EN: Boney James, (born James Oppenheim, September 1, 1961 inLowell, Massachusetts) is a saxophonist, songwriter and producer. He is one of the most successful instrumental artists of our time, with sales totaling over 3 million records.
FR: Boney James (né James Oppenheim, le 1er septembre1961 àLowell, dans le Massachusetts) est un saxophoniste, auteur-compositeur et producteur américain qui a popularisé le mouvementUrban jazz, un sous-genre rattaché au Smooth jazz qui contient des éléments de hip-hop et de R’n’B contemporain particulièrement marqués. Il est l’un des instrumentistes actuels les plus prisés du grand public, totalisant 3 millions de disques vendus.
With a jazz style that is both urban and contemporary, Nick Colionne has blazed a trail to the top of the ranks of today’s stars. Combining jazz, R&B, blues and funk, he has an unmistakable sound and vibe that is instantly recognizable. Nick takes the guitar to unexpected places every time he performs and his rich baritone vocals delight his audiences. As for his showmanship….you have to experience a Nick Colionne show for yourself. With style and energy to spare, unparalleled musicianship and a natural comedic flair, he is one of a kind. * NICK NAMED AS BEST LIVE PERFORMANCE AT THE JAZZTRAX CATALINA JAZZ FESTIVAL FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW! * BUY NICK’S NEW CD “FEEL THE HEAT”
Jazz – Funk – Soul – Passion
Red-hot guitarist and vocalist Nick Colionne continues his blazing success into 2012. BET Jazz has described him as one of the most exceptional performers to come along in a long time. His latest CD FEEL THE HEAT marks his debut on the prestigious Trippin n Rhythm label, and takes his unique combination of jazz, funk, R&B, blues and soul to new heights. Long known for his dynamic, musically eclectic “live” performances, FEEL THE HEAT demonstrates his dynamic command of the guitar, rich baritone vocals and varied music styles, all of which make this latest CD a reflection of why he is a true force when performing in concert. His long string of Top 10 hits from his six previous CDs is a testament to his musical talent…FEEL THE HEAT has already added two more to that list.
Nick was honored with the prestigious 2007 International Instrumental Artist of the Year Award at the Wave Jazz Awards, succeeding 2006 winner Chris Botti. He was nominated for the award again in 2009. He was nominated as Guitarist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year by the American Smooth Jazz Awards in 2010 and received the Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award for his ongoing commitment to mentoring children and his work in the community and nationally in support of breast cancer causes. Other honors include Alumus of the Year at Malcolm X College in Chicago, Artist of the Year at the 2011 Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival and Performer of the Year for JazzTrax Jazz Festivals in 2010 and 2011.
Nick is frequently referred to as “the best dressed man in jazz”, and he enjoys an on-going endorsement from the men’s designer line Stacy Adams as well as longtime endorsements with Epiphone Guitars, Gibson Strings and Accessories
…what music was always meant to be… an experience!!
Vel Lewis has performed thousands of shows around the world with names like Dionne Warwick, The Delfonics, The Futures, and shared the stage with names like Earth, Wind & Fire, Boney James, The Stylistics, Phyllis Hyman… Vel is also a songwriter for TV shows, a producer and recording artist.
Vel brings to the stage a new music experience, as a mix of smooth jazz reinvented with the warmth of the Hammond organ, and the rhythms and energy of R&B which he calls “Groove Jazz”.
EN: Raúl Midón (born March 14, 1966) is a singer-songwriter and guitarist from New Mexico, based in New York City. He combines his distinct voice, strumming, beats, and vocal mouth trumpet sounds to create a one-man performance. His unique style shows influence of virtually every musical genre which came before him, including jazz, blues, R&B, and folk. Midón is blind from infancy.
FR: Alwyn Lopez Jarreau, connu sous le nom de scène de Al Jarreau, est un chanteurjazz et soulaméricain né le 12mars1940 àMilwaukee dans le Wisconsin. Au cours de sa carrière, il a gagné sept Grammy Awards et est le seul chanteur à avoir jamais remporté ces distinctions dans trois catégories différentes (jazz, pop et R&B), qui plus est au cours de quatre décennies différentes (des années 1970 aux années 2000).
EN: Steve Cole (born 17 August 1966) is an Americantenorsaxophonist who has released five albums starting in the late 1990s throughout the 2000s. Most of his albums have been well-received, earning him several awards. He is also a professor/adviser of music business at the University of St. Thomas.
FR: Earl Klugh est un guitariste de jazz américain né le 16septembre1954 à Detroit dans le Michigan. Il se dit influencé plus que tout par le guitariste countryChet Atkins, lequel l’a invité à jouer sur plusieurs de ses albums (Earl lui a rendu la pareille sur son albumMagic In Your Eyes). Même s’il refuse de se considérer comme un musicien de jazz, il fut pourtant l’un des pionniers de cette forme de jazz contemporain mêlant jazz, R&B et pop que l’on appelle communément aujourd’hui smooth jazz.
DE: Pat Metheny (* 12. August1954 in Lee’s Summit, Missouri; als Patrick Bruce Metheny) ist ein US-amerikanischer Jazzgitarrist. Als Gastmusiker, Solokünstler und Leiter diverser eigener Formationen etablierte er sich seit Mitte der 1970er-Jahre als einer der einflussreichsten und erfolgreichsten Jazzmusiker der Welt. Stilbildend wurde neben seinem eigenen Spiel auf verschiedenen akustischen und elektrischen Saiteninstrumenten auch seine Arbeit mit der “Pat Metheny Group”, mit der ihm ein eigenständiger Ensembleklang gelang.
FR: Patrick Bruce Metheny, né le 12août1954 (58 ans) à Lee’s Summit dans le Missouri aux États-Unis, est un guitaristeaméricainde jazz et leader du Pat Metheny Group. Très prolifique, il se produit sur scène à raison de 200 concerts par an depuis 1974. Une partie des critiques de jazz a longtemps eu tendance à scinder son œuvre en deux branches : celle de Pat Metheny, jazzman, et celle de Pat Metheny, leader du « Pat Metheny Group ». À une sorte de « Docteur Jekyll », jazzman ouvert à des expériences variées, ils opposaient un « Mister Hyde », musicien purement commercial. Les récompenses multiples1 pour l’une et l’autre ne permettront pas de trancher cette question, mais montrent bien la reconnaissance des deux facettes du musicien.
EN: Robert McElhiney James (born December 25, 1939) is a two-time Grammy Award-winning smooth jazzkeyboardist, arranger and producer. He is recognized as one of the original founders of smooth jazz, is renowned for the complexity of his arrangements and instrumentals, and his work is frequently sampled.
EN: Chris Standring (born 1960 in Buckinghamshire, England) is a British-born soul jazz guitarist known for his heavy use of 1970s-style musical nuances. Before launching his own solo career with his 1998 album “Velvet”, Standring represented a third of the band SolarSystem, a one-shot project that combined elements of jazz and hip-hop.
His “Hipsway” was co-produced with Rodney Lee in 2000. “Groovalicious” followed in 2003, then “Soul Express” in 2006. Love & Paragraphs (2008) spawned the title track hit radio single. Chris’s 2010 album ‘Blue Bolero‘ spawned the hit single “Bossa Blue” which went to No. 1 at contemporary radio across the USA and stayed there for nine consecutive weeks. Bossa Blue was named 2010 Billboard contemporary jazz track of the year. Electric Wonderland is released to the world March 20, 2012.
EN: Christopher Stephen “Chris” Botti (/ˈboʊti/boh-tee; born October 12, 1962), is an American trumpeter and composer. In 2007, Botti was nominated for two Grammy Awards including Best Pop Instrumental Album. On December 4, 2009, he was nominated for three more Grammy Awards including Best Pop Instrumental Album and Best Long Form Music Video. Three of his albums have reached the No. 1 position on the Billboard jazz albums chart.
FR: Ronny Jordan est un guitariste anglais, emblématique du mouvement acid jazz du début des années 90. Sa reprise de So What de Miles Davis, extraite de son premier album The Antidote, a été très remarquée. Il est connu comme l’un des initiateurs d’une fusion entre jazz et hip hop. Il a d’ailleurs participé au tout premier volume de la série des “Jazzmatazz“, le projet jazz-rap du rappeur Guru, paru en 1993. Il s’est vu récompensé aux MOBO Awards et aux Gibson Guitar Awards et a obtenu une nomination aux Grammy Awards en 2000 pour son album “A Brighter Day“. Son style, au fil des années, a glissé de plus en plus vers un registre smooth jazz plus classique.
Two decades into a multi-faceted career marked by dynamic explorations of the possibilities of contemporary jazz and R&B, two-time Grammy Award winner Paul Brown keeps his grooving momentum going with an amped-up visit to The Funky Joint—his sixth solo album and Woodward Avenue Records debut. The guitarist and composer’s eagerly anticipated new collection features performances by many of the artists that he has produced or played with over the years, including Boney James, Bob James, Euge Groove, Marc Antoine, Bob Baldwin and Darren Rahn; several tracks also feature Marco Basci, who plays keyboards with Brown when he performs live.
Jeff Kashiwa is a jazz saxophonist native to Seattle who became known on the music scene in 1989 as a member of popular fusion jazz group The Rippingtons. Kashiwa joined The Rippingtons following Brandon Fields‘ exit from the group. Kashiwa prepared himself for the role by learning every song in the group’s library prior to being hired, making his eventual step into Field’s large shoes seemingly effortless. Kashiwa recorded his first two solo albums, (“Remember Catalina” and “Walk A Mile”), during his tenure with The Rippingtons. In 1999 Kashiwa left the group to concentrate on a solo career with his own band, Coastal Access, which included Melvin Davis (Bass), Allen Hinds (Guitar), Dave Hooper (drums) and Dave Kochanski (Keyboards/Synths). Eric Marienthal and Paul Taylor both covered the sax player spot in The Rippingtons for a few years, but Kashiwa rejoined the group in 2007 for their 20th Anniversary Tour, and continues to appear with the group on occasion.
DE: Spyro Gyra – North Sea Jazz Festival (2003) / Full Version • Spyro Gyra ist eine US-amerikanische Jazz-Fusion-Band. Sie wurde Anfang der 1970er-Jahre vom Saxophonisten Jay Beckenstein (* 1951) und dem Keyboarder Jeremy Wall in Buffalo gegründet.
EN: Spyro Gyra (pron.: /ˌspaɪroʊˈdʒaɪrə/) is an American jazz fusion band, that was originally formed in the mid-1970s in Buffalo, New York, United States. With over 30 albums released and 10 million copies sold, they are among the most prolific as well as commercially successful groups of the genre. Their singles include “Shaker Song” and “Morning Dance” (1979).