringing to Toronto the return of Jerome Sydenham of Ibadan Recordings. This time we celebrate the new Ibadan Recordings album release of “Saturday”.. Join us experience Jerome first hand with veterans Peter & Tyrone (83 West Records), Peter Bosco (garagehousemusic.com), K.C. & Victor (Loungin’: CKLN 88.1fm), plus the always funky blueprint crew.

Only someone with Jerome Sydenham’s unique background could have founded a record label as innovative as Ibadan Recordings. Born and raised in Ibadan, Nigeria to an English father and Jamaican mother, he was schooled in his teens in England before migrating to New York City in the early 80’s. Sydenham’s work today is largely influenced by the cultural diversity of his upbringing and has echoes of a musical history that spans indigenous African and contemporary western music. During the mid 80’s he became deeply involved in the underground dance music scene both as a DJ and a promoter.. In 1986 he threw a successful weekly party in Philadelphia and by 1987 he had a residency at the legendary Nell’s in NYC.

Impressed by Sydenham’s love of music and business ability, Atlantic Records procured his talents within the A&R Dept. in 1989. Over the next five years at Atlantic and later, East West, he honed his business skills in a major label environment, lending A&R direction to such artists as En Vogue, Gerald Levert, Simply Red and Das EFX. His underground dance music interests continued to run in tangent with his commercial A&R work at East West as he largely succeeded in crossing dance over to the mainstream with albums by Ten City and Michael Watford.

In search of an outlet for his own creative and entrepreneurial skills, Sydenham founded Ibadan Recordings in 1995. Passionate discussions about classic records and new jams with, then, Dance Tracks owner Joe Claussell, led to more serious deliberations about the future of his label. Both were particularly unified in their approach to reworking the prestigious Atlantic Records Ten City catalogue which Sydenham acquired from East West upon his resignation. Sydenham brought in Kerri Chandler who shared similar remix aspirations for Ten City’s classics and thus the backbone of the label was formed. Sydenham’s ambition, to hire top sessions musicians and place them in a contemporary dance music groove that would challenge standard house music production values, continues to evolve. He came one step closer to his goal with this years critically acclaimed Joe Claussell compilation "Language" which features production by Claussell, Sydenham, Chandler, Marc Cary and Dele Sosimi.

February brings the release of “Saturday”, his own full length collaboration with Kerri Chandler. Both are currently working with Brazilian singer Vera Mara on a full length album due out next year. Sydenham is also in pre-production for a solo project that will run the gamut of his musical interests. "There isn’t really an Ibadan Sound" he explains "Ibadan has a principle to make high quality music which covers all areas of electronic music, acoustic dance music, ultimately jazz funk, jazz and maybe even hip hop and R&B". The album release schedule for 2001 is further packed with Best Of Ibadan Vol. 1, Best Of Ten City and a Ten City remix album. Ibadan also presents an exclusive 12" by French producers Next Evidence as a warm up to their full length player due out on EMI/Blue Note France.

© Hot Stepper Productions 2001