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Master & Mistress of Ceremonies Gala Weekend Schedule KICKOFF THURSDAY NOVEMBER 10, 2016 7 P.M. Walter Beasley, Jonathan Fritzen, Vincent Ingala, Eric Darius, Forte FESTIVAL FRIDAY NOVEMBER 11, 2016 7 p.m. Sheila E., Kim Waters. Marion Meadows, Chante’ Moore, Pieces of a Dream featuring Selina Albright, Fuzz Band FRIDAY NIGHT JAM SESSION 11p.m. – 2 a.m. Hosted by: Nick Colionne, Isaac Byrd Jr., James Lloyd, Curtis Harmon, David Dyson, Kevin Howard, David P. Stevens & many suprise guests
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NIGHT OF ELEGANCE SATURDAY NOVEMBER 12, 2016 5:30p.m. DINNER and AWARDS SHOWTIME 6:30 p.m. Lalah Hathaway, Will Downing, Euge Groove, Nick Colionne, VIP Pre-Show Entertainment featuring Brian Lenair and Special Guest Appearance by Josh Vietti SATURDAY NIGHT JAM SESSION 11PM-2AM Hosted by: Brian Lenair, Marcus Anderson, Willie Bradley, Deon Yates, Curtis Harmon, David P. Stevens, Christian de Mesones, Avon Dews & many surprise guests JAZZ GRAND FINALE SUNDAY NOVEMBER 13, 2016 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Najee, Alex Bugnon, Deniece Williams, Phil Perry, VIP Pre-Show Entertainment BY Eric Taylor & special guest appearance by Josh Vietti
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Dear Friends, The Jazz Legacy foundation welcomes you to the 4th annual Jazz Legacy Foundation Fundraising Gala. On November 10th through 13th, 2016, the Jazz Legacy Foundation will present to you some of the best jazz talent in the country in support its mission. The gala is held at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, VA. This 4 day event will feature a tremendous line up of Grammy award winning and chart topping Jazz talent including Najee, Walter Beasley, Pieces of a Dream, Kim Waters, Sheila E., Lalah Hathaway, Will Downing, Phil Perry, Deniece Williams, Marion Meadows, Jonathan Fritzen, Vincent Ingala, Euge Groove, Alex Bugnon, Nick Colionne, Eric Darius, and many more! This year, we will also host a free event on November 9th showcasing the Jazz music programs of the schools we have supported, followed by a free concert by “In Gratitude” an Earth Wind & Fire tribute band. Everyone should enjoy this live musical experience. It is the mission of the Jazz Legacy Foundation to transform young lives through charitable support by way of educational scholarships, creative arts, leadership development, mentoring workshops, and community partnerships, all with the aspirations of enhancing the appreciation and preservation of Jazz. The initial goal is to support the music departments in our public schools by subsidizing the musical departments with the purchase of needed equipment. We will also create and conduct workshops, mentoring programs with master musicians, and offer educational scholarships to further musical endeavors and development. We are very proud that our mission is taking hold in the community. Since its inception in 2013 The Jazz Legacy Foundation has beenable to make sizeable contributions to the Portsmouth’s Public Schools Foundation, followed by generous donations since then to the Norfolk, Hampton, and now, Newport News Public Schools. We have also presented scholarships, honored music educators, and held extraordinary workshops for the music students with world renowned jazz artists like violinist Karen Briggs, saxophonist Jackiem Joyner, and trombonist/keyboardist Brian Culbertson. There will be silent auctions, surprises, national and local celebrities. Our past years events have been a great success, and we hope to continue that tradition. We hope that you will support the mission and programs of the Jazz Legacy Foundation. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are now available. Please contact us for further information at www. jazzlegacyfoundation.org, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 757-737-2416. We appreciate and thank you in advance for your support.
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Special Guest & Hosts for the Weekend
Comedian Jay Lamont, Comedian Quincy Carr & Artist Gerome Meminger
THURSDAY, NOV. 10, 7PM
FRIDAY, NOV. 11, 7PM
SATURDAY, NOV. 12, 6:30PM
SUNDAY, NOV. 13, 4:00PM
Kick Off Thursday
Festival Friday & Jam Session
Saturday Night of Elegance
Sunday Grand Finale
Special Guests & Hosts
Comedian Jay Lamont
Comedian Quincy Carr
artist Gerome Meminger
Jay Lamont, aka, "The Human IPOD" was born as a preacher's son in Oklahoma City OK. Growing up as a kid he would make all kinds of sounds to make people laugh and cheer. When he left Oklahoma Jay moved to Houston TX. There he worked as a Radio personality for several years until one day he realized that his calling was the big stage. So Jay packed up the car and moved to Los Angeles to take his show to the stage. His stage show is so unbelievable that he receives standing ovations night after night no matter he performs. Jay's secret recipe to his success is his ability to perform in front of any type of audience by adapting his show to fit their expectations. His show is one of a kind as he is a clean upscale entertainer that mixes a dash of comedy with a sprinkle of impressions and a hand full of that creates the ultimate experience.
Quincy Carr is a one of the hardest working / quality driven comedians you’ll meet in the entertainment business. He’s an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and professional comedian/actor. Originally from Austin, TX, Quincy began honing his varied skills from a young age. Known for being clean, his penchant for sharp wit and creative comedy enjoyed an early development. While growing up he was known as the funny, wild, and energetic one… the epitome of the ‘class clown’. He considers himself to be the undisputed king of “Quality Comedy” but is often introduced as “The Funniest Man You Don’t Really Know… Yet!” His creative and funny material has come from many occupations he has experienced. Ranging from working in a barber / beauty shop and as a sales & customer service rep; to spending 12 yrs in Information Technology (Corporate America), and serving in the US. Navy as a Gunner’s Mate. Since 1999, he has performed in venues throughout the US and worked with some of the top comics in the business.
Gerome Meminger Sr., Born in Hampton, Virginia. After retiring from the military, he pursued a hidden artistic passion for painting, becoming an artist, poet, and an author. Gerome’s love of music and painting has brought him to a place in his life that allows him to interpret music through a paintbrush. He sees and feels the music being played and paints along with rhythmic colorful brush strokes, that are bold yet can become long and gentle depending on the music. Keeping with the tempo of the music, Gerome’s painting becomes a performance in itself. Audiences often pan back and forth between the musician and Gerome until the final note is played and his final brush stroke is made. His style of painting is abstract and impressionist as he calls himself an “ Impressionist Music Fusion Painter”. His art has been displayed in museums and galleries and is collected throughout the United States and in Europe.
Kickoff Thursday NOV 10, 2016 7 p.m.– (Main Ballroom)
Walter Beasley is a fascinating artist because he has studied and taught as well as performed as a jazz artist. From a Hampton Roads jazz maven perspective, think Rogers Brown formerly of Norfolk State University’s music faculty and bandleader of RaJazz. Beasley says he was influenced by the likes of late saxophonist supreme Grover Washington, Jr., Donny Hathaway, Julian “Cannonball Adderley, Roberta Flack, Johnny Hodges, Sonny Stiff, Dexter Gordon, Peabo Bryson, David Sanborn, and Michael Ruff. The full professor at Berklee College of Music, is also a performance consultant and music entrepreneur (founder and CEO of Affable Publishing and Affable Records) As a saxophonist and singer, Beasley’s grove and artistry is rare. He comes to tonight’s Hampton Roads performance as one of the top five best-selling saxophonists in the world. Over the last
three decades, Beasley has been a regular presence in the top 20 of Billboard’s contemporary jazz charts over the last three decades. His latest album, For Her, is No. 5 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts. He is affiliated with Berklee’s Association of Faculty of African Descent whose goal is to increase enrollment of African-American students and educators at Berklee. Beasley is a Presidential Scholarship Spokesperson who awards talented students from underrepresented groups with a full scholarship and room and board. Over the past three decades, saxophonist, Walter Beasley, has artfully and dynamically redefined the phrase “musical Renaissance Man” for the modern generation. Considered by fans and critics alike as the “heir to Grover Washington, Jr.’s throne,” Beasley is the acclaimed saxophonist, vocalist, educator,
and entrepreneur of the decade. As the highest selling full-time Professor / Recording Artist in history, the Boston-based musician has long mastered an exhilarating high wire act of balancing a successful career as a contemporary jazz recording artist and performer with an equally thriving presence in the field of music education. Beasley is hailed by fans for his thrilling performances along the East Coast and throughout the U.S. and Caribbean. Notable performances include the all-star tour To Grover, With Love, performing alongside Chuck Loeb, Buddy Williams and Andy Snitzer and performing as the headlining act for the 2011 Playboy Jazz Festival. A native of El Centro, CA, Beasley found his calling in the 1970’s after his Aunt gave him his first Grover Washington, Jr. record at the age of nine. During his early teens, Beasley played sax and sang in various bands throughout Southern California. In the following years, Beasley attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music and graduated alongside such prominent classmates as saxophonist, Branford Marsalis, and vocalist, Rachelle Ferrell. He continues to share his musical genius with students, nearly 30 years later.
Jonathan Fritzen Get “Fritzenized!”
Take one of the hottest composers and keyboard players in instrumental pop, add in featured performances from the likes of Gerald Albright, Paul Taylor and Nils Landgren, hook them up with ten wonderful new tunes and what do you have? The answer is ‘Fritzenized’, the latest album from the Billboard chart-topping, artist Jonathan Fritzén. As Jonathan puts it, “I feel so fortunate that my dreams of touring the world, sharing my music with so many people and playing with childhood idols has become a reality. Now, I feel more strongly that I want to focus on different types of goals and for my music to affect people’s lives in a very positive way. Music can be a powerful force and all I want is for everybody who hears this record to come out a little bit different on the other side. That’s my dream for Fritzenized.” Fritzenized is the Swedish American’s fifth solo CD and follows the critically acclaimed ‘Magical’ from which the title cut blasted a path to #1 on every smooth jazz airplay chart on the planet. The fact that even before it’s release date, ‘Fritzenized’ has already become a chart topper says much for a collection that, two years in the making, is Fritzén’s most personal to date. Writing, producing and (for the first time) mixing every track, he comes closer to his true musical vision than with any other project he has created so far. A case in point is the aptly titled ‘A Funky Night’ that finds him reuniting with vocalist Laila Adele. As Jonathan
explains, “Laila is not only a long term collaborator of mine but also one of my favorite singers. The groove for the song was inspired by one of the most sampled drum loops in rap music, ‘Juicy Fruit’ that I thought would fuse nicely with my own musical spices.” There is no doubt it worked out just fine and much the same can be said of ‘Guacamole’, which has a vibe of the kind Fritzén first heard when touring in Nicaragua many years ago. “After the shows”, Jonathan recalls, “we would go out to the local clubs to party. The songs that the DJ’s were spinning would often have this beat they called “reggaeton” and this is my own take on it. Guacamole is probably my favorite thing to eat so I thought it would be a good title for the tune.” It features Swedish trombone player Nils Landgren, one of Europe’s most famous jazz musicians, and another guest performer that Fritzén was eager to have on board is Gerald Albright whom Fritzén describes as being one of the greatest sax players on earth. As Jonathan tells it, “We were figuring out who was going to play sax on the track ‘Celebration’ and, for me, Albright was the perfect choice. A number of years ago we played in Germany at the same festival, just when I was coming onto the scene, and we had breakfast together. I remember what a nice person he was and, having seen him at various festivals in the States where we’ve both played, it felt natural to ask him. I wanted a very ‘jammy’ ending to the number, where we could play off each other, so his versatility and mastery of improvisation was just what I needed.”
Vincent Ingala It will be interesting to see what Vincent Ingala is working with in his first appearance in the Seven-fiveseven. Is he the personification of what is a saxophone playing, smooth jazz grooving, rocking performer? One of the fastest emerging contemporary jazz recording artists in recent history, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer, Vincent Ingala has blasted into an exciting stratosphere of his own making since his 2010 critically acclaimed debut album, North End Soul.Still in his early twenties, the charismatic saxophonist has been named Billboard Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year in 2012, Sirius XM Watercolors Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 2013, and his music is consistently found atop the most noteworthy music charts in the world, including three number one hits on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Chart, five singles in the Billboard Smooth Jazz Top 10, as well as an unprecedented 25 weeks at #1 on SmoothJazz.com’s Top 50 Independent Chart and #15 on SmoothJazz.com’s 2014 Year End Chart with Can’t Stop Now! His third album, 2015’s Coast To Coast, has placed Vincent Ingala back on top, with the project’s first and second singles, hitting number one on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart and receiving international, to old school and soul, the star-studded, horn-drenched new album finds Vincent vibing with British jazz trombonist, Dennis Rollins (of BadBone & Co.), Lee Thornberg (formerly of Tower Of Power), and smooth jazz icon, Peter White. As much of an entertainer as he is a musician, the Yamaha Performing Artist has been wowing live audiences as a regular on the popular smooth jazz festival and cruise circuit for several years. His fun-loving stage presence, combined with an obvious passion for playing, elevates the crowd to an exciting frenzy. This coast-to-coast sensation brings a playful spirit, old soul, and youthful enthusiasm to contemporary jazz, with a real sense for what music fans are seeking, from recordings to live performances! Don’t start him up because as his album says he “Can’t Stop Now!”
Eric draws his creativity and sound from several cultures then gives it a contemporary veneer. Darius was born in New Jersey to a father of Haitian descent and a mother of Jamaican descent, but grew up in Tampa, Florida. Darius was born into a musical family, his father plays bass, his mother and sister sing and his older brother plays drums and trumpet. He began his performing career at the age of 11 when he toured with the youth-based Sonny LaRosa and America’s Youngest Jazz Band. The tour’s final performance was held at Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. At the age of 17 Darius released his first album titled Cruisin’ . Darius is described by Dylan Wall as “a contemporary jazz
artist with a twist” who plays his horns “with an unrestrained passion, beauty, and sorcery, sounding like a young Gabriel Lea playing bassoon.” He lists his major influences as Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder and Jeff Lorber. Darius attended Howard W. Blake High School. He attended the University of South Florida, home of The New Faces of Jazz radio show, where he studied business and music and performed with the university’s Jazztet. He has performed with artists including Prince and Mary J. Blige. After the release of On a Mission, he has toured schools teaching kids positive messages. As of 2008, he lives in Wesley Chapel, Florida and has his own music studio.
Sheila E. If you are a fan of Sheila E’s you know she performs with the energy of an Olympic athlete. Sheila E. was destined to finish what her uncle, the great percussionist and performer Coke Escovada, started. Bring it every time you set foot on stage! Musicianship runs in the family. Her father Peter Escovada was a respected percussionist. Sheila has the vocal chops to be a lead singer, and besides various percussion instruments, she plays drums, piano, keyboards and guitar. A father’s legacy couldn’t be more complete, gifted and beautiful. This is the Sheila E many music lovers have long admired and respected. She has always been her own woman. A partner in music, not just daddy’s little girl, this proverbial apple did not fall far from the tree. Joined by her brother Peter Michael, Sheila is destined to be a hall of famer, and one of the greatest percussionists of our time. Besides music, Escovada expresses herself philanthropically. She co-founded by the Elevate Hope Foundation that provides support and resources to abused and abandoned children. Through alternative methods of therapy involving music and the arts, the Elevate Hope Foundation offers children creative and constructive ways to express their feelings, while helping them improve their selfconfidence, socialization skills, and more. The late singer, songwriter and producer Prince Rogers Nelson revealed he had been following her career for some time, and the two quickly became friends. That friendship eventually led to Sheila E. lending her vocals on Prince’s song “Erotic City,” a move that prompted her to launch her own solo singing career. Having been influenced by different genres of music, as a singer, Sheila E. nails a variety of styles. From Latin, to jazz, to R&B, Sheila pours her heart and soul into every song. She has had an evolutionary music career. Her sound changes with eras and her life experiences. For example, Escovada’s earlier recordings differ in sound from the Sheila E. of today. You can hear her maturation both as a woman and, as an artist extraordinaire. Her bio reads: For Sheila, her career has never been about making money or becoming famous. It’s been about passion; about the butterflies she feels every time she picks up a drumstick or steps in front of a microphone. “I realized that the day the butterflies are gone is the day I’ll stop playing,” Sheila writes in her memoir. A musical powerhouse, Sheila has worked with some of the most influential musical acts over the past five decades: Ringo Starr, Marvin Gaye, Prince, Beyoncè, Herbie Hancock, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan, George Duke, and more. She’s recorded 7 solo albums, acted in several films, and pursued philanthropic projects that are near to her heart. These include co-founding the Elevate Hope Foundation and Elevate Oakland. With such an exciting and trailblazing career spanning five decades (and showing no signs of slowing down), it’s impossible to put Sheila E. in a box. The iconic artist has a passion for music, for inspiring others, for evoking change, and enjoys incorporating these into her life and career by any means possible. Whether it’s pouring her heart into a live performance, putting her inner thoughts into song or book form, creating a foundation to support others in need, or sharing her story with people of all ages across the globe, Sheila seeks a personal connection with each audience.
Festival Friday NOV 11, 2016 7 p.m.â€“ (Main Ballroom)
Who says you can’t go home again. The Fuzz Band sound is a fusion of urban & rock music created while the artists and musicians attended near by Hampton University. Originally created as the house band for Fuzzy Wednesday, Virginia’s “longest running open mic, the band” soon began collaborating on original music and developing their own sound. Performing first at local venues and colleges, the band soon released Without Boundaries, followed by Collision, Change, and a Change of the Guards. Several years, multiple albums, and three USO tours later, the band continues to shine. Locally, the band has won multiple awards as Best R&B, Best Live
Performer, and Best Song & Album recipients. Nationally, The Fuzz was featured in the Hollywood Issue of Black Enterprise Magazine, and has received nods in Rolling Stone and in Spin magazines for their Chrysler Jeep Campaign. Most recently, The Fuzz Band was a featured headliner at the legendary Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City in 2015. The band has performed with such noted Grammy award winning artists as Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill, Chicago, Jill Scott and Outkast, and has been commissioned to perform private parties for the NBA’s Allen Iverson, Hall of “Fame-r” Bruce Smith, and was flown to Amsterdam and NYC to perform
holiday parties for fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger. The Fuzz was also a featured performer at President Barack Obama’s inaugural ball. The band, which was the first winner of the Annual Capitol Jazz Festival in DC, went on to headline the 43rd Annual Hampton Jazz Festival with Frankie Beverly and Maze in 2010. The Fuzz Band has also become a regular staple on Foxwoods Casino’s entertainment roster as the New Year’s Eve headliner for two years; playing to crowds of over 5000 casino guests. Working on their fourth studio project as a full unit, and surviving the dreaded “curse” which tends to tear most bands apart, the Fuzz Band continues to rock.
Marion Meadows Smooth jazz-styled soprano saxophonist Marion Meadows was born in West Virginia and raised primarily in Connecticut; after adopting the classical clarinet at age nine, he moved to the saxophone as a teen, later studying composition and arranging at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Meadows says he was intrigued by the bebop styles of jazz musicians, like Stanley Turrentine, Sidney Bichet, Johnny Hodges, John Coltrane, Sonny Stitt, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Dexter Gordon, Cannonball Adderley, Coleman Hawkins, Sonny Fortune, Joe Henderson, Grover Washington and many others. After studying jazz at Rippowam High School in Stamford, CT with Anthony Truglia, Meadows attended Berklee College of Music. There he majored in arranging and composition. He later went to the SUNY Purchase School for the Arts. During his college years he played in a number of bands including disco, R&B and various jazz ensmbles. I got a lot of sideman jobs in college, and I have always said I got my real graduate degree playing clubs, says Meadows, who perfected his craft studying with Sonny Fortune, Joe Henderson, Dave Liebman and Eddie Daniels. “Not long after I finished school, (drummer) Norman Connors recorded one of my songs, “Invitation” and then asked me to join his band. I later produced his Passion album with my colleague Jacques Burvick (Aquarium Dream) . Things just fell into place. Meadows first hit the airwaves in 1991 with “For Lovers Only”, but his career really began one day in the late ‘80s at New York’s Grand Central Station. He had been a sideman with Connors for three years, with only vague notions of eventually going solo. Meadows has played with numerous artists and musicians and became a well known sideman in his own right, recording or performing over the years with Brook Benton, Eartha Kitt, Phyllis Hyman, Jean Carne, The Temptations, Michael Bolton, Angela Bofill, Will Downing, Bob Baldwin, Chuck Loeb, John Lee, among others. Meadows is a semi-pro cyclist, graphic artist and designer.
Dynamic, multi-talented and dripping with soul, Marcus Anderson is an award winning musician with an abundance of career defining accolades all achieved under the age of thirty. With the release of his fifth solo Album Style Meets Substance, the critically acclaimed Pop/R&B and jazz musician’s career is fast becoming one to watch. Hailing from South Carolina, Anderson is currently performing to audiences all over the world as one of the saxophonist in PRINCE’s band the New Power Generation. “Music moves me, so I want to move others the same way” says Anderson, whose new album Style Meets Substance sees him break away from his traditional smooth jazz roots to deliver another signature record. Infused with R&B, pop, rock and funky grooves, Style Meets Substance is the essence of Anderson himself, soulful, versatile and hard to ignore. Showcasing this electric new record on tour in 2014, Anderson is guaranteed to captivate his audiences with his on stage energy and raw talent.
Style Meets Substance, the fifth solo release from Marcus Anderson is the epitome of his musical influences. His trademark horn playing and arrangements provide an album of beautiful momentum that pushes the sonic experience into an exquisite listening pleasure. Sensual sax melodies, smooth jazz standards, funky grooves and Latin beats are all combined into one 13 track album. All songs are written, performed, arranged and produced by Anderson, demonstrating his constant reinvention of contemporary jazz traditions. Style Meets Substance also features collaborations with renowned musicians Morris Hayes, Nicholas Cole, and horn players from the New Power Generation. The first single off the new album, No Time to Waste, has Anderson reuniting with prolific instrumentalist and composer Nicholas Cole on a beautiful smooth jazz collaboration. Driven by Anderson’s swaggering sax, Cole’s romantic piano arrangement sparkles through the melody. No Time to Waste, which peaked on
Billboard Smooth Jazz at number 13, is as alluring as the saxman Anderson himself and sure to be a chart success in 2014. Fast becoming a Marcus Anderson jazz standard, the sensual ballad Your Wish Is My Command oozes sexy tenor sax effortlessly weaved through the romantic tune. Leaving you wanting more of his distinctive saxophone crooning, Anderson provides another seductive performance reminding us why he is at the top of his game. Inspired by working with PRINCE, Paisley Red is a musical journey through 1980s funk and synthesised dance beats. Anderson demonstrates his talent as both artist and producer in this up tempo rock jazz fusion integrating heavy guitar, bass and keys. And not one to shy away from the microphone, All About You is the crowd pleasing pop anthem of Style Meets Substance. Reminiscent of the funky talk box track So In Love from his third solo release NOW, Anderson delivers a vocal performance of heartfelt lyrics immersed within the sounds of his rich and velvety horns.
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Pieces of a Dream featuring Selina Albright
Pieces of a Dream got its start in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania a city steeped in history, tradition and rich musical heritage. Artists like John Coltrane, Stanley Clarke, Grover Washington, Jr., Gamble and Huff, Stan Getz, Jeff Lorber, Patti Labelle, Teddy Pendergrass, Jill Scott and The Roots are just a few of the amazingly talented musicians who hail from or have been nurtured by the “City of Brotherly Love.” This vibrant city and its melting pot of art, music and history helped shape the musical style of the young musicians who would become the talented contemporary jazz band Pieces of a Dream. Just as the city embraces its past, it continues to evolve, and so has Pieces of a Dream as the group makes history of its own by marking two major milestones: their 37thyear together as a group and the release of their 20thalbum entitled In The Moment came out on August 27, 2013 on Shanachie Entertainment. Founding members James Lloyd (keyboards) and Curtis Harmon (drums) both use words like “thankful,” “blessed” and “grateful” to describe how they feel about their work and their fans, who have continued to make it all possible. “I would describe In The Moment as a milestone for us. Not many groups get to reach 37 years and 20 albums!I feel very fortunate and blessed to be in the music industry this long and to have this kind of success.” Curtis said. “That’s crazy isn’t it?” James, added with exclamation. “Twenty albums and the first one came out in 1981 when I was a senior in high school, 16 years old. We were out on the road with Grover Washington, Jr. The following year and I basically grew up on the road with him. We would open for him as Pieces and then play as part of his rhythm section.” And Grover Washington, Jr. was indeed their guiding light, a mentor who took Pieces of a Dream under his wing as the first group he signed with his brand new production company. James and Curtis were the nucleus of the band, having played together as members of the Ada Lewis Middle School jazz ensemble along with former member
bassist Cedric Napoleon. Danny Harmon, Curtis’ father and a jazz musician himself, became their manager and had the guys listening to the Modern Jazz Quartet, Ahmad Jamal and Oscar Peterson as they developed their unique sound, blending their jazz roots with R&B, soul and funk. In The Moment is the first new release for the aggregation since their 2009 album Soul Intent and features eleven tracks, ten originals and a cover of the 1942 Harry Warren/Mack Gordon jazz standard “There Will Never Be Another You.” While Lloyd and Harmon have been with Pieces from the very start, the latest members of the band include Rohn Lawrence on guitar, Tony Watson, Jr. on saxophone and David Dyson on bass. Each of the members contributed songs for the album as David, Rohn and Tony wrote or co-wrote several of the tunes including “For Real,” “TTYL (I’m Driving)” and “Coming Home” respectively. Ace producer Chris “Big Dog” Davis co-wrote and produced “TTYL (I’m Driving)” along with Rohn. “I wanted to make sure on this project that, for lack of a better word, the side
musicians—they’re really not side guys, they’re in the band, they’re family, I wanted to be sure they had some writing and publishing on this project as well, in addition to just playing on it,” said James. “New Jazz Swing” is a nod to the highly acclaimed New Jack Swing producer Teddy Riley as James admits he has a special affinity for that genre of music, having grown up listening to all the R&B bands of the ‘80s and early ‘90s including Riley’s bands Guy and Blackstreet and artists like Keith Sweat and Bobby Brown. James shares, “I like to fuse contemporary jazz with other forms... jazz with gospel, hip-hop, soul, R&B or dance. Celebrating 37 years making music is no small feat and both James and Curtis are looking forward to sharing the new material with fans at the Jazz Legacy Foundation Gala weekend. With In The Moment, it’s safe to say Pieces of a Dream continue to explore new territory yet remain aware of their amazing history and the core sound and style that have gotten the band this far. Pieces fans will definitely enjoy this ‘moment’ and the ride.
Yes, THAT Chante’ Moore. She of recording and TV fame. Here tonight. With the Jazz Legacy Foundation. This is her element.The daughter of a minister, Chanté counts iconic gospel figures Tramaine Hawkins and Andraé Crouch among her earliest influences. Her mother, also a singer, was, and is, a huge influence. Moore made her recording debut on Silas/MCA in 1992 with the release of the Gold-selling Precious (“Love’s Taken Over” and “It’s Alright”). A Love Supreme (“Old School Lovin’”) came in 1994, followed by her Grammy nominated This Moment Is Mine (Gold-selling single “Chanté’s Got A Man,” written for then husband and actor Kadeem Hardison). In 2002 Moore had the distinction of winning a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single for the song “Contagious,” featuring The Isley Brothers and R. Kelly. In 2004, 20th Century Masters issued a greatest hits collection and Chanté was signed to Arista Records. She released the duet albums Things That Lovers Do and Covered/Uncovered (2006), both with ex-husband and singer Kenny Lattimore. Chanté also released a double-CD of gospel and R&B love songs. Her album Love The Woman came in 2008. With seven albums, twenty charting singles and collaborations with everyone from Prince, R. Kelly, Boyz II Men and El Debarge to The Isley Brothers, Babyface and Raphael Saddiq, singer Chanté Moore was destined to sing. In fact, in French, her name literally means “to sing.” The Grammy nominated, American Music Award and NAACP Award-winning singer’s distinctive vocals have been featured in films like Waiting To Exhale, Beverly Hills Cop III, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Romeo Must Die and Big Momma’s House. No stranger to the silver screen or stage, Ms. Moore has starred in theatrical productions alongside such lauded talent as Loretta Divine and Tisha Campbell-Martin, as well as fellow vocal powerhouses Vickie Winans and Dave Hollister. Moore is currently starring in the highly rated TV One reality show spin-off, R&B Diva’ L.A., which premiered on July 10, 2013 on TV One, breaking records
Chante' Moore for its high viewership. The first season follows the lives and careers of Moore as well as Kelly Price, Lil’ Mo, Claudette Ortiz, Michel’le and Dawn Robinson. Season 2 replaces Kelly Price and Dawn Robinson with Lela James and Chrisette Michelle. Season 2 premiere aired July 2014 and Season 3 premiered February 2015 through May 2015. In Summer 2014, Chanté Moore starred on the Las Vegas strip at Bally’s in the revamped showgirls show “Jubilee” directed by Frank Gatson. Entertainment Manager, Cheryl Cobb Debrosse is happy to announce to the devout Chanté Moore fans, the five-year wait is finally over. “This album and book, WILL I MARRY ME, draws from many moments in the last ten years of her life.” For Moore, this album “is filled with intimate details and subject matters I cannot ‘talk’ about...but I HAVE TO sing about. The book is all about the experiences of my life--Understanding MORE about who I am and MORE about what I want. I AM victorious! I choose to LIVE! And MAN am I GONNA LIVE!!! Love Is On The Way.” With Kenny Lattimore A year after marrying R&B singer Kenny Lattimore, the two signed as a
duet act to Arista Records and released a duet cover album entitled Things That Lovers Do. The album was promoted with a stageplay named after the album and a music video for the single “You Don’t Have to Cry” which shows a prominently pregnant Moore on screen with Lattimore. The album also included a remake of the Minnie Riperton and Peabo Bryson duet “Here We Go” on which Moore prominently shows off her whistle register in tribute to Riperton. In fall 2006, Moore issued a followup to the success of Things That Lovers Do, another album of duets with her husband Kenny Lattimore. The duo beat the previous effort with a double-CD of gospel and R&B love songs entitled Uncovered/Covered. The set was led off by dual singles, the Bryan Michael Coxproduced “Figure It Out,” and “Make Me Like the Moon,” a gospel ballad co-written by Lattimore and Moore and produced by Fred Hammond. Uncovered/ Covered was released October 10, 2006 on LaFace/Verity/Zomba Music Group. Moore and Lattimore recorded a cover version of the Marvin Gaye-Tammi Terrell duet “You’re All I Need to Get By”. It serves as the theme song for the BET reality series The Family Crews.
Mike Collar once wrote that KimWaters is a gifted performer known for his romantic, cross-over jazz style . “For the Groove in You”, the Jazz Legacy Foundation brings back to Hampton Roads the virtuoso styling’s of east coast favorite. He has recorded a slew of albums culminating with 2016’s Rhythm and Romance. With a discograpghy of 21 /20 albums he must sleep with his sax. He swept everyone away in 2008 in Hampton roads with his album “I want you: Love in the Spirit of Marvin. Here is the latest on Waters who is no stranger to Hampton Roads. In typical fashion, Waters is like a one-man band playing virtually all the instruments on Rhythm and Romance. However, he does get a little help from some friends including guitarist Dave Manley. Waters shares, “Dave is a great guitarist who can play any style. He has toured with Jill Scott and a host of other great artists and he brings the flavor every time I call him.” Waters is also joined by his longtime friend and collaborator, Chris “Big Dog” Davis (Kim Burrell, George Clinton, Maysa). “He is a super talented keyboard player and a master producer,” exclaims Waters. “Everything he touches turns to gold. He is truly a superstar.” Rhythm and Romance also unites Waters with up and coming vocalist Christi Jones who Waters says we will definitely be hearing more from in the future. Rhythm and Romance opens with the jubilant, inviting and swinging ditty “Bring It” and that Waters does, as he serves up a soulful dose of his sweet alto, impeccable phrasing and a swooning dance groove. The Janet Jackson hit “No Sleeep,” penned by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis follows. Waters superbly conjures up Janet’s sensual soft cooing vocals on his sultry saxophone as he winds his way through this winning slow jam. The track features the keyboards of Chris “Big Dog” Davis and vocals from Christi Jones. The album’s first single and title track beckons you to get on the dance floor as Waters lets loose and proves why he is the master of the groove. The longing and devotional “Forever Yours” is a beautiful R&B ballad, while “Morning Star” is a free flowing number that builds in intensity and mood and displays the
beautiful nuances of Waters’ soulful alto. A special moment on Rhythm and Romance is Kim Waters’ stunning and emotive reinvention of DeBarge’s 1983 hit “Time Will Reveal,” which landed at #1 on the Billboard charts. Waters confesses, “I am a huge DeBarge fan! This is one of my favorite songs. The melody is perfect for a saxophone.” Vocalist James Robinson joins Waters on the song and together they create one of the album’s most beautiful moments. Waters puts a little blues and funk in the mix with “Smoothness” and the dramatic “Can’t Let You Go” delivers another high point on Rhythm and Romance.” “Heaven’s Gate,” is a percussive and ethereal number featuring Waters’ sublime soprano. Rhythm and Romance triumphantly closes with Sam Smith’s smash hit and soul ballad “I’m Not the Only One,” which Waters says he selected for its ‘simplicity but yet soulful feel.’ Originally from Maryland, in recent years Kim Waters resides on the West
Coast but is about to make a return to the East Coast and will relocate to Atlanta, Georgia, where he is part owner of the Kim Waters Jazztones Café. The venue features live jazz Thursday through Sundays. The Renaissance man was inspired early on in his career by such jazz luminaries as Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock, George Duke, George Benson, Grover Washington Jr., and Cannonball Adderley. Waters was born into a musical family and picked up the violin, at the age of eight. However, he found his calling on the alto and soprano saxophones at 13. Shortly afterwards he began playing in a band with his brothers, James (who he still performs with) and Eric, and his old friend, pianist Cyrus Chestnut. Over the years, Kim Waters has been called on to perform with or open shows for the best including Al Green, Isaac Hayes, Phyllis Hyman, Teddy Riley and Guy, and Gerald Albright. He’s always a headliner here in Hampton Roads.
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Lalah Hathaway Go ahead. Admit it. You loved her dad. You loved him “talking about the ghetto.” Lalah Hathaway is the eldest daughter of her father Donny Hathaway. Hathaway’s longest singing note held for 17 seconds in the performance of “Forever, For Always, For Love”. In many reviews, Lalah is often compared to her father and reviewed to be continuing his vocal style. Yet, Lalah has a sound of her Hathaway also mentioned during the recording process of her fifth studio album that she does not want to fit into the music industry’s current music. Look for her to teamup with Virginia Beach’s own Pharrell Williams on the soundtrack of the upcoming movie
Hidden Figures. “I am a great hider. It is a blessing and a curse. “I know how to hide in plain sight, in any number of ways. For the most part, we all know what we have to face up to but facing our own reality, our own truth, can feel impossible. We are both our own poison and our own antidote. It’s kinda bullshit when you think about it! The fact that I now realize that I have been cruising through life, thinking I had an understanding of how people “hide themselves” is really funny to me, and a bit disconcerting. In reality I am just starting to learn… “I understand that I do keep a part
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of myself hidden. This is a response to many things, not the least of which is ignoring my own voice and instincts. When I first decided to loc my hair I was warned against it. They told me it was a bad marketing idea. “How will people relate to you with dry, nappy hair?” I clearly understand now that I am a beautiful woman and I do not need to fit into anyone else’s paradigm of beauty because really, the only person I need to feel beautiful for is me. It’s sad how few of us genuinely believe that: there is nothing truer to know. “Those of us who think we really put ourselves “out there” probably feel like we understand intrinsically how people hide their true selves, but the reality, in fact, is that we may be the worst culprits. Even in music, the world I understand the most, the place where I feel my best and my bravest, even there, sometimes I was still hiding. “There are pieces of me that I know come straight from my father (the late
Donnie Hathaway). I am incredibly proud of who I am and where I come from but, because of this wonderful legacy, there are other pieces of me that I have kept locked away. “Anytime people would ask, ‘do you feel any pressure being the daughter of Donny Hathaway?’ My answer was, “No. There is only one me and there is only one him. I never have to fill those shoes, I only have to stand in my own. For 25 years, I have been saying “I’m my own person” and “I know my path” and “I don’t mind when people compare me to my Dad” and “I don’t feel any pressure from the outside world ... but in reality, that very pressure can sometimes drive me into hiding myself.” “My latest album, Lalah Hathaway LIVE, was the product of a special show at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, the same venue where my father recorded Donny Hathaway Live. That night changed me. It was total exposure for me. There were moments during the making of that record… on that day… in that
room… on that stage… where I felt like I needed to detach. I had to hide. What I was experiencing was so intense and unchartered I wasn’t sure what was going to happen to me when I really engaged. That was the moment I stopped hiding myself. I realized I was stepping into a light. I was literally and figuratively, taking a step into a new place, a new space where I could no longer hide. The record is not perfect. I didn’t fix every little thing and that was liberating. I submitted myself to the truth of the moment.” In a big way, the LIVE record represents a defining moment for me. I describe it as opening a door and pulling another one closed. It became a marker, a milestone. No more hiding from the pressure I sometimes feel, the fear of vulnerability, of showing myself to people, or facing the comparisons with my father and all the questions. It is time to embrace my truth. Who I am – wholly,” Lalah confided. “All the things I have ever felt about music and life are feeling more and more
true to me now. I think that too often that inner voice of doubt is sometimes so loud it drowns out what we know to be true,” Lalah wrote. ‘Mirror’ is an irreplaceable gift. It is among the best songs and advice I have ever received. I take it really seriously when I sing that song. It is an affirmation for me and I feel honored to be the one to share its message. It came to me at the perfect time. I’ll forever love Flip [ Joe ‘Flip’ Wilson] for finding ‘Mirror’ for me. He said “I’ve got a song for you, I think you can relate and I think a lot of people will relate too.” No truer words have ever been said. ‘Mirror’ has gifted me with the keys to being ok, to understanding myself, to accept myself, to love myself, to live in my own truth. Within us, we possess all the remedy we will ever need to heal from the scars and traumas we may bear. It’s never too late to take the time to truly love yourself, to shine and be exactly who you are.” – Written By Lala for the world to know. See her entire statement at www. lalahhathaway.com
Euge Groove By William Ruhlmann Euge Groove—a pseudonym for saxophone journeyman Steve Grove—began playing piano in the second grade and turned to the saxophone at the age of nine or ten. His teacher gave him a classical education on the instrument, which he followed at the University of Miami’s School of Music, where he became interested in jazz. Upon graduation, he initially remained in Miami doing sessions and playing in bands such as Expose, where he can be heard on the group’s 1987 number one single “Seasons Change.” He then moved to Los Angeles and joined Tower of Power, remaining with the group about four years. Following this experience, he freelanced, doing sessions and working in backup bands, his clients including Joe Cocker, Eurythmics, the Gap Band, Huey Lewis & the News, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville, Eros Ramazotti, and Richard Marx. His saxophone appeared on Marx’s Top 20 pop and number one AC hit “Keep Coming Back” in 1991. At the end of the ‘90s, Grove developed the persona of Euge Groove, a corruption of his real name, and recorded a demo that attracted the attention of various labels. This demo soon landed him with Warner Bros. Records. Euge Groove, his debut album, was released in May 2000. At the time, the saxophonist toured in Tina Turner’s backup band. He followed up with 2002’s Play Date, featuring the singles “Slam Dunk” and “Rewind.” In 2004, Grove moved to Narada for the ‘70s pop-soul-inflected Livin’ Large. Grove stuck with the ‘70s vibe for 2005’s Just Feels Right and then incorporated a more gospel approach for 2007’s Born 2 Groove. He moved to Shanachie for 2009’s Sunday Morning. In 2011, Grove returned with his seventh studio effort, the fittingly titled Seven Large on Shanachie, with two more releases following for the label, 2012’s House of Groove and 2014’s Got 2 B Groovin.
Nick Colionne By Jonathan Widran “Working with all these great artists made me think of how blessed I have been throughout my career to work with so many great musicians whose work I have admired,” says Nick, who honed his skills as a teenager gigging with The Staples Singers, The Impressions and late greats Curtis Mayfield and Natalie Cole. When I was coming up in the ranks, I was so excited to be playing shows with guys like Gerald Albright, Richard Elliot and Rick Braun, whose music I had been listening to for years. My personal journey has thankfully led me to a point where they became friends and peers. For me, the most amazing thing is that I´m still here, able to perform and tour with musicians I love; I continue to receive love and support from my fans and meet so many warm, inspiring people every day. They have truly made The Journey a remarkable experience for me.” The hats, the hats, my kingdome/guitar for a hat. That could easily be a lament by guitarist Nick Colionne. Since breaking through to contemporary urban jazz stardom in the early 2000s, Nick Colionne has been one of the genre´s most dynamic and tireless live performers. On his 2016 Trippin ´N´ Rhythm album The Journey, Nick takes stock of his extraordinary career, the wonderful musicians he´s played with, the people he´s entertained, and the amazing places he´s traveled. It´s taken him to great heights recently, as the three Top 5 singles from Influences led him to be named Billboard´s #5 Artist of the Year for 2015. Nick keeps the forward momentum going with the infectious and grooving title track and lead single from The Journey. Upon its recent release, it earned a “#1
Most-Added” designation on iTunes and Billboard, and quickly reached #1 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz and Groove Jazz Music charts. The Journey is the perfect album title for an artist who has become one of the most in-demand headliners on the circuit, playing up to 75 shows a year throughout the country at top festivals (Berks Jazz Fest, Capital Jazz Fest, Catalina Jazz Trax Festival, Seabreeze Jazz Festival, JazzFest West, Punta Gorda Jazz Festival, Thornton Winery Jazz Series), on popular cruises (Capital Jazz Cruise, The Smooth Jazz Cruise, Dave Koz Cruise) and in other top venues. Expanding his reach to Europe in recent years, Nick has performed several times at the Smooth Jazz Festival Augsburg in Germany, the Mallorca Smooth Jazz Festival and Pizza Express Jazz Club in London. Nick has received numerous accolades throughout his multi-faceted career, including the 2007 International Instrumental Artist of the Year Award at the Wave Jazz Awards, where he succeeded 2006 winner Chris Botti. He was also chosen Artist of the Year at the 2011 Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival and Performer of the Year for Jazz Trax Jazz Festivals in 2010 and 2011. In 2010, Nick was nominated as Guitarist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year by the American Smooth Jazz Awards and received the Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award for his ongoing commitment to mentoring children, his work in the community and nationally in support of breast cancer causes. The
recipient of the 1996 Malcom X College Alumnus of the Year Award (he earned his degree there in music), Colionne has devoted much of his spare time over the past 20 years to mentoring children at St. Laurence K-8 School in Elgin, Illinois. His roles include counseling, teaching music, computer music skills and guitar, and producing talent shows and holiday pageants. Aside from showcasing his incredible skills on the Epiphone Nick Colionne ES175 Premium (his own name model!), the Epiphone Sheridan, the Epiphone Broadway Elitist, Epiphone Swingster and Gibson L-4 C, The Journey also features Nick collaborating with a unique array of jazz and R&B talent. Wanting to explore a deeper palette of flavors, moods and attitudes, Nick invites Grammy nominee and Soul Train Award winning sax great Najee to play on the old school funk jam “Buckle Up” and complements his own compositions (including the percussive blues funk jam “On the Move” and the title track) with tunes written and produced by legendary Pieces of a Dream keyboardist James Lloyd (the sensual ballad “Say What´s On Your Mind,” and Chris “Big Dog” Davis (Maysa, Will Downing, Chante Moore). Lloyd and Davis previously worked with Nick on Influences. The coolly grooving, atmospheric mid-tempo tune “Uncle Nick” was written and produced by emerging urban jazz keyboardist Nicholas Cole, who refers to the guitarist in this affectionate way. Saxophonist and producer Darren Rahn mixed on four tracks.
Will Downing is called the Prince of Sophisticated Soul. He is blessed. He is as survivor. Will Downing is a survivor and his faith has given him the fortitude to prevail both musically and personally. In early 2007, he contracted the rare muscular and auto immune disease, Polymyositis, which sidelined him for most of the year. It is a devastating and debilitating condition, which landed Downing in a wheelchair and caused him to lose nearly 100 pounds. Despite the setback, he was determined to complete his debut album for Peak Records, After Tonight. He had already recorded four songs prior to his illness. Incredibly, during the Spring of 2007, he worked from his home, putting down vocals despite severe weakness and fatigue. Truly a labor of love and a music therapy of sorts, pouring his heart and soul into the project the fruits of his labor inspired five wonderful songs, including the gem, “God Is So Amazing,” a simple, melodic testimony of unshakeable faith during truly difficult times. Will shares, “Polymyositis changed my life in every way - both mentally and physically. Like a lot of men that I know, I was afraid to go to the doctor. By the time I finally did, I ended up being hospitalized for three months. After coming home I caught a pneumonia and had to go back to the hospital where I remained for two more months.” During this time Downing came to several realizations. “When you’re laying in bed, you have plenty of time to reflect on life. It taught me to slow down and enjoy it,” he explains. “I also learned that nothing is forever. As much as I love music it’s not my everything. Music played a huge part in my recovery but it’s not everything. The bond with family and real friends were strengthened. I always say it was the best and worst thing to ever happen to me.” In June 2009, a fully recovered Will Downing returned with a creative vengeance with Classique, teaming up with longtime collaborator Rex
Rideout to rediscover their studio magic. Indirectly, the release made the emphatic statement that Will Downing was back! This was further cemented in 2010 when Downing unveiled the audio-novel recording, Lust, Love and Lies, which detailed a romantic relationship going through various stages, mixing spoken language and humorous interludes with a potent collection of original songs (and one cover). During 2011 and 2012, Downing released a series of limited edition EPs to feed his enthusiastic fan base a constant flow of great new music. 2013 saw the release of Silver, which marked the extraordinary singer’s amazing 25-year anniversary in the music business. The album, an incredible musical milestone, included the instant wedding classic “The Blessing.” In recent years SoulTracks Reader’s Choice Awards has honored Downing with numerous awards: 2012-Song of the Year (“The Blessing), 2013-Song of the Year (“You Were Meant Just For Me” featuring Avery Sunshine) and 2014-Male Artist of the Year. In 2014 Downing released his album Euphoria which showcased a slightly stripped down “acoustic-lounge” production approach and included a fresh and unique take on the Teddy Pendergrass bedroom classic, “Turn Off The Lights.” Chocolate Drops followed next and once again united Downing with kindred musical spirit Chris “Big Dog” Davis. The album featured a dazzling collection of originals coupled with some daring and captivating R&B classic interpretations. “I believe God spared me for a reason,” says Will Downing who has made it a mission to lend his time, name and presence to the awareness and fundraising efforts of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). He has even donated portions of his recording sales to MDA, as a way to support the organization he credits with helping him through his own battle. As a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Downing has made the role of mentoring a priority in his musical
endeavors. He is frequently mentoring aspiring singers and musicians through invitations to join him at sound checks, performances, backstage or workshops. A graduate of the arts High School Erasmus Hall in Brooklyn, Downing who went on to study music at Virginia Union University and Brooklyn College, credits much of his success to the mentors who supported him along the way. “I love mentoring. If someone didn’t mentor me, I wouldn’t be in the position I’m in,” shares the singer. “Since they cut funds for the arts in Public schools, a lot of young people are left to find their own way and sometimes you need point them in the right direction. The internet and social media can give folks a false sense of where they are in regards to talent. I enjoy being able to be hands on.” Will Downing balances work with off-the-road life in New Jersey as a loving husband and father, giving back and always giving his all. He concludes, “I believe the old saying ‘If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” I just add to the phrase ‘improve upon it!’ The fans dictated to me on my first few albums what the wanted to hear from me. I’ve tried to fulfill that request ever since. Following the trends might get you immediate success but not a long lasting career. A good song with solid subject matter that people can relate to can last forever... I’m living proof.” Will continues to give back to the community and actively seek opportunities to lend his time, name or presence to the awareness and fundraising efforts of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and other charities and even donated a portion of the sales proceeds from his last release to MDA after a social media driven appeal for support for the organization that helped him with his own battle with Polymyositis. As a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Downing seeks to expand an effort to personally mentor aspiring singers and musicians through invitations to join him at sound checks and backstage on performance dates.
Marcus Anderson LIVE Watching Marcus Anderson perform is akin to no other live experience. The tremendous musicianship Anderson displays live is matched only by his energetic, charismatic and joyous showmanship. Heavily influenced by artists such as Michael Jackson, James Brown and PRINCE, Anderson’s magnetic stage persona and tremendous enjoyment of being on stage is undeniable. As part of PRINCE’s the New Power Generation, Anderson has played iconic festivals such as the Monteux Jazz Festival and the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival. “Touring with Prince has been rewarding in so many different ways. I feel as if I’m in grad school, business classes, and etiquette school all wrapped into one, thank you Paisley University!” ABOUT Introduced to jazz by his father at a young age, Anderson was always a passionate student of music and the arts who showed tremendous musical ability. The youngest of seven grew up in a musical family, performing and singing in church with his older brothers. Anderson’s family recognised his talent as a musical prodigy when he was introduced to the saxophone aged twelve. A son of South Carolina, Anderson studied jazz at North Carolina Central University. There he was a member of the programs world renowned Jazz Ensemble directed by Dr. Ira Wiggins. He studied with Branford Marsalis and Gospel saxophonist Donald Hayes for several years, achieving many accolades along the way including being a member of the All-State High School Jazz Ensemble for South Carolina. Anderson received the Chancellor’s Award three years running, performed for Hilary Clinton and Jesse Jackson and was a member of the HBCU AllStar Jazz Ensemble as 1st Tenor Sax for three successive years. Marcus Anderson is a proud member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America and a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. Anderson’s breakthrough into contemporary jazz circles came in 2009 as the winner of the Capital Jazz fest Challenge. Since then, Anderson has had a meteoric rise to success, touring with PRINCE, Sheila E. and Anthony Hamilton. Anderson has been honoured to open for and join on stage artists such as Ledisi, Lalah Hathaway, Peter White, Boney James, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, George Duke, Wynton Marsalis, Alex Bugnon, Nnenna Freelon, Jeff Lorber, Bob Baldwin and Jennifer Holiday.
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Alex Bugnon By Glen Mason A sound check once proved to the best place to interview Alex Bugnon. An earlier interview session with Coool Classic Artist Today syndicated radio show host Ray White was pushed back due to a flight delay. two interview sessions combined to save time, it was like a private jam session, but yours truly didn’t join in. One writes, not plays. Rehearsing with calm and ease, Alex and his sidemen covered their set earnestly making sure that to make sure their gig would turn into, “an event,” as jazz maven John Munford once described Bugnon’s performance. That evening it would morph into something more than a stellar jazz ensemble performance.
Sunday Jazz Grand Finale - NOV 13, 2016 4:00 p.m.– (Main Ballroom)
One arrangement that will probably surely bring the house down during an ensuing concert is an improvisational segue that paid homage to Count Basie’s “It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing).” Whoa! He wanted to make sure that sounded right. It had swing but Bugnon and his sidemen ingeniously puts some funk into it. Later, the house would howl. Funk added a veneer to his creative aesthetic. Educated in the finest music schools in Europe, Bugnon said his development was supported by his exposure to the finest music halls, as well as the jazz from his dad and uncle, which was always around him at home. “I went to many music schools: the Paris Conservatory, the Mozart Academy in Salzburg, Austria. I went to the local music school in Montreux (Switzerland),” Bugnon explained. “After that I went to the Berklee School of Music in Massachusetts.” What Bugnon always wanted to do career-wise was play music and let the music take center stage. Incidentally, he was 19 when he went to Berklee. From his opening number Bugnon will be true to form. The first arrangement, with his formulaic improvised intro, sets the tone for his jazz ensemble’s first movement that will undeniably move you, groove you. Take your pick. Usually, if he plays “A House Is Not A Home,” Bugnon will start tickling the keys with a virtuoso technique during an improvisation that will make any one cheer (inwardly though, one must retain one’s coolness at a jazz concert) with approval. Unless he goes into a new set he’ll pay homage to the late, great Michael Jackson with a smooth, jazzy rendition of Rod Templeton’s “Thriller.” He has elevated the anthem to a whole new level if you can imagine it being elevated to a whole new level. That number will have you jazz aficionados shouting “Alex’s” name like they know him like you know his music. Watch him closely. He’ll engross himself in some solos to the point where, Bugnon and his compositions are in synch. One cannot distinguish the artist from the sounds, metaphorically speaking that is. Alex is what jazz is. Masterfully, he’ll start grooving on those ivories just enough to allow an anxious audience to get comfortable. Having watched him at other engagements around the country it’s noticeable that Bugnon has an uncanny knack of making everyone feel as if he has invited them over to his house for tea, a glass of fine wine. Usually, especially during a solo, Bugnon will just get lost in his improvisation and the ensemble or whoever is accompanying him follows seamlessly. On time. In tune. In the right key. One of Alex’s numbers should take everyone to the ghettos of Warsaw, Detroit , Baltimore and Chicago
(reference an episode of CNN’s “Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown”) in a solo performance. Alex says he isn’t used to intermissions during performances. He once humorously remarked to an audience that he wanted to play one more piece before they would take five (no pun intended), “if you don’t know this you’re helpless,” jesting cynically. The song was “A House Is Not A Home.” If he includes it in tonight’s gig, the rendition should garner a profound round of enthusiastic applauses. Bugnon possesses an affable, inherent coolness. He keeps his sets at a pace that will build to a crescendo that says Hampton Roads best jazz is here tonight. You’re here. We’re here. Alex is here! “Jammin!” What he does to his fans when he is performing fills the house with that THING of jazz. Creative freedom turned into an improvisation of sound merge with symphonic innovation through a sieve of composition that truly pays homage to America’s original art form. Yeah, Maestro Bugnon! Once, when he did take a rare intermission, someone shouted, “I already GOT my money’s worth!” It’s happened twice that this writer knows of: at a concert in Charlotte, NC and at the Attucks in Norfolk, VA. Jay Lang of Hampton University’s WHOV once opined, “Long before Kenny Gee, long before Rick Elliot... Alex was kicking it!” Bugnon’s aggregation fills concert halls with a grooving syncopation of rhythmic compositions coated with contemporary elements of straight ahead jazz. Layer under that with an inner essence of rhythm and blues. Its fluidity exemplifies the next progression of fusion, as it were. Maestro Bugnon leads surreal, subtle, emotional movements that, at times, are pure, passionate, and transformative. Not to long ago Bugnon flew to Los Angeles to sit in with some of George Duke’s former band members to record a song “styled” after Duke. He was scheduled to release a new compact disc back in May. If he finished it, Jazz Legacy Foundation supporters are in for something very, very special. “It will be my tribute to George Duke,” he told a friend and feature writer. “I didn’t want to do one of his songs because his songs are better left alone,” said Bugnon, with a measure of humility. “There is nothing you can add to a George Duke song. He composed them so well you don’t mess with his songs. So I’d rather right a song myself in his style. I can do that. I have nothing to add to anything George Duke has done. Nothing to add,” he chuckled. Welcome him to Hampton Roads during the meet and greet when he signs cd(s), he treats everyone like they’ve known him for years.
Deniece Williams Le Papillon Noir
Born June Deniece Chandler (birthdate June 3, 1950) known by her stage name, Deniece Williams is an American Grammy Awardwinning singer,songwriter and record producer who achieved success in the 1970s and 1980s. Ms. Williams, whose music has been influenced by Soul and Funk, is known for her hits such as “Free”, “Let’s Hear It for the Boy”, “It’s Gonna Take a Miracle”, and for her many vocal duets with Johnny Mathis. Before entering into the music industry, Deniece attended Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland in the hopes of becoming a registered nurse and an anesthetist. During that time she performed on the side.“I got a parttime job singing at a club, Casino Royal, and I liked it. It was a lot of fun.” During those years, she also worked at a telephone company and as a ward clerk in the Chicago Mercy Hospital. But soon she would trade in these pursuits for a life of music. As Deniece Chandler, she recorded for The Toddlin’ Town group of labels and one of those early records, ‘I’m Walking Away’ released on Toddlin’ Town’s ‘Lock Records’ subsidiary in the late 60’s, is a favorite on England’s Northern Soul scene. As her success grew, she found herself on the fast track. One thing led to another and Deniece became a backup vocalist for Stevie Wonder as part of “Wonderlove.” in the early 1970s. It was an exciting time and she experienced many things on her journey. In 1975, Deniece decided to venture forward, leaving Stevie Wonder and signing with Columbia Records. She then teamed up with two famed producers: Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire, and his frequent collaborator, Charles Stepney. Her 1976 debut album entitled This Is Niecy was released. The single “Free” reached #2 on the Black Singles chart, #25 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #1 on the British Singles chart. The
album also featured “Cause You Love Me Baby” (which charted separately on the R&B chart as the flip side of “Free”) and “That’s What Friends Are For”. She also shared a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with pop singer Johnny Mathis in 1978 with the duet “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late”. The duet also topped the Black Singles and Adult Contemporary charts. Williams also topped the dance charts with her disco single “I’ve Got the Next Dance”. Mathis and Williams also recorded the popular theme to the 1980s sitcom Family Ties, “Without Us”. Williams moved on to the American Recording Company (ARC) in the early 1980s where she scored the top ten R&B smash hit “Silly” in 1981. The following year, yet another famed producer, Thom Bell, helped Williams score another #1 R&B chart-topper with her remake of The Royalettes’ “It’s Gonna Take a Miracle,” which became a Top 10 pop hit as well, reaching #10. In 1984, Deniece released the album Let’s Hear It for the Boy, in which the title track reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was featured on the soundtrack to Footloose. The song would prove to be the biggest pop hit of her career – and the last. She also contributed vocals, along with Maurice White, to the song “And Then” from Weather Report’s album Mr. Gone released in 1982. She continued releasing albums during the 1980s such as Hot On The Trail (1986), Water Under The Bridge (1987), and As Good As It Gets (1988), which featured her last Top Ten hit to date, “I Can’t Wait”, written by Skylark. Although Deniece had recorded one inspirational song on almost each of her albums, it was in 1980 that her musical career path began change toward one of her favorite things, Gospel music. She joined with friends Phillip Bailey (Earth, Wind and Fire fame), Billy
Davis and Marilyn McCoo to present a gospel show at a popular Los Angeles club named The Roxy. The show was called “Jesus At the Roxy”. Deniece felt strongly about it saying, “God did something miraculous. Over three hundred people were saved”, as reported in an interview with Gospel Today Magazine. After that, both Bailey and Williams decided to pursue careers in Christian music. In 1983, Deniece and Bailey recorded “They Say”, an atmospheric, slow praise song that builds towards the end with rousing words of praise. The song was written by songwriters Skip Scarborough and Terri McFaddin and received airplay on both Urban and Gospel Black radio. Deniece later recorded the song with Christian artist Sandi Patti and won a Grammy for it. In 1984, Deniece sang a Gospel song at the 27th Annual Grammy Awards. She sang an acapella version of her 1977 composition “God Is Amazing”. In 1986, she would release her first full-length gospel album, “So Glad I Know” (Sparrow 1121; # 8-gospel) which brought her two Grammy awards. Deniece would continue to write, record and release Gospel music for the next several years. From 1996 to 2004, she presented her own BBC radio show in the UK, showcasing new gospel and inspirational music. During that time (1999) she recorded the Gospel album This Is My Song, which brought her another Grammy award for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album. Deniece continues to work on countless projects and is still quite active in the music industry today. She has an incredible four-octave range and distinctive soprano voice. Her vocal range was also pointed out by The New York Times, “Miss Williams mounted a spectacular vocal display in which her penetrating, feline soprano soared effortlessly to E flat above high C, and she worked various vowel sounds into prolonged feats of vocal gymnastics.”
Phil Perry To say that this brother can down right blown is an over simplification. The term virtuoso doesn’t do it either. Perry is more primo uomo di profondo (a soulful lead tenor). Check him out with Rick Braun on Feelin You. International recording artist, Phil Perry’s flawless falsetto, velvety smooth pipes and keen musical sensibilities have made him one of the greatest voices in the Music Industry. It is no wonder why Down Beat Magazine once dubbed Perry as “The Pavarotti of Jazz.” The Los Angeles Times raves, “Perry has tremendous range spotless falsetto, and his sheer enthusiasm… amazing pipes,” while Smooth Jazz Magazine declares that Phil’s voice, “consistently oozes that natural sweetness and sincerity that can only come from a singer of his high caliber.” Jazz Times Magazine captured the heart and soul of Phil Perry when they declared that he creates “joyous, romantic magic.” His 11th solo release - A Better Man - released on January 20, 2015 by Shanachie, was the sixth one-off for the catalogue company through his collaboration and friendship with producer Chris ‘Big Dog’ Davis. “This album, for me, represents the opportunity to dig deeper into the needs of the people I belong to, and to take a look at the person I am and the person I want to be, and somehow bridge the gap between the two,” says Perry. Perry’s A Better Man is a stellar collection of ten tracks featuring eight originals that prove Perry to be an equally gifted composer as he is a singer. Phil collaborates
once again with master producer and pianist Chris “Big Dog” Davis (Kim Burrell, George Clinton, Maysa) who serves as the albums producer and who cowrote all of the CD’s originals with Phil. “Anytime I get to work with BIG DOG, I jump at the chance. He’s a genius musically so I never have any apprehension about where he’s going to take the music. As a producer and friend, he nurtures me into being both the song and the singer, at the same time. In the years we’ve worked together, the word that best describes our relationship is TRUST.” The album’s opening number and title track finds Phil Perry confessing his love and devotion and making the promise to turn his ‘wrong into right.” About two minutes into the song he hits one of his signature show-stopping high notes that lets you know that the one-and-only Phil Perry is in the house and he means business! The dreamy “You’re The Only One” has all the makings of a classic wedding song and first dance favorite. ‘Big Dog’ strikes all the right chords and Perry delivers all the right lyrics and together
they float on a groove that is sure to find its way into people’s hearts. Trumpeter Rick Braun joins Perry on the seductive “Feelin’ U,” and “Sorry I Let You Go” is an album highlight as Perry showcases his ability to drive a song home and bring every lyric to life with his crystal clear voice, impeccable diction and vocal wizardry. A Better Man also features the memorable and bluesy “Make It Rain,” which is the album’s first single. Also included on the album are two classic Curtis Mayfield reinventions. “In my youth, Curtis Mayfield was a beacon of quality for me to want to reach. He’s a great singer, a socially aware composer, and one of the premier poets of the last century. He’s one of the artists that paved the way for me to enjoy opportunities that are now available to me,” said Perry. “He created his own label and sound, and for a kid growing up in East St. Louis, he gave me a role model, and plenty to aspire to be!” Perry’s stirring version of Mayfield’s “Gypsy Woman” creates a memorable and delightful moment on the album as
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he conjures up the beautiful imagery of his own “Gypsy Woman.” He also does justice to the Impressions hit “I’m So Proud,” which features the soulful and perfectly paired saxophone of Kim Waters. The original “Beautiful Girls” is a sweet number where Perry sings about the joy in his soul and stirring in his heart caused by the daughters that both he and Davis have raised as fathers. ‘Big Dog’s’ gospel inflected solo works perfectly on this hit-bound Quiet Storm number. Perry revisits his classic “Dreaming’s Out Of Season” and recaptures the same magic he created when he first recorded it with The Montclair’s. Just as you think things can’t get better Phil Perry shares the mic with Howard Hewett for the timeless “Stand Up.” The song is sure to be a crowd pleaser with its rousing and pulsating groove and inspirational message. Perry and Hewett croon “Stand up, time to get it right. Stand up stand up for your rights!” This dynamic duo’s call for more humanity and equality and is the perfect anthem that needs to be heard in today’s troubling times...
Najee Najee’s web bio says we are being presented with a virtuoso artistic expression of a two-time Grammy nominated saxophonist and flautist, who has made a career following his heart and keen musical intuition. It says Najee is known to push musical boundaries, all of which have made him an international pioneer in the music industry. Having collaborated with everyone in the music business from Prince, Quincy Jones to Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and Herbie Hancock, Najee’s technical agility, grace, compositional prowess, unbridled passion and fearless genre bending have made him one of the most sought after musicians of his generation. With two Platinum and four Gold albums under his belt, Najee is an icon whose musical vision spawned an entire new genre by fusing the music close to his heart (R&B and Jazz). Born in the Greenwich Village in New York City and raised in Jamaica, Queens; an alumnus of the New England Conservatory of Music, Najee was mentored by jazz giants Frank Foster and Jimmy Heath as well as classical maven and flutist Harold Jones of the New York
Philharmonic. When he emerged onto the scene with his soulful R&B, and jazz fused sound, with songs such as “Najee’s Theme,” “Sweet Love” and “Betcha Don’t Know,” it was not long before his trademark soprano found a home at the top of the charts and he carved out his own unique niche in the musical landscape. “My first love was the tenor saxophone and flute,” confides Najee. “It was my brother Fareed who got me to play soprano saxophone. We would argue over me not wanting to play soprano. Then one day someone gave me a soprano saxophone and I played on his songs. That began my soprano saxophone career and little did I know then, that would be the instrument to make me popular. As I began to develop on my instrument, John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Yusef Lateef, Grover Washington Jr. and Hubert Laws on flute were some of the artists that inspired me.” As an industrious and hungry young musician, Najee had the good fortune of coming through Dr. Billy Taylor’s now legendary Jazzmobile program. While a student at the New England
Conservatory of Music (where both Najee and his brother attended), he studied saxophone performance with Joe Allard and performed with George Russell and Jaki Byard’s big bands. After his studies at the conservatory, Najee returned to New York in the early 80s and was lucky to land a gig with Chaka Khan along with his brother and guitarist Fareed (who is now his manager). In 1986, Najee’s Theme, was released and the saxophonist earned a slot on tour with singer Freddie Jackson. The following year, Day By Day was released, and in 1991, Tokyo Blue, which is one of Najee’s most successful and enduring recordings. Tokyo Blue (which was produced by Najee’s brother Fareed) and Day By Day both went Gold and led to two Soul Train Awards for Najee (Best Jazz Artist in 1991 and 1993). Just An Illusion came in 1992 and around this time he collaborated with such iconic figures as Quincy Jones and jazz greats Stanley Clarke, Billy Cobham and Larry Carlton which resulted in the album Live At The Greek. Following his collaborative live album, his next album Share My World was released in 1994 and
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