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Soul is phenomenally successful instrumentalist who is on the verge of changing instrumental music as we hear it today. Soul's sound has been a staple on adult contemporary and smooth jazz audiences, making him a household name. Soul is a fine player with an attractive sound (influenced by Kenny G) that often caresses melodies, putting a lot of emotion into his solos. Because he does not improvise much (sticking mostly to predictable melody statements), his music largely falls outside of Jazz and into Soul/R&B. However, since he is a saxophonist, he is classified as Jazz. Chris Mitchell started performing with professionals such as Kyle Turner and Dean James in 2005

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Stacy Brooks

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Robbin Kapsalis and Vintage18

A retro-soul sound, with whiskey-soaked vocals, Robbin Kapsalis and Vintage #18 deliver hard-driving blues rhythms. Vintage#18 has shared the stage with The Nighthawks, Billy Price Band, Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials, Selwyn Birchwood, Roomful of Blues, Duke Robillard, Vanessa Collier, and more.

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Juliana Lane

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Juliana is a 25-year-old singer/songwriter from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Self-taught on the piano and ukulele, she wrote her first song at age eleven. At fourteen, it was clear songwriting was her passion, and by sixteen, she released her first album, Dance in the Rain. She has competed locally, nationally, and worldwide in various competitions for voice and songwriting and won several prizes and scholarships over the years. In 2015, she co-wrote her single "Diamonds" with Jimmy Needham. Juliana has a retro jazz vibe that will take you back to the likes of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald! Her acoustic version of "Blue" hit #1 on the FAB Chart in England, where she was runner-up for Artist of the Year, right behind Connie Talbot

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Anton DeFade

Nashville born, Pittsburgh raised Anton DeFade has established himself as one of the most in demand bassists in the Pittsburgh area and beyond. He is a full time member of the soul/rock band, The Commonheart, and when he's not touring the country with them he splits his time writing, arranging, and freelancing in his hometown of Pittsburgh. As a child, Anton was introduced to many different styles of music by following his dad, Ray DeFade Jr., around to his gigs from loud rock concerts to intimate jazz performances. A decade later at the age of 14, he began working as a professional musician performing in various rock groups, jazz gigs, and local productions of musicals

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Peter Archer: The True Inspiration of "Soul"

Read "Peter Archer: The True Inspiration of "Soul"" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


Disney / PIXAR's jazz-flavored movie Soul has garnered rave reviews and buzz worldwide. That's because in addition to its spectacular animation and meticulous production values, there's an honest and accurate representation of jazz and jazz musicians. What's behind that is the fact that the film was inspired by a dedicated Queens music teacher, Dr. Peter Archer. ...

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Marc Nelson

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Welcome to the homepage of Marc Nelson! Marc is a Philly native and founding member of Boys II Men. He has had a stellar career in the R&B world with two successful solo projects (I Want You, 15 Minutes) and a group effort with a 90's band called Az Yet (Last Night). He is moving into the world of jazz with a beautiful cover of the 1968 Grady Tate classic, Sack Full of Dreams. He is accompanied by some of the best musicians on the planet including Ray Angry on Piano, Christian McBride on Bass, & Jerome Jennings on Drums. Marc has quite an interesting backstory. His high school days were spent learning everything from American History to Music Theory alongside Joey DeFrancesco, and Christian McBride, as well as the current bandleader on The Tonight Show, Questlove

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Matthew Alec

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Bandleader for the jazz fusion group Matthew Alec and The Soul Electric Nominated as ‘Cleveland’s Best Horn Player’ by Cleveland Scene Magazine, Matthew earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Kent State University in 2007. While at KSU, he studied both 20th century classical music and jazz with Grammy-nominated saxophonist Greg Banaszak and longtime Cleveland Jazz Orchestra trombonist and composer Chas Baker. He is also a two-time attendee of the highly exclusive Inside / Outside Retreat for professional saxophonists held at Wooten Woods just south of Nashville, Tennessee

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Ruud de Vries

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Ruud de Vries is a jazz tenor saxophonist from the Netherlands, playing and recording many musical styles, though always recordings based on improvisation. When you look up his recordings on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Amazon, or all other online music portals, you'll find traditional jazz, ballads, funk jazz, souljazz, latin jazz, afrobeat, calypso jazz, rhythm & blues, rock 'n roll, pop and 'DJ' dance music with sax improvisation. Ruud de Vries plays saxophone music without boundaries. He bought his first saxophone when he was already 27 years old, after attending a performance of tenor saxophonist Hans Dulfer (the father of Candy Dulfer)

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Niki J Crawford

Niki J Crawford Soul / Funk / Rock / R&B Contact: [email protected] Watch: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaZtSgFYDXbqMMMS_aFNUWw Shows: https://goo.gl/rP4HCL Listen: https://goo.gl/RMexVz Subscribe: https://goo.gl/DjGGnQ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6XEhLPiCwZ06hOAV7ltwcV Website: http://www.nikijcrawford.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nikijcrawfordmusic Twitter: http://twitter.com/nikijcrawford instagram: http://instagram.com/nikijcrawford Niki J Crawford and her band bring the heat with a high energy soul get down. After a short break following her latest tour, Niki is back with a new band, new songs and a new show


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