Yusef Abdul Lateef (born William Emanuel Huddleston; October 9, 1920 – December 23, 2013) was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer, and prominent figure among the Ahmadiyya Community in America Although Lateef's main instruments were the tenor saxophone and flute, he also played oboe and bassoon, both rare in jazz, and also used a number of non-western instruments such as the bamboo flute, shanai, shofar, xun, arghul and koto. He is known for having been an innovator in the blending of jazz with "Eastern" music. Peter Keepnews, in his New York Times obituary of Lateef, wrote that the musician "played world music before world music had a name.
Jimmy Smith (December 8, 1925 or 1928 – February 8, 2005) was an American jazz musician whose albums often charted on Billboard magazine. He helped popularize the Hammond B-3 organ, creating a link between jazz and 1960s soul music In 2005, Smith was awarded the NEA Jazz Masters Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the highest honor that America bestows upon jazz musicians.
Wah Wah Watson, Melvin Ragin (December 8, 1950 – October 24, 2018), better known by the nickname "Wah Wah Watson", was an American guitarist and session musician famed for his skills with a wah-wah pedal.
Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles -Cory Alexander Henry (born February 27, 1987) is an American R&B/Soul singer-songwriter, pianist, organist, and music producer. Being a former member of Snarky Puppy, Cory launched his solo artist career with Art of Love, his first independent release. Cory was selected by Quincy Jones to headline his curated “Soundtrack of America” series opening of The Shed in NYC.
Donald Byrd (December 9, 1932 – February 4, 2013) was an American jazz and rhythm & blues trumpeter and vocalist. A sideman for many other jazz musicians of his generation, Byrd was known as one of the rare bebop jazz musicians who successfully explored funk and soul while remaining a jazz artist. As a bandleader, Byrd was an influence on the early career of Herbie Hancock.
Eddie Henderson - American trumpeter and flugelhorn player.Born: 26 October 1940 in NYC, New York, USA. He came to prominence in the early 1970s as a member of pianist Herbie Hancock's band, going on to lead his own electric/fusion groups through the decade.
Eumir Deodato - De Almeida ,Born the 22nd of June 1942 (or June 21, 1943) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and by 1967 moved to the USA.Musician, composer, arranger and producer. Known for his 1979-1982 production work for Kool & The Gang and composing TV and film scores.Primarily based in the jazz realm but who historically has been known for eclectic melding of big band and combo jazz with varied elements of rock/pop, R&B/funk, Brazilian/Latin, and symphonic or orchestral music. Mainly, his records can be categorized as pop/jazz or crossover jazz.
Incognito - is a British acid jazz band.Their debut album, Jazz Funk, was released in 1981.Jean-Paul 'Bluey' Maunick is the band's leader, singer, guitarist, composer, and record producer.Incognito was founded by Paul "Tubbs" Williams & Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick in 1979, as an offshoot from Light of the World. Light of the World was a substantially sized group and following various changes to the lineup, the founding members Breeze Mckrieth, Kenny Wellington & David Baptiste – inspired by American funk bands such as Funkadelic forming offshoot bands like Parliament – formed Beggar & Co. Bluey & Tubbs went on to form Incognito. However, there has seen a re-connection over the years in Light of the World with various former members, alongside their other commitments. The band has included Linda Muriel, Jocelyn Brown, Maysa Leak, Tony Momrelle, Imaani, Vanessa Haynes, Mo Brandis, Natalie Williams, Carleen Anderson, Pamela (PY) Anderson, Kelli Sae, and Joy Malcolm.
Joe Sample - Joseph Leslie Sample (February 1, 1939 – September 12, 2014) was an American pianist, keyboard player, and composer. He was one of the founding members of the Jazz Crusaders, the band which became simply the Crusaders in 1971, and remained a part of the group until its final album in 1991 (not including the 2003 reunion album Rural Renewal).
Kenny G.- Kenneth Bruce Gorelick (born June 5, 1956), better known by his stage name Kenny G, is an American jazz saxophonist. His 1986 album, Duotones, brought him commercial success.Kenny G is one of the best-selling artists of all time, with global sales totaling more than 75 million records.
Maceo Parker - American funk/jazz saxophonist, most famous for his work with James Brown. In 1963 when his brother, drummer Melvin Parker, landed a spot with James Brown's band, Maceo was introduced & also offered a spot. Originally playing baritone sax with the band, Maceo soon switched over to tenor and was an integral member of Brown's band. In 1970 most of these disgruntled bandmates quit and under Maceo's leadership recorded and toured as Maceo & All The King's Men. By 1973 Maceo was again with Brown;s touring band, but by 1974 they parted ways again. Maceo became involved with George Clinton and his many projects, including Parliament & Funkadelic.
Marcus Miller - (born William Henry Marcus Miller Jr.; June 14, 1959) is an American jazz composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, best known as a bass guitarist. He has worked with trumpeter Miles Davis, pianist Herbie Hancock, singer Luther Vandross, and saxophonist David Sanborn, among others.Miller spent approximately 15 years performing as a session musician. During that time he also arranged and produced frequently. He was a member of the Saturday Night Live band 1979-1981. He co-wrote Aretha Franklin's "Jump To It" along with Luther Vandross. He has played bass on over 500 recordings, appearing on over 500 albums by such artists as Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, Herbie Hancock, Mariah Carey, Eric Clapton, The Crusaders, Wayne Shorter, McCoy Tyner, Frank Sinatra, George Benson, Dr. John, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Joe Walsh, Jean-Michel Jarre, Grover Washington Jr., Donald Fagen, Bill Withers, Bernard Wright, Kazumi Watanabe, Chaka Khan, LL Cool J and Flavio Sala.. He won the "Most Valuable Player" award (given by NARAS to recognize studio musicians) three years in a row and was subsequently awarded "player emeritus" status and retired from eligibility. In the nineties, Miller began to write his own music and make his own records, putting a band together and touring regularly.
In 1978, when I was 17, I was a DJ at the notorious Sjangri-La club in Heerlen (the Netherlands) where i played funk music and I was very proud of that, later I played in several clubs such as the coconut groove and the sounds in Aachen (Germany),here’s a collection of records that I played then.
Gil Scott-Heron - Singer, spoken-word, activist and author of Jamaican descent,Born: April 1, 1949 (Chicago, IL, USA)Died: May 27, 2011 (New York, NY, USA)American poet, musician, and author known primarily for his late 1960s and early 1970s work as a spoken word soul performer and his collaborative work with musician Brian Jackson. His collaborative efforts with Jackson featured a musical fusion of jazz, blues and soul music, as well as lyrical content concerning social and political issues of the time, delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles by Scott-Heron. The music of these albums, most notably Pieces of a Man and Winter in America in the early 1970s, influenced and helped engender later African-American music genres such as hip hop and neo soul. Scott-Heron’s recording work is often associated with black militant activism and has received much critical acclaim for one of his most well-known compositions “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. On his influence, Allmusic wrote “Scott-Heron’s unique proto-rap style influenced a generation of hip-hop artists”.
Larry Carlton - Larry Eugene Carlton (born March 2, 1948) is an American guitarist who built his career as a studio musician in the 1970s and '80s for acts such as Steely Dan and Joni Mitchell. He has participated in thousands of recording sessions, recorded on hundreds of albums in many genres, for television and movies, and on more than 100 gold records. He has been a member of the jazz fusion group The Crusaders and smooth jazz band Fourplay and has maintained a long solo career.
Grover Washington Jr. - (December 12, 1943 – December 17, 1999) was an American jazz-funk / soul-jazz saxophonist. Along with George Benson, John Klemmer, David Sanborn, Bob James, Chuck Mangione, Dave Grusin, Herb Alpert, and Spyro Gyra, he is considered by many to be one of the founders of the smooth jazz genre. He wrote some of his material and later became an arranger and producer.Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Washington made some of the genre's most memorable hits, including "Mister Magic", "Reed Seed", "Black Frost", "Winelight", "Inner City Blues" and "The Best is Yet to Come". In addition, he performed very frequently with other artists, including Bill Withers on "Just the Two of Us" (still in regular rotation on radio today), Patti LaBelle on "The Best Is Yet to Come" and Phyllis Hyman on "A Sacred Kind of Love". He is also remembered for his take on the Dave Brubeck classic "Take Five", and for his 1996 version of "Soulful Strut".Washington had a preference for black nickel-plated saxophones made by Julius Keilwerth. These included a SX90R alto and SX90R tenor. He also played Selmer Mark VI alto in the early years. His main soprano was a black nickel-plated H. Couf Superba II (also built by Keilwerth for Herbert Couf) and a Keilwerth SX90 in the last years of his life.On December 17, 1999, five days after his 56th birthday, Washington collapsed while waiting in the green room after performing four songs for The Saturday Early Show, at CBS Studios in New York City.
Bernard Wright - (born November 16, 1963 in Jamaica, Queens, New York) is an American funk and jazz keyboardist who began his career as a session musician and later released several solo albums in the 1980s to the early 1990s. He is the son of singer Roberta Flack.
Idris Muhammad - born Leo Morris; November 13, 1939 – July 29, 2014) was an American jazz drummer who recorded with Ahmad Jamal, Lou Donaldson, Pharoah Sanders, and Tete Montoliu
Noel Pointer - From 1977 to 1981, Pointer recorded seven solo albums, four of which reached the top five jazz albums listed on the Billboard jazz chart. His debut album, Phantazia, went platinum and won the No.1 New Male Jazz Act award in Record World magazine. He was the guest soloist on Milira's Mercy, Mercy, Me (The Ecology) and Dianne Reeves's The Tracks of My Tears. His albums All My Reasons (1981) and Direct Hit (1982) were nominated for Grammy Awards. He also wrote music for the Joyce Trisler Danscompany and the Inner City Ensemble Theater and Dance Company. In 1993 he released Never Lose Your Heart, which turned out to be his final album; he died of a stroke on December 19, 1994, at age 39.
Stanley Clarke - (born June 30, 1951) is an American bassist, film composer and founding member of Return to Forever, one of the first jazz fusion bands. Clarke gave the bass guitar a prominence it lacked in jazz-related music. He is the first jazz-fusion bassist to headline tours, sell out shows worldwide and have recordings reach gold status. Clarke is a 4-time Grammy winner, and one of his electric basses is permanently on display at The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
George Howard - was born September 15, 1956 in Philadelphia. In the late 1970s, he toured with Grover Washington, Jr., who was one of his idols. In the early 1980s, Howard released his first and second studio albums, Asphalt Gardens and Steppin' Out. Both albums were well received and ranked high on the Billboard magazine jazz album charts at No. 25 and 9, respectively. The last track on 'Steppin' Out' is called 'Dream Ride' and features George playing clarinet. The track was promoted in 1984 in the UK by DJ Robbie Vincent and is now a classic among soul and jazz enthusiasts,died March, 20, 1998 from colon cancer. RIP George.
Spyro Gyra - is an American jazz fusion band that was formed in Buffalo, New York in 1974. The band's music combines jazz, R&B, funk, and pop music. The band's name comes from Spirogyra, a genus of green algae which founder Jay Beckenstein had learned about in college
AzAzymuth is a Brazilian jazz-funk trio formed in 1971. The original band members were the late Jose Roberto Bertrami (keyboards), plus Alex Malheiros (bass, guitars), and Ivan Conti (drums, percussion)ymuth is a Brazilian jazz-funk trio formed in 1971. The original band members were the late Jose Roberto Bertrami (keyboards), plus Alex Malheiros (bass, guitars), and Ivan Conti (drums, percussion)
Azymuth - is a Brazilian jazz-funk trio formed in 1971. The original band members were the late Jose Roberto Bertrami (keyboards), plus Alex Malheiros (bass, guitars), and Ivan Conti (drums, percussion)
The Headhunters - In 1973, the band comprised Hancock (keyboards), Bennie Maupin (saxophone, clarinet), Harvey Mason (drums), Paul Jackson (bass), and Bill Summers (percussion). Their first album, Head Hunters, sold more than one million copies. For the next album, Thrust, Mike Clark took over as drummer. Both Mason and Clark contributed drums to Hancock's 1975's album Man-Child, which featured 18 musicians, including Stevie Wonder playing harmonica on the song "Steppin' in It" In 1975, The Headhunters recorded Survival of the Fittest, their first album without Hancock. The album contained a hit, "God Make Me Funky" which was sampled by the Fugees and others. On some re-issues of the album, the band's music is called space funk. The following album Straight from the Gate was released in 1977.
Alphonse Mouzon - (born November 21, 1948, Charleston, South Carolina, USA – died December 25, 2016) was an American jazz-fusion drummer and percussionist, a founding member of Weather Report, and the CEO of Tenacious Records. He was also a composer, arranger, and producer, as well as an actor.
Alphonso Johnson - (born February 2, 1951) is an American jazz bassist active since the early 1970s. Johnson was a member of the influential jazz fusion group Weather Report from 1973 to 1975, and has performed and recorded with numerous high-profile rock and jazz acts including Santana, Phil Collins, members of the Grateful Dead, and Chet Baker.
Patrice Rushen - (born September 30, 1954) is an American jazz pianist and R&B singer. She is also a composer, record producer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and music director. Her 1982 single, "Forget Me Nots", received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Rushen had great success on the R&B and dance charts. "Haven't You Heard" went to number 7 on the R&B charts, with "Forget Me Nots" as her only top 40 pop hit in the United States.
Fred Wesley & The Horny Horns - US trombonist ,Fred Wesley was born in 1943, the son of a high school teacher and big band leader. Like Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis, his first love was jazz, until he joined the Ike And Tina Turner Revue in 1962. A brief period with Hank Ballard And The Midnighters and Army service preceded his first term with James Brown and his original band (1968-70); a brief Los Angeles period led to a second stint (1971-75) with the Godfather of Soul eventually leading J.B.'s, after its original line-up including Bootsy Collins left in 1971; the versatile trombonist then went on to featured roles with George Clinton as both a member of Funkadelic and leader of Horny Horns)
Dave Grusin- American jazz pianist and composer who has written numerous motion picture scores, including his Oscar-winning score for "The Milagro Beanfield War" and Oscar-nominated scores for "The Fabulous Baker Boys" and "Havana."
Tom Browne - Born on October 30, 1954. As a student of New York's High School of Music and Art he became a regular on the New York jazz scene. In 1978 after he played a NY uptown club affiliated with George Benson, he was offered several solo recording contracts and ultimately signed with GRP (then distributed by Arista). Browne played with Sonny Fortune, Lonnie Smith and has recorded eleven solo albums between 1979 and 2010. His single "Funkin' for Jamaica," is still a favorite among dance DJ's around the world.
Bennie Maupin - (born August 29, 1940, Detroit, Michigan) is a jazz multireedist who performs on various saxophones, flute, and bass clarinet, He is known for his participation in Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi sextet and Headhunters band, and for performing on Miles Davis's seminal fusion record, Bitches Brew. Maupin has collaborated with Horace Silver, Roy Haynes, Woody Shaw, Lee Morgan and many others
Paul Jackson - (born March 28, 1947) is an American jazz electric bassist and composer. He played on several of Herbie Hancock's albums, including Head Hunters and Thrust.. He was born in Oakland, California and began playing bass at the age of nine. At the age of 14 he performed with the Oakland Symphony Orchestra and went on to study at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Soulive - is a funk/jazz trio that originated in Woodstock, New York, and is known for its solos and catchy, upbeat songs. The band consists of Eric Krasno (guitar), Alan Evans (drums) and Neal Evans (Hammond B3 organ, bass keys, clavinet). Although they originated as a trio, the band has worked extensively with different horn sections, which have included Sam Kininger (saxophone)
The Crusaders - were an American jazz fusion group that was popular in the 1970s. The group was known as the Jazz Crusaders before shortening its name in 1971, Joe Sample (piano), Stix Hooper (drums), Wilton Felder (saxophone), and Wayne Henderson (trombone), relocated to Los Angeles. After changing their name to "The Jazz Crusaders," the group signed with Pacific Jazz Records, where they would remain throughout the 1960s. Employing a two-manned front-line horn section (trombone and tenor saxophone), the group's sound was rooted in hard bop, with an emphasis on R&B and soul.
Shakatak - Is an English jazz-funk band, founded in 1980,Shakatak scored a number of chart entries, including two Top 10 hits in the UK Singles Chart, "Night Birds" (1982) and "Down on the Street" (1984), plus a further 12 entries in the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles. The group is still active and popular throughout the world, particularly in Japan and the Far East, and generally produce a new album every two years on JVC Records.
The Brand New Heavies - are an acid jazz and funk group formed in 1985 in Ealing in west London. Centered around songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Simon Bartholomew and Andrew Levy, the core members of the group since its founding, Brand New Heavies are best known for a string of successful singles in the early 1990s featuring N'Dea Davenport as lead vocalist.
George Duke - (January 12, 1946 – August 5, 2013) was an American keyboardist, composer, singer-songwriter and record producer. He worked with numerous artists as arranger, music director, writer and co-writer, record producer and as a professor of music
Bob Baldwin - is an American, New York State born, contemporary jazz pianist, music composer, author, radio host and creator of the NewUrbanJazz Lounge, and music producer. Bob learned music from his late father (Robert Baldwin, Sr.) when he was six, and his recording career started in 1983. His debut album, A Long Way to Go, was released in 1988, and his latest (and 30th) release entitled, Bob Baldwin Presents Abbey Road and the Beatles, honors the English pop group, the Beatles. All but seven discs in his solo recording catalog are owned by his label, City Sketches, Inc.
Lalo Schifrin - (born June 21, 1932) is an Argentine-American pianist, composer, arranger and conductor. He is best known for his large body of film and TV scores since the 1950s, including the "Theme from Mission: Impossible", Bullitt and Enter the Dragon. He has received five Grammy Awards and six Oscar nominations. Associated with the jazz music genre, Schifrin is also noted for his collaborations with Clint Eastwood from the late 1960s to the 1980s, particularly the Dirty Harry films.
Maynard Ferguson - CM (May 4, 1928 – August 23, 2006) was a Canadian jazz trumpeter and bandleader. He came to prominence in Stan Kenton's orchestra before forming his own big band in 1957. He was noted for his bands, which often served as stepping stones for up-and-coming talent, his versatility on several instruments, and his ability to play in a high register.
Joe Zawinul - Austrian jazz and fusion keyboard player.Born: 7 July 1932 in Vienna, Austria. Died: 11 September 2007 in Vienna, Austria (aged 75).Joe Zawinul was an Austrian jazz keyboardist and composer. First coming to prominence with saxophonist Cannonball Adderley, Zawinul went on to play with Miles Davis and to become one of the creators of jazz fusion, a musical genre that combined jazz with rock. He co-founded the groups Weather Report and The Zawinul Syndicate. He pioneered the use of electric piano and synthesizer, and was named "Best Electric Keyboardist" twenty-eight times by the readers of Down Beat magazine.
Wilton Felder - Felder was born in Houston, Texas and studied music at Texas Southern University. Felder, Wayne Henderson, Joe Sample, and Stix Hooper founded their group while in high school in Houston. The Jazz Crusaders evolved from a straight-ahead jazz combo into a pioneering jazz-rock fusion group, with a definite soul music influence. Felder worked with the original group for over thirty years, and continued to work in its later versions, which often featured other founding members.
Electro Deluxe - Created in late 2001, Electro Deluxe is a group that mixes jazz, funk and hip-hop with influences ranging from Herbie Hancock to Buckshot LeFonque via Meshell Ndegeocello. Unlike many formations classified as "electro" whose music is mainly made by machines on which soloists improvise, Electro Deluxe composes at the crossroads between heritage and modernity choosing the opposite approach. It is positioned as a real group of musicians whose pieces are embellished with loops or samples.
Afro Elements - Jazz-Funk band based in the UK/Taiwan. The band have appeared on record and live with jazz-funk legends Eddie Henderson, Jeff Lorber, Roy Ayers, Gary Bartz and Reuben Wilson as well as Mr Gone, Down To The Bone and Black Gold Massive. Their debut album ‘It Remains To Be Seen’ features keyboard legend Jeff Lorber. Their 2nd album 'Out of The Centre' features ex-Crusaders guitarist Barry Finnerty.
Ronny Jordan - (29 November 1962 – 13 January 2014) was a British guitarist and part of the acid jazz movement at the end of the twentieth century.Jordan described his music as "urban jazz", a blend of jazz, hip-hop, and R&B
Ray Gaskins - came up in Baltimore, MD. His gifts include singing, and proficiency on both keyboards and the saxophone. He's performed all over the world working with Roy Ayers, Stuff, Brand New Heavies, Phyllis Hyman, and Jocelyn Brown (the disco diva). Ray and Jocelyn are cousins, his sister, Barbara Gaskin sang with. Ecstacy, Pain & Passion. Barbara Gaskins still sings under the professional name of Barbara Roy. Ray moved from Baltimore to New York to play the clubs and take advantage of the many opportunities for studio work. He delighted crowds at Ronnie Scott's in New York by playing the sax and piano simultaneously.
Pleasure - is an American band from Portland, Oregon, United States. Blending soul, funk and jazz with a street edge, they became a cult group on the underground black music scene of the late 1970s. They are perhaps best known for their 1979 hit, "Glide" from the album Future Now. They released their most recent album, Now Is the Time, in May 2019.
Roy Ayers - (born September 10, 1940) is an American funk, soul, and jazz composer, vibraphone player, and music producer. Ayers began his career as a post-bop jazz artist, releasing several albums with Atlantic Records, before his tenure at Polydor Records beginning in the 1970s, during which he helped pioneer jazz-funk
Gerald Veasley - (born July 28, 1955) is an American jazz bass guitarist.Veasley was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he played in R&B groups as a teenager. He worked with Joe Zawinul from 1988 to 1995, and began releasing his own records in 1992. He has also done extensive work as a studio musician. His 2008 release Your Move hit No. 12 on the U.S. Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart.
Kinga Głyk - is 23 years old. She’s said to be the best Polish bass player of the new generation and a rising star of the Jazz Blues music. She began her adventure with music at the age of 12 playing in a family band called Głyk P.I.K. TRIO. Despite her young age she has already given a lot of concerts not only in Poland but also in countries such as Indonesia, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Ukraine
Tal Wilkenfeld - (born 2 December 1986) is an Australian singer, songwriter, bassist and guitarist whose career began performing alongside artists including Jeff Beck, Prince, Eric Clapton, Herbie Hancock and Mick Jagger. In 2008, Wilkenfeld was voted "The Year's Most Exciting New Player" by Bass Player magazine readers' choice poll. In 2013, Wilkenfeld was awarded Bass Player Magazine's "Young Gun Award" by Don Was, where she performed "Chelsea Hotel" by Leonard Cohen.
Karl Denson - (born December 27, 1956) is an American funk and jazz saxophonist, flutist and vocalist from Santa Ana, California. He was a member of Lenny Kravitz's band.
Jay Hoggard - American vibraphonist, born 28 September 1954 in New York City, USA.
Aquarian Dream - was an American jazz-funk-disco group formed by Norman Connors, active from the mid to late 1970s. They were originally signed to Buddah for “Phoenix”, a heavily orchestrated disco-styled song.
Hiram Bullock - american jazz-funk/fusion guitarist and bandleader.Born 11 September 1955 in Osaka, Japan. Died 25 July 2008 in Manhattan, New York, USA.Returned to Baltimore, Maryland with his family at the age of two. He studied at the University of Miami music college, meeting guitarist Pat Metheny, and bass players Jaco Pastorius and Will Lee.
The New Mastersounds - are a British four-piece jazz fusion and bluesy funk band from Leeds, England. Over the last 16 years, they have issued ten studio albums, two live dates, two remix collections, and a compilation album.
Level 42 - At the beginning of their career, Level 42 was squarely a jazz-funk fusion band, contemporaries of fellow Brit funk groups like Atmosfear, Light of the World, Incognito, and Beggar & Co. By the end of the ’80s, however, the band — whose music was instantly recognizable from Mark King’s thumb-slap bass technique and associate member Wally Badarou’s synthesizer flourishes — had crossed over to the point where they were often classified as sophisti-pop and dance-rock, equally likely to be placed in the context of Sade and the Style Council as any group that made polished, upbeat, danceable pop/rock.
George Benson - (born March 22, 1943) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He began his professional career at the age of 21 as a jazz guitarist. Benson uses a rest-stroke picking technique similar to that of gypsy jazz players such as Django Reinhardt.A former child prodigy, Benson first came to prominence in the 1960s, playing soul jazz with Jack McDuff and others. He then launched a successful solo career, alternating between jazz, pop, R&B singing, and scat singing. His album Breezin' was certified triple-platinum, hitting no. 1 on the Billboard album chart in 1976.
Seawind - were an American jazz fusion band from Hawaii, consisted of its lead singer Pauline Wilson, guitarist Bud Nuañez, bassist Ken Wild, drummer Bob Wilson, keyboardist and saxophonist Larry Williams, saxophone and flute player Kim Hutchcroft, and trumpet, Flugelhorn, trombonist [Richard Boyd]. They recorded two albums for CTI Records, one for Horizon Records and one for A&M Records.
Kenny Garrett - (born October 9, 1960) is an American post-bop jazz saxophonist and flautist who gained recognition in his youth as a member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra and of Miles Davis's band. Since then, he has pursued a solo career.
The Blackbyrds - Profile:American rhythm and blues and jazz-funk fusion group, inspired by trumpeter Donald Byrd. Formed in Washington, D.C., in 1973, & released seven albums and one compilation for Fantasy between 1974 and 1980.Reformed in 2012 by Keith Killgo.
George Duke - (January 12, 1946 – August 5, 2013) was an American keyboardist, composer, singer-songwriter and record producer. He worked with numerous artists as arranger, music director, writer and co-writer, record producer and as a professor of music. He first made a name for himself with the album The Jean-Luc Ponty Experience with the George Duke Trio. He was known primarily for thirty-odd solo albums, of which A Brazilian Love Affair from 1979 was his most popular, as well as for his collaborations with other musicians, particularly Frank Zappa.
James Moody - (March 26, 1925 – December 9, 2010) was an American jazz saxophone and flute player and very occasional vocalist, playing predominantly in the bebop and hard bop styles.
Bobby Lyle - Profile:US jazz - soul jazz pianist - keyboardist.Born on 11.03.1944 in Memphis, Tennessee.Grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota.He lives in Houston, Texas.In the 60's he started playing keyboards in Young Holt Unlimited. He was to be a member of Jimi Hendrix's jazz rock group but Hendrix's death cancelled the project. Before Wayne Henderson brought him to Capitol he played with Sly & The Family Stone and Ronnie Laws' band.
John Lee - Profile:American jazz bassist, engineer, producer, born 28 June 1952 in Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA. Founder of Jazz Legacy Productions and Alleycat Studios (2), based in West Orange, NJ.He publishes music as Lauralee Music and John G. Lee, sometimes credited John G. Lee D/B/A Lauralee Music.
Weldon Irvine Jr.- (October 27, 1943 – April 9, 2002), also known as Master Wel,was an American composer, playwright, poet, pianist, organist, and keyboardist.
Ronald Laws - (born October 3, 1950) is an American jazz, jazz fusion, smooth jazz saxophonist. He is the younger brother of jazz flautist Hubert Laws, jazz vocalist Eloise Laws and the older brother of Debra Laws.
Kerry Wilkins - Texan-born guitarist Kerry Wilkins is set to wow the world further with the upcoming release of his new album "Follow My Lead", available November 2006 on Moore & Moore Records.A lifelong lover of jazz, as well as some of the finest cross-genre guitarists such as Hendrix and Santana, Wilkins is one of the most gifted jazz guitar players of his generation. Furthermore, Wilkins has also excelled as songwriter and producer, taking the helm in all three disciplines for the new album.
Billy Cobham - William Emanuel Cobham Jr. (born May 16, 1944) is a Panamanian-American jazz drummer who came to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s with trumpeter Miles Davis and then with the Mahavishnu Orchestra. According to AllMusic's reviewer, Cobham is "generally acclaimed as fusion's greatest drummer"He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Classic Drummer Hall of Fame in 2013
Herbie Hancock - American pianist, keyboardist, composer, band leader.Born 12 April 1940 in Chicago, Illinois. Hancock is one of the best known modern jazz composers, creator of “Watermelon Man” (which has been a reference point throughout his career), “Maiden Voyage”, “Dolphin Dance”, right through to the dance grooves of “Rockit”. Hancock also has the distinction of having made the largest-selling jazz record of all time in “Head Hunters”.
Wayne Henderson - (September 24, 1939 – April 5, 2014) was an American soul jazz and hard bop trombonist and record producer. In 1961, he co-founded the soul jazz/hard bop group The Jazz Crusaders. Henderson left the group (who by then had changed their name to The Crusaders) in 1976 to pursue a career in producing, but revived The Jazz Crusaders in 1995.
Lonnie Liston Smith - Lonnie Liston Smith was born 28th December, 1940 in Richmond, Virginia, U.S.A. He was introduced to music at an early age by his father, and learned piano, tuba, trumpet and voice in high school and college. After graduating from Baltimore's Morgan State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in music education, he soon launched himself into performance, working with the house band at the Royal Theater, Baltimore. He moved to New York and nurtured his talent with jazz greats like Art Blakey and Miles Davis, moving from acoustic jazz to fusion, before forming his own group Lonnie Liston Smith And The Cosmic Echoes in 1973.
Jimmy Ponder - Profile:American jazz guitarist, born May 10, 1946 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and died September 16, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Kirk Whalum - (born July 11, 1958) is an American jazz saxophonist and songwriter. He toured with Whitney Houston for more than seven years and soloed in her single "I Will Always Love You", the best-selling single by a female artist in music history. He was also featured on many Luther Vandross albums, most often playing on the singer's covers of older pop and R&B standards such as "Anyone Who Had a Heart", "I (Who Have Nothing)", and "Love Won't Let Me Wait".
Art Porter - (August 3, 1961 – November 23, 1996) :Profile:American jazz saxophonist.He was the son of jazz pianist Art Porter Sr. (1934-1993).Art Jr., played with : Pharoah Sanders, Jack McDuff, Ramsey Lewis and others. He died in a boat accident in Thailand.
Najee - Profile:Born 4th November 1957 in Jamaica, Queens, NYC where he still resides. Smooth Jazz artist, plays saxophone (soprano, alto and tenor), clarinet, flute and keyboards. As well as releasing a number of solo albums he has performed with other artists including Freddie Jackson, Will Downing, Jeffrey Osborne, Marcus Miller, Paul Jackson Jr. and George Duke.
Omar Hakim - Profile:Born: February 12,1959 New York City.American jazz, jazz fusion and pop music drummer, producer, arranger and composer. He has performed for some of the most high-profile music artists in the world, including David Bowie, Sting, Madonna, Dire Straits, Journey, Kate Bush, George Benson, Miles Davis, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Weather Report, Marcus Miller and many others.
Boney James - is an American saxophonist, songwriter, and record producer.Boney James is a four-time Grammy Award nominee (Best Pop Instrumental Album, 2001, 2004, 2014 and Best Traditional R&B Performance, 2009) and a Soul Train Award winner (Best Jazz Album 1998). He has also been honored with two NAACP Image Award nominations for Best Jazz Album.
Rodney Franklin - (born September 16, 1958, Berkeley, California) is an American jazz pianist and composer. At the age of six he took jazz piano lessons at Washington Elementary School. He was taught by Dr Herb Wong who was a jazz journalist, disc jockey and music teacher.In 1972 at the young age of 14 he led the funk-jazz band In One Piece (alt. In One Peace) performing his fist 3 recordings at a studio in Ray Dobar's House of Music in Berkeley, California. Produced by George Semper only one of the songs has been released on the 2003 Inner City Sounds 2X LP Compilation released on Luv N'Haight Ubiquity Recordings.
The Rebirth are a seven piece band from Los Angeles.They combine influences from traditional soul, hip-hop, jazz and funk.
Down To The Bone - origins begin at the end of 1995, with Stuart Wade as producer, writer and the creative mind behind the project. The project name came about as a result of taking a track "Joy Is Free" from the soul band he was in at the time, Think Twice and remixing it, creating the Down To The Bone remix and from a London club called 'To The Bone', run by DJ’s playing funky grooves.
Alfonzo Blackwell Jr. - was born in Brooklyn, New York. Music was always a big part of his household and childhood upbringing. He learned to play the piano by ear at the age of six. He began playing saxophone at the age of eleven and became proficient on alto, tenor, and soprano saxophones. Over the years he also started to play the drums, bass, and guitar.
Lindsey Webster - is an American jazz, r&b, & pop singer. Her first single, "Fool Me Once", reached number one on the Smooth Jazz chart at Billboard magazine (2016), making her the first vocalist since Sade's 2010 "Soldier of Love" to have a #1 vocally-driven song in the primarily instrumental format,Since then Webster has scored six Top 5 hits, including "Where Do You Want To Go" (#1), Back To Your Heart (#2), Open Up (#3), Next To Me (#3), & Love Inside.
Tim Bowman - (born April 22, 1959) is an American smooth jazz gospel musician. He started his music career, in 1996, with the release of, Love, Joy, Peace, by INSP Media Group (Insync Music) alongside Diamante Records, and they released his first three albums, 1998's Paradise and 2000's Smile.
Doc Powell - is an American jazz guitarist and composer. He was born and raised in Spring Valley, New York. He attended college at University of Charleston.He has worked with Wilson Pickett, who chose him to be his musical director. He has also worked in the same capacity for Luther Vandross for over a decade. He has also worked with high-profile musicians including Stevie Wonder, Bob James, Grover Washington, Jr., Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones and Teddy Pendergrass.
Byron Miller - Profile:Soul, jazz, and funk bassist who started playing with Roy Ayers. Friend of Leon Ndugu Chancler, who introduced him to Carlos Santana, so he played on "Amigos". Chancler next introduced him to George Duke, and the three of them formed the George Duke Band. He has appeared on 14 of Duke's albums over the past 20 years. Has recorded and toured with the Crusaders, Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Marvin Gaye ("Final Tour") and Whitney Houston. He subsequently joined Luther Vandross' band and was a mainstay of his touring unit for 15 years.
Jamal Thomas - is an excellent drummer with more than 30 years performance experience. He played with Maceo Parker, the SOS Band and the producer duo Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. The band consists of Jamal Thomas (drums & lead vocals), Maya Lisa (lead & backing vocals), Alex Bernath (drums & rap), Daniel Lottersberger (bass), Coen Molenaar (keys & synth bass), Frank Deruytter ( sax & backing vocals) and Guy Nikkels (guitar). Guest musicians on selected tracks are Chuck Leavell ( piano, Hammond) and Rodney "Skeet" Curtis (bass).
Ron Otis - is one of the most established sidemen in contemporary American jazz. The Detroitbased drummer is renowned for his versatility, improvisation and impeccable timing—incorporating syncopated rhythms and funky accenting. Having toured with guitarist Earl Klugh and pianist Bob James for over a decade, Otis usually plays alongside bassist Al Turner.
Gary A. Grainger - Profile:Self-taught jazz/fusion bassist from Baltimore, USA, not to be confused with the British rock/pop guitarist/bassist Gary Grainger. Gary joined the group Pockets in the 70s; a protege-group with a distribution-deal at American Recording Company (ARC), a boutique-label of Earth, Wind & Fire. He recorded 3 albums and various singles with Pockets in the late 70s, mainly productions by Verdine White of EW&F, and Robert Wright. Tracks on these productions which Gary co-wrote include "Doin' The Do," "Sphinx," "Wizzard Wuzzit," and "Got To Find My Way." Around the 80s, he formed The Graingers with his brothers Glenn Grainger and Greg Grainger, and they released the single "Shine Your Light" on BC Records. Gary and Greg were also hired as studio-musicians for various recording sessions during the 80s.
Alvin Mills - American bassist, born 26 November 1968 in Fort Knox, Kentucky, USA,and grew up in Selma, Alabama. He has been making music since the age of 5, when started playing drums. At age 13 he progressed to the bass. He’s been an active musician his entire life, honing his skills through playing in church, in high school and during his time in the US military. Settling in Germany in 1991 he has performed with an wide array of national and international recording artists such as NENA, RONAN KEATING (BOYZONE), TOTO, CHIC, JEFF LORBER, GLORIA GAYNOR, KIM WILDE and many others.
Arno Haas - Profile:German saxophonist, born in 1965.Black-Forest-born Arno Haas released his debut album Magic Hands in 2013 receiving high accolades by critics. His sophomore album Back To You is scheduled for release on October 22, 2015 on mochermusic.
Deon Yates - has been entertaining audiences all over the United States and the world all of his life. Deon started playing music at the age of eight at Guyton elementary school on the east side of Detroit. From there he went on to Remus Robinson middle school where he was introduced to jazz by teachers Donald Washington and Hosea Taylor whom Deon credits as being his musical father. Taylor took Deon under his wing and the rest is history.
Riley Richard - Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, is an inspired jazz saxophonist who has plans on making his contribution to the jazz genre. Having studied at Cleveland School of The Arts, Cuyahoga community college and Cleveland State University, Riley was trained in the traditional sense of jazz analyzing the styles of John Coltrane, Charlie Parker and Sonny Sttit. Although having a heavy interest in sports at an early age, Riley was encouraged by his parents to take piano lessons in which led him to learn the flute and eventually the Alto Saxophone. His first professional gig was at the age of 14, playing with Cleveland’s legendary organist Eddie Baccus Sr.
Nick Colionne - Although his smooth guitar chops and dynamic stage persona draw fans, He has balanced his over 20-year career with a dedication to teaching and mentoring students. Emerging in the '90s with his debut, It's My Turn, Colionne established himself as an in-demand player in the Chicago area, building upon the soulful jazz style of idols like Wes Montgomery, George Benson, and Grover Washington, Jr.
John Dillard - Born and raised in Rochester, NY, John was surrounded by music that helped shape his particular style of playing. John credits his early influences to his father. John’s musical journey started when he was eight years old. John gives credit to other heavy influences aside from family members such as Jaco Pastorius, Marcus Miller, Dave Holland, Ron Carter, John Patitucci, Nathan East, Fred Hammond, and Joel Smith.
Paul Whitley - He has performed with a diverse range of artists such as Marvin Sapp, John P. Kee, Byron Cage, Donnie McClurklin, Dorina Clarke-Cole, Maurette Brown-Clark, Jonathan Butler, Wes Morgan, and William Becton, Jazz artist- Steve Cole, Joey Sommerville, Elan Trotman, Lin Roundtree and Walter Beasley.
Jeffery Smith - originally born in Shreveport, LA and currently residing in Dallas, TX - began playing music at the tender age of seven. Raised among other talented musicians, Jeffery was exposed to, and ultimately mastered eight different instruments including lead, bass, and acoustic guitars, keyboards, drums, percussion instruments, baritone, and trumpet. By age nine, Jeffery’s strong desire to play music motivated him to start his own band.
Marqueal Jordan - is not your mainstream artist. A Los Angeles native who has made Chicago his home for the past 20 years, Marqueal is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. His indelible talent is a virtual emporium of musical genres that encompasses R&B, Soul, Jazz, Hip Hop and Pop. Each magnetic performance embodies the foundation that music is built upon, and also delivers the energy to captivate audiences worldwide. It is rare that you find an artist that can not only cross musical styles, but can do so effectively and convincingly.
Brandon Lane - from Richmond, VA bassist celebrates his recent Masters of Music degree in Jazz Studies from North Carolina Central University with a funk-filled, mightily melodic grooving EP, with a title tells us exactly what’s in store, Oldsoulmusic. Influenced by everyone from Marcus Miller and Stanley Clarke to Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind & Fire, Lane’s balance of snappy, in your face intensity and simmering chill vibes pays glorious homage to the classic R&B era while infusing his youthful contemporary sensibilities. All songs composed, arranged, produced, mixed and mastered by Brandon Lane.
Gino Rosaria - moved to the US in 2003 to study music under the world renowned Daisy De Luca Jaffe. In 2009, he graduated with a Master’s degree in Classical Music Performance. Gino then started taking private Jazz lessons with Jazz pianist David Shelander, who studied with Bill Evans.
Victor Bailey - (born March 27, 1960, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - died November 11, 2016, Stafford, Virginia, USA) was an American bass guitar player. He was the bassist for Weather Report during their final years from 1982 to 1986 and launched a solo career in 1988.
The Counts - Profile:American funk and soul group founded in 1964 in Detroit, MI.
Earnest Walker came in contact with music as a young kid meeting the Wooten family, whose house was continuously filled with the sounds of live music. It was not the bass player Victor Wooten but his brother Rudy who inspired Earnest with his saxophone. Starting playing guitar he decided soon that the saxophone is his principle instrument.
Victor Wooten - (born September 11, 1964) is an American bassist, record producer, educator, and recipient of five Grammy Awards.He has been the bassist for Béla Fleck and the Flecktones since the group's formation in 1988 and a member of the band SMV with two other bassists, Stanley Clarke and Marcus Miller.Since 2017 he has played bass for the metal band Nitro.
Dwayne "Smitty" Smith - A highly regarded and sought-after jazz and R&B session bassist,he is also a solo artist in his own right, known for his deep rhythmic groove and crossover sound. A native of the Washington, D.C. area, Smith initially started out on drums around age 13. Switching to bass, he gigged regularly with his band throughout much of his teens. After high school, he spent four years in the Air Force, playing and working as the musical director of the Tops in Blue ensemble. Upon his discharge he relocated to Los Angeles, where he found work recording and touring with Anita Baker, appearing on her Grammy Award-winning 1986 album, Rapture.
The Cheebacabra - is a psychedelic funk fusion band on the Mackrosoft Records music label. The band was formed when Cheeba parted ways with the Dust Brothers production team to focus on his own productions.
Candy Dulfer - Profile:Dutch female saxophone-player. Played alongside artists like Prince, Aretha Franklin, Living Colour, Van Morrison and Pink Floyd. She was born 19 September 1969 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and is the daughter of Hans Dulfer.
Althea René - This unparalleled artist, born December 25th in Detroit, Michigan, began her musical career at age four as a classical flautist. She studied classical music while attending Howard University in Washington D.C. and later she gained further musical inspiration from the accomplishments of Yusef Lateef, Ian Anderson, and Dave Valentine. She has since developed her own creative style.
Meshell Ndegeocello - real name Michelle Lynn Johnson, born August 29, 1968), is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, and bassist. She has gone by the name Meshell Suhaila Bashir-Shakur which is used as a writing credit on some of her later work.Her music incorporates a wide variety of influences, including funk, soul, jazz, hip hop, reggae and rock. She has received significant critical acclaim throughout her career,and although she has never won a Grammy Award, she has been nominated ten times.She has been credited for helping to have "sparked the neo-soul movement
Urban Jazz Coalition - The Columbus, Ohio based formation was founded by bassist Phil Raney. Further members are percussionist Hector Maldonado, keyboardist Brendon Howard, saxophonist Richard Randolph, drummer Rich "Rico" Adams and guitarist Duane Tribune. Keyboardist Brian Skeel joins the group on the new recordings.
Eric Bolvin - is an award-winning California Composer/Arranger with a schedule that includes playing, writing, teaching, and producing music,one of the industry’s busiest working trumpeters,as a session player and arranger, Eric has recorded over 50 CDs for A&M Records and Mesa/Blue Moon Records. He has played or recorded with Richie Cole, Dave Liebman, Dee Daniels, Wayne Bergeron, Tom Scott, Dave Weckl, and Dennis Chambers.
Steve Flowers - composer, recording artist and music educator has performed as a flutist in the classical and jazz fields for over thirty years. Steve currently has a Master’s Degree in Flute performance. Steve has performed at corporate affairs, Jazz festivals throughout the Chicago and Northwest Indiana area. He has performed the National Anthem at several National Basketball Association (NBA) games. He has been the opening act for major artist throughout the Midwest.
David Dyson - (born 3 April 1965) is an American bassist, songwriter, arranger, and producer.Throughout his career he has performed with an array of artists including New Kids on the Block, Meshell Ndegeocello, Lalah Hathaway, Pieces of a Dream, George Duke, Regina Bell, Jonathan Butler, Najee, Candy Dulfer, Rick Braun, Gerald Albright, Norman Brown, Bobby Lyle, Doc Powell, and Michael Franks.
Kevin Stixx Marshall - KMStixx Music is an award-winning full service songwriting, music production and publishing firm. We specialize in providing original music content, music production support, voiceover recording and live/studio drum services to artists, music producers, film editors, production companies and marketing firms. Whether you're a marketing firm seeking original music for an ad campaign, an artist or producer needing live drums on a track or live performance, or a music editor in need of music content for a film, KMStixx Music can deliver.
G's Way - Real Name:Gérald BONNEGRACE Profile:G's Way is a french project created and leaded by Gérald "GG" Bonnegrace, composer and musician. In this first album, GG has explored all his musical influences like Ray Baretto, Eumir Deodato, Fela Kuti, Grover Washington Jr and many others, to create an explosive cocktail of jazz, funk, and afro-latin music.
Mitchell Coleman Jr. - Fans of slammin’ yet radio-ready, Jazz-Funk Fusion, will rejoice upon the discovery of bassist/composer Coleman, a disciple of the Stanley Clarke, Larry Graham, Louis Johnson and Marcus Miller schools of The Throwdown, is still in awe of the success of the 2016 release of his debut CD, Perception. Perception is described as Mitchell’s second musical journey of self-exploration – which fulfilled Mitchell’s lifelong dream of expressing the music that’s been in his heart since he began thumpin’ basses at the tender age of 10.