Orpheus Music has been at the forefront of Smooth Jazz for over 30 years. Having introduced the careers of the genre's top artists such as Najee, Kenny G, and Alex Bugnon, the label continues its long-standing legacy with the latest release from Andre Ward. Smooth Jazz's top saxophonist is changing the atmosphere by fusing the elements of traditional Jazz, R'n B, Gospel, Hip-Hop and Pop into an explosive sound that is incomparable.
Pianist & composer Alon Yavnai brings his New York big band to Scullers to celebrate his new album “ShirAhava”(A love Poem) which was recorded with the renowned NDR Bigband in Hamburg and is released on AYM (Alon Yavnai Music). All the music is composed and arranged by Mr. Yavnai, who draws influences from around the globe.
Multiple Juno Award winner, Jane Bunnett has turned her bands into showcases for the finest talent from Canada, the U.S.and Cuba. She has been nominated for Grammy Awards, numerous Juno Awards, and most recently, was honored with an appointment to the Order of Canada. An internationally acclaimed musician, Jane Bunnett is known for her creative integrity, improvisational daring and courageous artistry. Her exploration of Afro-Cuban melodies expresses the universality of music and her ability to embrace and showcase the rhythms and culture of Cuba has been groundbreaking.
Kate McGarry, one of her generation’s most individual and influential singers, has earned acclaim for blending her love of folk and pop music with jazz fluency and improvisation. With Girl Talk – her fifth Palmetto Records album and first 'straight ahead' project in many years - McGarry pays homage to her many role models among the visionary women of the jazz vocal tradition; from Betty Carter and Sheila Jordan to Anita O'Day, Carmen McRae and Shirley Horn.
James Carter is a powerhouse musician and one of the most admired saxophonists of his generation, garnering plaudits for his role in helping to propel jazz full tilt into the future over the past twenty-five years. His music is fueled by deep respect and intimate knowledge of the jazz tradition.
Ravi Coltrane is a critically acclaimed saxophonist, bandleader, composer, producer and founder of the independent record company, RKM Music. Since 1991, Mr. Coltrane has diligently forged a prominent career as a live performer, recording artist and producer, as well as an impressive list of credits and accomplishments.
The Brubeck Brothers Quartet is an exciting jazz group featuring two members of one of America’s most accomplished musical families, Dan Brubeck (drums), and Chris Brubeck (bass & trombone). Although the quartet’s style is rooted in “straight-ahead” jazz, their concerts reveal an inherent ability to explore and play odd time signatures while naturally integrating the influences of funk, blues and world music.
Lavay Smith is the vocalist and bandleader of the Red Hot Skillet Lickers, one of the top swingin’ Jazz and Blues bands in the world. Lavay grew up in Southern California and the Philippines and has become an internationally recognized Diva of Jazz and Blues, with a singing style influenced by Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Bessie Smith, Little Esther Phillips and other legendary greats. Whether singing her own compositions or drawing on a large repertoire of classics, Lavay and her all-star 7-piece band bake up an instant recipe for dancing and good times.
With over 150 recordings to his credit, the gifted Milwaukee-born, New York-based drummer, sideman, bandleader, entrepreneur, and educator, Carl Allen’s profound and propulsive percolations have provided soulful and syncopated support for nearly three decades.
Sunny Wilkinson has taken her place in that elite group of jazz vocalists who have stretched the boundaries and found themselves "one of a kind." Her performance credits are impressive, having sung with The Count Basie Band, Rob McConnell and the Boss Brass, Clark Terry, Mark Murphy, Milt Hinton, Curtis Fuller, and Edgar Winter among many others. Notably, Sunny also sang on the popular TV show 'SAVED BY THE BELL' and was a 'SOLID GOLD SINGER'. She has been featured on numerous commercials and movies, memorably 'DARK MAN' for Danny Elfman.