Posts Tagged ‘The Soiled Dove Underground’

Pieces of a Dream @ The Soiled Dove Underground

May 25, 2019 – 07:00 PM and 10:00 PM

Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E 1st Ave, Denver, Colorado 80230

Nothing But The Sax featuring Dee Lucas, Tony Exum Jr., Marqueal Jordan

Saturday, May 11, 2019 – 08:00 PM

The Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E 1st Ave, Denver, Colorado 80230

Bowman

The Motor City is a perfect place for an aspiring musician to cultivate a sound different from any other. From his early days playing the guitar in church to formal training as a young adult, Tim Bowman pulled from a multitude of influences and created a sound that infuses gospel, blues, R&B and jazz. After spending 6 years as the musical director for renowned gospel group, The Winans, Tim took a break from the road and eventually decided to embark on a solo career.

Since Bowman hit the jazz scene in 1996, he has been winning rave reviews and garnering ubiquitous smooth jazz radio airplay. After Bowman printed up 2,000 copies, himself, and began promoting his first album around his hometown of Detroit, the city’s jazz radio station, WJZZ, started playing four tracks concurrently (Give Me You, ‘Love, Joy, Peace’, I’ll Be There, and Speak To Me) in heavy rotation. One thousand CDs on consignment at Detroit record stores were sold in five weeks.

Friday, February 01, 2013 – 8:00 pm

The Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E 1st Ave, Denver, Colorado 80230

Assisted by immortal Jazz great Donald Byrd, Ronnie Laws signed his first recording contract with Blue Note records, resulting in the impressive debut album Pressure Sensitive (1975), produced by family friend, Wayne Henderson, (a founding member of the contemporary jazz pioneers The Crusaders), which rapidly emerged to become the longest selling album, at that time, in the 42 year history of the label.

Pressure Sensitive, was followed up by his second album Fever (1976). Controversy quickly erupted around him, with so called Jazz “purist”, criticizing Laws’ inventive, non-traditional, “Jazz Fusion” style. Laws promptly answered his critics by also scoring unprecedented cross-over success in R&B and Pop, in addition to Jazz, and receiving multiple awards for originality in the process. Laws is a proven natural at combining the exploratory heart of Jazz with the broader reaching strains of Soul and Pop music.

His first hit, “Always There” (credited as Ronnie Laws and Pressure on the original 45), was one of the most popular, sax-driven, cross-over hits of the 70’s Jazz-Funk Fusion era. He ushered in the sensualization of the soprano sax with Quiet Storm gems such as “Grace”, “Karmen”, and “Just Love”. Pressure Sensitive, Fever, and Friends and Strangers (Blue Note 1978), the title track of his third album, all propelled to gold status.

Tom Browne began to carve a path for his musical future early on, studying via scholarship under Murray Karpilovsky (principal trumpeter with the NBC Orchestra directed by Arturo Toscanini.) A student at the co-joined High School of Music and Art / Performing Arts in New York (renowned courtesy of the motion picture entitled “Fame,”) Browne became a regular on the New York jazz scene and had the fortune of learning first hand from masters like Jimmy Nottingham, Richard Williams, Woody Shaw and Freddie Hubbard. Browne soon played his first pro level performances as sideman to jazz greats Weldon Irvine and Sonny Fortune for which he earned domestic and international recognition.

It was no surprise that Downbeat Magazine would single out his “warm trumpet” during the review of Fortunes’ 1976 “Infinity Is” album. Then in 1978, Browne led a traditional jazz quintet at the Breezin’ Lounge, an uptown New York nightclub indirectly affiliated with George Benson. Through contacts made by Jimmy Boyd, Bensons’ former and Brownes’ subsequent manager, Browne was offered several solo recording contracts and ultimately signed with Dave Grusin and Larry Rosen on the newly formed GRP Record label. There he recorded six solo projects including several hits.

His debut release “Browne Sugar” (1979) dominated the jazz charts for many weeks while “Love Approach” (1980) and “Magic” (1981) each earned gold album status and spawned hits like “Funkin’ For Jamaica,” “Thighs High” and “Secret Fantasy.” Browne went on to win prestigious Billboard honors of Best Instrumentalist, Best Jazz Cross-Over, Best Jazz Artist-Trumpet and Best Jazz Solo Album.

Saturday, January 19, 2013 – 7:00 pm

The Soiled Dove Underground, 7401 E 1st Ave, Denver, Colorado 80230