In the year 2000, trombonist, bassist, composer, arranger and producer Adam Theis co-founded Jazz Mafia – an eclectic artist collective of forward-thinking and accomplished players in Electro, Hip-Hop, World, Classical, and Jazz. Twenty years in the making, Jazz Mafia is a prolific staple of the quintessential San Francisco sound, uniting creative and accomplished Bay Area instrumentalists, vocalists, MCs, composers, and arrangers.
The collective quickly garnered a reputation for its collaborative and risk-taking spirit, and over the years has worked with Roy Ayers, Lyrics Born, Zion-I, Rebelution, Latyrx, Galactic, Ledesi, Blackalicious, and Jackie Greene, to name a few. Recently, the collective performed sold out residencies at the SFJAZZ Center and served as the house band in The Soiled Dove – its large-scale cirque-inspired collaboration with The Vau de Vire Society. Jazz Mafia has also recently collaborated with the Oakland Symphony at Paramount Theatre of the Arts, as well as with GRAMMY-winning composer Mason Bates and his Mercury Soul project at the Kennedy Center in DC. Jazz Mafia also curates musical experiences for Stanford University, Oakland Art & Soul Festival, and many other presenters.
Lao Tizer & Chieli Minucci were members of the Grammy-nominated Group Special EFX and have played with the best of the best. Chieli work with Celine Dion is well documented and this band's energy is incredible. Eric Marienthal is a Grammy winner and his work with The Rippingtons is stellar. Karren Briggs's work as the Violinist for Yanni, Chaka Kahn, and Jazz in Pink brings crowds to their feet with a new appreciation of the violin. This band brings energy and talent to the table and no one goes home with feeling their grooves.
Tony Saunders is a newly signed Baja/TSR Records Artist and has a new CD All About Love. His last CD Sexy Somethin stayed on the charts for over 70 weeks. Starting his career playing with his Dad Merl Saunders & Jerry Garcia, Tony went on to play and record with Esther Phillips, Randy Crawford, Joe Sample, Etta James, Chaka Kahn, and smooth jazz artist Paul Jackson Jr, Jeff Lorber, Gail Jhonson, Paul Brown, Jessie J and Nils. The Rainforest band with Vernon Black, Kevin Wong, Gail Jhonson & Darian Gray join Tony for today's performance. Tony Wrote 5 songs on the current Rainforest Band CD.
Kim Waters - Music is the one thing that everyone can turn to during this pandemic. It brings joy in these trying times,” says Kim Waters. Heralded as “Simply one of the planet’s best saxophonists” by JazzTimes Magazine and the “Pied piper of SmoothJazz” by Upscale Magazine, the prolific chart-topping saxophonist, composer, and producer has enjoyed a career longevity that is rare in the music business.
Kayla Waters- Award-winning urban-jazz pianist Kayla Waters is a chart-topping recording artist, composer, producer and music director. After signing a multi-album record deal with Trippin N’ Rhythm (SONY), Kayla made Billboard history by becoming the first female pianist and composer to reign atop the charts at the No. 1 spot for 6 consecutive weeks.
Under the direction of Scotty Barnhart with Guest vocalists Carmen Bradford and Jamie Davis.
In the history of Jazz music, there is only one bandleader that has the distinction of having his orchestra still performing sold out concerts all over the world, with members personally chosen by him, for over 30 years after his passing. Pianist and bandleader William James “Count” Basie was and still is an American institution that personifies the grandeur and excellence of Jazz. The Count Basie Orchestra, today directed by Scotty Barnhart, has won every respected jazz poll in the world at least once, won 18 Grammy Awards, performed for Kings, Queens, and other world Royalty, appeared in several movies, television shows, at every major jazz festival and major concert hall in the world.
Legendary Percussionist Pete Escovedo is an artist who broke down the barriers between Smooth Jazz, Salsa, Latin Jazz and contemporary music. His name has been synonymous in the music industry for more than 50 years.
Juan Escovedo began teaching himself how to play bongos, congas, trap drums, timbales, percussion and other instruments. at a young age. When he turned 14 he began playing with his father, Pete Escovedo.
Peter Michael Escovedo III, is an Emmy nominated Musical Director / Producer, has earned recognition not only as a percussionist, but a producer, singer, songwriter, and television personality.
Brandon is currently working in Kingston, Jamaica. He is making progress on his new album featuring many legendary artist along the way. As a music producer; Brandon always finds a way to inspire any style of artist to create a catchy timeless sound. Brandon's mixture of Raggae, jazz and Rock bought him to San Francisco where he recorded the song Short Change with Bassist Tony Saunders. The 2 have appeared as duo for a year and continue to write great music together.
It started in the Napa Valley at The Blue Note. Then there was the Pandemic. After a while they realized they couldn’t survive without any music. And so started getting together to jam (socially distanced of course). These sessions evolved into songwriting sessions and before long they had a collection of great tunes. Now there is a CD. The result is an eclectic group of songs featuring smooth jazz, fusion and even some good ole rock and roll. The Noteworthy Band and their new CD will come out in 2021. These 4 musician have a love and respect for one another that translates into great music. As the house band for the Napa Blue Note, these 4 Stellar musicians were bought together to play behind all the local acts that showed up to play at the Napa Blue Note. They developed a love for one another and their jams turned into songs.
Grammy Award-winning singer In 1987, she released her debut album All by Myself. It includes her first hits "So Many Tears" and "Show Me the Way". In the same year, Belle recorded her first successful duet with Peabo Bryson: the song "Without You", the love theme from the comedy film Leonard Part 6, also released in 1987. Her follow-up album, Stay with Me, released in 1989. Belle recorded a duet in 1991 with Johnny Mathis, "Better Together" which appeared on his album Better Together: The Duet Album. Continuing her tradition of duets, Belle teamed up with Peabo Bryson for four songs: "Without You" (in 1987), "I Can't Imagine" (in 1991), "A Whole New World".
Jazz In Pink is the world-renowned, all-female, all-star band based in Los Angeles, CA. Hailing from Philadelphia, PA, the founder of this amazing band, Gail Jhonson, is a Berklee College of Music alumni and in 2020, she received a master's degree from Southern New Hampshire University in conjunction with Berklee College of Music, in Music Business. Her national break in the industry stemmed from her landing her first major gig with Morris Day of The Time. Gail has earned several additional awards including Best Composer/Piano from Black Women in Jazz.
Her all-female jazz ensemble, Jazz in Pink celebrated their 10-year milestone in October 2019 and continues to wow jazz fans every time they take the stage! Gail is a member of NARAS and volunteers at Hands4Hope, a free after school program. Ms. Gail Jhonson is also nationally recognized as musical director for guitarist, Norman Brown, a position she has held solidly for many years. In 2019, Gail formed Jazz in Pink.org, a 501c3 non-profit organization; “Women Making Music a Choice” the theme that Jazz in Pink has adopted to empower, enrich, inform and inspire women and girls. As a recording artist, Gail/Jazz in Pink signed with Shanachie Entertainment in 2019. The current singles, Joy Joy and Keystroke did well on the charts! The complete CD Joy was released Oct. 2020. Gail is presently music contributor for 2 magazines, Indie Incognito and WIJSF Music Woman.
Brown, Sturgis and Brown are the soulful, jazzy sounds of Mark Brown, Patrick Sturgis and Nona Brown. The music of Mark Brown crosses all musical genres-his impressive vocal range and extraordinary counter tenor voice continues to cross boundaries and reach new heights. He is an extension of a musical legacy left by his father, Charles Brown, well known on the New Orleans R&B music scene as part of ‘Sultans of Soul’ vocal duo, which gained much popularity in the 1950’s. A native of New Orleans, Mark has done background vocals for such notables as Bebe Winans, Patti LaBelle, Carlos Santana, Wyclef Jean, and Oleta Adams.
Vocalist, keyboardist, songwriter, producer, Patrick Sturgis was just 8 years old when he was featured on the front page of a newspaper holding the caption “8-Year-Old Soloist Sparkles Among Stars. Now over 40 years later, he breaks new ground by satisfying his latent affinity for jazz, particularly American jazz standards reminiscent of the legendary Nat Cole and Ella Fitzgerald. His love affair with music has spanned over 4 decades and continues to evolve through new collaborations and mediums.
Nona Brown is a vocalist, musician, composer and producer all in one! Nona’s musical journey spans over 30 years working with The Fray, Lenny Williams, Pattie LaBelle, Stephan Jenkins and Mickey Thomas. Nona’s Gospel Music roots led to many wonderful opportunities such as working with Josh Groban as choir coordinator for his tour, guest vocalist and until his passing, group member of Gospel Music Legend Edwin Hawkins and the New Edwin Hawkins Singers. Nona released her 2nd solo project “Songs From My Journal Vol 1”, which charted #14 on Billboard the 1st week of release in 2019. She is currently working on Vol 2!
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