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Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 9:30 pm

The first name and the long hair are misleading: Marion Meadows is a man – with a penchant for stylish outfits. He prefers black, the man, whose ethnic mix is Native American, African American and Caucasian. With his exotic appearance and his black dreadlocks, he is surely a favourite with the Jazz-loving ladies. The saxophonist (soprano-, tenor- and baritone sax) was born in West Virginia, but he grew up in Connecticut.

He began playing clarinet and studying classical music at eight years old. Very soon, he discovered his passion for different types of music, but also his penchant for jazz musicians like Stanley Turrentine, Duke Ellington or Coleman Hawkins. But actually, playing the sax was just a hobby… until, while he was touring through Europe, he saw the way audiences reacted to him and his student cohorts in Holland, Italy and Austria.

“It was a tremendous rush, and lit the fire.” After studying jazz with Anthony Truglia, Meadows attended Berklee College of Music, where he majored in arranging and composition. He later went to the SUNY Purchase School for the Arts, where he studied under Ron Herder and perfected his craft studying with Joe Henderson, Dave Liebman and Eddie Daniels. As a musician he sets an example for countless smooth saxophonists, who all try to follow suit with the casually cool, but still powerfully emotional Meadows sound.

By now he has worked together with a number of well-known artists like Brook Brenton, Eartha Kitt, Phyllis Hyman, Jean Carne, The Temptations, Michael Bolton or Angela Bofill. The ’90s marked the beginning of his solo career when he signed with RCA on the strength of his unreleased first album “For Lovers Only” (1991). He became a staple of the smooth jazz format with his subsequent recordings. “Whisper” (2013) is the name of his current release.

Here you can order your exclusive hotel package:
1 night (11./12./13. Sept. 2014) incl. breakfast & 2 concerts: from 129,00 Euro per person in a double room
from 3 nights (11.-14. Sept. 2014) incl. breakfast & 7 concerts: from 439,00 Euro per person in a double room

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July 25
Moon Township, PA
Robert Morris University Sewall Center

July 26
Honolulu, HI
Magic of Polynesia Showroom

August 3
Trenton, MI
Jazz on the River

August 9
Richmond, VA
Richmond Jazz Festival

August 16
Chicago, IL
The Montrose Room

August 23
Copper Mountain, CO
Genuine Jazz & Wine Festival

August 30
North Charleston, SC
Low Country Jazz Festival

September 12
Newport Beach, CA
Hyatt Regency Newport Beach

September 28
Saratoga, CA
The Mountain Winery

October 11
Avalon, CA
Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival

October 16
Avalon, CA
Unplugged at Descanso Beach

October 18
Las Vegas, NV
Aliante Casino and Hotel*

October 26
Phoenix, AZ
Arizona Jazz Festival

November 3-4
London, UK
Pizza Express Jazz Club

November 6-9
London, UK
Pizza Express Jazz Club

November 12
Southampton, UK
The Concorde Club

November 14-15
Maidstone, UK
Pizza Express Maidstone

November 16
Manchester, UK
The Cinnamon Club

November 17
Southend, UK
Cliffs Pavilion*

November 18
Milton Keynes, UK
The Stables

November 26
The Woodlands, TX
Dosey Doe

November 28
Austin, TX
One World Theatre

November 29
Huntington Beach, CA
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach*

December 4
Saratoga, CA
Villa Montalvo- Carriage House

December 5
Palm Desert, CA
McCallum Theatre*

December 6
New York, NY
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill

December 7
Reading, PA
Miller Center for the Arts*

December 8
Alexandria, VA
The Birchmere

December 9
Van Wert, OH
Niswonger Performing Arts Center

December 10
Annapolis, MD
Rams Head On Stage

December 11
Atlanta, GA
Variety Playhouse

December 12
Stuart, FL
Lyric Theater

December 13
Niceville, FL
Mattie Kelly Arts Center

December 14
Melbourne, FL
Maxwell King Center*

December 16
Jacksonville, FL
Florida Theater

December 17
Clearwater, FL
Capitol Theatre

December 18
Oakland, CA
Yoshi’s Oakland

December 19
Fresno, CA
Tower Theatre*

December 20
San Diego, CA
Balboa Theatre*

December 21
Sacramento, CA
Red Lion Hotel Woodlake Sacramento*

December 31
Tucson, AZ
JW Marriott Star Pass Resort & Spa

January 15-18, 2015
Seattle, WA
Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley*

January 31-Feb1, 2015
Melbourne, FL
Florida Smooth Jazz Weekend

March 1-8, 2015
Caribbean
The Smooth Jazz Cruise- 2nd Sailing

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