Alonzo Demetrius Releases Soulful R&B Single “Runnin'”
March 25, 2023
Alonzo Demetrius, the rising star in the R&B scene, has released his latest single, “Runnin’,” featuring production from Ivan Jackson, Gengis Don, and Daniel Abraham. The track tells the story of a tumultuous “situations,” with Alonzo’s raw vocals and introspective lyrics capturing the emotions of someone who has had enough of being strung along.
Alonzo Demetrius releases a jazzy R&B single, entitled, “Rapture,” featuring The Ego
August 24, 2022
‘Rapture’ contains a relationship-based narrative, ear-pleasing vocals, and tuneful melodies that will resonate well with music lovers worldwide. The fresh and likable tune possesses groovy bass, trumpet, and thudding drum-laden instrumentation flavored with jazz and contemporary R&B elements. Furthermore, “Rapture” serves as an excellent demonstration of what listeners can expect to hear from Alonzo. Demetrius in the near future as he continues to release new music.
Downbeat Magazine: Music Fueled By Activism
February 17, 2021
Featured in the March 2021 edition of Downbeat Magazine's Indie Life section, Alonzo Demetrius provides his thoughts in this no holds barred interview with Ayana Contreres. They discuss the intersection of his music, compositional choices, and activism, as well as his thoughts on the approach to jazz education. You can subscribe to the digital version or purchase the magazine using the link below.
Occhi Magazine Review
January 21, 2021
Whoever says jazz is dead clearly has not heard Alonzo Demetrius. The young trumpeter not only has language on the instrument and paired it with electronic effects, but he is also an amazing composer. His live recording “Live from the Prison Nation” is as real as it gets...
NEW YORK MUSIC DAILY
December 26, 2020
On his powerful, purposeful, evocative new concert recording Live From the Prison Nation – streaming at Bandcamp – trumpeter Alonzo Demetrius addresses the ongoing need to put an end to the New Jim Crow.
Last Row Music - Audio Review
December 21, 2020
By opening the album with spoken word from Angela Davis’ Eric Williams Memorial Lecture in 2003, trumpeter Alonzo Demetrius and his group The Ego lay the groundwork for a sonic boom that will leave a lasting impact on listeners.
Jazz Buzz (Greek) by vagarag
November 9, 2020
The very title of the album, "Live from the Prison Nation," recorded live inside Berklee, is a political statement, as it refers to the American penitentiary system and the commercial circuit that surrounds it, taking advantage of the cheap labor of prisoners.
The purpose of JazzBuzz is to publish articles, interviews, reviews, suggestions and news about improvised music. This review is in Greek - to translate, right click anywhere on the page, then select "translate".
JAZZ REFLECTIONS ON A PANDEMIC
November 8, 2020
Alonzo Demetrius is uniquely recognized for his implementation of electronic processing into his ‘live’ performance package. Many young musicians are now incorporating movies, slides, electronic enhancements and in the case of Alonzo Demetrius, activist speeches into their work. He’s entertaining us, while tickling our brains with an educational feather.
Black Grooves Review
November 6, 2020
Black Grooves is a music review site hosted by the Archives of African American Music & Culture (AAAMC) at Indiana University. Their goal is to promote black music by providing monthly updates on interesting new releases and quality reissues composed or performed by black artists. Read their review of Live From The Prison Nation!
Alonzo Demetrius & Yesseh Furaha-Ali
October 25, 2020
Music can create friendships, deepen bonds, and help people find their path in life. Such is the story of two talented Clef Club Music Education alumnus who are friends and musical collaborators. Trumpeter Alonzo Demetrius and saxophonist Yesseh Furaha-Ali, both 24, have a lot in common. They play horns, attended Berklee Music School, and trained at PCC under the guidance of jazz education director Lovett Hines.
Making a Scene
October 21, 2020
Live From The Prison Nation is described as Demetrius’ personal form of protest against the Prison Industrial Complex. A resurgence of the Civil Rights Movement has occurred amidst a global pandemic, the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Jacob Blake, among many others. Read more from in this article written by Jim Hynes of Making A Scene.
All That's Jazz Episode 29
October 7, 2020
All That's Jazz is where you'll hear conversations and the backstory about everything that's Jazz. Trumpeter and composer, Alonzo Demetrius sits down for a one on one conversation that explores and uncovers the themes of the Live From The Prison Nation album.
Official Debut Album Press Release
September 11, 2020
With the state of our nation and racial injustice in mind, trumpeter Alonzo Demetrius and his working band The Ego released their debut album Live From The Prison Nation with Onyx Productions on October 16, 2020. Joining Demetrius on this socially conscious recording is tenor saxophonist Yesseh Furaha-Ali, pianist Daniel Abraham Jr., bassist Benjamin Jephta, and drummer Brian Richburg Jr.
The Ego - "Caravan"
June 8, 2019
The Ego have created a long-form cycle of dissonance and consonance between musical voices, representing the search for a foundation in each other and the exploration of new sonic horizons as a collective. Jackson Albert Mann of the Boston Hassle explores this track further.