102.5 WLOQ and the City of Altamonte Springs bring you the area's best outdoor concert series. Join us in the Eddie Rose Amphitheater for great music, food and your favorite beverage. This FREE concert series attracts many vendors to Cranes Roost Blvd. adding to the excitement of things to do and see. Cranes Roost Blvd. will be closed during this event; no pets, bottles, food, alcohol or coolers may be brought into the park.
Jazz Jams Uptown 2013
Steve Cole with Matt ShenkSaxophonist Steve Cole is one of the most celebrated players in contemporary jazz. The Chicago native exploded onto the scene in 1998 with the album “Stay Awhile” that was produced by fellow Chicagoan Brian Culbertson. The disc scored two #1 hits and earned Cole the Oasis Smooth Jazz Award for best new artist shortly before his sophomore set, “Between Us,” was released in 2000. His catchy singles made him an instant radio favorite and he cranked them out with regularity on subsequent albums “NY LA” (2003), “Spin” (2005) and “True” (2006). In addition to his work as solo artist, Steve has performed/recorded, with Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Boz Scaggs, Larry Carlton, Jeff Lorber, Jim Peterik, Freddie Cole, Cyrus Chestnut, and KMFDM, and has been a featured soloist with the City of Prague Orchestra, and The Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Steve is also a founding member of The Sax Pack, a stellar sax trio completed by Marcus Anderson and Jeff Kashiwa. In the 15 years since the release of his debut record, saxophonist Steve Cole has traveled full-circle creatively and arrived back home on his new release, “Pulse,” a 10-song set mixing R&B, contemporary jazz, gospel, blues and pop that he produced with fellow saxman David Mann. The new collection surveying Cole’s musical passions showcases the artist’s affinity for infectious melodies, a wall of horns, and soulful grooves.
Renowned chart-topping contemporary jazz artist and producer Jackiem Joyner has traveled all over the world with his signature saxophone sound, yet he returns home—figuratively—on his fourth release, Church Boy. Reaching back to his roots and reigniting his faith, Joyner brings together his beloved jazz and his foundational gospel music. Joyner made his debut in 2007 as a standout saxophonist who plays a range of other instruments. With his masterful talent of instrumental jazz, Joyner tells a story without words.
Joyner taps into his long-held belief that his music has always been inspired by God, while showing the world that praise and worship can take on many forms. Joyner proves Gospel is not a specific style, but rather an expression of love and adoration to an amazing God.
“My new album Church Boy confirms my place in the music ministry of God,” Joyner says. “The album stems from my time as a young and eager boy who wanted to play a part in music ministry. Although my previous albums are in the jazz or smooth jazz genre, I have always believed that my music comes from God. Every new talent I acquire, I make a point to dedicate it to my Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ.”
The album is a transparent and honest testament of Joyner’s faith. After graduating from high school, Joyner moved from upstate New York to Virginia and found himself with no money, no job and homeless. For almost six months Joyner lived from shelter to shelter, sometimes staying with a friend. His Pastor helped him get on track by helping him find a job and an apartment. Thinking his difficulties were over, Joyner was shocked to find himself once again homeless in just a few short months. It was the same situation, shelter to shelter, eventually hitting rock bottom and living in his car.
“I found myself praying a lot because these were very difficult times,” recalls Joyner. “No one knew I slept in my car for a month. I learned that if I didn’t experience those hard times, I believe my character would have been different. I don’t think I would have become the strong Christian that I am now.”
Joyner leaned upon his beliefs and relationship with God instilled from a childhood filled with home bible studies and gospel music. His life turned around through completely trusting God. “Having gone through those experiences, I don’t believe there is anything too hard for God, and I don’t believe there will be anything that will shake my faith again. I am totally sold out for God and no matter what, I’ll always depend on Him to see me through.”
Church Boy reflects the Virginia-born saxophonist’s deep roots in ministry. “My music career is a testament to how God will bless you and how he will bring you out of something…you will come out much stronger,” states Joyner. The title Church Boy, like his past projects, reveals a little of himself…a self-proclaimed “church boy” who will unashamedly give glory to God through his music. “This project,” states Joyner, “is my offering to Him, and my way to share my testimony of what He means to me.”
Church Boy remains faithful to the virtuoso’s signature jazz sound, and varies from the whimsical sound evident on the Kirk Franklin cover of “I Smile” (joined by jazz great Kirk Whalum), to the theatrical on the universally popular hymn “Jesus Loves Me.” Joyner also throws in some rock-and-roll and pop with nods to Toby Mac on the moving “City On Our Knees,” the up-tempo favorite “You Are Good” by Israel Houghton, and the compelling “Bless The Lord (Son Of Man),” a Tye Tribbett classic with Jonathan Butler on lead acoustic guitar. “One of my favorite songs that meant so much to me during a very tough time in my life,” states Joyner, “is the Percy Bady- penned, ‘Still I Rise,’ beautifully recorded originally by the incomparable Yolanda Adams. It was important for me to record that song. The anointing came and took over the instrument as I was playing and I could feel the presence of God.”
Joyner’s diversity is amazing, delivering an original composition “This Is My Song,” as well as a take from today’s pop charts, Justin Beiber’s “Pray.” “Sunday Jam,” the epitome of smooth grooves, is a perfect song for Sunday morning listening or a Sunday afternoon drive. Church Boy offers familiar covers as well as songs penned, produced and arranged by Joyner. The fusion of the two distinct genres of jazz and gospel flow seamlessly; the popular saxophonist endearingly nicknamed ‘Lil Man Soul’ makes clear his connection to Gospel music.
“I can remember a time when I couldn’t wait until church service was done so I could get a chance to bang on the instruments,” says Joyner. “One day the Pastor of my church told me that I was going to learn an instrument and be very involved in the gospel ministry. I had no instrumental experience and had no idea what he was talking about. Church Boy takes me and will take the audience back to church. From the time that I was very young, Gospel music was the dominant music played in my household, and Church Boy is a true reflection of who I am, and where I came from.”
Born in 1980 in Norfolk VA, Joyner inherited some of his musical gifts from his professional bass player father, but grew up in a single parent household and developed most of his musical sensibilities from singing in the church choir and playing drums. After moving to Buffalo NY, the young musician was told he would “look good” playing the sax when he got to high school and he immediately took to his new instrument. While attending Fowler high school in Syracuse under the leadership of his music teacher and mentor Loue Adams, he decided to compete in the NAACP’s youth achievement program “ACT-SO“ (geared towards African Americans demonstrating academic, artistic, and scientific prowess and expertise) representing the city of Syracuse. Joyner won the state competition three years in a row.
After high school he moved back to Virginia, where Bishop Michael Patterson of the World Harvest Outreach
Ministries in Newport News made him head of the music department. Joyner participated in many outreach
services including a mission trip with his Pastor to minister to audiences in Nigeria and Kenya, and the refugee
camps of Ethiopia and Sudan. “A life changing experience,” Joyner says.
Eventually Joyner relocated to California and caught the attention of iconic trumpeter Rick Braun and saxophonist Richard Elliot who immediately signed him to their record label Artizen Music. There Joyner released his first international album, Babysoul, to high acclaim. Since then Joyner has performed at many festivals including the Capital Jazz Festival, Hampton Jazz Festival, Bermuda Jazz Festival and Long Beach Jazz Festival. Joyner has performed alongside greats such as George Duke, Wayman Tisdale, Marcus Miller, Najee, Kirk Whalum, GeraldAlbright—as well as a 30-city tour with Ronnie Laws, Angela Bofill and Jean Carne—to name a few.
Joyner’s God-given musical talents have allowed his music to touch people everywhere, leading to performances in many countries including Germany, South Africa, Japan, Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus and Azerbaijan.
In 2007, Smooth Jazz News named Joyner Debut Artist of the Year by for his album Babysoul. Since signing with Artistry Music/Mack Avenue Records, Joyner has enjoyed a successful smooth jazz career having spawned two #1 singles from Lil’ Man Soul on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart. “I’m Waiting For You” topped the smooth jazz radio charts for an incredible 12 weeks, the longest running #1 single and Song Of The Year at the 2009 American Smooth Jazz Awards. The second single, “Take Me There,” was released in early 2010 and also went to the #1 spot on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart, remaining there for 6 weeks straight. His third album, Jackiem Joyner—a funk/pop/groove mix featuring Paul Jackson, Jr.on guitar—enjoyed great success with the Latin flavored single “Dance With Me” and the high-energy motivational song “Push,” reaching #3 and #2 respectively on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Song chart.
Opening Act: Mike MacArthur (saxophonist)
What The Funk?
It’s one thing for a world class musician to write a book with a great title like “How To Make
Your Guitar Talk,” but Nils has gone further--living, embracing and even transcending those
words he once penned since becoming an instrumental sensation in 2005 with “Pacific Coast
According to BDS & the Nielsen Company, the title track to the Munich born, Los Angeles
based guitarist’s breakthrough debut album on Baja/TSR Records was the most heavily played
track in the smooth jazz format over the past ten years with nearly 30,000 spins. The song was a
true phenomenon in its initial release, staying at #1 on the Radio & Records airplay chart for
more than 10 weeks on its way to being named the most played song in the U.S. and Canada for
the yearsince then the most played song of the decade .
“Jump Start” the aptly titled first single from his new release What The Funk?, followed in
those hallowed chart footsteps and remained #1 on Billboard for 8 weeks and just got awarded
the honor of being song of the year 2011 according to Billboard and Broadcast Architecture for
most airplay in 2011.
Nils’ success in the smooth jazz genre has somewhat obscured his dynamic background as a
versatile R&B/ pop guitarist. Over the years, he has worked with greats like George Clinton and
he has a platinum record for his contributions to The Temptations’ 1998 album Phoenix Rising.
He contributed as a musician and co-writer of “Keep Rollin’” on Benson’s 1998 album Standing
Together, and the guitar and vocal legend returned the favor by playing a duet with Nils on Nils’
1998 debut CD Blue Planet. He has also become a core part of many fans’ summer and fall
festival experience. “Every time we take the stage our goal is to capture the fans in ways they
couldn’t have imagined when they took their seats, and then embrace that moment when they
start responding to the music and go crazy”. To nobody’s surprise came his nomination for “Best
Guitarist” at last year’s American Smooth Jazz Awards, in a category that also included George
“While the format that plays my music has jazz in its name, I’ve actually always been most at
home playing R&B and pop,” Nils says. “I like to incorporate a lot of different styles and
influences. My main goal is to make that important emotional connection with the audience. I
really like to project the melody and make people feel things through the way I play the song.
It’s not just about playing a beautiful melody. Sometimes, part of it is manipulating the tone to
help me evoke a certain feeling or emotion.”
Working with his longtime band which includes vocalist and keyboardist Clydene Jackson
(whose voice was textured for the “Avatar” soundtrack), drummer Ricky Lawson and
percussionist Oliver Brown (an original member of KC and the Sunshine Band), the guitarist
amps up the groove and heads in a deeper R&B direction on What The Funk?, a 12 track set
that rolls like a high-spirited, ongoing response to the colorful title question and features some of
his most dazzling electric guitar work ever. Nils new website (www.nilsmusic.com) is a comprehensive way for fans of his instrumental
recordings to learn all the different facets of his rich artistry and projects.
Opening Act: Nate Mitchell (Keyboards)
Two decades into a multi-faceted career marked by dynamic explorations of the possibilities of contemporary jazz and R&B, two-time Grammy Award winner Paul Brown keeps his grooving momentum going with an amped-up visit to The Funky Joint—his sixth solo album and Woodward Avenue Records debut. The guitarist and composer’s eagerly anticipated new collection features performances by many of the artists that he has produced or played with over the years, including Boney James, Bob James, Euge Groove, Marc Antoine, Bob Baldwin and Darren Rahn; several tracks also feature Marco Basci, who plays keyboards with Brown when he performs live.
As part of Brown’s deal with the label, he is also serving as an A&R consultant.Brown’s dynamic, R&B driven vibe has been a trademark of smooth urban jazz since he produced saxophonist Boney James’ hit debut Trust in 1992. In addition to scoring more than 50 #1 charting airplay hits as the genre’s top producer since that time, Brown has enjoyed extraordinary success as an artist in his own right since the release of his debut album Up Front in 2004.
The multi-talented performer had the unique experience in 2006 of scoring #1 Radio & Records chart hits as both an artist and producer. “Winelight,” the second single from his sophomore album The City, was ranked by Mediabase as the genre’s most spun track of that year. Radio & Records and Mediabase declared “The Rhythm Method,” the first single from Brown’s third release White Sand, the most played song of 2007. The title track from saxophonist Jessy J’s Brown-produced debut Tequila Moon earned the same distinction for 2008. Foreign Exchange, a dual collection with acoustic guitarist Marc Antoine, was a Top Ten hit on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart in 2009. Brown followed this with Love You Found Me, a Top 20 album that featured more of the guitarist’s soulful lead vocals than ever before.
He earned a nomination for “Best Vocalist” at the 2011 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, where he had the opportunity to sit in with one of his all-time guitar heroes, Larry Carlton.
This past year, Brown performed his first European shows, including appearances with Antoine at Pizza Express in London and a set at the 2011 Smooth Jazz Festival Augsberg (Germany), which featured guest appearances from Jessy J, Gerald Albright and keyboardist Jonathan Fritzen. Stateside, Brown headlined numerous gigs with saxophonist Darren Rahn, a successful genre producer who has scored multiple hits for artists like Eric Darius, Dave Koz and the late Wayman Tisdale. “The Producers” tour found Brown and Rahn playing each other’s songs as well as hits they produced for other artists. The two will be performing more dates together in 2012.
“The reason I got into this business was to play the guitar and perform live,” he says. “As much success as I’ve had as a producer, I’ve always seen that as part of my evolution as a professional to get to this point. Making music is simple to me. When something moves me emotionally, then I know it’s good. That’s why I’ve worked this past year in between bigger projects with so many unsigned acts. Everything I do, from the albums I produce for established artists to those I do for up and coming performers to my own projects, is creatively stimulating to me in a unique way. I love doing them all.” Not surprisingly considering his typical whirlwind schedule, Brown cherishes his down time, which gives him the opportunity to pursue his passion for wine. Trumpet great Jerry Hey introduced him to the fine art of wine collecting, and Brown has quickly become a great French wine connoisseur, favoring French Burgundy as he has built his collection. He recently shot a pilot, tentatively titled “Pinot Envy,” about the exciting combination of wine and music, for a lifestyle series he intends to pitch to various networks. The show would feature a behind the scenes look at artists and their passion for wine and winery owners and winemakers and their love of music; it will also feature concert footage from shows performed at wineries. The Los Angeles born and raised Brown dedicates The Funky Joint to his parents, professional singers for legends like Mel Torme (as part of The Meltones), Frank Sinatra, Elvis and Barbra Streisand.
Opening Act: Ron Reinhardt and Amalgam X
With her sizzling mix of hot beats, Latin and samba rhythms, instantly captivating melodies and model looks, Jessy J proved quite the sensation when Tequila Moon, her auspicious debut on Peak Records, a division of Concord Music Group, was released March 4, 2008. The album earned the Mexican-American saxophonist/singer/songwriter such accolades as Radio & Records’ Debut Artist of The Year Award and Contemporary Jazz Song of the Year by R&R and Billboard for the title track, which stayed perched at #1 for an incredible eight weeks. Adding to Jessy’s rising star was a cover story in Jazziz Magazine, as well as features inPeople en Español and JazzTimes.
The hit “Tropical Rain,” from her 2009 release, True Love, reached the #1 spot on the R&R and Billboard jazz charts. Jessy was also on the October 2009 covers ofSaxophone Journal and Latina Style Magazine in February 2010. In September 2010, this multi-talented musician was selected by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) for their prestigious ASCAPLUS writing award.
Jessy’s third album, Hot Sauce, set for release on September 6, 2011 on Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group, spotlights her collaborations with some of today’s most prominent contemporary jazz musicians, including guitarists Paul Brown and Ray Parker Jr, keyboardists Joe Sample and Gregg Karukas, and drummer Harvey Mason of Fourplay. Hot Sauce showcases eight originals along with adventurous new arrangements of Francis Anthony ‘Eg’ White’s pop hit “Leave Right Now” and Duke Ellington’s jazz classic “In a Sentimental Mood.”
With the majority of tracks produced by mega contemporary and urban jazz hit maker/musician Paul Brown, (who also produced Tequila Moon and True Love), one of the most remarkable aspects of Hot Sauce is Jessy’s ongoing commitment to her development as an artist and composer on her own terms.
The Oregon-born, California-raised performer draws her inspiration naturally from several unique musical wellsprings. While she was growing up, her Mexican-born father and mother, a native of Texas, had parties at their house where festive, live Latin music—including La Banda music of her dad’s home country—flowed all night long. She was a huge fan of Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane, but also loved pop. After graduating from USC with a degree in jazz studies—she was named Most Outstanding Jazz Student of her class—she jumped quickly into recording sessions with artists like Michael Bublé and toured with The Temptations (2005-6) and Jessica Simpson.
A true musical prodigy, Jessy began playing piano at age four and spent most of her childhood as a competitive artist, performing at major conferences, competitions and festivals. These childhood experiences and the discipline and work ethic she gained from them would prove to be a great testing ground for her future career in the industry.
In 2004, Jessy joined the cast of the off-Broadway show Blast! and drew on her multitude of skills as an actress, singer, dancer and sax player as she performed in the U.S., London and Japan. It was during this time that she started to have a strong desire to write and perform more of her own music, the dream she fulfilled with her first recording, Tequila Moon.
The Spanish-speaking saxophonist is also heavily involved in music programs connected with the Hispanic community, including performing with the Hispanic Musician Association Orchestra. In 2006, Jessy had the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall as part of the Latin Jazz Project put together by one of her true sax heroes, Paquito D’Rivera. She did a similar project with the Henry Mancini Institute performing with legendary artists like Burt Bacharach. Currently, Jessy is working with the Disney Organization on Disney’s Jazz Celebration, their annual event for young performers. Jessy also enjoys working with Selmer Musical Instruments to provide saxophone clinics for young people across America. She also currently serves on the board of directors for The Young Musicians Project, a non-profit organization that brings music education to inner city youth in Los Angeles.
Jessy has performed in the all-star Guitars and Saxes tours (2008-09) and also with GRAMMY® Award-winning guitarist Norman Brown and his Summer Storm Tour (2010). In the last few months she’s spread her wings and performed at such prestigious events as the Dubai International Jazz Festival in the United Arab Emirates and also Java Jazz, which has become the festival in the Far East, a fantastic three-day event based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Closer to home, Jessy has performed at the fabled Pizza Express Jazz Club in London and will be traveling to Germany to perform at Augsburg’s unique Smooth Jazz Festival. About performing overseas, Jessy comments, “While I love playing for my home audience, it is such a pleasure to travel to foreign lands and perform my music.” Although, Jessy’s contemporary style of Latin jazz will always be her first love, on occasion she enjoys performing other styles of music with well-known musicians. Her ever-expanding musical horizons mean that she gets to play with musicians outside her normal genre, like Michael Bolton at Royal Albert Hall in 2009.
This burgeoning slate of shows complements Jessy’s extensive schedule in the pop and Latin music worlds, where she has toured as saxophonist and backing vocalist for Michael Bolton and performed with two of Mexico’s most popular artists, Gloria Trevi (aka “The Madonna of Mexico”) and Armando Manzanero (whom Jessy calls “the Mancini of Mexico”). She is about to go out on the road with one of Mexico’s hottest stars, Cristian Castro, in addition to studio work with pop stars like Seal, Jessica Simpson, El Chicano and Survivor’s Jim Peterik.
While Tequila Moon was very organic in style and True Love was inspired by instrumental Latin- pop, Hot Sauce is a whole different set of contrasts. As Miles Davis said, “What’s cool can be hot, and what’s hot can be cool, but hot or cool man, jazz is jazz” and that’s what Jessy thinks about her new album. Some songs are really hot with a spicy Latin flavor (“Hot Sauce”) and others are cool like the bluesy side of jazz (“Rio Grande”, and Ellington’s “In a Sentimental Mood”).
For Jessy this is step three on her ever escalating ladder of success—a little something to set your musical taste buds on fire!
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Cranes Roost Park
All concerts are from 7-10 p.m. Food and beverage available for purchase.
Cranes Roost Blvd. will be closed during this event; no pets, bottles, food, alcohol or coolers may be brought into the park.