2017 Artists – Steel City Jazz Festival | Birmingham, AL | June 1 – 3

2017 Steel City Jazz Festival Line Up


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2017 Steel City Jazz Festival Artists

The O’Jays

The O’Jays are touring history, a connection to an era and a sound that formed the soundtrack for the lives of several generations. The O’Jays are still hitting the road with the same electrifying energy they’ve had for over 50 years. Walter Williams and Eddie Levert first met when they were the ages of 6…

Rachelle Ferrell

Rachelle Ferrell is unquestionably one of the most dynamic talents in contemporary pop music. Very few vocal artists in the industry have Ferrell’s potent combination of range, phrasing, and musicianship. Ferrell first emerged in the states with her R&B debut Rachelle Ferrell (1992), a solid collection of self-penned originals that featured a striking duet with…

Najee

Two-time Grammy nominated saxophonist and flautist, Najee has made a career following his heart and keen musical intuition by pushing musical boundaries, all of which have made him an international pioneer in the music industry. Having collaborated with everyone in the music business from Prince, Quincy Jones to Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and Herbie Hancock,…

Kim Waters

Saxophonist Kim Waters has made a career of writing timeless anthems with insatiable grooves, undeniable hooks and memorable melodies that combine the best of jazz, R&B, funk and soul. This formula has catapulted him to the top of the charts time and time again and prompted JazzTimes Magazine to declare, “Waters is simply one of…

Alex Bugnon

Alex Bugnon is a jazz pianist and composer from Montreux, Switzerland. Alex is the Nephew of Donald Byrd. Bugnon studied at the Paris Conservatory and the Mozart Academy in Salzburg.

Michael Lington

Michael Lington is a Danish-American contemporary saxophonist, songwriter, producer, recording artist and a purveyor of soul and contemporary jazz.

Jeffrey Osborne

Jeffrey Osborne began his professional singing career in 1969 with a popular funk and soul group called Love Men Ltd. The band moved to Los Angeles in 1970 and changed its name to L.T.D. Osborne was originally brought on as the drummer and eventually became the lead vocalist. After more than ten years with the…

Jazmin Ghent

Jazmin’s start was aboard The Smooth Jazz Cruise 2014 where she opened for the Sirius XM Hall of Fame Ceremony hosted by Marcus Miller.  Her smooth and soulful rendition of “Summertime” was recorded and can be viewed by clicking on the link below.  Jazmin is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor’s Degree…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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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!!