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    Ms. Lauryn Hill
  • Natalie Cole
    Natalie Cole
  • Macy Gray
    Macy Gray
  • Anthony Hamilton
    Anthony Hamilton
  • James Farm: Joshua Redman w/ Aaron Parks, Matt Penman and Nate Smith
    James Farm: Joshua Redman w/ Aaron Parks, Matt Penman and Nate Smith
  • Pat Martino
    Pat Martino
  • Rebirth Brass Band
    Rebirth Brass Band
  • Sweet Honey in the Rock
    Sweet Honey in the Rock
  • Joe
    Joe
  • Spanish Harlem Orchestra
    Spanish Harlem Orchestra
  • Jazz Funk Soul with 
Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp & Chuck Loeb
    Jazz Funk Soul with 
Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp & Chuck Loeb
  • Will Downing
    Will Downing
  • Kirk Whalum with Kevin Whalum
    Kirk Whalum with Kevin Whalum
  • Marc Antoine & Brian Simpson
    Marc Antoine & Brian Simpson
  • Gerald Veasley
    Gerald Veasley
  • Cécile McLorin Salvant
    Cécile McLorin Salvant
  • Kamasi Washington
    Kamasi Washington
  • Jeff Bradshaw & Friends
    Jeff Bradshaw & Friends
  • Eric Roberson
    Eric Roberson
  • Syleena Johnson
    Syleena Johnson
  • Rahsaan Patterson
    Rahsaan Patterson
  • Carmen Lundy
    Carmen Lundy
  • T.S. Monk Sextet
    T.S. Monk Sextet
  • Jeremy Pelt
    Jeremy Pelt
  • Nichole Stephens
    Nichole Stephens
  • J. Tucker & The Krewe
    J. Tucker & The Krewe
  • F.R.E.N.S.
    F.R.E.N.S.
  • Marcus Johnson
    Marcus Johnson
  • Sharon Rae North
    Sharon Rae North
  • The Lawrence Olds Band
    The Lawrence Olds Band
  • Butcher Brown
    Butcher Brown
  • Forte Jazz Band
    Forte Jazz Band
  • Joye B. Moore
    Joye B. Moore
  • Sam Reed
    Sam Reed
  • Love Logic
    Love Logic
  • Victor Haskins’ Skein
    Victor Haskins’ Skein
  • KG Experience
    KG Experience
  • Debo Dabney
    Debo Dabney
New Edition

Long before N-Sync, Back Street Boys, 98 Degrees and even New Kids On The Block – there was New Edition– the modern day blueprint for Boy Bands. For more than 30 years, “NE” has mesmerized audiences with their signature choreographed shows, smooth vocal harmonies and electrifying showmanship cementing their place in history as one of the most successful touring groups ever. Boasting music’s most notoriously loyal audience, 15 national tours, 18 multi-platinum albums, 4 American Music Awards, 14 number 1 records and countless Billboard Top 20 hits, New Edition remains the unstoppable measurement of true R&B, Hip-Hop and Pop music.

The New Edition phenomenon was born in 1983 in Boston, MA with teenagers Ronnie DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ralph Tresvant. In 1986 Bobby Brown left the group to begin a highly charged solo career – soon after Solo artist Johnny Gill joined the group. New Edition evolved stronger than ever with “Heartbreak” their biggest selling album with three #1 songs. The amazing success has proved fruitful for the brand.

In 1989, NE orchestrated one of music’s biggest coups by simultaneously launching Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill’s solo albums, while Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe created a high-octane group and new sound with Bell-Biv-Devoe, which spawned the 4-times platinum cross- over hit “Poison”. Between the various projects, a cumulative 30 million records were sold and together, the men dominated Billboard Charts, MTV, VH-1, BET and stadiums across the country.

New Edition is officially a movement that turns the band into an R&B mega-group with its dynamic, razor sharp choreography and larger-than-life on-stage persona that remains the undeniable wow-factor that continues to fascinate audiences all over the world.

This is a show you do not want to miss!

(New Edition members Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie Devoe, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant will be performing at Richmond Jazz Festival)

David Sanborn

David Sanborn has worked in many genres which typically blend various instrumentals and traditional jazz. He released his first solo album, Taking Off, in 1975, but has been playing the saxophone since before he was in high school, where he was first inspired by the great Chicago blues artists near his hometown of St. Louis. By the age of fourteen, he was able to play with legends such as Albert King and Little Milton. After moving to New York City and studying with George Coleman, Dave started his solo career, where he later collaborated with such artists as Paul Simon and James Taylor. His 1979 release of Hideaway became a popular hit and further propelled Dave’s ascent with the single, “Seduction” being featured in the movie, American Gigolo. In his three-and-a-half decade career, Dave has released 24 albums, won six Grammy Awards, and has had eight Gold albums and one Platinum album. He continues to be one of the most highly active musicians of his genre.

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Ms. Lauryn Hill

Ms. Lauryn Hill is a Neo soul, Rock, and Pop Fusion artist who broke onto the scene as a member of the Fugees in the early 90’s. After two album releases with the group, including the multi-platinum The Score, she began recording and producing as a solo artist. Her 1998 album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill gained her global recognition and won her five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Best New Artist. Following her debut album and an MTV Unplugged release, she decided to take a break from the spotlight of the music industry to focus on family. She has released numerous singles since. Hill has six children and continues to captivate crowds around the world with her spirited and exhilarating performances.

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Natalie Cole

Her father was a trailblazer in music, deemed “one of the most durable figures in American popular music.” Though he did not survive to see his daughter follow in his same footsteps with her own solo career, it is no denying that Nat King Cole was a great contributor to his daughter’s rise to musical success.

Born in Los Angeles, California in 1950 to singers Nat King Cole and Maria Cole, Natalie was surrounded by music from birth. At just 6 years old, she recorded “I’m Good Will, Your Christmas Spirit” with her father, and at 11, she started performing around the community.  Upon her father’s death in 1965, the family relocated to Massachusetts, where she later enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, before transferring to the University of Southern California, pledging the Upsilon Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She would then transfer back to the University of Massachusetts, where she later earned her bachelor’s in 1972.

Despite being the daughter of a vocal legend, Natalie Cole has managed to carve out her own successful jazz musical career, selling millions of albums worldwide. Throughout the decades, she has continued to develop as an artist, yet never straying too far from her legendary father’s legacy.

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Macy Gray

Macy Gray began singing and making music in her 20s from countless jams and listening sessions in living rooms, studios, and rehearsal spaces. She released her debut single, “I Try,” for which she received a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Since then, Macy has collaborated with many artists, including Justin Timberlake, Fergie, and Natalie Cole. Macy creates a musical fusion of Pop and Rock, while bringing her soulful presence. Currently, Macy is on her national 2015 tour for her latest album, The Way.

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Anthony Hamilton

A Charlotte, North Carolina native, Anthony Hamilton grew up surrounded by various musical influences. With a start in his church choir, he transitioned as a teen into performing solo at various nightclubs and talent shows.

Throughout the course of his singing career, Hamilton has paved his own way to fame, having received 12 Grammy Award nominations to date. With comparisons to Bill Withers and Bobby Womack, Anthony Hamilton has established himself as one of the most soulful vocalists in Neo soul. His rich, gravely vocal tone resonates with fans all over the world.

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James Farm: Joshua Redman w/ Aaron Parks, Matt Penman and Nate Smith

Grammy Award-nominated saxophonist Joshua Redman is one of the most esteemed and charismatic artists of his generation. Joshua emerged as a straight-ahead jazz artist in the 1990s while immersing himself in the New York jazz scene. Nominated for two Grammys, he has garnered top honors in critics and readers polls of DownBeat, Jazz Times, The Village Voice and Rolling Stone, to name a few. Joshua is currently touring with his own trio, performing music from his latest album, Trios Live.

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Aaron Parks

Aaron Parks began playing the piano at a young age and enrolled in an early entrance program at the University of Washington at 14 years old. Later, Aaron joined veteran trumpeter, Terence Blanchard, where he gained the public’s attention. He contributed to the Grammy Award-winning A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina) with Blanchard. Since then, he has continued collaborating with various artists, including playing with the quartet, James Farm. Recently, he toured around Japan and released an album, Alive in Japan.

Matt Penman

Born in New Zealand, Matt Penman moved to the United States to attend Berklee College of Music. Since moving to New York, Matt has maintained a performing, recording, and teaching schedule as a high-demand bassist. As a teacher, Matt has led workshops around Europe and been an Artist-in-Residence at the Brubeck Institute in California. He has also been a member of the James Farm quartet since its beginning in 2009.

Nate Smith

Nate Smith was born in Chesapeake, Virginia, and started playing the drums and the piano at eleven. While in college, he was recruited by the jazz singer, Betty Carter, for her Jazz Ahead program. In 2003, he joined his Grammy Award-winning Quintet and Big Band, and in 2009, he formed his own production company, Waterbaby Music, Inc. In the October 2012, he was featured in an issue of Modern Drummer Magazine. Recently, he became an Artist-In-Residence at his alma mater James Madison University.

Pat Martino

Born Pat Azzara in Philadelphia in 1944, Pat was first exposed to jazz through his father. He began playing guitar when he was twelve years old and left school in tenth grade to devote himself to music. Martino became actively involved with the early rock scene in Philadelphia, alongside stars like Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon, and Bobby Darin. His reputation soon spread among other jazz players, and he was recruited by bandleader Lloyd Price to play hits such as Stagger Lee on-stage with musicians like Slide Hampton and Red Holloway. Martino moved to Harlem to immerse himself in the “soul jazz” played by many. Martino has taken several breaks from his career due to illness within his family and with himself, but today, Martino lives in Philadelphia again and continues to grow as a straight-ahead/Latin jazz musician.

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Rebirth Brass Band

The Rebirth Brass Band hit the jazz scene in 1983 when it was formed by the Frazier Brothers out of New Orleans. Initially, the band began playing the streets of the French Quarter and has since performed at festivals and gigs around the globe. While committed to the traditional brass band style, they’ve also been immersed in the realms of other genres to create their signature sound. The Grammy-winning group continues to reverberate its unique style and sound from New Orleans to venues worldwide.

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Sweet Honey in the Rock

Rooted in a deeply held commitment to create music out of the rich textures of African-American legacy and traditions, Grammy Award-winning Sweet Honey in the Rock possesses a stunning vocal prowess that captures the complex sounds of blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, rap, reggae, African chants, hip hop, ancient lullabies, and jazz improvisation. The a capella gospel ensemble continues to sing and perform worldwide spreading their history as African-American women.

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Joe

Joseph Lewis Thomas, Jr. grew up surrounded by music. Joe and his four siblings were actively involved in the Pentecostal Church where both of their parents were ministers. Church gave Joe an opportunity to develop his musical talents, which landed him an early signing to a record deal right after high school. Following a disappointing first outing in the recording studio, Joe focused on writing, producing and offering background vocals for artists such as SWV, Usher and Tina Turner, gradually building his public profile by contributing songs to several successful soundtracks. Joe signed with Jive Records, recording his double platinum album My Name Is Joe and earning himself a reputation as one of the hardest-working R&B artists in the music Industry.

 

Spanish Harlem Orchestra

The Grammy Award-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra was originally conceived by Aaron Levinson in 2000 and has since established itself as a standard bearer of contemporary Latin jazz. The world-renowned pianist, arranger and producer Oscar Hernández directs the thirteen-member ensemble which has reintroduced the classic sounds of New York City Salsa to music lovers worldwide. Although the group is popular in appeal with contemporary audiences, Spanish Harlem Orchestra draws inspiration from Latin music’s roots and enduring traditions. As the group enters its 15th year, they continue to stand out as one of the most formidable and authentic Latin jazz groups to date.

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Jazz Funk Soul with 
Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp & Chuck Loeb

Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp and Chuck Loeb make up the newly formed group—Jazz Funk Soul—seeping with top-notch talent with a rich background in jazz, R&B, Funk and Soul (jazz fusion).

Lorber began playing piano at four years old in 1956 and has since become one of the most influential and popular acts in the jazz fusion scene that began in the 1970s as a marriage of traditional jazz, R&B, Funk and other electrifying sounds.

Everette Harp hit the international stage in 1988 and contributes to the trio’s ability to convey powerful emotions through his mastery of the saxophone behind beautiful melodies, lyrical playing and sensuous rhythms.

Chuck Loeb’s signature guitar style has been a part of collaborations and productions with legends ranging from Bob Dylan to Chet Baker and Jim Hall. Loeb has composed over 250 songs with nearly 20 years as a studio musician, with sessions ranging from jazz to Pop to Broadway to Rock & Roll, Classical and even Folk music. The trio recently released their highly esteemed self-titled debut album in June 2014.

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Will Downing

Commonly known as the prince of sophisticated soul, Will Downing, Brooklyn vocalist and composer, has hovered on the cusp of stardom since the late ’80s. Downing is known in the contemporary jazz genre for his rich baritone vocals and interpretations of genre classics that stretch back to the early 1980s.

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Kirk Whalum with Kevin Whalum

Playing in his father’s church choir at an early age, Whalum’s renowned tenor saxophone playing has graced many albums of worship and gospel music. Forged from his Memphis, Tennessee, gospel roots and his 1980’s initiation into the thriving Houston, Texas, nightclub scene, Kirk Whalum’s big, rich tenor sound is unmistakably his. His talent and versatility has made Whalum one of the few commercially successful contemporary smooth jazz performers. As a solo artist, session musician, and father, Whalum found that the late 1980s and early 1990s were a busy period.

Whalum was also active as a movie soundtrack composer and arranger on films such as The Prince of Tides, Boyz in the Hood, and Grand Canyon, all of which were released in 1991. His saxophone solo on Whitney Houston’s rendition of the Dolly Parton song “I Will Always Love You” from the soundtrack of the movie The Bodyguard helped the song spend 14 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. In 1997 he signed with Warner Brothers and released Colors, an album inspired by his interest in promoting cross-cultural harmony.

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Marc Antoine & Brian Simpson

Marc Antoine, born in Paris (France), is a guitarist, composer and producer who started his musical career in 1974 at 11 years old and has since performed and recorded with greats such as George Benson, Cher and Rod Stewart. Antoine created his own imprint Frazzy Frog Music in 2010, reflecting his signature sound that has been inspired by his world travels and resonates the mixture of genres found around the globe.

Brian Simpson is a celebrated keyboardist, composer and studio musician who has been the ‘go-to’ man for the likes of everyone from Janet Jackson to Stanley Clarke. Simpson is known for his eloquent approach to jazz fusion, playing sophisticated harmonics, bluesy overtones and R&B flavor as well as his unparalleled ability to compose unforgettable melodies and irresistible tones.

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Gerald Veasley

Gerald Veasley fell in love with jazz upon working on a local Philadelphia jazz radio station. Gerald is an American jazz bass guitarist, who started releasing his own records in 1992. Later, he was named Jazziz Magazine’s “Best Bassist,” which solidified his place in the jazz scene with his dynamic, soulful approach to music. He has worked with countless musicians, showing his versatility in jazz, helping him to become an internationally renowned bassist. Currently, Gerald is focusing on his own band while he tours internationally and stateside.

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Cécile McLorin Salvant

Cécile McLorin Salvant started playing piano at age five and joined the Miami Choral Society at age eight, before heading to Paris for her college years, where she continued to develop and perform as a singer. In 2010, she took the straight ahead jazz world by surprise when she walked away with first place at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. Much of her style has been influenced by roots in classical and baroque vocal music as well as jazz. She followed the competition with the release of her debut recording, WomanChild and has since recorded works by John Lennon/Yoko Ono and Erik Satie. Cécile continues to captivate the world with the sounds and styles of straight ahead jazz, making her one of the most talented singers of her generation.

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Kamasi Washington

Kamasi Washington is a vibrant and dynamic American straight-ahead/fusion jazz saxophone player. With his versatile range, he added a modern spin while starting his new 10-piece band called “The Next Step.” Kamasi has collaborated with artists such as Lauryn Hill, Jeffrey Osborne, Mos Def, and Quincy Jones.  Recently, he contributed his emotionally intense playing to Kendrick Lamar’s newest album, To Pimp A Butterfly. Kamasi has recently released his debut album The Epic, a 171-minute, three-record, multi-genre journey fusing straight-ahead jazz, soul, hip-hop, and gospel.

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Jeff Bradshaw & Friends

Norman “Jeff” Bradshaw is a Philadelphia born native with a larger than life personality that reflects his eloquent style and skill behind the trombone. He released his debut solo album “Bone Deep” in 2003 and has since evolved his sound into a prolific and inseparable part of the jazz world. His sound can best be described as Soul/Jazz and Hip-Hop/Funk with R&B undertones that blend perfectly for an instrumentally unique vibe. His Jeff Bradshaw & Friends project first materialized with the 2012 release of Bon Appetit, which included collaborations with Marsha Andrews, PJ Morton of Maroon 5, Ms. Jade and many more. The ability to utilize his sound in a mixture of genres puts Bradshaw among the few to stand out as a progressively influential artist in the jazz scene.

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Eric Roberson

Roberson is a multitalented Neo soul vocalist, writer, and producer in the musical industry. He subsequently returned to Howard University to complete his studies in Musical Theatre. After performing in a number of musicals and plays, he landed a songwriting deal through the EMI label, and went on to collaborate with Philadelphia-based artists such as Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, and most extensively, DJ Jazzy Jeff. Roberson has since been nominated for two Grammys in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance category and was nominated for two songs from his 2009 album Music Fan First: “A Tale of Two” in 2010 and “Still” in the same category a year later.

Syleena Johnson

Born in Harvey, Illinois, she grew up listening to Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Tina Turner, the Dells, and Mavis Staples. She performed in local bands and sang in her church choir at Greater Christian Unity, and later worked in classical and gospel choirs as well as in jazz ensembles at Drake University and Illinois State University, where she majored in music. Johnson counts on her own honesty and real-life experiences to produce compelling music that transcends both genres and audiences alike. She is also currently a star on TV One’s hit reality series R&B Divas.

Rahsaan Patterson

Rahsaan grew up as a child star portraying “The Kid” role in a hit 1980s television series called Kids Incorporated. He later transitioned into the musical industry by becoming a backup vocalist for several artists. He then on ventured out to start his solo Neo soul career. Patterson eventually signed with MCA Records and released his self-titled debut album in 1997. After a hiatus from the performance spotlight, he released After Hours in August of 2005 and Wines & Spirits in September 2007. These two albums placed him near—or at—the top of the R&B underground. The sprawling Bleuphoria, issued nearly four years later, has proven to be his most eclectic and creatively ambitious album to date.

Carmen Lundy

Carmen Lundy began her musical career in Miami as a jazz vocalist and composer over four decades ago when there were very few young, gifted and aspiring Jazz vocalists on the horizon. Ms. Lundy is celebrated throughout the world for her renowned lyrical talent and is highly regarded for her jazz innovation. One of her most notable recognitions came when Miami-Dade’s County Office of the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners proclaimed January 25th “Carmen Lundy Day”, along with handing Ms. Lundy the keys to the City of Miami. Carmen recently released her 14th album, “Soul to Soul” in 2014 and has produced over 100 songs throughout her career.

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T.S. Monk Sextet

After launching his music career early in his life, Monk then propelled into the music that had captivated him and his generation. He first toured with a group called Natural Essence, and afterward, along with his sister Barbara, formed his own band. To honor his father’s legacy and support the efforts of education, Monk turned his attention toward forming the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. As chairman, Monk has been at the forefront of helping to create a number of programs that range from sponsoring music education for students in the form of full scholarships to funding and supporting after-school athletic programs. The Institute’s activities reach from Boston to Los Angeles and from New York to Orlando.

Monk holds a unique improvisational style and has made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire. He is the second-most recorded jazz composer, and his compositions and improvisations feature dissonances and angular melodic twists, consistent with his unorthodox approach to the piano, which combines a highly percussive attack with abrupt, dramatic use of silences and hesitations.

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Jeremy Pelt

Jeremy Pelt has become one of the most notable young trumpeters to hit the jazz world in recent years with ten album releases and numerous global tours to date. His talent behind the trumpet has landed him collaborations and performances with Cliff Barbaro, John Hicks, Lonnie Plaxico, Bobby Short and Frank Wess, to name a few. Pelt was voted Rising Star on the trumpet five years in a row by Downbeat Magazine and the Jazz Journalist Association. He is currently in the midst of his tour throughout the U.S. and Europe in support of his latest release, Tales, Musings, and Other Reveries.

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Nichole Stephens

Nichole Stephens, born in Akron, Ohio, started her musical journey to the concert halls of LA and Italy when she started dancing and singing at three years old. By the time she arrived at the Akron School of Performing Arts, she regularly performed and traveled under her signature smooth jazz sound. Nichole writes and records her own music and has collaborated with a variety of other artists. Her performances and releases throughout the years are inspired by a belief that the power of music can inspire, motivate and bring positive vibes to the world. She is currently working on an inspirational compilation and donates to foundations focused on helping caregivers of autistic family members.

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J. Tucker & The Krewe

Whether playing a smooth ballad to relax the mind or a funky groove to lift your spirits, J. Tucker and The Krewe know how to deliver.

Born in Richmond, Virginia, J. Tucker was introduced to the world of music by his father, who started him on the bass guitar.

Backed by his band, J. Tucker offers Contemporary Jazz with a touch of Soul and R&B. With their musical knowledge, passion, and experience, J. Tucker and crew continue to produce music intended for the soul, lending itself to any occasion.

F.R.E.N.S.

The adventure of a live F.R.E.N.S. performance invariably mesmerizes audiences and brings them to their feet. High energy gives way to hushed silence when F.R.E.N.S. delivers a sultry love song with vocals that captivate and inspire. F.R.E.N.S. has proved their multi-faceted artistry appeals to diverse audiences around the world.

Whether opening for Chaka Khan, playing alongside Ramsey Lewis, cutting tracks for major television series such as Living Single, or scoring shows on the Discovery Channel, these players prove their profound inventiveness and rich experiences.

Marcus Johnson

A smooth jazz keyboardist, Johnson grew up listening to a broad variety of music: his mother played classical piano and his first striking concert experience was seeing an Earth, Wind & Fire show with his father.

He first became interested in jazz when he began playing the keyboard at age 13 (his step-father won Maryland’s “Pick-3 Lottery” and used the winnings to buy Johnson’s first keyboard).

He later found himself studying both traditional and contemporary jazz musicians including Joe Sample and Thelonious Monk.

Johnson also established Marimelj Entertainment Group, Inc., a production company and music publisher that prides itself on blending a mixture of contemporary jazz, alternative, and R&B to create what the company calls “the Urban Groove.”

Sharon Rae North

Sharon Rae North’s mother once told her, “No matter what you do on the outside, you’re a singer on the inside.”

The talented songstress sings jazz (straight-ahead, contemporary, smooth, etc.) and standards. Though, she often adds in some jazz versions of R&B, Rock and Top 40 hits.

Her second commercial CD, “Gee Baby” is a collection of beautiful jazz standards that dropped in late 2012 to stellar reviews. Her first commercial CD, 2007’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” continues to receive airplay in markets internationally and also received reviews.

Sharon Rae North puts on a fabulous performance and has opened for many national acts, including Joe Sample and the Jazz Crusaders, Lonnie Liston Smith and Patti LaBelle.

The Lawrence Olds Band

Lawrence Olds has been a part of the Richmond,VA music scene for 20 years. As a child, Lawrence was influenced by his father’s love of jazz and later studied the alto and tenor saxophone.  He credits these early experiences with the development of his “ears.” Life events led Lawrence to pursue singing and he has never looked back.

Chris Whiteman was born in Montclair, N.J. and began playing the guitar at age 13 with influences by rock and blues legends like Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy.

Charlie Kilpatrick, on the keyboards, was introduced to music at the age of 7 and has been involved with it ever since. He has been playing professionally for over 40 years.

Bassist Carter Blough was born off the grid into an Amish family until he hitchhiked and discovered music. His recent musical endeavors include the Central Virginia Jazz Orchestra, Hotel X, and the Lawrence Olds Band.

Todd Woodson has played drums since age 5.  From a musical family, he has played and recorded with many accomplished artists and toured around the world.

Butcher Brown

Hailing from Richmond, Butcher Brown is a quartet consisting of Devonne Harris on keyboard, Keith Askey on guitar, Andrew Randazzo on bass, and Corey Fonville on drums.

The group was formed in 2012 and takes careful note of the history and legacy of Jazz while throwing caution to the wind with wanton abandon.

Butcher Brown is one of the most versatile groups to come out of the underground whose performances continue to resonate with a solid Retro-Electro, Future-Funk, Groove-Heavy sound that separates itself from the mainstream.

Forte Jazz Band

Forte Jazz Band is an eight-piece ensemble hailing from Smithfield, VA. Formed in 1995, the group has performed extensively for events ranging from hometown backyard barbecues to television appearances and festivals.

Forte’s success as a musical force stems from the group’s passion for creating quality musical performances that invite the listener to share in Forte’s love of the art, with innovative and energetic performances as the Forte experience trademark.

Performing a wide variety of popular jazz music and original compositions, and remaining a group of true friends, the group continues to put on lively performances and recording together with all original members together for two decades.

Joye B. Moore

Joye is known to set a precedent with her style of “urban inspiration” and draws upon a wealth of influences from Jazz to Gospel, Funk, and R&B.

When she was young her ear was tuned to R&B as her father loved Gospel, her grandmother adored Jazz, and her mother Country and Blues. Her early influences have since evolved into a unique blend of Inspirational/R&B.

Joye B. Moore continues stands out as an artist with music that explores and celebrates self-awakening, self-love and standing firm…lyrically, musically and personally.

Sam Reed

Sam Reed has been singing and performing with bands in and around Richmond, Virginia since 2006, but the passion she has for music goes back to early childhood. Whether it be singing in church or singing along to her parent’s old school records, the gift of Soul was always present.

After meeting and working with Devonne Harris in 2012, Reed began recording her first solo project. Alongside Harris and a host of her favorite RVA musicians, her sound has been described as undeniably soulful and honest.

From Gospel to Hip-Hop, no two tracks sound alike, but what is consistent is Reed’s unique style and voice.”

Love Logic

Love Logic is a band out of Richmond, Virginia that describes their brand of music as simply, “Garage Flavored Soul”. Their signature sound spews elements of Funk, Blues, Rock and other vibes that may seem totally new to the average ear.

Led by Chuck Dawson, original bassist for local legends, Jazz Poet Society, Love Logic is a melting pot of talented local artists.

With the sultry vocals of singer Leslie Harris and the trap set chops of “Trigga” Trey Harrell, Love Logic continues to be a driving force within the Richmond music scene and beyond.

Victor Haskins’ Skein

Victor Haskins is a visionary and world-class trumpet player, improviser, composer/arranger, bandleader, and educator.

He is the originator of ImproviStory, a genre of music where storytelling drives the creation of improvised music, all derived from audience suggestion and interaction. Throughout the years he has worked with the likes of Christina Perri, Clarence Penn, Dena DeRose, Drew Gress, Howard Curtis, Jason Moran and the Bandwagon, Jason Mraz and John D’earth, to name a few.

Victor holds a Jazz Studies/Performance degree from Virginia Commonwealth University where he completed the 4-year music program in only 3 years and is the first and only person to ever accomplish this feat.

KG Experience

Hailing from the Motor City is a musician with the remarkable gift of a beautiful sound. Being a product of the Detroit music tradition, Kenneth Gill aka KG, has become a relentless musical visionary.

His music propels traditional playing forward but also fully embraces the classic musical traditions of the past.

He has been known to swing through the musical spectrum between Jazz, Orchestral, Latin Jazz, Funk, Soul, Blues, and Gospel. Catch him in the classroom, performing at a local jazz venue, with an orchestra, chamber ensemble, a horn section, writing arrangements or recording.

Debo Dabney

Hebert A. Dabney, III, affectionately known as Debo, is one of Richmond’s most dynamic keyboardists. For over 45 years, he has performed throughout the state of Virginia at concerts, festivals, clubs, churches and other events with genre spread from Jazz to Gospel, R&B, Swing, Blues, and Children’s Classics.
Debo is also leader of his own group The Happy Band and is music director for Richmond Jazz Society’s community outreach ensembles. He performs with a variety of Jazz and R&B groups such as Glennroy & Company and currently serves as a Music Coordinator for Trinity Baptist Church in Richmond’s Northside.

Debo has carved a unique niche in the Richmond music scene and has become one of the most sought-after keyboardists in the region.