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Fourplay American contemporary jazz quartet. The original members of the group were Bob James (keyboards), Lee Ritenour (guitars), Nathan East (bass), and Harvey Mason (drums).In 1997, Lee Ritenour left and Fourplay chose Larry Carlton as his replacement. In 2010, Larry Carlton left Fourplay and was replaced by Chuck Loeb.Grammy-nominated Fourplay has enjoyed consistent artistic and commercial success by grafting elements of R and pop to their unwavering jazz foundations.


GRAMMY® Award winner, Smooth Jazz artist Norman Brown, one of the world's GREAT guitar players 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 RB and contemporary jazz and his fans melting into satisfied aural bliss with every succulent, jazz inflected note.


Boney James -- Contemporary Jazz Artist


Eric Darius ~ Smooth Jazz Saxophonist,Composer.He is a native of New Jersey who grew up in Tampa, Florida.Darius began his performing career at the age of 11 when he toured with the youth-based Sonny LaRosa and America's Youngest Jazz Band.The tour's final performance was held at Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. At the age of 17 Darius released his first album titled Cruisin'.Darius is described as “contemporary jazz artist with a twist” who plays his horns“with unrestrained…

6 of Jazz music's most exceptional artists...and a very nice man. (I thought this was quite a breakout photo of him. He is normally very subdued and humble.)


Boney James is one of the best Smooth Jazz artists around. I love his music. We both have the same birthday too. :-)


Rachelle Ferrell (born May 21 1964 Berwyn Pennsylvania) is an American vocalist and musician. Although she has had some success in the mainstream R&B pop gospel and classical music scene she is noted for her talents as a contemporary jazz singer. Biography Ferrell began singing at age six and developed a six octave range by adulthood. Her range also includes the ability to sing in the whistle register.


Rachelle Ferrell, vocalist and musician. Although she has had success in R+B, pop, gospel, and classical music, she is noted for her talents as a contemporary jazz singer. She has developed a 6 octave range, which also includes the ability to sing in the whistle register. Attending the Berklee College of Music, and graduating a year later, she taught music for the NJ Council on the Arts. She sang backup for Lou Rawls, Patti LaBelle and Vanessa Williams before releasing her own music.


In mid-1954, Brown teamed up with Max Roach to form the Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet. The quintet was quickly recognized as one of the outstanding groups in contemporary jazz and Brown as a major trumpeter and composer.