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John Stoddart grew up in Philadelphia, in a musical family and was singing and playing the piano in church almost as soon as he could walk. He began formal training at the age of 13 and, in 1993, earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Piano and Voice from Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Maryland. A year before, in 1992, John had started his own production company and his singing/producing/arranging/writing credits already include Celine Dion, Al Jarreau, Boney James, Will Downing, Patti Austin, and Bob James to name a few. His production collaborations with saxophonist Kirk Whalum (“Hymns In the Garden”, “The Christmas Message”) both garnered Grammy nominations for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and he also was the associate producer on Whalum’s song “It’s What I Do”, which won a Grammy in 2011. Another great success: His composition “I Still Believe” (on “Faith|Hope|Love”) was first featured on guitarist Norman Brown’s album “Just Chillin’”, which won the Grammy award for Best Pop Instrumental Album. Currently, John is working on a new album.

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Saxophonist and composer Tom Braxton grew up in Texas. At an early age, his dad, saxophonist James (J.T.) Braxton, introduced him to jazz. Tom started to play piano in the 4th grade, but two years later, his father put the alto sax in his hands. During his college years, he formed the jazz-fusion band “No Compromise” which opened concerts for Joe Sample, Stanley Clarke, George Howard, and many others. After graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music/Performance degree, he decided to launch his solo career. In 1992, Tom released his debut album with producer Bernard Wright. Bernard also got him to gig with Wayman Tisdale and Tom toured extensively with Wayman for 17 years, also serving as Musical Director. Up to now, he has recorded nine albums, and they all numerous jazz charts. Through the years, Braxton has shared stage with many well-known artists such as Dave Koz, Candy Dulfer, Brian Culbertson, Bob James, George Duke, Earl Klugh, Kirk Whalum, Jonathan Butler, Jeff Golub, Marcus Miller, Keiko Matsui, Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross and Sheila E. The energetic, charismatic performer knows how to charm audiences of all ages. His distinctive and recognizable sound incorporates elements of Jazz, Latin, Funk, and R&B.

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Born in Norfolk, saxophonist, producer, composer and author Jackiem Joyner played drums in the church choir before he took up the saxophone in high school. “Babysoul”, Joyner’s first album, debuted at #15 on the Billboard chart in 2007. Four more albums followed and both with his own band as well as with big names like Keiko Matsui, Jackiem toured the world extensively. Still being a young turk on the contemporary jazz scene, he is far from complacent and staid in his sound and style. Ten years after his debut, Joyner has now released his sixth CD. He approached crafting that album with a three-pronged purpose: it should be “upbeat”, fun to listen to and something to dance to. “‘Main Street Beat’ originally started off as a straight funk record that eventually became some of that, but a whole lot more as I allowed the creative process to have its way with me,” says Jackiem, who named the first single from the funky, dance inspiring and Motown-influenced session after his daughter: “Trinity”.

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Grammy nominated guitarist, producer and composer Paul Jackson, Jr. was born and is still based in Los Angeles. In the late 80’s, Paul began his own solo recording career. However, it was not until a decade later that his musical maturity, much imitated distinctive style, and significant musical and technical skills made him a favourite among live audiences and he became recognized by many as one of the most recorded guitarists in the world. He has appeared on the recordings of superstars such as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Elton John, Barbara Streisand, Celine Dion, Luther Vandross, Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole, B.B. King, Jennifer Lopez, Kenny Rogers, Al Jarreau, Joe Sample, Barry White, Chicago, and many others. More recently, Paul contributed his playing styles and composing chops to the Daft Punk CD, which garnered 5 Grammy Awards, was the #1 album in 104 countries and garnered Paul Grammy recognition for his contribution to the Album. His new project, “Stories from Stompin’ Willie”, is a CD about musical friendships, especially his long time relationship with George Duke, who nicknamed him Stompin’ Willie.

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He was born to sing. Already in the second grade, he knew that. Larry Braggs is passionate, powerful and spiritual – and so is his voice. Cut from the same cloth as some of the world’s greatest vocalists, the voice of the 2-time Grammy nominee and current lead singer for The Temptations ranges over three octaves. Combined with his unrivalled stage presence, that has made him one of the most electrifying entertainers on tour. He was born one of nine brothers and sisters and he was the first to go to college in his family. “My parents taught us we were put here on this earth with a God-given purpose, that everyone has talent, and that it’s up to us to discover and nurture the one talent that will distinguish us, because that’s the talent that’s going to shape our lives”, says Larry, who after college studied at the University of Arkansas. He graduated with a major in music and shortly after he was given a “vehicle” to “shape his life”: Tower of Power. Larry had been the lead vocalist for the soul band for the past 14 years, but someday started to work on his solo career. In 2005, he published his debut album, and since then, he has become one of the most sought after singers in the business, touring almost 200 days out of the year.

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Paul Brown started as a drummer, he then became an engineer for R&B legends such as Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin before evolving into a two-time Grammy winning urban jazz producer and finally a popular guitarist, artist and performer in his own right. Over the past 12 years, after he had released his debut album, the Los Angeles born and raised guitarist produced/composed over 60 #1 radio airplay hits for himself and other artists as well as seven previous hit solo albums. He also did thousands of performances worldwide, including gigs with fellow guitarists Larry Carlton, Chris Standring and Marc Antoine, but also others of the genre’s most influential artists, e.g. Euge Groove, Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum, Boney James, Jeff Golub and Al Jarreau. And yet Paul admits he’s still trying to find himself as an artist. After all those accolades and live performances, he remains joyously restless – and the only place for him to go is deeper into the music that’s driven his life from the start, the blues. That is exactly what he does in “One way back”. While keeping his trademark deep funk and cool urban vibes flowing, on that CD Paul celebrates his lifelong blues influences.

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Richard Elliot was born in Scotland and grew up in Los Angeles, where he started playing saxophone while in middle school. It was with Tower of Power that many first heard his virtuosity on tenor saxophone. He was touring with ToP for five years, but by the late ‘80s, he left them to launch his solo career. Since then, Richard has released more than 20 albums as a leader, but one of his favorite projects was the collaborative release “Summer Horns”, which found him teaming up with Dave Koz, Gerald Albright and Mindi Abair. The CD was nominated for a Grammy (Best Pop Instrumental Album). His latest album, “Summer Madness”, is funky, but also celebrating his R&B roots. Accompanied by his band and two other horn men, trumpeter/trombonist Rick Braun, who also produced the album, and baritone saxophonist Curt Waylee, the music was created from scratch as Richard and his handpicked musicians formulated and honed their ideas in the studio. The result of these impromptu jams: An album that touches down on a variety of moods and styles along the way, from Latin- and African-inspired funk to soul jazz, even flirting with fusion.

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