Numero Group: By The Numbers

Ain’t No Party Like A Numero Party: Edge Of Daybreak (RVA)
October 26, 2015, 5:02 pm
Filed under: Edge Of Daybreak


There is no such thing as an ordinary Numero release party. We stay so busy prepping new records for release, we rarely take the time to honor the outgoing ones. That is not to say we don’t enjoy a good soiree. So a few times a year, when the circumstances are perfect, we will gather with some of the artists that make our catalog so special, and have an enchanting blow out. Were you at the Chopin Theatre when host Willie Woods and musical guest Andre Gibson delivered their impassioned testimonials on the importance of The Chicago Party? Or when the Royal Jesters defended their collective crown in San Antonio? More importantly, were you at Steady Sounds in Richmond, Virginia last Thursday, when the Edge Of Daybreak harmonized for the first time in over three decades?

This was shot from behind the counter at Steady Sounds, as (L to R) Cornelius Cade, James Carrington, and Harry “Cupcake” Coleman causally (perhaps unconsciously) slipped into song. Within a few minutes, it was clear that the group was not going to be able to evade the spotlight that easily.

With the LP playing low in the mix, the group went on to perform “Let Us,” “Our Love,” as well as the upbeat “I Wanna Dance With You.” Having not seen each other in decades, the fact that the vocalists were able to slip back into formation was amazing. The sound—captivating! These guys still have it, and if there are any aspiring Daptones in the Richmond area, or progressive promoters trying to showcase the real Virginia sounds, we’ve got the guys for you.

Thanks so much to Marty Key and the entire staff of Steady Sounds for hosting, and Troy Hurt for spinning the record (and the supplemental raers). Thanks to the attendees for showing the record such love, snatching up every single LP and CD on site. We even saw an original!


Most of all, thanks to the surviving Edge Of Daybreak members James Carrington, Cornelius Cade, Jamal Nubi, and Harry “Cupcake” Coleman for making the event so memorable. Hopefully next time we’re in Richmond, it will be for the Edge Of Daybreak reunion concert. Who’s in?


(Numero Grouper Jon Kirby, Edge Of Daybreak vocalist Jamal Nubi, Steady Sounds owner Marty Key)

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