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Steve Cole

Steve Cole possesses a commanding presence in contemporary jazz today. Few artists have had the quick recognition and sustained successes this relatively young man has had. Smooth Jazz, a term Steve is only partly comfortable with, has been the forum for his most recent efforts. In addition to having three albums under his own name, […]

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Warren Hill

Alto and soprano saxophonist Warren Hill has firmly taken his place among popular, contemporary instrumentalists. He boasts an impressive list of accolades in the smooth jazz format, having had several notable hits on the NAC charts. He has seven CDs under his own name and has contributed to projects by Madonna, Chaka Kahn and the […]

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Chops Horns – Featuring Darryl Dixon and Dave Watson

Chops Horns, featuring saxophonists Darryl Dixon and Dave Watson, has been on the rebound. Following a stunning world tour with Alicia Keys, the duo just recorded the song “Impossible” on Christina Aguilera’s newest album. Alicia Keys’ 2002 tour ran from January 22 through November 15, encompassing 67 dates in the states and 35 overseas. She […]

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Aaron Heick

Seattle-born Aaron Heick is currently a freelance saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist living in New York City. He became a long-time member of R&B diva Chaka Khan’s touring band, following what was to be a one-time recording session. Over the past 20 years, Aaron has also worked with a diverse group of artists including Paul Simon, Suzanne […]

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Dan Higgins

Many young saxophonists have aspirations of becoming well-known and respected jazz musicians. Some may choose the study of legitimate saxophone, trying to exist in the world of the classical recitalist. Others may try to perfect their doubling capabilities in order to play Broadway shows or back up popular artists on tour. Then again, it is […]

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Michael Lington

Smooth jazz saxophonist Michael Lington’s latest release on the Three Keys (Marimelj Entertainment) label, Everything Must Change is due out on October 22. The CD promises to be a soulful blend of R&B, jazz and pop which features his signature sound routinely heard on smooth jazz radio. A native of Denmark, Michael Lington moved to […]

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Ron Kerber

Ron Kerber by Skip Spratt Ron Kerber has carved out an enviable niche for himself on the Philadelphia music scene over the last 20 years. Although Philly is home, Ron has far-reaching fingers – ; having toured or performed with artists such as Rod Stewart, Aretha Franklin, Sheena Easton, Roger Daltry, and The Temptations. He […]

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Baron Raymonde

Baron Raymonde by Skip Spratt Baron Raymonde (pronounced Raymonday) has been busy performing and recording R&B saxophone in the New York City area for over a decade. In that time, he has compiled an impressive list of credits which includes his most recent 42-city tour of the USA and Canada with Rod Stewart. As a […]

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Ed Calle

 Ed Calle   by Skip Spratt Ed Calle has virtually flawless technique, outstanding control and a bottomless bag of tricks in the studio. To call Ed Calle "a saxophone player" would be one-dimensional. He is an accomplished composer, arranger, flutist, clarinetist and midi wind player as well. Ed and I spoke one evening when the […]

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Wally West: The Big Fish

Wally West: The Big Fish By Skip Spratt  The saxophone is alive and well in Greensboro, North Carolina. Wally West, Yamaha clinician, commercial saxophonist and band leader is tearin' it up" in the Bible Belt. His big, bad tenor sound will get your attention, but it's Wally's soulful side that is a perfect match for […]

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