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GERALD ALBRIGHT live at Smooth Jazz Festival Augsburg

Saxophon | Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 9:30 pm

One of the biggest stars of R&B, contemporary, straight-ahead and smooth jazz, Gerald Albright has earned his reputation as a “musician’s musician.” Born in Los Angeles, he began piano lessons at an early age. During the ’80s, Albright became a highly requested session musician, playing on albums by a wide variety of artists – including Anita Baker, Ray Parker, Lola Folana, Atlantic Starr, Olivia Newton-John, the Temptations and Maurice White.

After two of his albums hit the number one slot on Billboard’s Top Contemporary Jazz Chart, and were nominated for GRAMMY® Awards in 1989 and 1990, Phil Collins asked him to front a Big Band and they toured together. He also performed and toured with Les McCann, Jeff Lorber, George Duke, Earl Klugh, Will Downing, Jonathan Butler, Hugh Masekela, Chaka Khan, and Rachelle Ferrell, Quincy Jones and Whitney Houston, among many others.

Over the years, Albright has appeared on numerous TV shows such as “A Different World” and “Melrose Place”. Albright was selected to play at President Clinton’s inauguration ceremony. Along the way, he has sold over a million albums in the U.S. alone and has appeared on nearly 200 albums by other artists. His latest three albums “New Beginnings” (2008), “Sax for Stax” (2009) and “Pushing the Envelope” (2010) were GRAMMY nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Album.

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The mission of the Friends of John Coltrane, a charitable 501(c)3 organization, is to preserve and celebrate the life and music of John Coltrane and to enrich the lives of others through the introduction of jazz and other musical genres. To support this mission they established this festival.

The inaugural John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival will be staged in High Point, NC, the childhood home of this jazz giant.

The performers are:

Patti Austin

Ms. Patti Austin has been a recording artist since the 1960s. She has had over 20 hit singles and has released over 15 albums. She has also recorded duets with the likes of Michael Jackson and Luther Vandross. She has been nominated for a Grammy on multiple occasions. She won a Grammy in 2008 for Best Jazz Vocal for her Avant Gershwin CD. Her latest CD, “Sound Advice”, will be released in May. For more information, please go to Ms. Austin’s website.

Kirk Whalum

Mr. Kirk Whalum began his career in the 1980s. He subsequently recorded several successful albums with jazz pianist Bob James. He has also recorded with Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, and Quincy Jones. He won a Grammy for Best Gospel Song for “It’s What I Do” with Lalah Hathaway. His current releases are “The Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter 3” and “Everything is Everything-the Music of Donny Hathaway”. For more information, please go to Mr. Whalum’s website.

Ronnie Laws

Mr. Ronnie Laws first came to prominence in the 1970s as a member of Earth, Wind, & Fire. He subsequently began a very successful solo career. Thus far, he has recorded over 15 solo albums, including gold albums such as “Pressure Sensitive”, “Fever”, and “Friends and Strangers”. Mr. Laws’ latest CD is “Voices in the Water”. For more information, please go to Mr. Law’s website.

Lonnie Liston Smith

Mr. Lonnie Liston Smith has experienced a successful jazz career for over 40 years. He has recorded with such jazz luminaries as Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Pharaoh Sanders, and Miles Davis. He released his first solo album in 1974 and has subsequently released over 15 albums. His most recent CD, “Transformation”, was released in 1998. For more information, please go to Mr. Smith’s website.

Tom Browne

Mr. Tom Browne began his career as a sideman for jazz luminaries, Weldon Irvine and Sonny Fortune. After beginning his solo career in the late 1970s, he earned gold records with his “Love Approach” and “Magic” releases. His most recent CD, “S’ Up”, was released in August, 2010. For more information, please go to Mr. Browne’s website.

Ravi Coltrane

A Grammy-nominated artist, the Ravi Coltrane Quartet, which features the son of High Point-native John Coltrane, recently signed to Blue Note Records. This transition follows the successful 2009 release, “Blending Times”. A recent Chicago Tribune review called Ravi and his quartet a “formidable presence.” The group has toured the world extensively, including recent performances in Europe. For more information, please go to Mr. Coltrane’s website.

Zac Harmon

Mr. Zac Harmon got his start in the music business gigging with Z.Z. Hill amongst others before becoming a much sought-after session guitarist and songwriter. He returned to the blues in the 1990s. He won the Blues Music Award for “Best New Artist Debut” in 2006. His most current release is “From the Root”. For more information, please go to Mr. Harmon’s website.

Sue Ann Carwell

In her music career that spans more than 30 years, Ms. Sue Ann Carwell has sung with the likes of James Brown, Patti LaBelle, and Prince. Her recording career began in the early 1980s and she has appeared on many releases. In 2010, she released her latest CD, “Blues in My Sunshine”. For more information, please go to Ms. Carwell’s website.

Barbara Weathers

A Greensboro native, Ms. Barbara Weathers rose to prominence with Atlantic Starr, singing on two of their greatest hits, “Always” and “Secret Lovers”. She then embarked on a successful solo career that has seen her tour the world. Most recently she has been performing with Kirk Whalum. For more information, please go to Ms. Weather’s website.

Calvin Edwards

Mr. Calvin Edwards began his career playing with the Five Blind Boys of Alabama. This stint was followed up with his performing with his brother in the Jett Edwards Band. His first solo release was “So What/Don’t Forget”. His most recent release is 2004’s “That’s It”. For more information, please go to Mr. Edward’s website.

Saturday, September 3rd, 2011. Gates open at 1pm

John Coltrane Int’l Jazz & Blues Festival, 1841 Eastchester Dr. High Point, North Carolina