DANTE' NECK STRAPS ENDORSERS
Eddie Baccus Jr.
After 15 years of recording and touring with famed urban jazz ensemble Pieces of a Dream from 1995 to 2010, saxophonist Eddie Baccus Jr stepped out on a lush, soulful and funky "Journey To Love," a song he and fellow clevelander and songwriter Alvin Frazier wrote, which Eddie exclaims, "Alvin made the cake and I put the icing on it!" Though it has been extraordinarily well received, yet never mass produced, Baccus Jr has been considering releasing it, with Alvin as a bonus on his new project "Living the Dream". Baccus Jr is excited about a remixed and remastered version of a collection of songs he has been working on for sometime now, which also features three new songs.
In the 25 years since the release of his self-titled solo debut album, saxophonist Dave Koz has received nine GRAMMY® nominations, had nine No. 1 albums on Billboard’s Current Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, toured the world and been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Over the past three decades, saxophonist, Walter Beasley, has artfully and dynamically redefined the phrase “musical Renaissance Man” for the modern generation. Considered by fans and critics alike as the “heir to Grover Washington, Jr.’s Throne,” Beasley is the acclaimed saxophonist, vocalist, educator, and entrepreneur of the decade. As the highest selling full-time Professor / Recording Artist in history, the Boston-based musician has long mastered an exhilarating high wire act of balancing a successful career as a contemporary jazz recording artist and performer with an equally thriving presence in the field of music education.
Today, Joe and Judi live in the Hudson River Valley area of upstate New York. Although he's busy touring and recording, Joe is an avid swimmer and somehow still finds the time for an occasional 18 holes of golf.
When he's home, Joe Lovano enjoys landscaping, a good match for Judi's love of gardening. Together, when not making music, they explore the forest that surrounds them, stay busy enjoying their extended families in Cleveland and New York.
Audiences around the world also know when Mike Phillips puts his saxophone to his lips, magic is about to happen. In a short time, the Mount Vernon, New York native (home of Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, and Heavy D) has exploded on the world music scene becoming the jazz man with hip-hop flavor known for blowing away audiences on stage, television and with chart-topping recordings.
WEBSITE: Mike Phillips Online
After working behind so many talented artists, the past two years recording and touring mostly with Robin Thicke including being featured on Thicke’s new single “Morning Sun”, Donald has stepped from the background, recording his first solo project aptly titled, Front Ground, with the first single “Riverside Drive” which hit the airways in January. Donald’s music is an extension of his life and who he is as a person. This philosophy, in addition to the music itself has earned Donald fans from all over the world, and he looks forward to sharing this project with them.
Joyner approached crafting “Main Street Beat” with a three-pronged purpose. “I wanted to create something upbeat, fun to listen to and something to dance to. ‘Main Street Beat’ originally started off as a straight funk record that eventually became some of that, but a whole lot more as I allowed the creative process to have its way with me,” said Joyner, a Billboard chart-topper who plays tenor, alto, soprano and baritone saxophone on the date, often enriching the tracks by laying layer upon layer of horns to form a powerhouse sax section.
As a recording artist, Elan has already been credited with 10-top 25 Billboard Radio singles, from his own albums Love and Sax (“Heaven In Your Eyes“), Tropicality (“Tradewinds” and “Masterblaster“), the single “Thoughts of Summer feat. Will Downing, and from collaborations with Brian Simpson (“Just What You Need“), Greg Manning (“Groove Me“), Cal Harris Jr (“Smooth“) Lin Rountree (“As“), Marion Meadows (“Magic Men”), Julian Vaughn (“Ride Along”). Known to compose and produce all of his projects, Trotman’s discography is currently at 7 and growing, with the success of his latest albums:”Love and Sax“,”Tropicality” and “#LiveandUncut“.
One of the premiere saxophonists in the world, Marcus Anderson is not only a sought after solo artist, with eight albums to date. He also performs to audiences all over the world, and accompanies other great artists such as CeeLo Green and Judith Hill. He is also known as being a featured saxophonist with the late Prince and The New Power Generation. In addition to playing sax and flute, Marcus plays piano, bass, is a singer, a writer, a choreographer, a producer and horn arranger. His talent is undeniable to most audiences and to his peers. In addition to this, his recent accomplishments include ranking #1 on Billboard Smooth Jazz and SirusXM Radio Watercolors.
Jackson, Mississippi native Michael Burton, currently on tour with Patti LaBelle and Jill Scott, joins the Jazz Urbane artists roster of distinctive young artists who bring contemporary Jazz, R&B and multi-styled musical elegance the label has received praise for. Michael Burton’s “Say What?” follows a long line of artists such as Grover Washington Jr., Najee, and more recently Soul Live, Robert Glasper, Esperanza Spalding, who creatively redefined the false borders of Jazz, R&B and progressive urban contemporary radio music.
After over ten albums of non-stop hit making, thousands of charismatic performances worldwide and years of setting new standards for the sonic possibilities of contemporary urban jazz, Paul Taylor’s still got his antenna up – ready to pounce on, absorb and be inspired by every vibe he hears that’s fresh, hip and edgy. Now, with Countdown, he’s blasting off into the next phase of his career, excited about the road ahead!
Leon Silva was born and raised in Boston Massachusetts and began playing the saxophone at the age of 8. After many musical accomplishments in high school he received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music where he studied under such greats as Bill Peirce, Frank Tiberi, Dino Govoni, Shannon Leclair and many others. He received his B.A. in music education. He has played on many recordings, performances and T.V. appearances. He has played with Bruno Mars, Jennifer Lopez, Fantasia Barrino, Aloe Black, Ariana Grande, Michael Jackson and currently, Justin Timberlake.
WEBSITE: LEON SILVA
Keith Mitchell McKelley
Keith McKelley has had a wide and varied career as a saxophonist and EWI (electronic wind instrument) musician but also produces and writes his own material with the occasional collaboration with other writers and producers to create music that is at a high level, will last, and that is absolutely heartfelt. Due to hard work and perseverance he has been fortunate enough and had the honor to work with: Usher, Tyrese, Raphael Saadiq, Kenneth “babyface” Edmonds, Mary J. Blige and many more.
Dante' D. Smooth
Dante has spent most of his professional life in Los Angeles and has worked with numerous highly regarded artists and producers, including J. Cole, Eddie Griffin, Amarie, Tatyana Ali, Lupe Fiasco, Ron Neff-U Femster, Warryn Campbell, 1500 or Nothin, and Musician’s Ego. He played on J. Cole’s recording “Rise and Shine,” performed with Sanjay on “American Idol” and was featured on comedian Eddie Griffin’s VH-1 reality show “Going for Broke.” Dante recently received an endorsement from the premiere mouthpiece company Theo Wanne, Fibereed Germain Synthetic Reeds, and Kim Korean Saxophones .
By way of Tampa, FL, is a World Renown Saxophonist that eludes his passion and energy through his music. Marcus Attended Florida A&M University where he was a member of the Incomparable Marching 100. Marcus has had the pleasure to work with legendary artists such as Jimmy Cliff, Mike Phillips, Roy Ayers, Sheila E, Wyclef, Sizzla Kalonji and many others. He is now working on his own original music and pursuing his own musical career. Keep your eyes and ears open for Marcus Boothe AKA MBSAX.
Most recently, BK has been seen across the world with international musical icon, Prince, as a member of an 11-piece horn section known as the New Power Generation (NPG) Orchestra. Prince just wrapped up a three-day concert series in Chicago, IL at the United Center where he performed in front of sold out audiences each night. Each concert was followed by sold out after party jam session at the House of Blues. BK can also be spotted in Prince’s new music video for his latest single, Rock & Roll Love Affair. BK is also a member of NPG Records artist Andy Allo’s band and makes an appearance in her latest music video for her international single, People Pleaser.
WEBSITE: BK Jackson Online
Adrian Crutchfield has taken the world by storm in recent years, not only as the last sax player to perform and record with Prince, touring the world and being featured on Prince’s last three albums, but also touring domestically and internationally with acts such as Lionel Ritchie, Bette Midler, and Cee Lo Green — all the while writing and building his 2017 release titled ‘Leap’.
Currently active both in Japan and overseas, she played in Korea and China as a member of "IN YA MELLOW TONE", a compilation series of JAZZY & MELLOW HIP HOP. Ms. Inamura has also performed with numerous musicians, both in Japan and overseas, and performed at the Cannonball 20th anniversary concert in Los Angeles USA in 2016.
A dynamic, infectious live performer and band leader, Trey creates an exciting synergy with his audience and enjoys the impromptu nature of cer-tain moments where his band and the crowd feed off each other’s powerful dual energy. Unlike artists who perform each show essentially the same way, Trey says that his fans “should be pre-pared for anything”.