BRIAN SIMPSON | Friday, August 17th at the Clemens Center
Festival staple, keyboardist Marcus Johnson, brings with him a special guest, Phillip “Doc” Martin. To date, Johnson has released more than fifteen Billboard charted CDs, and has the distinction of having his groundbreaking 2008 Billboard Top 20 Contemporary Jazz FLO (For the Love Of) Anthology, which consisted of three distinct CDs -- FLO Chill, FLO Romance and FLO Standards - all chart Top 10 on Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts simultaneously.
Sax player, Jeff Kashiwa, enjoyed a decade-long tenure with The Rippingtons before striking out on his own. Kashiwa now has nine CDs released under his own name and has continued to record as a guest artist with many other artists as well. His brand new CD, Let It Ride, has been in the top 4 Best Sellers in Smooth Jazz on Amazon.com.
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JEFF KASHIWA | Saturday, August 18th at Thorne Street Park
Brian Simpson is a keyboardist, composer, studio musician and producer. He’s released seven albums and has scores of chart-topping and number one hits including the #1 pop hit “The First Time” (recorded by Surface). His latest album, Persuasion, was released in 2017 and further asserts him as one of the most thrilling and innovative pioneers on the contemporary jazz scene.
Top Shelf, a local favorite, brings an energetic vibe to kick off Saturday events.
PHILLIP "DOC" MARTIN | Saturday, August 18th at Thorne Street Park
Trumpet player, Cindy Bradley, a native of Buffalo and a graduate of Ithaca College and the New England Conservatory, has secured seven #1 Billboard singles. She has also conducted hundreds of jazz workshops at high schools and community colleges all over the country. “Everyone But You” is currently #4 on Billboard singles.
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MARCUS JOHNSON | Saturday, August 18th at Thorne Street Park
SELINA ALBRIGHT | Friday, August 17th at the Clemens Center
Soulful singer-songwriter, Selina Albright, has appeared on famed sax player and father Gerald Albright’s Grammy-nominated projects dating back to 1997, writing and performing the lyrics for the title track to 24-7. Her 2017 R&B project, Conversations, features Billboard chart-topping Grammy-considered singles “Eat Something” and “Possible” and spent many weeks on the Sapporo Hot 100 chart (Japan).
CINDY BRADLEY | Saturday, August 18th at Thorne Street Park
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Phillip “Doc” Martin, saxophonist (and dentist!), has been wowing fans since the release of his 2003 debut Saxappeal. His latest release, Pocket Love, with a tight, funky old school driven alto vibe, further establishes the dynamic flow of this independent artist and performer.
TOP SHELF | Saturday, August 18th at Thorne Street Park