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Eric Wyatt is a saxophonist born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He was introduced to the sax by his father Charles Wyatt, who played tenor and hung out with many of the great jazz icons: Charlie Parker, Gary Bartz, George Braith, Wilber Ware, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, and more.
Eric had the privilege of meeting two great jazz master, both of whom changed his life: Miles Davis and his godfather, Sonny Rollins. Eric recalls. “When I met Miles I was 10 years old and was playing trumpet at the time. He was playing at the Bottom Line, a club in New York, and I never forgot all the energy and joy that this man brought to the audience. Sonny was a friend to the family and stayed connected to us after my father passed”
Sonny Rollins also helped Eric record his first CD for King Records (Japan) titled “God Son”, with the great Al Foster on drums, Rufus Reid on bass and pianist Mark Soskin from Sonny’s band.
Eric has been recording and traveling the world as both leader and sideman and continues to build an impressive, solid resume. He has play with and recorded on records with Jeff Tain Watts. Robert Glasper, Kenny Garrett, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Donald Vega, Branford Marsalis, Bob Cranshaw. James Spaulding, Keyon Harrold, E.J. Strickland, Jeremy Pelt, Willie Jones III, Clifton Anderson, Warren Wolf, Monty Alexander, Benito Gonzalez, Larry Willis, Stephen Scott, Justin Robinson and many others.
EVERY Wednesday. The versatile, soulful alto saxophonist Herb Scott leads a weekly jam session at Mr. Henry’s, a Capitol Hill restaurant serving burgers and modern American cuisine.
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Warren Shadd is a second generation piano technician and third generation musician. He has performed and toured worldwide in every aspect of live and recorded music with hundreds of celebrities. On drums, at the early age of four, he played his first of many jazz concerts, and was proclaimed a child prodigy. From high school through Howard University, Warren performed with numerous icons as listed below. As a piano technician, Warren has tuned, repaired, or rebuilt pianos for countless major performing artists, concert halls, churches, schools, and institutions worldwide. In 2003, Warren founded SHADD Pianos USA, a Piano and Keyboard Manufacturing Company.
As a piano technician, Warren has tuned and/or rebuilt pianos for:
Tony Bennett, Herbie Hancock, Aretha Franklin, Josh Groban, Richard Smallwood, Stanley Clarke, Roberta Flack, Wynton Marsalis, David Sanborn, Al Jarreau, Shirley Horn, Joe Sample, Smokey Robinson, Lang Lang, Ramsey Lewis, Diane Schuur, Will Downing, Geri Allen, McCoy Tyner, Patti Austin, George Duke, Paquito D'Rivera, Terence Blanchard, Quincy Jones, Dr. John, Dave Brubeck, John Scofield, Gladys Knight, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dr. Billy Taylor, Abbey Lincoln, George Benson, Freddie Cole, Poncho Sanchez, President William Jefferson Clinton, Mavis Staple, Nancy Wilson, Wayne Shorter, Hiromi Uehara, Peter White, Mose Allison, Dick Morgan, Stanley Cowell, The Department of State, The Smithsonian, BET Television, The Kennedy Center, The Library Of Congress, The Pentagon, Ronald Reagan Building, Ford's Theater, Lincoln Theater, National Theater, Warner Theater, Duke Ellington School of Arts, Blues Alley, Catholic University, Howard University, University of the District Of Columbia, University Of Maryland, Miss America Pageant, numerous churches, etc.
Since 2005, the DC Jazz Festival organization has provided enriching and entertaining jazz performances and programs that introduce students and adults from all walks of life to jazz, our nation’s singular original art form.
The festival presents a selection of the jazz genre’s most acclaimed artists as well as emerging artists, and provides enhanced exposure for the rich treasure trove of musicians from the Washington, DC area.
Throughout the year, the DC Jazz Festival nourishes the community with free educational programs that extend our reach into underserved communities and enhance the quality of life for DC public and charter school students.
There are many volunteer opportunities available and many ways you continue to roll up your sleeves to support our efforts.
Please join us for this special evening of holiday Jazz at Kat's Cafe in midtown Atlanta. This will truly be a special kind of Jazz show featuring some very unique holiday music, RARE appearance by a true Washington D.C. Jazz Legend, and most importantly it will benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
This show is our opportunity to give back to the community and help some people who are less fortunate than us. Hope you can make it.
Tony Craddock Jr., has performed at venues in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area including the Verizon Center, U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory, the National Harbor, and several concert series. He has also performed alongside Grammy-nominated and Stellar Award-winning gospel artists Ben Tankard and Luther Barnes. He can currently be found in concert throughout the D.C. Metro Area with his contemporary jazz group “Tony Craddock, Jr. & Cold Front”.
Cold Front Music, LLC was founded in 2011 as a way to combine Tony Craddock, Jr.’s passions for music, weather and faith. Cold Front Music is an independent record label, music enterprise and brand that connects weather and life through music by sharing with people the symbolic relationships that weather has with their everyday lives.
Tony has co-produced and released two successful albums on the Cold Front Music label, both of which are on Pandora Radio. Convection (2013) features award-winning contemporary jazz guitarist Ken Navarro, while Christmas in the Air (2011) was featured on The Weather Channel’s “Local on the 8s” holiday playlist. Cold Front Music is also home to the inspirational jazz group Tony Craddock, Jr. & Cold Front.
Tony has been blessed to perform at venues in the Washington D.C. Metro Area such as Blues Alley, the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory, National Harbor, and several churches. More details here
He has collaborated with many musicians, including Fela Kuti,Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell, Bernie Worell, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Sly and Robbie. In 1998 he recored the album CubAfrica with Cuban artist Eliades Ochoa.
His Soul Makossa is often considered the first disco record (Jones and Kantonen, 1999). Prominent and loved by his country, he just celebrated his 50th musical anniversary in Cameroon, where he was greatly supported by the wife of the president of Cameroon.
Manu Dibango was the sole African who exposed African traditional music to the western world. His style took the world by storm when the American superstar, Michael Jackson took Manu's Soul Makossa which featured in Jackson's album in You wanna be startin' Something. This same hit today vibrates the music chart which featuresAkon. Obviously, Jackson lost the suit and had to pay the African Saxophonist for Damage. He has influenced many musicians around the world... Click for more details
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Original Music by Olayimika Cole
Written, Directed and Produced by Olayimika Cole/L'Ife Productions
Cinematography, Lighting and Technical Producing by Todd Starr of Starrmaker Films. It's so nice you'll have to watch it twice!!
Vocals/Composer: Olayimika Cole
Piano, Arranger : Allyn Johnson
Bass: Herman Burney
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It was such a pleasure to see you in DC last year!
Just wanted you to know that I finally got around to adding a Tribute Page to Sweet Poppa Lou’s website. As you know, his 89th birthday is on November 1, so thought you and others might want to post a message. He’s still not online, but I print what I can for him and he gets a big kick out of reading fan mail and other info. Click to sign his Tribute Page. www.loudonaldson.com
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“Jazz Encounters: Jazz Live Studio Sessions” is one hour jazz music performance television program featuring live jazz ensembles, interviews and historical video "classic clips" spotlighting the masters of Jazz music. The program highlights musicians, vocalists and venues in the Washington, DC metro region. Jazz Encounters was created to ensure jazz music's culture, history, and legacy will never be forgotten, as well as promote it so the genre will thrive in the future.
Impacting the World,
Myrna Clayton inspires audiences
Power of LOVE!
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Audiences around the world acclaim the dynamic entertainment found in every show featuring The Songbird Myrna Clayton! Myrna’s flawless onstage presentation is unpretentious, full of love, and has lots of energy – Singing – Dancing – and Audience Participation! Myrna shares her amazing singing gift through Live music to all that care to hear and receive her imparted love! Capturing the hearts of every audience she touches around the globe, The Songbird is a refreshing performer for all eyes to see, every ear to indulge and each age to enjoy. Singing to intimate packs or crowds of tens of thousands, they all stand up to recognize this true entertainer by shouting encore! Read more...
Bob Murad is an American Pianist/Composer who has performed as both a leader and sideman in numerous Jazz venues throughout Washington DC, New York State and the Midwest with prominent Jazz artists including Gary Bartz, Butch Warren, JR Monterose, Frank Morgan, Ralph Peterson Jr, Nick Brignola, Fred Foss, Webster Young, Mike Bowie, Eric Allen, James King, Kenny Rittenhouse, Antonio Parker, Jeff Marx, Lyle Link, Luis Faife and Steve Novosel.
Venues he’s performed in include Washington DC’s Blues Alley, Bohemian Caverns (DC), Twins Jazz (DC), The Firefly (Ann Arbor, MI), The Tralfamadore Concert Hall (Buffalo, NY).
He currently resides in Washington, DC where he performs, composes and teaches Jazz Piano and Improvisation privately.
In the early 80s Bob moved from Albany, NY to New York City where he studied piano intensively with the great multi-instrumentalist, Arthur Rhames He also studied with Jazz pianist John Esposito and classical pianists Regis Benoit and Andre Gribou. He credits Rhames, Esposito and saxophonist J.R Monterose as artists whose work on and off the bandstand influenced and inspired his musical journey.
Bob moved from NYC to the Washington, DC area, leading a trio from 1989 - 1995 performing original compositions and his arrangements of selected Jazz Classics in prominent Mid-Atlantic Jazz venues.
He worked in the Kenny Rittenhouse Quartet and the Ralph Peterson Trumpet band. He also frequently shared the bandstand with acclaimed musicians Jeff Antoniuk, Paul Carr, Rob Holmes, Chris Bacas, Donvonte McCoy, Jc Jefferson Jr, Harold Summey and Lennie Robinson.
His musical association with saxophonist Luis Faife began in 2006 and has continued with performances at Bohemian Caverns and HR-57. He features Faife’s playing on his debut CD Bob Murad: The Observer on the Sunjump Records label.
Contact for bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org 202 468-1772
“Murad’s debut CD presents an uplifting musical program. His original compositions are both an homage to the Bluenote classic tradition and a forward looking gesture displaying a high level of originality, skill and confidence. He’s supported by a superb cast of widely acclaimed “A-list” musicians. A fresh voice deserving wider recognition.” ~~~Benito Gonzalez, June 2015
Goree' Senegal Concert de Jazz de Wallace Roney
Multidimensional scene as the headliner of the 23rd edition of the International Jazz Festival of St. Louis, offered yesterday in the final day of the event, in the presence of the sponsor Mamadou Ndiaye Diagna and SEM ZUMWALT, Ambassador US Senegal. The quintet opened its rich and diverse musical journey with the voices and instruments of children troop military academy of St. Louis Charles Ntchororé. Then he added more spice to the sauce, inviting the percussion group saint-Louisian Ngeweul Gui, led by the talented Khadim Niang. Several distant sounds, but reconciled and combined harmoniously sewn through a unique musical style. One way to magnify the universality of music and a way to prove that the power of culture lies in its diversity. The genius WALLACE RONEY video. Look
The Legacy Continues! Revolutionizing Jazz! The Wallace Roney Group fresh off tour with sold out performances in Senegal, Vienna, Tbilisi Georgia, Germany, Switzerland, Amsterdam, Cape Town & Johannesburgh South Africa, Atlanta GA, Williamstown College and Scullers Jazz Club Boston MA.
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