The Rippingtons for any stretch of time over the past quarter century know the versatile award winning and Grammy nominated guitarist/composer, and producer has long had a penchant for naming songs and albums after exotic places (Aruba, Kenya, Morocco, Weekend in Monaco, Sahara, etc).
Seawind was a Jazz Fusion group from Hawaii, featuring lead singer Pauline Wilson
Members:Pauline Wilson, Jerry Hey, Kim Hutchcroft, Ken Wild, Bud Nuanez
Larry Williams, and Bob Wilson.
They recorded two albums for CTI Records, one for A&M Records and one for A&M subsidiary Horizon Records. A notable part of the band's sound was the "Seawind.
Horns" (trumpeter Jerry Hey, sax and flute player Kim Hutchcroft, and sax, flute and keyboard player Larry Williams), who went on to provide backing instrumentals and arrangements for performers such as Earth, Wind & Fire, George Benson, Michael Jackson (Thriller, Off the Wall and Bad), Quincy Jones and Mika. Hey left Seawind as a touring member in 1979 but continued as a recording member of the band through 1980. Trumpeter Larry Hall, an original member of the band when they were called "OX", rejoined the group in 2005. Hey and Hall are longtime friends and both are top-call recording session musicians. Read MoreVideo for promotional use.
Shakatak is an English jazz-funk band, founded in 1980's with members: Jill Saward, Bill Sharpe, Roger Odell, and George Anderson. As of March, "Once Upon A Time" is now available from Amazon and iTunes. For this special, one-off project Shakatak Once Upon A Time" now available from Amazon and iTunes.
Shakatak scored a number of chart entries, including two Top 10 hits in the UK Singles Chart, "Night Birds" (1982) and "Down on the Street" (1984), plus a further 12 entries in the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles. The group are still active and popular throughout the world, particularly in Japan and the Far East, and generally produce a new album every two years on JVC Records. From their first release in August 1980, (the Bill Sharpe composition "Steppin'" on the Polydor record label), and their first album, Drivin' Hard, the band's singles and albums have entered the charts regularly. Read More
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He is the most celebrated keyboardist in Contemporary Jazz. From his travels to many exotic places inspired from his work. Comes his style the beauty and vibes of his keys. He sets the mood for the summer with single and cd entitled "South Beach." Catch Brain Simpson on amazon.com
Lonnie Liston Smith was born 28th December, 1940 in Richmond, Virginia. Jazz organist/pianist He was introduced to music at an early age by his father, and learned piano, tuba, trumpet and voice in high school and college.
He launched himself into performance, working with the house band at the Royal Theater, Baltimore. He moved to New York and nurtured his talent with jazz greats like Art Blakey and Miles Davis, moving from acoustic jazz to fusion, before forming his own group Lonnie Liston Smith And The Cosmic Echoes in 1973. He is renowned for defying genres, blending atmospheric fusion, soul and funk and is often quoted as a strong influence on acid jazz. He is still writing and touring.
After graduating from Armstrong High School, Lonnie entered Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he majored in music education and earned his B.S. degree. While attending Morgan State University, Lonnie became a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and also a member of the music fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Lonnie began performing in the Baltimore area where he became adept at backing vocalists such as Ethel Ennis and visiting dignitaries like Betty Carter. While attending Morgan State University, he began performing with his peers, Gary Bartz (alto saxophonist), Grachan Moncur (trombonist), and Mickey Bass (on upright bass).
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City of Smooth Jazz showcases artistry and musicianship; which is the true essence of the ROBERT LEE REVUE.Robert Lee Balderrama has assembled a group of formidable musical talent; fellow Mysterians Frank Rodriguez/Keyboards and , along with Tom Barsheff/Saxophone and Robert Lee's wife Amy Lynn Balderrama/Percussion.
Live performances will see the nucleus of the band joined by Jack Nash/Bass, Rudolph Levario/drums & Percussion. CITY OF SMOOTH JAZZ was released SEPT, 2012, label AMR/ASSOCIATED MICHIGAN RECORDINGS.
All songs are published by Robert Lee Balderrama Publishing/BMI. Robert Lee ,and Frank continue to tour and record with Question Mark and the Mysterians, but also make time to pursue other musical interests. OF NOTE: Robert Lee Balderrama,and Frank Rodriguez, original guitarist, original keyboardist and respectively of ? & the Mysterians, have an historical significance which is quite clear; credited with creating and originating the musical genre 'garage rock/punk' in the early 1960's. As Steve Huey of All Music Guide states, "It only took one song, the organ-driven number one smash "96 Tears," to make ? & the Mysterians into garage rock legends…the Mysterians sound helped lay down an important part of the garage rock blueprint…they were one of the first Latino rock groups to have a major hit…one of the prime suspects in the evolution of garage rock into early punk." facebook
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TY CAUSEY, to the attention of noted contemporary jazz saxophonist, Najee. So impressed with a demo of his, Najee quickly invited him to work on his next project, the Verve Records release, MORNING TENDERNESS. Causey would not only be a featured vocalist on the recording, co-writing several of it’s tracks, but he would also fill that spot on the subsequent worldwide tour which had him sharing the stage with other artists such as Pieces Of A Dream, Norman Brown and more. This great opportunity introduced him to a number of eventual fans of his style and sound. Needless to say, the enthusiastic response he received while on the tour encouraged Causey upon his return home to start crafting a project of his own. He ultimately released his aptly titled full-length debut, N-TYSING in 2004. The winning collection that featured guest spots from saxophonist Najee and bassist Nelson Braxton of the jazz duo Braxton Brothers drew enthusiastic reviews and found its way to the playlists of radio programs in both the U.S and abroad including the UK, Japan and Germany. The resulting exposure gave notice to an engaging new voice on the music scene moving many to include N-TYSING on several “best of” lists that year. Contact
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