Al Zaid & Classic Soul Band
Singing at the age of nine, Al Zaid is known as the man with a thousand voices. With an unlimited vocal ability and his achievement of perfection, afforded Al the opportunity to be the former lead singer of the Zola Taylor's Platters (one of the original member of the Platters group). Additionally, Al Zaid has performed R&B, Pop, Broadway Musicals and Jazz.
Of great musical historic value, Al has opened for some of the world’s para-mounted artist such as; Al Green, The Emotions, Bobby Wormack, Isaac Hayes, Etta James, and the Temptations. As a dynamic vocalist and magnificent performer, Al Zaid has executed tributes and voice makeovers of such artist as; Tony Williams of the Platters, Sam Cooke, Al Green, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Eddie Kendricks, Curtis Mayfield, George Benson.
Al Zaid has great tonation of his four octave ranges. Singing 1st tenor, 2nd tenor and baritone keeps his music dynamic, which adds that special something to your event. Al’s newly released CD 'The Nearness of Love’ is a musical dynasty of his ability as a vocalist singing Jazz Standards of such artist as, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Perry Como, Nat King Cole and Tony Williams of ‘The Platters’. Al believes in working with the best musicians and giving more than 100 percent. Al Zaid performs with a keyboardist or his trio (Legends of Classic Soul Jazz)
Al Zaid’s show ‘ The Nearness of Love’ is a tribute to some of the world’s renown crooners which has performed ‘The Greatest Love Songs’ some of which Al presents in his own style on his newly released CD “The Nearness of Love”
Al’s Trio ‘Legends of Classic Jazz’ members are as follows:
Ken Meyers- (director and pianist) played with and arranged music for New York Symphonic Orchestras and many small jazz groups. Accompanied singers (Vic Damone, Pearl Bailey, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme to name a few).
Manny Kellough- GRAMMY AWARD WINNING DRUMMER EXTRAORDINAIRE
4 GOLD RECORDS w/Billy Preston, including the hit song, “Nothing From Nothing”
A GRAMMY AWARD for Best New Artist w/Graham Central Station, 1974.
BEST JAZZ BAND – The Black Music Academy, 2007 - The Manny Kellough Jazz Trio
PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS : The Late Legendary Billy Preston for over 25 years. * Graham Central Station * The Platters *Lou Ragland ‘s “ World Famous “ Ink Spot’s *Carmen McCrae * Doby Gray * Freddie Hubbard * The Late Great Ray Charles * The Main Ingredient *The Late Rev. James Cleveland * The Rolling Stones on The Goat’s Head Soup Tour, 1974 * Barry White * Quincy Jones ( Sanford & Son TV Them Song )