This vendor provides virtual services
All booking and appearance fees, even those less than 15 min, start at $250.
I am a seasoned pro saxophonist, vocalist, and band leader. I also book bands 4 events, do Pro sound and DJ work. I was a member of Pieces of A Dream from 1995-2010. My music consists of R&B, Pop, Rock, Soul, Jazz traditional, contemporary & smooth, Reggae, Island Music, blues and alternative. I have played with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Eric Benet, Anita Baker, George Duke, & many more. I have been featured on BET Jazz, RHOP Season 1 and on several syndicated news programs and music festivals. I have over 100+ recordings both national and international.
He was very professional and friendly with the guest. Great personality.
Eddie Baccus Jr. Performance at 70th birthday celebration for our beloved Jazz loving cousin went to a whole new level of joy for our honoree and guests! Guests couldn’t get enough! Highly recommend and expect excellence!
We had to switch the dates of our party last minute and Eddie was there for the rescue. He showed up on time and was super collaborative with the program we had planned for my mother. He overdelivered and had the crowd partying it up. I would hire him again anytime!!
Eddie was sheer class!! We hired him for an unforgettable night playing his sax at our July 4 party. What a talent! He mesmerized our guests with super cool set and made it a night to remember. Thank you Eddie!
Thank you Eddie! What an amazing night! The sounds of your saxophone added to the joys of the celebratory night as my parents celebrated 40 years and my sister got engaged. I can’t wait to book again!
He was Great. He put the event on top
I hired Eddie to play for my daughter's wedding. He played "When A Man Loves A Woman" as she was walking down the isle. I kept it a surprise. Eddie then played for another hour at the cocktail hour. I asked him to play an assortment of music appropriate for a wedding. Eddie was very professional, kind and easy to talk to. He also played beautiful music on the saxophone. I enjoyed it so much: I'm hoping to hjre him again or his band for another event.
Eddie was flexible with our planning, and very communicative. However, his performance and set list were not the best choice for a Nigerian graduation. He played very old afrobeats songs, and asked about playing Luther Vandross during the event which was more of a high energy graduation celebration. He also didn’t seem excited to be present - the exact opposite of what a true entertainer should be at this type of an event.
Response from Eddie Baccus Jr. Or Group name The Syndicate:
The fact of the matter is, I was told several songs to play by the party and was even told that I should mix it up. I did not even create her Playlist, her family did. The guest of honor, who asked me to play later, was late and I accounted for her lateness by playing even later for her. Many people telling me 5000 things and they were all different. The playlist was given by her family, so if it were bad, why does that fall on me?! Especially when the guest of honor is late, and you give me a bad review & I even played 30 minutes over time! The $150 you gave me to accommodate the time change did not accommodate the overtime and if I was so bad, why did you ask me to stay beyond my time and keep playing, when you knew I had to leave?! I have never received a 2 star rating and especially from a 0 star situation & person, that was ultra unprofessional. You're clearly mad that your event was booked at the wrong time by your family, you wanted me to change the time for you for free and were mad because I told you that you had to pay me AT COST to book another musician for the event I was already scheduled to do. You and the person that booked the event called me begging to change your time twice and I didn't even charge what I normally do to sub out my event to someone else. I made every effort to appease you, your parents, your guests and the random person that booked the event on your behalf. I interacted with the crowd, walked around and played, took requests ect. My ratings speak for themselves. I'll warn all vendors about dealing with you and people like you in the future. This review is untrue, deceitful and reckless. I have reported you to GigSalad and we have receipts to back up everything. To my fellow musicians: book with them at your own risk and risk to your reputation! Fortunately GigSalad allows artists to defend themselves against this type of slander. A classic of someone trying to get something for nothing. Absolutely unbelievable & untrue.
He provided great music and entertainment. We would certainly try to hire him for future events.
Eddie Baccus Jr. was phenomenal! I was so excited that he accepted my proposal to play at my virtual birthday. Eddie was easy to reach, was on time for the sound check and he did exceptional job! Eddie is a super-talented and super nice person. I would defintely hire again without a doubt.
Eddie Baccus Jr. was fantastic!
We hired Eddie for a birthday lunch. He showed up on time ! The original plan changed due to heavy rain but he was very accommodating. Overall professional and friendly ! Music was great 👌🏽.
Eddie did a great job at our wedding ceremony! He had great communication leading up to our big day, he was on time, kind, and well prepared! We would definitely use Eddie and his talents again!
My event was challenging do to the pandemic., but Eddie helped my event be perfect. Thank you so much for your patience and professionalism. My guests have raved about Eddie. He played all my favorite songs. I would hire him in the future 100 times. I give him 10 stars if I could..
Eddie’s performance was exceptional, from ages young to seasoned all agreed that he played beautifully would highly recommend him for any event.
Response from Eddie Baccus Jr. Or Group name The Syndicate:
Thank you Kareem. Such a pleasure to be able to offer comfort to your loved ones at such a solemn time. 🙏🏾
Extreme professionalism andskills
Eddie was STUPENDOUS!! His performance was a surprise. He was super accommodating. His set up was easy. His performance was was AMAZING. Ppl that were in attendance was talking about his performance for months. I am indebted to Eddie for playing such a major part in the success of the engagement party.
Response from Eddie Baccus Jr. Or Group name The Syndicate:
Thank you Kim! You and your fiance Yanique threw an amazing party! Im just glad I could contribute!
He was so amazing. He knew exactly the right music to play and he even surprised use with some of our favorites. Very professional and polite and an all around good person. Will definitely book again for our 10 year anniversary. Thank you so much again for all that you did, she really had an amazing time.
Eddie Baccus J transform our night to a Endless journey of memories to not be forgotten. His tone was remarkable, his passion was felt with every note accented with precise clarity and made the songs serenade the whole event space. Our guest was Full of nothing but awe and amazement. Definitely one whom professionalism and artistry ranks him the best for any event. Will book again without hesitation.
He was beyond amazing, we was so entertained and drawn into the music. You can tell it’s a passion so he was so in tuned with what he was playing. We could have listened to him all night. AMAZING we will refer you and also use you for more events to come..
Response from Eddie Baccus Jr. Or Group name The Syndicate:
Thank you so much!
Eddie is a phenomenal musician!!!! He was prompt with his response and delivered above and beyond what we expected for our wedding! He performed pre and post ceremony music that fit our tastes perfectly! This man knows his craft! My husband and I recommend him without any reservation!
Great performance by Eddie :)
Very easy to work with. Great attitude and very friendly. He was amazing !!!! This was super easy and everyone loved it!!!
Eddie was amazing! I surprised my husband by having Eddie play at his birthday party. Instead of running around playing host to my guests, I would have rather sat there and listen to Eddie play all night. Thank you for making this birthday so special!
Awesome! Was punctual and extremely responsive to our needs. Truly took the event to another level. My fiancé was floored!
I hired Eddie to perform at my outdoor wedding and cocktail hour, and I'm so glad I did! He was great!! The moment I heard him start to perform, I knew hiring him for my event was the right decision. He really helped to set the mood, and my guests loved the music. Eddie is very professional, responsive, and easy to work with. And his musicianship is absolutely amazing! I would not hesitate to hire him again.
Eddie is an unbelievable musician! He really elevated a nice event to a spectacular and memorable celebration! He is professional, good communicator and beyond talented! I would definetly recommend him for a variety of events!
Awesome from beginning to the end! He is a must have for any class act!
Eddie Baccus Jr. is a phenomenal saxophonist. I asked him to musically accompany my wedding singer who sang as I walked down the aisle. It worked out perfectly as though they had many rehearsals. He also played throughout the ceremony from the opening until the recessional. I highly recommend him as I couldn't have ask for great performer. He needed no guidance in selecting the right music for an occasion.
Eddie was a perfect addition to complete our wedding day. Not only did he respond promptly to all of my emails, he made suggestions as to what songs would be best for the mood of the ceremony. He went above and beyond to learn the songs requested and played them like no other. My guest were amazed by his talent and how he interacted with them while playing during cocktail hour. Eddie was definitely a hit!! I would absolutely recommend him to anyone looking for a saxophonist. Should I need one in the future, he will be the first one I contact.
Eddie is a professional through and through. His talent is incompatible; looking forward to a lifetime relationship for ALL future events.
Price Range: $250-$30,000
Gig Length: 30 - 240 minutes
What to Expect
What is your budget like? We are not a cheap band, but we are one the best bands in the USA! I am realizing that after being on here for awhile, that there are a lot of low budget and minimal talented bands & performers on here, we are definitely upper echelon in this music industry and can play any music style & have top notch performers who have perform with such artists as Stevie Wonder, Michael McDonald and countless others & who have performed in different venues all over the world! So waiting to hear from you, so you may have an experience of a lifetime! And expect the best, the best price for world class entertainment, the best sounding music equipment and the best in versatility of music styles!
EDDIE BACCUS JR.
After 15 years of recording and touring with famed urban jazz ensemble Pieces of a Dream from 1995 to 2010, saxophonist Eddie Baccus Jr. stepped out on a lush, soulful and funky Journey To Love, a song him and a fellow clevelaynder and songwriter Alvin Frazier wrote which Eddie exclaims Alvin made the cake and I put the icing on it! Though it has been extraordinarily well received, yet never mass produced, Eddie has been considering releasing it, with Alvin as a bonus on his new project Living the dream. Baccus is excited about a remixed and remastered version of a collection of songs he has been working on for sometime now, which also features three new songs. The Cleveland born and raised, Virginia based artist will be releasing the album whose title perfectly reflects Baccus’ life and career as he reflects on the last 20 years and looks forward to the future: Living The Dream.
Baccus is currently putting the finishing touches on the new album, which will feature jazz greats like keyboardist Russell Ferrante of the Yellowjackets, fellow saxmen Eric Marienthal and Elan Trotman, blues guitarist Robben Ford and a special guest appearance by Eddie Baccus Sr’ father, organist Eddie Baccus, Sr., whose legendary resume includes stints with jazz legends Sonny Stitt, a young George Benson and Gene Ammons. Some of the new production touches Baccus has put on the new recording living the dream include live drums throughout and live horns (featuring trobonist and horn arranger Greg Boyer, who has played with Prince, P Junk and Chuck Brown) on the Grover Washington, Jr. dedication “You’ll Be Remembered Always.” Brand new tracks include the nostalgic pop song “How Deep is Your Love featuring Frank McComb”, the old school R&B tune “A Night To Remember” and a soon to be determined contemporary R&B hit.
Like his hero Grover Washington Jr, Baccus Jr switches artfully between soprano, alto and tenor, and on Living the Dream is also playing baritone sax and EWI. Since leaving Pieces of a Dream, he has been recording and performing live with his band Straight to the Point, a powerful group of musicians who live in the Beltway region (Maryland and Northern Virginia) and are“the best guys I’ve ever played with in my life.” His music is driven by the simple desire to connect with audience: “I always want to make music that is fun but that is also timeless and heartfelt. The story of the song ‘Journey To Love’ sums up how I feel perfectly. Alvin Frazier & I wrote it five or six years ago and the first time I played it for an audience was on tour in Mozambique with Pieces. I hadn’t even recorded it yet the people there clapped along and were moved by it so deeply. That’s exactly what I want to achieve each time I perform, to touch people through my music and make a difference in their lives with songs that move the soul. I’m so happy to have the opportunity to share my music with the world and those who haven’t heard it, because I have put my heart and soul into all of it.”
As a touring member of Pieces of a Dream for a decade and a half, Baccus had the opportunity to perform with and alongside a virtual who’s who in the traditional jazz, urban jazz and R&B words: Luther Vandross, Jeffrey Osborne, George Duke, War, Candy Dulfer, Rick Braun, Grover Washington Jr., Bobby Watson, Greg Abate, Lester Bowie, EWF(Earth, Wind and Fire), Regina Carter, Dianne Reeves, Vesta Williams, Norman Conners, India Arie, George Benson, Miki Howard, Jean Carne, David Sanborn, Will Downing, Phil Perry, Najee, Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, Marcus Belgrave, Benny Golson, Bobby Lyle, Jeff Lorber, Ricky Lawson, Aaron Graves (Piano "Little Jimmy Scott”), Lenny Castro, Rachelle Ferrele, Lil’ John Roberts, Phil Davis, Chris Coleman, Andre Gouche’, Giovanni Hildago, Eric Marienthal, James Carter, Curtis Fuller, Regina Belle, Rachelle Farrell, Miki Howard, Allyson Williams, Ronny Jordan, Rhonda Smith (Prince’s Bass Player), Gerald Veasley, Average White Band, Stevie Wonder, Peter White, Walter Beasley, Four80East and recently Brian Simpson.
With his own band Straight to the Point or with The Craig Alston Sundicate he has established a strong presence in the Beltway region via shows at venues like Proud Mary’s in Ft. Washington, Phaze 10 in Baltimore, Maryland with The Craig Alston Syndicate and numerous private functions with high end wedding and corporate bands. The band has performed with singer Vesta at the awards ceremony for the annual “100 Black Men” event in Ohio to an audience of 20,000 and has toured behind Angela Bofill and Frank McComb. With the release of Living the Dream Baccus will be embarking on his first solo tour in 2016.
Though Baccus is taking a more organic approach to recording the tracks on Living the Dream “Far Far Away written by John Lamkin and Eddie Baccus Jr.”, which also features a lead soprano voice. The eloquent late night ballad “I Adore You” opens the door for a morning full of simmering old school easy funk on “Checkmate written by Tony Pulizzi Jr. and Eddie Baccus Jr.”, which features snazzy soprano doubling and a crisp electric guitar soloing of Tony Pulizzi Jr. The Grover tribute “You’ll Be Remembered Always” is a balmy and breezy slice of tropical flavored whimsy, highlighted by Baccus’ wistful soprano and a strumming acoustic guitar. Other highlights include “Keep It Movin written by John Lamkin II and Eddie Baccus Jr.,’” with Baccus’ lighthearted soprano dancing over a clapping pocket funk groove; the gospel and blues tinged “L.T.’s Groove” (featuring organ and EWI), the buoyant old school soul-jazz jam “On The Up and Up”; and the sparsely arranged, slightly traditional jazz leaning “San Antonio Dreams.”
FROM THE BEGINNING
Eddie Baccus Jr. began playing oboe in high school under the tutelage of John Zipay, then switched to sax after returning from vacation to find the student he loaned it to had broken the original instrument. After graduating from John Hay High School, he attended Berklee College of Music’s five-week summer program, during which he received a full scholarship. Baccus then went to New York, where he performed at the world famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem and studied with acclaimed saxophonist Joe Lovano. Returning home, he volunteered for a year at the Cleveland School of the Arts. Played and recorded Moments Motice a group formed by Robert Hubbard Jr., Rodney Hubbard, Tony Pulizzi Jr. & Eddie Baccus Jr...
Baccus launched his professional career touring with a play called “A Good Man Is Hard To Find”, directed by David Payton, and touring with world-renowned trumpeter Lester Bowie. He then began his most renowned association with Pieces of a Dream, a 15 year stint that included Baccus recording on eight recordings, including Ahead To The Past, Acquainted With The Night, Soulful Embrace Vol. 1 & 2, Love’s Silhouette, No Assembly Required and Pillow Talk. Over the years, he contributed numerous of his own compositions to these projects. He also appears on two Shanachie Records compilations, Touch Me In The Morning and Smooth Jazz Does Motown’s Greatest Love Songs.</span>
In recent years, he attended UDC (University of the District of Columbia) on scholarship played with The UDC Big Band, under the direction of Allyn Johnson and played in the big band at the production of “Sophisticated Ladies” at The Historic Lincoln Theater in DC in 2010.
“Fifteen years making joyful noise around the world with Pieces of a Dream would be enough for some talented saxmen to call it a career – but for versatile saxophonist Eddie Baccus, Jr., that was just a warm-up for what he’s doing as a solo artist and the big plans he is making with his new band. The original version of Journey to Love was a vibrant showcase for his work on soprano and other saxes, showing off a smooth silky side on the in the pocket tunes but also getting more aggressive with more traditional jazz improvisations. Though he struck the perfect balance, Baccus is taking the tremendous step of stripping these songs down and recording them more organically for a highly anticipated release of Living the Dream. Not many artists will do this kind of in depth in revisiting previously recorded material, but it reveals the powerful love that Baccus has for his music and his fans. The new project sounds exciting as well, and its title says it all about what he’s doing since Pieces: Living the Dream. --Jonathan Widran
Upcoming Booked Events
|January 08, 2022 • 4:00pm - 7:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|January 29, 2022 • 5:30pm - 7:30pm||Birthday Party|
Past Booked Events
|December 03, 2021 • 7:30pm - 8:30pm||Surprise|
|October 16, 2021 • 8:00pm - 8:15pm||Surprise|
|October 02, 2021 • 4:30pm - 7:00pm||Birthday Party|
|September 06, 2021 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm||Birthday Party|
|August 14, 2021 • 7:00pm - 7:45pm||Wedding Engagement|
|July 30, 2021 • 8:30am - 9:30am||Anniversary Party|
|July 04, 2021 • 9:30pm - 10:30pm||House Party|
|July 03, 2021 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|May 26, 2021 • 3:30pm - 4:15pm||Graduation|
|May 23, 2021 • 3:00pm - 6:00pm||Birthday Party|
|May 01, 2021 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm||Cocktail Party|
|December 25, 2020 • 5:00pm - 5:15pm||Virtual Event|
|October 29, 2020 • 4:00pm - 4:30pm||Birthday Party|
|October 17, 2020 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|September 26, 2020 • 5:00pm - 5:45pm||Birthday Party|
|August 21, 2020 • 2:30pm - 4:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|August 08, 2020 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm||Funeral/Memorial Service|
|May 30, 2020 • 6:00pm - 6:15pm||Surprise|
|May 18, 2020 • 9:00pm - 9:45pm||Birthday Party|
|March 09, 2020 • 6:30pm - 7:15pm||Surprise|
|February 15, 2020 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Dinner Party|
|January 17, 2020 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm||Personal Occasion|
|December 20, 2019 • 12:00pm - 3:00pm||Corporate Event|
|November 10, 2018 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|October 13, 2018 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|October 06, 2018 • 7:00pm - 7:45pm||Dinner Party|
|October 03, 2018 • 4:30pm - 7:30pm||Corporate Event|
|September 29, 2018 • 7:00pm - 7:30pm||Birthday Party|
|September 22, 2018 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|February 17, 2018 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|February 13, 2018 • 7:30pm - 7:45pm||Personal Occasion|
|August 19, 2017 • 4:30pm - 6:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|June 10, 2017 • 4:00pm - 6:30pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|May 19, 2017 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Retirement Party|
|May 06, 2017 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|November 12, 2016 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|June 24, 2016||Wedding Ceremony|
|May 21, 2016 • 5:00pm - 10:00pm||Wedding Cocktail Hour|
|February 02, 2016||Dinner Dance|
|December 19, 2015||Holiday Party (Christmas)|
|December 08, 2015||Holiday Party (Christmas)|
|October 04, 2015||Grand Opening|
|September 17, 2015||Birthday (Adult)|
|September 05, 2015||Prank/Surprise|
Influences & Inspiration
Grover Waahington Jr was an actual mentor of mines