The Dave Koz & Friends at Sea Cruise is delighted to be able to cruise Australia in style with you.
The Dave Koz & Friends at Sea Cruise is delighted to be able to cruise Australia in style with you.
The Satellite Orchestra is the latest project from Los Angeles keyboardist Rodney Lee. The music is a cinematic journey into jazz-tronica with Lee navigating from a Fender Rhodes electric piano.
Rodney Lee is a keyboard player, producer, and recording artist living in Los Angeles. He has made a name for himself in L.A. circles as a remarkably versatile player. He is equally at home in jazz, R&B, funk, pop, and electronica. Rodneys sound is honed from years of work on the road and in the studio with diverse artists such as Anastacia, Jody Watley, Mindi Abair, Chante Moore, El DeBarge, Dakota Moon, Chris Standring, Marc Antoine, Terence Trent DArby, The Solsonics, The B-Sharp Jazz Quartet, Freddie Hubbard, and the Jazz Crusaders.
In 1994, Rodney began a five-year stint with the critically acclaimed L.A. based post-bop jazz group B-Sharp. He recorded three CDs with B-Sharp and toured extensively through America and Europe. In May 1996 Sonic Images records released an acid jazz project entitled solarsystem written and produced by Rodney and Chris Standring. In 1998, Lee produced soul jazz vocalist Jeff Robinsons debut release Any Shade of Blue for Wild West Records. The CD was released to rave reviews, surpassing expectations from abroad (London). Also in 1998, Rodney co-produced the debut release for jazz guitarist Chris Standring. The first single from which reached the top 10 on the Gavin/R&R charts.
The new millennium has seen four new releases from Chris Standring -- singles from all four CDs reached the top ten on the radio charts. Rodney has also co-produced three CDs for pop soul diva Jody Watley. The latest single from Jody Watleys Makeover CD reached the top 5 on Billboards Club/Dance chart in 2008. In addition, there was the release of his first solo record of soul and jazz infused electronica entitled Innocent Bystander. Rodney completed production on Jeff Robinsons sophomore release Eyewitness which was released in 2005. In the past few years, Rodney has begun composing music for television and film. He scored the reality based show Beyond Tough for The Learning Channel (TLC). The show, hosted by Ice T, began airing in September 2002.
Currently, Rodney can be seen on tour with contemporary jazz saxophonist Mindi Abair, as musical director for Jody Watley, or performing with one of his latest solo projects: Alien Chatter is a unique blend of Jazz and Asian Underground, and The Satellite Orchestra is a cinematic journey into jazz-tronica with Lee navigating from a Fender Rhodes electric piano. Rodneys music has become a regular on KCRW, Los Angeles premiere radio station for modern music. In addition to the above, Rodneys television appearances include The Tonight Show, BBCs Top of the Pops, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Rosie O Donnell Show, and Entertainment Tonight.
Finally, Rodney has released an e-book entitled "Money Magic for Musicians". It's all about how to achieve a life-long AND prosperous career in the arts. Yes, you can actually build wealth while doing it!
Rodney began studying piano at age 10. After earning both a B.S. and M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, Rodney spent a few years as an integrated circuit designer for Bell Laboratories. However, his musical ambition inspired Lee to leave corporate America and pursue a career in music. Heralding from Austin, Texas with a background in both classical and jazz piano, Rodney relocated to Los Angeles in the 1990s to take his music talents to a wider audience.
Ashling Cole, or as her adoring fans call her BISCUIT is one of the most dynamic vocalists the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer. Her soaring voice and unparalleled professionalism make her a first call talent in the arena of R&B, funk and gospel. She is the lead singer with Larry Graham & Graham Central Station, The 415's, Agapésoul, and worship leader at PFBC in El Cerrito, CA.
Biscuit spends most of her time performing and touring with legendary bassist, Larry Graham and Graham Central Station. For the last 4 years GCS has been touring Europe, Japan, and the U.S. Highlights include opening for Prince for crowds topping 60,000 at Werchter Boutique, Madison Square Garden, and Arena's in Oakland and San Jose, California. 2014 is taking her to new territory in Australia and China. Needless to say, this exposure is taking Biscuit far beyond the Bay Area. The world is quickly finding out what we already know around these parts that Biscuit is a star! Graham Central Station's new album features Biscuit on several tracks including Higher Ground and One Day. Go to LarryGraham.com for more details.
Biscuit knew from the beginning she wanted to be a singer, and at 6 years old when she came to her parents and said, "this is what I was meant to do!", they knew they had to do something quick! She was enrolled in the San Francisco Girls chorus, where she spent 6 years studying opera, choir directing and music theory. It was the best training a little girl with her determination could get. Then came a love for musical theatre, so she was invited to join The Academy of Media and Theatre Arts and The American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.), which provided her with an array of skills including sight reading, dance and comprehensive actor training, contributing to the arsenal of knowledge that would later help her remain versatile and in demand.
It was only a matter of time before her talent was broadly recognized and after guidance from her manager at the time, Bobby McCall and her friends in Digital Underground, an audition with Interscope Records executive John McClain set her on her way.
Since then shes worked with some of the industries finest - Jeffrey Osborne, Patti Austin, Jimmy Cliff, George Clinton and P-Funk, The Rolling Stones , Mint Condition, and Prince, to name a few.
Biscuit continues to work with an all-star roster of Bay Area musicians, lending her talents to her comrades projects and shows including Agapésoul, and The 415's.
Jay Gore first picked up the guitar at the age of 8. Today he is a leading guitarist and in-demand session player in Los Angeles. For over seven years you've seen, Jay, performing next to saxophone great, Mindi Abair. Jay has toured the world, sharing the stage, with artists as diverse as Hilary Duff, Lauryn Hill, The Pointer Sisters, David Pack (Ambrosia), Keb Mo, Marcus Miller, Christopher Cross, Debby Ryan (Disney), Bobby Kimball (Toto), Lalah Hathaway, Peter White, Dave Koz, Brian Culbertson, Paul Taylor, Eric Darius, Rick Braun, Euge Groove, Jeff Golub, Warren Hill, Sheila E, Jeffrey Osborne, Kirk Whalum, Keiko Matsui, Jake Shimabukuro, Eddie Money, Seal, Rick James, Tia Carrere, Ray Gillen, Scott Grimes, Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds.
You can also hear some of the songs Jay has written and produced, for hit TV shows, such as 90210, Miami Ink, American Dad, E.R., Party of Five and others.
Jay has recorded with the likes of Sly Stone, Anna Vissi (Greek Superstar), Kimberly Caldwell, Constantine Maroulis (American Idol), Stephen Bishop, The Veronicas, Jordis Unga (Rock Star INXS), Siedah Garrett, Tyler Hilton, Scott Grimes, Evan Frankfort, Mark Needham, Tom Fletcher, Greg Ladanyi, Ross Hogarth, Noah Shain, The Matrix, Edgar Winter, Byron Gallimore, Kristine W, Jamie Green, Mike Porcaro, Steve Porcaro, David Paich and Robin DiMaggio.
Ronnie Gutierrez is an accomplished and versatile percussionist and drummer with decades of experience touring, playing, and recording music worldwide.
Ronnie began his musical journey at the age of four in his hometown of Los Angeles, where the sounds of Tito Puente, Frank Sinatra, Barbara Streisand, The Beatles, his godfather Bobby Montez and his father Mike Gutierrez began to shape his musical sensibilities.
Ronnie attended Dick Grove School of Music in Studio City, California. His private teachers included Dick Wilson, Alan Dawson, John Perrett, and Jeff Hamilton. Ronnies credits include concert and album performances with Grammy Award winning artists Al Jarreau, Andrea Bocelli, Jeffrey Osborne, David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Brenda Russell, Mariah Carey, Gladys Knight, Macy Gray, Natalie Cole, Babyface, George Duke. In addition, he worked with pop group All for One, composer Clare Fischer, Michael McDonald, Bobby Caldwell, Michael Bolton and Dave Koz. Ronnie has also performed with the California Philharmonic, Germanys V.D.R. Orchestra, and Hollands Metropole Orchestra. Ronnies own group has performed privately for Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson, Former Disney CEO Michael Ovitz, Rod Stewart, Sheri Belafonte and many more notable personalities. He also played for The Oscars and The Emmys.
Extensive training and experience combined with raw natural talent keep Ronnie in constant demand for recording sessions and live performances. His first album entitled, LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON, which features his father Mike Gutierrez, explores Latin styles ranging from Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Latin Jazz, and Old School Salsa. When Ronnie performs live with his father, his sister, vocalist Leslie Paula, and their salsa band, it is a vibrant and exciting family affair.
Adam Hawley, currently a resident of Los Angeles, started his music career in the Portland Metro Area of Oregon before moving to Southern California in 2002. He has performed and/or recorded in a myriad of settings with such artists as Lalah Hathaway, Ruben Studdard, Jennifer Lopez, The Backstreet Boys, Natalie Cole, Dave Koz, Joss Stone, Sheila E, Peabo Bryson, Terry Lewis, Larry Graham, Jordin Sparks, Fantasia, Eric Benet, Rahsaan Patterson, Mario, Monica, The Manhattan Transfer, Marc Anthony, Flo Rida, Lil Wayne, Wisin Y Yandel, Pit Bull, Phil Perry, Jessy J, Kenny Latimore, Michael McDonald, Tiara Thomas, Montell Jordon, Sally Richardson-Whitfield, Brian Culbertson, Richard Elliott, Euge Groove, Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, Take 6, Ray Parker Jr., Nick Collione, Gregg Karukas, Michael Lington, Jonathan Fritzen, Selina Albright, Eric Darius, Jeff Lorber, Jimmy Haslip, Phillipe Saisse, Peter White, Althea Rene, Elan Trotman, Rick Braun, Brian Simpson, Mindi Abair, Keiko Matsui, Peter White, War, John Hendrix, The New York Voices, Marc Antoine, Regina Carter, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, The Escovedo Project, Onitsha, Barbara Lewis, Styles P, and Regina King. He holds endorsements with DAddario, Gibson, Martin, PRS, Taylor, Carvin, Voodoo Labs, Duesenberg, Suhr, Nash, Benedetto, Divided By 13, Orange, Xotic, XTS, and Reunion Blues.
Adam also teaches at Musicians Institute, College of Contemporary Music in Hollywood, CA and Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. In 2010, Adam completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Studio/Jazz guitar from the University of Southern California. Before this, he graduated in 2008 with a Masters and in 2006 with a Bachelors from USC. At USC he was able to work with such prominent teachers as Bruce Foreman, Carl Verheyen, Anthony Wilson, Richard Smith, Pat Kelley, Steve Trovato, David Oakes, Adam Del Monte, Nick Stoubis, and Frank Potenza. During his tenure as a graduate student at USC he taught for 5 years in the non-major program instructing pop-rock guitar courses and private students. He has conducted masterclasses at University of Southern California, Musicians Institute, Saddleback College, University of Colorado Denver, and Chaffey College.
Dave started as the voice of The Little Green Sprout from the Jolly Green Giant Commercials.
He used to go to work with his dad, who writes music for TV commercials. When his voice changed, and he realized he couldnt sing, Dave decided he had to take up an instrument. Drums seemed like the right instrument to torment his parents with.
Dave attended North Texas State University for 2 years, and then realized college was for sissies. Not really. He studied with Peter Erskine, Gregg Bissonette, Steve Houghton, Joe Porcaro, David Garibaldi, Tom Brechtlein, and spent many hours jamming in his garage with roommate, Gary Novak.
Daves Dad couldnt wait to use him as a drummer on his commercials, so at the age of 17, Dave began his studio drumming career.
Some of his careers highlights have been working with Toni Braxton, Herbie Hancock, Sheryl Crow, David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, George Duke, Lee Ritenour, Diane Warren, Due Voci, Griffith Frank, The Rippingtons, David Byrne, Warren Hill, Ray Parker Jr. Dave Koz, The Sax Pack, Joe Sample, The Manhattan Transfer, Chaka Kahn, and James Ingram. Dave recently worked on Glee as a technical consultant.
Sam Sims has been a staple in R&B, Pop, Rock, and Jazz for some 25 years. Known for being one of the most versatile bassist in today's music, he has worked with musical giants such as, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson, Utada Hikaru, Kd Lang, Rob Halford, Backstreet Boys, Bette Milder, Whitney Houston, George Duke, Patrice Rushin, Boney James, Maxwell, and many more.
Born and raised in Chattanooga TN, Sims began his music career at age 6. A Morehouse College graduate his accomplishments include writing, producing, and recording more than 100 records from Vince Neil to Jeffrey Osborne. He has numerous television/DVD performances to his credits including: American Idol, Good Morning America, The Today Show, MTV Awards, Saturday Night Live, The Late Night Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The View, Top of the Pops (U.K.), HBO Specials, the Rosie O'Donnell Show, and many many more. ..
Arthur Lee Thompson, Sr. (born June 30, 1964 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is a drummer, percussionist, singer, producer, songwriter, author, designer, and entrepreneur. Arthur, the ninth of twelve brothers and sisters, started his professional music career at the age of fifteen. Arthur has two daughters, Romeca Fairue and Lesle Belcer, and a son, Arthur Jr.
At age 4, brother Jesse taught Arthur his first beats. Since then, Arthur has been playing drums. Perhaps best known as drummer for the late, great Wayman Tisdale, he has also recorded and performed with bassist Marcus Miller, singer-songwriter Toby Keith and saxophonist Tom Braxton. For over thirty years. Arthur has contributed to a variety of music genres and uses his drums as an instrument for positive change. Known as the Drumming Man, Arthur teaches children how to play Djembes, Tubanos and other African instruments. He has touched thousands of lives around the country by using African hand drums as a catalyst to help individuals heal, both spiritually and physiologically. Deeply moved by the realities faced by at-risk children, as well as the drastic reduction of music education and arts programs in schools, Arthur created Math & Music©, a curriculum that relates basic mathematical concepts with musical notes and scales incorporating repetitive auditory memorization skills. This rhythmic approach to learning uses animated characters and makes counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division fun for children! Arthur has designed tunable tubano drums to accompany his Math & Music© curriculum. These enhance the experience and give schools the opportunity to invest in quality Remo instruments. In addition to designing drums, Arthur designs clothing, which will soon be offered through his clothing line, ARTHURIZED. Arthur also created and directs an African dance troupe, A Taste of Africa, to introduce people to the African diaspora.
Arthur believes everyone is talented and their talents should be identified and cultivated early in life. This was the impetus for creating the Arthur Thompson Community Theater Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Arthur believes providing a place where children can go and get off of the streets is my goal in creating this community foundation.....music is universal and has a way of touching people on every level; what better way is there than to weave music with positive messages through various community programs that will ultimately help children identify and use their talents constructively. He also serves as a director and founding partner in the Promises for Families Foundation, which provides summer camps and school programs for children and youth with an incarcerated parent.
Eric Valentine, a Washington DC native now living in Los Angeles, is known for his ability to adapt to many different musical situations and his powerful and dynamic groove. Soon after relocating to California, Eric Valentine became one of the first call drummers in the contemporary jazz circuit. He has since expanded into fusion and rock drumming.
Audiences world-wide have enjoyed the magical quality of Erics musicianship, having toured and recorded a with variety of superstar artists. Recently he toured with ex-TOTO member and legendary guitarist Steve Lukather, as well as Steve Vai on the G3 tour featuring Joe Satriani.
Eric travels frequently all over the world with different artist as a hired gun to lay down solid grooves with musicality and showmanship.
Other superstar artists Eric has toured and or recorded with include Randy Jackson,Patti Labelle, Erykah Badu, Music Director for Jonathan Butler (2003-2007) Music Director for Stephanie Mills,Keiko Matsui, Greg Karukas,Stevie Wonder, Ian Anderson (from Jethro Tull), Doug Aldrich(from Whitesnake),Dionne Warwick,Earl Klugh,Jeffrey Osborne, Lee Rittenour, Micheal Paulo,Dave Koz and friends at sea,The Smooth jazz cruise, Wayne Linsey (The Tonight Show), Brian Simpson,Eric Benet ,Babyface, Patti Austin, Jeff Lorber,David Benoit, Marcus Anderson,Brian Culberson, Christopher Cross,Jonathan Fritzén, Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, Maysa Leak, Regina Bell, Chris Botti, UNam, Jonathan Butler, Everette Harp, Eric Marienthal, Nick Colionne, Najee, Yolanda Adams, David Pack, Darryl Coley, Mindi Abair, Paul Reed Smith, Chuck Brown, Everette Harp, Jeff Golub,Marcus Johnson,Wayman Tisdale, Rick Braun, Peter White, and many others
San Diego native Darryl Williams is a naturally gifted musician, who began playing bass at the young age of 13. Only two years into his young career as a bassist, Mr. Williams was playing at local clubs and events around the San Diego area. During this time he had the opportunity to open up for smash RnB group Lakeside. Darryl also played with Gospel Legend Shirley Caesar at age 16. Soon after graduating from high school, Williams did a four month tour in Japan with other young talented musicians, which he states as being unforgettable. Upon returning to the States, Mr. Williams and the same band in which he played with in Japan, did a three month tour opening for soul legend Al Green. After that tour, Darryl enrolled in the Jazz Program at San Diego State University and studied with San Diego legends Gunner Biggs and Rick Helzer. Darryl Williams passion and desire to grow as a musician lead him to studying under teachers and mentors who would provide him with this growth. Some of the very well known mentors he studied alongside include former Miles Davis and John Coltranes bassist Marshall Hawkins, Sarah Vaughns bassist Bob Magnusson, great San Diego bassist Cecil Mcbee Jr., and San Diego sax icon Hollis Gentry III. By age 21, Williams was a regular in the San Diego music scene. He performed regularly with artists like Hollis Gentry, Evan Marks, Patrick Yandall and Grammy Award winning pianist Kamau Kenyatta just to name a few. In 1997, Williams took a big career move in heading to Las Vegas and performed regularly at all the prestigious hotels and casinos, where he worked with headliners and recording artists. One of the artists Williams performed regularly with was Las Vegas Hall of Fame inductee Clint Holmes. In 1999, Williams was hired as the Musical Director for The International House Of Blues Foundation, where he began working with artists whom he would record several projects with. From 2001 to 2003, Williams was one of the in-house bassists at the world renowned Blue Note Jazz Club. He performed with sax legend Chico Freeman, RnB legend Angela Bofil, and was the bassist and co- host of the Sunday Night Blue Note Jam Session. Darryl was also the second call bassist for Chaka Khan from 2003-2004, which he performed with several times across the States. From 2003 to 2007 Williams worked with many different recording artists in Las Vegas. Some of the artists he performed alongside were Ronnie Foster, Ghalib Ghallab, Tevin Campbell, Clint Holmes, Keith Washington, Skip Martin, Howard Hewitt, and many more. In September of 2007, Williams relocated to California, where he released his first solo CD That Was Then. Williams received high praises from several top smooth jazz writers and djs for his successful album. In one Jazz Times Magazine article, dated October 2008, jazz writer Brian Soergel said, Is there room for another smooth jazz bassist to join the ranks of Wayman Tisdale, Brian Bromberg, Michael Manson and Gerald Veasley? In the case of Darryl Williams the answer is an enthusiastic yes! Two of Williams songs from his debut album were featured on the Weather Channel. The songs can also be heard today on Sirius XM radio, Music Choice, as well as international and national radio stations alike. From 2007 to present day, Williams has performed and toured with the whos who of Smooth Jazz. Some notable names he has performed and toured with include Euge Groove, Michael Lington, Gerald Albright, Richard Elliot, Kenny Lattimore, Kim Waters, Howard Hewitt, Jeff Lorber, Peter White, Keiko Matsui, Brenda Russell, Jeff Golub, Paul Brown, Darren Rahn, Jessy J, Everette Harp, Steve Cole, Jeff Kashiwa, Eric Darius, and many more. Darryl, on top of everything else, is also one of the main stage bassists for the Dave Koz and Friends Jazz Cruise. Williams continues to record today and can be heard on several artists records including Jackiem Joyner, Blake Aaron, U-Nam, Jonathan Fritzen, Nils Jiptner, Will Donato, Al Degregoris, Kay-Ta Matsuno, Gianni Vancini and many more. In 2017, Williams released his second CD Here To Stay with critical acclaim, and garnering a Billboard top ten hit with the title track which features Smooth Jazz Superstar Euge Groove! The CD features some of todays most dynamic jazz artists. Jazz writer Ronald Jackson wrote, Fueled by the presence and contributions of such luminaries as guitarists Paul Brown, Adam Hawley and U-Nam; keyboardists/pianists Jonathan Fritzen, Greg Manning, Scott Wilkie, and the prolific and iconic Jeff Lorber; saxmen Michael Lington, Elan Trotman, Marcus Anderson, and Euge Groove, the latter also serving as co-producer of this fine project, Williams beats a solid groove path from the infectious title track to the slick and polished mid-tempo lure of Now or Never to the up-tempo dancer Do You Remember to the soulful and easy Reflections to the mid-tempo finger snappin Harveston Way and beyond! This year looks to be another exciting one as Williams is set to release his second single, Do You Remember, which features dynamic saxman Michael Lington. With high expectations for 2018, you can rest assured that Darryl Williams is Here To Stay!
Swiss-American keyboardist Greg Manning has performed on stages throughout the U.S., Europe, United Kingdom, and Asia. Mannings use of jazz, funk, and soul, to create simplistic yet, complex compositions, are blended with precise timbre and intricate instrumentation. They are rich in texture, and identifiably this recording artists distinctive imprint of Soul-Jazz.
While growing up in Zurich, Switzerland, Manning was mostly exposed to Jazz by his parents. Yet, he discovered his deep love for music only after hearing Isnt She Lovely by the legendary Stevie Wonder. He started playing the piano at age 12. Several years later, he moved to the U.S. to study piano and film scoring at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. It was during this time his break came. Manning was asked to compose the music for Keep Cool, the most successful and longest running German language musical. The musical led him back to Zurich, Switzerland, where he continued to compose and produce for records and television.
After spending several years in Zurich, Manning and his wife moved to the U.S. permanently. Soonafter, he made his U.S. debut as the keyboardist for the 2000 Back At One Tour, with Brian McKnight. He also toured extensively, for nearly a decade, as the keyboardist/music director for GRAMMY® Award-nominee, Jonathan Butler. Greg also performed with Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright, Will Downing, Richard Elliot, Eric Marienthal, Chanté Moore, and Kirk Whalum, among others.
From 2003 until 07 Greg acted as the Musical Director for all seasons of MusicStar, the Swiss version of American Idol. Over the last several years, Manning has focused more on composing and writing. He released his debut album, The Calling, in 2010. It features Grammy winners KebMo, Kirk Whalum and many more guest appearances. I wanted the project to be a great, coherent, accessible CD, Manning says, and not some disjointed thing that doesnt please anybody fully. This CD is a refreshing tonal palette of relevant content and masterfully crafted tunes that are a musical journey of his life experiences.
Manning has had a multi-faceted career. He is a three-time certified platinum producer for Universal Music Switzerland and has written/produced several Swiss chart-toppers (Harry Haslers Saletti and the MusicStar block buster A Kiss Goodbye.). He is a credited film composer for U.S. feature films Dead Lenny and Restraining Order. Manning also worked closely with composer Jan Stevens and provided additional music for network television shows Samantha Who, and Scrubs which garnered an Emmy-nomination in 2007 for Guy Love, which Greg arranged and performed on.
More recently he scored the complete sound design for Kampf der Chöre, which aired on Swiss TV in 2010, scored a national TV commercial for Zweifel Chips, finished the highly acclaimed score for the newly released documentary by director Reto Caduff The Visual Language of Herbert Matter, and wrapped up the GODIVA Real Love on Valentines tour in Japan with GRAMMY® Award-winner Jody Watley. In addition Greg has scored the music for three weekly shows on Swiss national TV (G&M, Traders and Gesundheit Heute).
Greg is currently producing and mixing Gianni Vancinis new CD.
Tony Moore was living in Nashville, gigging and studying Industrial Arts & Technology at Tennessee State University, when he got the call for his first professional gig touring with the Bobby Jones Gospel Show. Over two and a half decades later, the Memphis born, Chicago raised drummer is still keeping perfect time, laying down the pocket grooves and improvising brilliantly for some of the top names in jazz, R&B, pop, hip-hop, funk, blues and gospel.
Perhaps best known to contemporary urban jazz fans for his decade plus of touring and recording with saxophonist Gerald Albrightincluding his 2006 recording New Beginningsthe Los Angeles based musicians unique style and rich versatility has led him to become one of the citys most in demand touring and recording drummers. His constantly growing list of legendary and superstar credits includes George Benson, The Jazz Crusaders, The Isley Brothers, Gladys Knight, Jonathan Butler, Randy Crawford, Jon B., Tupac Shakur, Kenny Lattimore, Chante Moore, Howard Hewett, Bobby Caldwell, Richard Elliot, Rick Braun, Boney James, Euge Groove, Jeff Golub, Down To the Bone, Doc Powell, Evelyn Champagne King, Dakota Moon, Bobby Lyle, Phil Perry, Marion Meadows, Paul Taylor, Hubert Laws, Ronnie Laws, Down To The Bone, Keiko Matsui, Shirley Caesar, Johnny Guitar Watson, Kirk Franklin, Rufus, Peabo Bryson, Eric Marienthal, Jimmy Haslip and Randy Brecker.
Most recently, expanding his jazz artistry even further, Moore has been touring the U.S. and world with guitar legend Robben Ford, Grammy winning singer Diane Schuur and at times, with guitarist and NAE Jazz Master George Benson.
He is currently using breaks in his busy sideman schedule to book dates for his own group, The Tony Moore Band, whose current lineup will make its debut at Spaghettini in Seal Beach, California May 30 (featuring special guests Jeff Lorber, Lori Jenaire and Elan Trotman) and is scheduled to play August 26 at the Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines Festival in Idyllwild, California.
Reconnecting after several years with Lorber on Norman Browns Summer Storm tour in 2007, Moore has worked steadily over the past five years on numerous projects for the pioneering keyboardist and producer. In addition to touring Europe with the newly reformed Jeff Lorber Fusion(along with Eric Marienthal, Jimmy Haslip & Randy Brecker) in 2009, the drummer worked in the studio with Lorber on such popular recordings as Lorbers solo album Heard That (2008), Najees Mind Over Matter (2009), Alexander Zonjics Doin The D (2009), Marcin Nowakowskis Better Days (2009), Katharine McPhees Unbroken (2010), Brad Ramburs Cant Put It Down (2010), Terje Lies Urban Vacation (2010), U-Nams Weekend in LA~George Benson Tribute(2012) and Richard Elliots latest, In The Zone (2011).
Moores other prominent studio credits include Gladys Knights Grammy winning One Voice (2005), Dwight Howards Shoot For The Stars (2010), Dreamgirls: Music for the Motion Picture Soundtrack (2006), One for the Money: Music for the Motion Picture Soundtrack (2012) Bobby Lyles Joyful (2002) and Elan Trotmans Love and Sax (2011). The drummer and his production partner, keyboardist Tim Gant, have teamed to produce numerous contemporary jazz tracks, including the radio favorite Daddy-O from Rick Brauns Esperanto album. In addition to playing drums on Brian Simpsons Its All Good (2005), Moore co-wrote the albums second single Here With You with the keyboardist.
Rebecca has been described, by many, as having a chameleon-like quality to her voice, being able to deliver each song in a unique way. Yet, she has been blessed with a sound unlike anyone else. Music lovers express how her singing induces a genuine feeling within them, and many have stated that she has the ability to transfer the emotion of each song to her listeners. Rebecca has opened for the likes of Boyz II Men, Erykah Badu, Vanilla Ice and the late Teena Marie, and sang background vocals for Kenny Lattimore. She has performed for Rev. Jesse Jackson and his guests at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, for Drew Brees and Marshall Faulk at their Celebrity Golf Tournaments, as well as private events for Michigan States Basketball coach Tom Izzo and NFL Charger Antonio Gates.
Rebecca has over 23 years of recording studio experience. Shes sung demos and background vocals on many different projects and has been featured in works, including an on-going project with Kevin Flournoy (piano player for Chaka Khan) and Kevin Dorsey (former musical director for Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, among many others), and has recorded songs for catalog with Todd Carlon, pianist for Paul Anka. She also released her debut original music project, The Jade Element and opened for Grammy-nominated musical artist, Musiq Soulchild. She has released her sophomore album with her new band, Rebecca Jade and the Cold Fact, which allowed them to open for El Debarge and earned them consecutive San Diego Music Awards, in 2014 and 2015.
Hes a soft spoken individual, but when behind his instruments, Timothy Bailey, Jr doesnt need to use words to be heard, felt, and understood. This accomplished musician and producer picked up drums at three, violin at eleven, viola at thirteen, and marching percussion at fourteen. But at fifteen, the young music enthusiast fell in love with the electric bass. The Kansas City native studied his craft on both sides of the state line, as well as in Louisville, KY, and Los Angeles, CA, where he now resides. In his nearly two decades of playing professionally, hes been called to accompany the likes of Natalie Cole, Chrisette Michelle, Richard Smallwood, Israel Houghton, Justin Beiber, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, DJ Quik, Billy Davis and Marlyn McCoo, Denice Williams, Aaron Hall and Jamie Foxx, just to name a few. Hes toured the world on electric and synth bass with many different artists such as Ariana Grande, Lalah Hathaway, Ruben Studdard, Charice, Judith Hill, Mario, Deborah Cox, El Debarge, Chris Brown, and Tyrese Gibson. Hes had frequent appearances on daytime and late night television shows like Saturday Night Live, Good Morning America, Good Day LA, The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Windy Williams Show, The Jimmy Kimmel Show, The Arsenio Hall Show, and both Tonight Shows with Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon. Timothys bass lines can also be heard on projects by Jill Scott, Jackiem Joyner, Frank Ocean, Rahsaan Patterson, Hidden Beachs Unwrapped Series, and countless other independent and major label releases. He's now working on his first project in over ten years, slated to be released in the Spring of 2017.