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Ray Parker Jr.
Ray Parker Jr.

Ray Parker Jr was just featured in the TV show unsung heroes. Many don't realize how this stellar musician , composer and producer influenced the pop and R&B world. Best known for his world-wide hit Ghostbusters, he also has penned such classics as Jack and Jill, The Other women, A Woman Needs Love and You Can't Touch That.

Deniece Williams
Deniece Williams

Multi Grammy award-winning vocalist will be lighting up the stage with her smooth vocal style. Her many hit songs include her Number one hit single Let's hear it for the boys, Gonna Take a Miracle , Free and Silly. Throughout her career, she has worked with music legends such as Stevie Wonder, George Duke and Johnny Mathis. She is really a joy to watch.

East Bay Soul
East Bay Soul

Greg Adams musical journey has spanned nearly four decades. Earning both Grammy and Emmy nominations and an International Broadcasting Award from The Hollywood Radio and Television Society. Adams is a founding member of Tower Of Power, legendary for the horn arrangements that made the TOP horn section a sought out entity all its own. Greg has been a driving force to define artistry that transcends musical genres, still seeking out a course not yet traveled, is at his best when set to explore a new artistic destination.

East Bay Soul 2.0 - The 2012 release from trumpeter, songwriter Greg Adams, produces a collection of 10 dynamic songs backed by East Bay Soul. Adams signature sound is clearly stamped through out the album’s 10 tracks, an equal mix of instrumental and vocal songs- a blend of Funk Jazz, R&B and Soul.

With a nod to the music Adams loves, and inked in his own style creates music that is relevant and fresh. Greg takes you on an incredible ride that is groove driven, weaving his horn melodies with soul drenched vocals into a collection of songs that are all at once dynamic and dreamy, cinematic and oh so to fall in love with.

East Bay Soul with a most soulful ensemble creates a union that has been nothing short of musically miraculous. Their extraordinary combined talents all bring incredible energy to the music with heart and soul. Dedicated to a singular vision of bringing their brand of funk and the magic of their live performance into the studio.

In what defines who he is, Adams owns the natural talent to produce the beauty of harmony and expression of emotion through his arrangements. They give this collection of songs their essence. With no set direction of where the music would go, Greg says, “I was surprised to see how many ballads I ended up with, but I’m really happy I did. I was also happy to have all the songs ready before the first down beat, so it really gave me the freedom to flesh everything out and let the songs breathe.”

This very special recording boasts the full strength of the rhythm and horn sections, performing in layers of percussive up-tempo instrumentals to lush romantic ballads sung by Darryl Walker. Walker possesses a true classic voice- an effortless delivery with complete commitment to the emotion of the song.

Adding the superb combination of sax men Michael Paulo and Johnnie Bamont on alto, tenor, baritone saxophones and flute, Sean Billings on trumpet, Joey Navarro on keyboards, Dwayne “Smitty” Smith on bass, James Wirrick on guitar, Herman Matthews on drums and Johnny Sandoval on percussion. This equation goes world class. With the benefit of vision, musical “know how” and the insight that comes through genuine affection, respect and friendship and you have a recipe for making memories and some primetime music history.

There is a sense of adventure in the material written recently, beginning with the opening track “The Getaway” “I saw and heard something urgent about the opening notes of this song. That urgency keeps moving in and out of the entire track.”

The powerful Brassalicious, which Adams calls a “Horn Attack”, is fueled by the chorus on this song, the genesis for the track. First the unison of the horns, then later to the full big band instrumentation. Adding, “ I had a lot of fun on this one.”

The dreamy melody of “To Catch A Thief” features Greg’s velvety Flugelhorn, inspired by the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock movie of the same title. He says, “ In writing the song it conjured up the role played by, Cary Grant “The Cat”

The classic groove anthem “What’s Goin’ On”, immortalized by Marvin Gaye, is the disc’s only cover song. Darryl’s vocals are pure liquid gold and the track just breathes wide open with a pastel groove all its own.

“Once And For All” the classically lush ballad delivered with passion by Walker with its vast string section is the palette that paints the richness of the song.

The poignant “I’m Coming Home” speaks of the soldier coming home to the family he left behind. Adams says of this song “It literally dropped in my lap! I received an email from a fan with an untitled demo. Interestingly enough, I had only one open spot left in the line up for songs. I would have never seen this coming. After listening to just 60 seconds of the song, I knew it had to be on the CD.”

Fueling Adams’ passion for his masterful new CD is the way it came to be and the sensational campaign to make it a reality… it was 100% funded by fans. “This project is a labor of love for so many reasons and a real treat to give back to the fans of my music and East Bay Soul. I really wanted to bring a variety of emotion to the project, songs that challenged me, moved me, hoping that it will do the same for the listener. Come along with us and join East Bay Soul 2.0!”

http://gregadamsmusic.com

http://eastbaysoul.com

 

Paul Brown
Paul Brown

Many call Paul Brown "the Babyface of smooth jazz." The oft-imitated but never equaled producer, composer and arranger has been the primary architect of the genre's urban sound for close to 15 years, scoring over 40 #1 airplay hits for genre stars like Boney James, Rick Braun, Peter White, Kirk Whalum, Euge Groove, Norman Brown, Patti Austin, Larry Carlton and the legendary Labelmates Al Jarreau and, in a cool full circle career twist, Brown's chief jazz guitar influence, George Benson. Paul is once again returning to The Festival and has been a favorite of all who attend.


Darren Rahn
Darren Rahn


Michael Paulo
Michael Paulo

Festival Producer and Host Michael Paulo is a multi talented artist with ten solo records to date. His most recent outing features the talented arranging of Pianist David Benoit along with a 40 piece symphony orchestra. With over 3 decades of experience in the music business Michael is not only a talented saxophonist but also is involved with producing the Pacific Rim Jazz festival, The popular Grooves in The Grove series at La Quinta Resort and Spa and numerous Smooth Jazz concerts in Hawaii from where he hails. It's through his numerous relationships that the festival is able to bring in such world class talent.He is also an artist in residence at The world famous Jakarta Internartional Java Jazz Festival. Michael currently resides in the Temecula Valley.


Gregg Karukas
Gregg Karukas

Gregg Karukas is one of the moist sought after smooth jazz pianists and composer today, He experimented with keyboards as a child, but it was not until his teens that he pursued music professionally. Gradually, he developed a melodic and soulful style of music that made him a mainstay on smooth jazz Karukas strives to write music that evokes strong emotions. His best-known singles, "Girl in the Red Dress" and "Nightshift", reflect a funky, smooth jazzy styling familiar to his fans.. With eleven solo albums and many sessions and tours with prominent jazz artists, Gregg Karukas has established himself as one of the leading musicians in Smooth Jazz.Gregg has been all over the airwaves recently, featured on Jessy’s debut #1 single “Tequila Moon,” and Rick Braun and Richard Elliot’s smash hit “RnR”. He is also featured on The Rippingtons’ latest, Modern Art and 20th Anniversary, reuniting with Russ Freeman, Dave Koz, David Benoit and many other top name musicians who appeared the groundbreaking 1986 album Moonlighting. Some of his recent projects include tours with Rick Braun, Peter White, Larry Carlton, LA Chillharmonic, Java Jazz West Coast All-Stars (Jakarta) and The Tribute to the Jazzmasters.


Kevin Toney
Kevin Toney

In recent years America has seen a paradigm shift toward the manifestation of real, forward thinking change – especially in the minds of people of faith. Keyboard master and composer Kevin Toney was already in the midst of a personal metamorphosis when these positive changes began to take shape. The fruits of Kevin’s and his country’s evolution are both in beautiful, vibrant evidence on his latest recording, New American Suite. This dynamic music also marks the debut of his new band The Kevin Toney 3: Kevin Toney on piano, Michael Bradford on bass and Chris Coleman on drums.

http://kevintoney.com

 

Kanzaki
Kanzaki

This Japanese Saxophonist is a highly respected and legendary musician in Japan. He is making his 5th appearance at The festival and has always been a crowd favorite, and travels from Japan to specially appear at the event.


Blake Aaron
Blake Aaron


Eric Valentine
Eric Valentine


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