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A star among stars, Marcus Anderson has definitely become a name among names. A music man from birth, the saxophonist lives for the stage, making him one of the most sought-after musicians in the industry. Having graced the number one positions in both Billboard’s Smooth Jazz and Sirius XM’s Watercolors with the chart-topping track, “A Cup of Joe” from the album *And Coffee* listeners from far and wide search through Anderson’s collection of eight studio albums for their next favorite jam and to see him live and in
action. His work with Prince and the New Power Generation led him to join stages with the likes of Ceelo Green, where he’s become a key contributor to his touring band.
Brian Culbertson is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer known for his distinct brand of genre-crossing contemporary jazz, R&B and funk.
Mining the urban sounds of musically-rich Chicago, he began his musical studies on piano at age eight and quickly picked up several other instruments by the time he was twelve, including drums, trombone, bass and euphonium.
Inspired by the iconic R&B-jazz-pop artists of the 1970s like Earth, Wind & Fire, Tower of Power, Chicago, David Sanborn and others, Culbertson started composing original music for his seventh grade piano recital and hasn’t stopped since, amassing 30 Billboard No. 1 singles (and counting!) and a deep catalogue of 18 albums, most of which have topped the Billboard contemporary jazz charts.
“I wanted to make an album where I could be free to be myself, with no walls or boundaries,” Javier Colon says of his new album Gravity. “I wanted the freedom to be myself musically, and I was surrounded by people who encouraged me to do that.”
Blessed with a stunningly soulful voice, an uncanny songwriting talent, a charismatic personality and a commanding stage presence, Javier Colon has already won the attention of an international fan base that’s embraced his personally-charged, acoustic-textured blend of pop, rock and R&B, an effortlessly distinctive style that he’s dubbed “acoustic soul.”
Having been introduced millions of TV viewers as the winner on the inaugural season of NBC’s The Voice, singer-songwriter-guitarist Colon is set to take his recording career to the next level with Gravity, his fourth album and his first for Concord Records.
Saxophonist Steve Cole is one of the most celebrated players in contemporary jazz.The Chicago native exploded onto the scene in 1998 with the album “Stay Awhile” that was produced by fellow Chicagoan Brian Culbertson.
The disc scored multiple #1 hits and earned Cole the Oasis Smooth Jazz Award for best new artist shortly before his sophomore set, “Between Us,” was released in 2000. His catchy singles made him an instant radio favorite and he cranked them out with regularity on subsequent albums “NY LA” (2003), “Spin” (2005), “True” (2006), “Moonlight” (2009), “True” (2013), and “Turn It Up” (2016)
Seattle native, Jeff Kashiwa knew he was destined to be a musician following his junior high introduction to woodwinds. His instincts were correct. He became known as one of the most compelling young saxophonists in contemporary jazz during his first year with The Rippingtons. Kashiwa performed hundreds of shows all over the world and appeared on many of the band’s classic recordings.
Having established himself in the 1990’s as one of the most diverse saxmen in contemporary jazz during his decade long tenure with The Rippingtons, Kashiwa’s instincts led him to more dynamic endeavors through his solo career.
It surprised many when Jeff left the group to venture out on his own, but he had things to say through his own music. Kashiwa now has nine CDs released under his own name and has continued to record as a guest artist with many other artists as well. In 2004, Kashiwa founded The Sax Pack, a trio of saxophone headliners, featuring himself, Steve Cole and Kim Waters. The group released two CDs together and charmed audiences with their Rat Pack style reparte’ in tours across the U.S. and abroad.
While his reputation as a studio musician is already phenomenal, the insiders are waiting for the breakthrough as a live musician. His fame is likely to rise by his new album Night Sessions (2015). On the cover of the album Nicholas holds the album by Stevie Wonder Songs In The Key of Life in hand. But many combine Stevie with his super hit Superstition, the songthat really put the Hohner Clavinet on the map in funk and soul music.
This brings us to Nicolas’ starter Mary Ann, on which he extensively plays this instrument and also keeps faithful to the rhythm. Stomping beats propel Radiohead into a dynamic drive wheel well supported by Tyler Summers (tenor & baritone sax) and Phil Lassiter (trumpet) with staccato inserts.
The Kickback is performed tautly with the piano in the lead. Alex Bugnon and Brian Culbertson were the inspiration here. Let’s Take A Ride is a shining hypnotic groove with beatboxing as vocal percussion element. Brilliant!
Saxophonist Elan Trotman, has quickly become one of jazz’s most thrilling and emotive performers as he continues to stand out and push boundaries as a composer, performer, teacher and recording artist.
Trotman’s playing, though inspired by Grover Washington, Jr., Kirk Whalum and Najee, displays his own fresh ideas and distinctive tone. So much so that the New England Urban Music Awards, and The Barbados Music Awards both named him Jazz Artist of The Year on multiple occasions.
Jazmin Ghent is one of the hottest national smooth jazz and gospel recording artists today. She was voted “2017’s BEST NEW SMOOTH JAZZ ARTIST” and was awarded the prestigious “2019 NAACP IMAGE AWARD” for Outstanding Jazz Album “The Story of Jaz.” Jazmin has 3 Billboard topping singles: “Work Wit It,” “Heat” and “Compared to What.” Her most successful hit to date is “Heat” which remained on Billboard Smooth Jazz Airplay Charts for 20+ weeks and was played in rotation by most smooth jazz stations including Sirius XM Watercolors Channel for 7+ months. Jazmin has performed at various major festivals and venues throughout the country, in Europe and recently on the 2019 Dave Koz Cruise in Australia. In addition to performing, she teaches music in Polk County Florida to elementary students in grades K-5.
Innervision Records label recording artist Kim Scott released her debut album of jazz music for flute in 2011 entitled “Crossing Over”, which received high acclaim. She has since become well-known for her exceptional tone, intoxicating melodies, and flawless technique on the flute.
Kim Scott released her sophomore CD, “Rite of Passage” in May of 2013. The debut single, “Golden” and the follow-up single “Block Party”, were the #1 most played and most added songs the day of their national release. “Rite of Passage” was in the top 15 on all the national smooth jazz charts including the Billboards, Radiowave and Smoothjazz.com.
The passion and essence of Nathan’s music has penned his named in the hearts of musical innovators, listeners, and lovers all over the world.
The BILLBOARD vocalist, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist is known best for his showmanship as the side man for many of smooth jazz top GRAMMY winning, nominated, and BILLBOARD artists.
As such, he has crisscrossed the globe, touring with luminaries of the smooth jazz/ RnB industry like Nick Colionne, Lin Rountree, Paul Brown, Dawn Robinson (En Vogue), Irene Cara, Stokley (Mint Condition), and The Commodores.
Terence Young has earned the reputation of one of the most talented and electrifying Lead Guitarist in the world. He has released 10 cds to date, ranging from Smooth Jazz and R&B, to gospel, Christmas, instrumental rock, and his original guitar compositions.
Terence has shared the stage with countless renowned recording artists, including, The Temptations, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Patti Labelle, Gladys Knight, BabyFace, Charlie Wilson, Envogue, Morris Day and the Time, Al Jarreau, Roberta Flack, George Duke, Rachelle Ferrell, Gerald Albright, Clarence Carter and Joe Sample.
In addition to performing with these top talents, Terence has also performed with and was Music Director for the Legendary Ashford and Simpson, Lenny Williams, Aaron Hall and Angie Stone, to name a few. Terence’s talent can be heard on the Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute CD with R&B Queen, Angie Stone.