Archive for October 5, 2011

The famed Headhunters jazz/fusion/funk band (once-backing members for Herbie Hancock), are recording with singer and hip/spoken word artist, Tony Adamo in October. Rob Dixon and Gary Mielke, the co-producers of the Headhunters new CD, PLATINUM on Indianapolis based label Owl Studios, along with legendary funk drummer and Headhunters member Mike Clark, will co-produce Adamo’s new CD. Clark, who has played on two of Adamo’s previous releases, STRAIGHT UP DEAL and WHAT IS HIP? has added master percussionist and long time Headhunter member, Bill Summers to record new tracks for Adamo’s CD.

This won’t be the first time the Headhunters have brought some kool struttin’ and soul funkin’ to Adamo’s music. On his “WHAT IS HIP? CD, Mike Clark (drums), Bill Summers (percussion) and new Headhunter, Richie Goods (bass) cooked up a new soul groove for Adamo’s retooling of the Tower of Power hit, “What is Hip?” along with Tower of Power co-founder Stephen “Doc” Kupka. They fused an insatiable groove that is interwoven throughout this funk/jazz/ and hip/spoken word mash up of a song. The funky “Doc’s” iconic horn playing will be added to Adamo’s new CD at a later date to anchor the horn section headed up by Headhunter member Rob Dixon (soprano/alto/tenor sax and keyboards). Tony Adamo is a Strokeland record artist. Doc Kupka is the founder and owner of Strokeland records.

Associate Artists:

Tower of Power Horns: Stephen “Doc” Kupka, Mic Gillette, Skip Mesquite, Tom Politzer

The Headhunters: Mike Clark, Paul Jackson, BlackByrd McKnight, Rob Dixon, Gary Mielke, Bill Summers, Richie Goods

Jazz Greats: Eddie Henderson, Ernie Watts, Steve Gadd, James Gadson, Kenneth Nash, Neil Larsen, Freddie Washington

Sax on the River was conceived while watching a Tom Braxton show at Harlow’s almost three years ago. During the final number of the night, Kim Waters, Jeff Clayton and Garrett Perkins joined Tom onstage. Four amazing saxophonists on the stage at one time, playing together, made the promoter’s heart skip a beat. And the rest is history. The saxophone is an instrument that brings smiles to faces and makes people’s hearts sing and she wanted to bring that to her event.

Trisha Friend is a bookkeeper, lover of all things jazz, a breast cancer survivor and is the founder and organizer of Sax on the River. She has lived in the Sacramento area since 1987, when she moved from Oregon with her family. She is self employed, loves wine, live music and the California sunshine. She promotes breast cancer awareness by supporting The Karla J Williams Foundation with Sax on the River, and has organized her team “Friendly Haven in Paris” for the past 6 years, to walk in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Schedule of Events:

4-10pm No-Host Bar

4-9pm Silent Auction

5-7pm Elegant Barbecue Dinner including Tri-tip, Chicken, pasta, salads, bread and water

5:30-6:30pm Tessa Evans

7-10pm Sax on the River featuring Emcee Petri Hawkins (Byrd), Tom Braxton, Andre Delano, Omari Williams, Cecil Ramirez, Joseph Toliver, Yarone Levy, Briana Lee, Tessa Evans with surprise special guests

Sax on the River, 10215 Garden Hwy, Sacramento, California 95659

Saturday, October 08, 2011 – 4:00 pm