"Smooth jazz" featuring my original material. A trio will the featured sound w/drums, lead guitar & my Hammondsk1 Organ featuring jazz, blues & some r&b.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 40 - 90 minutes
What to Expect
A professional that will show up on time to showcase the contracted job. I love working with other musicians as well.
Hillsborough, NC native, now residing in Gastonia, NC. I was hired by Shirley Caesar as keyboardist in 1971 at the age of 17. After leaving her in '80, my talented family, writing for Shirley, Edwin Hawkins, John Kee, as well as my family became my focus. However, in 2012, lyrics weren't coming and the hooks kept coming stronger and stronger. After, working on the material in my studio at home, I realized a new genre was being revealed to me. I connected with Calvin Edwards in 2014 and was hired as his trio organist. He turned me to on to the music of Jimmy Smith, as that was our sound. This move strengthened my understanding of my new path. The evening I realized my keyboard idol, Joe Sample had passed, I wrote the title track "Horizons" in tribute to him. "Let There Be Music" is my tribute to my organ idol, Billy Preston & is on "Relationship" CD. I love playing mine along with blues and r&b classics.
Additional Booking Notes
My Hammondsk1 also has rhodes, clavinova, wurlitzer and acoustic piano sounds.
Release Your Bridge
Let There Be Music
I'll Be There (Jackson 5)
Let's Stay Together (Al Green)
You Are So Beautiful (Billy Preston)
At Last (Etta James)
Oh Happy Day (Edwin Hawkins)
Influences & Inspiration
I have been influenced by Joe Sample as my keyboard idol & Billy Preston as my organ idol. Although, having grown up in church, Edwin Hawkins, Rance Allen, Andrae Crouch were inspirational, along with Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Barry White, Temptations, etc.
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