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2017 Steel City Jazz Festival Line Up


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2017 Steel City Jazz Festival Artists

Boney James

4-time GRAMMY nominee and multi-platinum selling sax-man Boney James continues his artistic evolution with the dynamic futuresoul. Fusing his love for vintage soul music with his mastery of modern production, Boney has created another genre-bending work following on the heels of his 2014 GRAMMY nominated album The Beat.

Ken Ford

Electric. A word that describes not only Ken Ford’s violin but aptly describes the man himself, with electrifying and deeply physical live performances that have audiences up on their feet and into the aisles, feeling the music as much as he does, jumping and dancing around on stage. Far from being any quiet instrument, Ken’s…

Marcus Anderson

Marcus Anderson is an award wining musician with an abundance of career defining accolades, all achieved under the age of thirty. With the release of his fifth solo album “Style Meets Substance”, the critically acclaimed Pop/R&B and Jazz musician’s career is fast becoming someone to watch.

Mindi Abair

In a career that spans seven solo albums and countless collaborations in the studio and live on stage, Mindi Abair has made her mark on a broad stretch of the musical landscape that includes jazz, pop, rock, R&B, soul, funk and more. The powerhouse saxophonist/vocalist has made scores of friends along the way and earned the respect…

Bone Shakers

Flashback to 1980 — During his maiden session for Don and David Was, Randy Jacobs meets Sweetpea Atkinson on a cold night in the Motor City at Sound Suite Studio (the recording home of the fledgling band Was (Not Was).The connection was immediate and a bond was forged between the two artists. Their combined talents…

Marion Meadows

Smooth jazz-styled soprano saxophonist Marion Meadows was born in West Virginia and raised primarily in Connecticut; after adopting the classical clarinet at age nine, he moved to the saxophone as a teen, later studying composition and arranging at Boston’s Berklee College of Music.

Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor’s solo and collaborative gigs are as varied as his melodic and soulful tunes. His venues range from small clubs and private in-home concerts to huge urban Jazz festivals and venues where his brand of smooth Jazz continues to exhilarate appreciative audiences.

Althea Rene

Althea, is a full -time performing/recording artist and some regard her as a “master of her craft” and one of the world’s most exciting solo improvisational flutists.

Latrese Bush

What do Tony and two-time Grammy Award winner Jennifer Holiday, Grammy Award winner Gloria Gaynor, R&B star Bobby V, and Pop Phenom Justin Bieber all have in common? They’ve been fortunate to have soulful songstress Latrese Bush as a background vocalist. Her melodic vocal range has supported these and many other musical greats. Latrese fuses…

Ben Tankard

Ben Tankard–known as the godfather of the gospel jazz music scene–is the genre’s bestselling artist/producer of all time, earning several gold and platinum records and awards during his critically acclaimed career. Aside from music, Ben is a former professional basketball player and also currently serves as a motivational speaker for the NBA’s Development League (D-League).

Chuck Loeb

A skillful guitarist capable of playing any style of music, Chuck Loeb‘s own solo projects have generally been commercially successful crossover jazz, which has been classified through the years as “contemporary” or “smooth” jazz. He started playing guitar when he was 11; discovered jazz when he was 16; took lessons from Jim Hall, Pat Metheny,…

Jeff Lorber

By the late 1970s, trailblazing keyboardist/composer/producer Jeff Lorber had become a prominent figure in the new movement known as jazz fusion – a marriage of traditional jazz with elements of rock, R&B, funk and other electrified sounds. Lorber and his band, the Jeff Lorber Fusion, first honed their craft in the Portland, Oregon, club scene…

Everette Harp

As the 90’s progressed and smooth jazz artists began incorporating more hip-hop and classic R&B grooves into the music which came to define the genre, Everette Harp found himself ahead of the curve. Raised in church and weaned on gospel and soul music, the Houston born saxman on his first two Blue Note recordings, Everette…

Maysa

The 2016 Steel City Jazz Festival welcomes Maysa! “Maysa’s voice has been described as, “Smooth and as rich as chocolate,” by Blues & Soul Magazine. The Dallas Morning News declares it, “Sublime…down-home funky one moment and elegantly jazzy the next.” The Philadelphia Daily News raves, “To die for.” In October 28, 2014 Maysa released her…

Rick Braun

A native of Allentown, Pennsylvania, trumpeter Rick Braun first surfaced as a member of the jazz-fusion outfit Auracle, formed while he was a student at the prestigious Eastman School of Music. After two LPs the group disbanded, and Braun turned to songwriting, scoring a hit with REO Speedwagon‘s Here with Me; in time he directed…

Kirl Whalum

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.  The 80’s were highlighted by Kirk’s stepping out of his blossoming sideman role and forming his…

Norman Brown

GRAMMY® Award winner Norman Brown is on close intimate terms with his audience. For almost two decades, it has been an engaging, mutually rewarding relationship, with the multitalented guitarist, composer and singer offering tasty sonic tidbits of classic R&B and contemporary jazz and his fans melting into satisfied aural bliss with every succulent, jazz inflected…

David Sanborn

David Sanborn has released 24 albums, won six Grammy Awards, and has had eight Gold albums and one Platinum album. Having inspired countless other musicians, Dave has worked in many genres which typically blend instrumental pop, R&B and lately, more and more traditional jazz. He released his first solo album Taking Off in 1975, but…

LaRhonda Angelisa, Live Painter

Nashville native, LaRhonda Angelisa has been painting for over twenty years. Her work, primarily in oil, spans a broad range of subject matter, varying from painting live in front of a live audience during a music performance, to setting the tone in her home studio. Multi-platinum singer/songwriter, Brian McKnight is among the collectors of LaRhonda’s…

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Come Have An Experience You'll Be Talking About For Years To Come!!

Steel City Jazz Festival Family prepare for the return of the world’s leading Jazz Artists Marion Meadows, Norman Brown and Kirk Whalum and The Legendary David Sanborn! Brand New to our already incredible roster, get ready to enjoy The Incomparable Jeffrey Osborne the Dazzling Ms. Rachelle Ferrell!!! -- the Remarkable & One And Only O'Jays!! and Saxophonist Extraordinaire Boney James!!!!!!

The O'Jays

Boney James

Rachelle Ferrell

Marion Meadows

Norman Brown

Kirk Whalum

Jeffrey Osborne

David Sanborn

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This’ is just the beginning Family! The 2017 Steel City Jazz Festival will bring today’s most innovative and revered Jazz Artists up close and personal in Birmingham’s intimate Linn Park.



If you’ve attended Steel City Jazz Festival, you know firsthand the abilities of David Sanborn, Kirk Whalum, Norman Brown and Marion Meadows to literally bring the Sun and Stars down with their mind-blowing unforgettable performances!!!!!



Now, with The O'Jays, Rachelle Ferrell, Jeffrey Osborne and Boney James, you’ll have plenty to tell your Family and Friends about the time when "YOU were there!!!” Get Ready And Don’t Miss Out On The 2017 STEEL CITY JAZZ FESTIVAL!!!!! It's going to be Better Than Ever!!