Archive for March 20, 2012

The 6th Annual Preserve Jazz Festival – presented by Tom Williams Lexus – is pleased to announce this year’s headliner, the incomparable, KIRK WHALUM on his 2012 Romance Language Tour!

Soulful, passionate, stirring…these are the words most often used to describe Kirk’s music. Forged from his Memphis, (TN) gospel roots and his 1980‘s initiation into the thriving Houston, TX nightclub scene, Kirk’s big, rich tenor sound is unmistakably his. It was also in Houston where jazz pianist Bob James “discovered” him and brought him on tour, which led to five successful albums with Columbia Records, including Cache, Kirk’s first #1 album. After moving to Los Angeles, Kirk became an in demand session player for top artists like, Barbara Streisand, Al Jarreau, Luther Vandross, Larry Carlton, Quincy Jones and most notably, Whitney Houston.

It’s his sax heard on her mega-hit, “I Will Always Love You.” Kirk soon followed that career high point with his phenomenal hit album released on Warner Bros. Records, For You, perhaps the most successful of over 25 solo recordings to date. Kirk is the recipient of numerous awards and acknowledgements for his musical excellence including three Dove Award nominations, an NAACP Image Award nomination and has won two Stellar Awards-Gospel music’s highest honor. An eleven time Grammy nominee, Kirk won his first Grammy award for Best Gospel Song (“It’s What I Do”-featuring Lalah Hathaway) alongside life-long friend and gifted writer, Jerry Peters.

Schedule: 4pm: Keith Williams | 5pm: Eric Darius | 6:30pm: Alex Bugnon with Eric Essix | 8pm: Kirk Whalum with vocalists Kevin Whalum & Nicole Henry

Regions Park/Hoover Met, 100 Ben Chapman Dr, Hoover, Alabama 35244
Sunday, June 03, 2012 – 4:00 pm