THE CANNONBALL FAMILY

SAXOPHONE ARTISTS





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JAMEY AEBERSOLD

"I like the mellow sound of the Cannonball Big Bell soprano and the fingering ease. The curved neck gives me the sound I've always looked for." ~ Jamey Aebersold

Extraordinary saxophonist and jazz educator. Writer of his famous improvisation series.

JAMEY AEBERSOLD

GERALD ALBRIGHT

"One of the most beautiful experiences in music is to develop a oneness with the instrument of choice. The Cannonball Horns have accurately delivered every musical speech that I have given to my audiences around the world. Develop The Oneness--with Cannonball." ~ Gerald Albright

Gerald Albright is a multi-instrumentalist known for his lyrical sax playing in both contemporary and straight-ahead genres.

BIO

Gerald Albright grew up in South Central Los Angeles. After high school, he attended the University of Redlands where he received a B.S. degree in Business Management, minoring in Music.

Immediately after college, Albright began to master his talent by working extensively in the studio with such artists as Patrice Rushen, Anita Baker, Ray Parker, Lola Folana, Atlantic Starr, The Winans, Olivia Newton-John, The Temptations, and Maurice White. He also toured with Les McCann, Rodney Franklin, Jeff Lorber, Teena Marie, Marlene Shaw, Debra and Eloise Laws, Quincy Jones, Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, and many others. In addition to numerous appearances at clubs and jazz festivals, Albright was also a part of the popular Jazz Explosion tours, which saw him teaming up with contemporary jazz stars like Will Downing, Jonathan Butler, Hugh Masekela, Chaka Khan, and Rachelle Ferrell, to name a few.

Gerald Albright has also branched out as a TV Star, adding to his already-substantial resume. The saxman has appeared on numerous shows such as "A Different World", "Melrose Place", Channels 2 and 5 "Morning News Shows", "BET" jazz segments as well as piloting a show in Las Vegas with "Designing Women" star Meshach Taylor.

Albright has recorded 7 CDs on the Atlantic Record label. His contemporary and straight-ahead collections have established the Los Angeles-based musician as one of the most prominent artists in the world. Albright was one of the ten featured saxophonists who performed at President Clinton's inauguration. His smooth sounds were also featured at the Presidential Summit, and several private functions for the President.

Albright has sold over 1,000,000 albums in the U.S. alone. In addition to saxophone, his self-produced music features him on bass guitar, keyboards, flutes, drum programming, and background vocals. Gerald has definitely earned the reputation as the "musician's musician."

Besides music, Albright is also a family man. He is married to his junior high school sweetheart, Glynis, and has two children, Selina and Brandon. He believes in giving back to the community. He has participated in numerous fund-raisers for the NAACP, The American Cancer Society, and The Institute for Black Parenting. As a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, he constantly donates his talents to raise funds to promote academic excellence nationwide.

Visit Gerald Albright's official Website.

GERALD ALBRIGHT

ANTONIO ALLEN

"I LOVE my Cannonball Alto & Soprano saxes. You can't beat the tone, the feel and (the look...I might add) of a Cannonball sax!!! From the lower to the altissimo registers, it's very consistent and smooth. For those of you who think you can't beat the sound of a vintage horn, try Cannonball. I know you will be pleasantly surprised." ~ Antonio Allen

Gospel Jazz Artist

BIO

Some people go their entire lives without truly knowing what their calling or "purpose" is here on earth. Antonio Allen is grateful that he was first given a sign at the tender age of 3. Antonio would do what's known as "hoopin" in the black church. Barely able to speak clearly, he was able to say..."YOU BETTER LIVE RIGHT! YOU BETTER LIVE RIGHT!" It was cute and highly requested for him to do that, being that he was always in a church setting. Antonio's mother, now deceased, was a COGIC pastor in the Atlanta area for several years. It was his mother who stopped him from "hoopin" because Antonio would only do it if he was given a $1. She didn't want him to PREACH FOR ONLY THE LOVE OF MONEY.... Even after he stopped at age 3, Antonio was always told and he always knew deep inside that he would one day minister again.

Antonio received another strong sign from GOD at the age of about 19. Already a fixture on the restaurant/nightclub scene in Atlanta, playing his sax professionally for a few years by that time, Antonio was given a powerful dream. He recalls waking up one morning saying loudly..."I CAN DO IT! I CAN DO IT! I CAN DO IT!" The first thing he did was call one of the guys in his band and continued to say..."I CAN DO IT! I CAN DO IT!" No one knew what it was that he was saying he could do because he wasn't saying anything else. What GOD had revealed to Antonio in a dream was how to do a technique known as "circular breathing". If you have ever witnessed Antonio live in action, you would know that he is known for holding looooong notes for several minutes. It's literally BREATHTAKING to watch. For a while, Antonio used his gift to entertain audiences in the secular field. Now, Antonio has decided to use his gifts primarily in church, which is where he started.

With such strong signs from GOD, Antonio, along with his wife Tia have set out to share his music ministry with the world. Even though Antonio has been playing professionally for over 20 years, he feels as if he is just starting in his venture because of his new focus. Fully surrendering to GOD has given Antonio a new zeal and desire to take his music to the next level. He has already had the opportunity to open for and/or performed with such notables as Fred Hammond, Jennifer Holiday, Jonathan Nelson, Melvin Williams, Marcus Cole, Kem, the late Wayman Tisdale, Najee, Bebe Winans, Kirk Whalum, Kim Waters, Silk, Tony Rich, Darwin Hobbs, Joanne Rosario, Darlene McCoy, Kevin Lavar, Leon Timbo, Canton Jones, and Trinity 5 7 among others. Now he looks forward to sharing his music ministry with churches worldwide as GOD is continuing to open doors that he couldn't even imagine.

Two of Antonio's more memorable highlights include performing the National Anthem for the Democratic National Convention and a soul stirring performance at the National Baptist Convention in front of thousands.

To date, Antonio has released 4 CDs. "Lost Without Hymn", "Forever and Always", "The Air I Breathe", and his latest, "The Ultimate Gift".

Visit Antonio Allen's official Website.

ANTONIO ALLEN

JEFFREY ALLEN

"Wow, I am really impressed with how this horn sounds. I like the clarity of the sound and how it allows me to play so freely from the top of the horn all the way to the bottom. Each tone comes through crisp and full of resonance. The intense sound of my (T5-HS) "Hotspur" will allow for more versatility as I try to strike a balance between playing both jazz and R&B. Now, armed with such an outstanding and well-crafted instrument I openly welcome all future musical challenges." ~ Jeffrey Allen

R&B band "Mint Condition"
Afro-Latin Jazz Quintet "JOTO"

JEFFREY ALLEN

KEITH ANDERSON

"Wow, what great horns! I love the feel. The look is uncomparable to anything I have ever seen, but most of it plays as smooth as ice. It absolutely sings in every register with ease. I even switched to the mouthpiece that came with the horn - It's incredible. I've found my soulmate - 'The Raven'." ~ Keith Anderson

Sax player with Roy Hargrove and Les McCann.

BIO

Born in Dallas, Texas in 1970, Mr. Anderson discovered his love for music at the early age of 10. He started playing drums, until he found his true passion for the saxophone. He began studying with James Wilson, who would give him a pinch for each mistake, which he attributes today for his dedication and hard work. At this time, Keith Anderson was accepted to Arts Magnet High School later renamed The School for Visual and Performing Arts, where Keith was under direct leadership of Bart Marantz.

Mr. Anderson's talents and unique flair for playing the saxophone can be attributed to much and many. Keith started playing locally with a singer by the name of Pat Peterson, who was one of the original Raylettes and now is one of the singers for John Cougar Mellancamp. Later, Keith would be discovered by the legendary Les McCann. This was a man of major influence and of many commendations. Since then Mr. Anderson has traveled the world as Les's featured soloist and has performed for thousands. He has played with many great artists all around the world. These artists include: Roy Hargrove, Erykah Badu, Bobby Lyle, Kirk Franklin, and the great Cab Calloway during which it was quaoted many times that Mr. Anderson was "the newest of the Texas Tenors." Mr. Anderson's most recent engagement consists of recording with Al Jereau on his new album to be released in 2004. On this project he accompanied Mark Simmons, Larry Williams, and Christian McBride. To show Mr. Anderson's "Diversity" he was recruited to record with hip-hop guru Kanye West on his 2004 album. These projects forecast many unending opportunities for all jeundeas of music. Keith's named mentors include: Cannonball, Coltrane, Les McCann, Grover Washington Jr., Kirk Whalum, and Kenny Garrett.

Mr. Anderson views his music as motivational and inspirational. "Diversity," his debut CD, lives up to it's name. Anderson's accomplishments include published songwriting for such artists as Roy Hargrove, Paul Jackson Jr., and various artists for Sony Records. Mr. Anderson's future embraces his next CD release coming out this summer. Anderson continues to produce CD's, tour, and express himself through his songwriting.

KEITH ANDERSON

JASON ARCE

BIO

Saxophonist Jason Arce is on the most in demand players on the scene today. His versatility has lead him to lead with a wide variety of artists including Weezer, Cece Winans, Blood Orange, Cory Henry, Kindness, and the Curtis Brothers. He also leads his own groups and is releasing his own music very soon.

Jason received his BA from VCU in 2007 and his Masters degree from NYU in 2010

JASON ARCE

ALLEN 'BIZKIT' ARTHUR

Saxophonist for John Legend

BIO

The Grammy Nominated BizKit is from Philly; started playing the saxophone in 4th grade. He started to perfect his craft at CAPA (Creative and Performing Arts High School). When he graduated high school, Biz began putting horn sections together for many Gospel & R&B artists in the Philadelphia area. He's shared the stage with: John Legend, Earth Wind and Fire, Kanye West, Chrisette Michele, Rick Ross, Kim Burrel, Mint Condition, amongst others. Biz also worked with Rodney Jerkins (Darkchild) on Beyonce Knowles' hit "Deja Vu". Also, briefly played in Diddy's (Puff Daddy) band. Presently Biz is 1/3 of the production trio Phatboiz. They have produced John Legend's #1 hit Tonight (Best You Ever Had), also have songs on albums with Miguel, Ne-Yo and others. When Biz is home, he is at his home church faithfully every Sunday. "If it wasn't for church, prayer or me being in God's favor, I wouldn't be so lucky at this young age."

ALLEN 'BIZKIT' ARTHUR

DOR ASSARAF

"When I was first introduced to the cannonball saxophone, the first thing I said to myself it's just wow. The deep sound , the rapid response, the Altissimo comes out easily without any effort. And of course its warm powerful sound. The combination of the saxophone with the fat neck was perfect. The only thing left for me to do at that moment was to choose a color, and walk out the door with a new cannonball saxophone beside me." ~ Dor Assaraf

BIO

Dor Assaraf is an Israeli saxophonist, 31 year old, who has already toured the world with several great jewish music artists. He is one of the best saxophone players in the country, and you can hear his unique sound in many jewish music albums.

In August 2015 he released his first instrumental album, called AGADELCHA, an excellent album of Jewish music, contemporary arrangements. The album received amazing reactions in Israel and abroad.

Together with his band, he performs all over the world in Jewish communities and world music festivals.

DOR ASSARAF

TEODROSS AVERY

BIO

As a musician, Dr. Teodross Avery stands as one who defines live music—best experienced front row, and full throttle. His commanding presence, on stage and off, reflects his musical ingenuity and skill. With an outstanding pedigree, both professionally and academically, Teodross is a saxophonist to watch, as evidenced by many of today’s biggest names in music relying on his wide musical reach.

While growing up in Oakland and Vacaville, California, Teodross’ parents exposed him to a wide range of music including traditional Eastern and Western African music, Soul, Rock, and Jazz. At ten, his father started him with classical guitar lessons. Jolted by the sound of John Coltrane’s ‘Giant Steps,’ Teodross switched to the saxophone at thirteen. As a testament to his young promise, the great Wynton Marsalis purchased a saxophone for him. At 17, Teodross eventually won a full music scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.

While at Berklee, renowned A&R exec, Carl Griffin of GRP/Impulse Records, heard of Teodross’ cutting edge sound and eventually signed him at 19, stating, “I was so thoroughly impressed with his lyricism and writing talent”. In 1994, Teodross launched his first album In Other Words, which was welcomed by critical acclaim, including a five star review in USA Today. Still an undergraduate, Teodross was now feverishly in demand by the likes of Aretha Franklin, Betty Carter and Ramsey Lewis. He balanced all of these demands and completed college while on the road in 1995.

After graduating, with a wealth of professional experience to add, Teodross did what any other talented musician would do – he tackled New York City. After just one week in New York, he performed at the legendary Bluenote Jazz Club with the Cedar Walton Sextet, featuring Art Farmer on trumpet. He also played and/or recorded in groups that were either led by or included jazz titans such as Hank Jones, Ben Riley, Harold Mabern, Cyrus Chestnut, Lewis Nash, Donald Harrison, Bobby Watson, The Roy Hargrove Big Band and (3X) Grammy Award winner, Dee Dee Bridgewater, among many others. He landed a performing role in the successful film Love Jones in 1995. He then launched his second album, My Generation, under the GRP/Impulse label, in 1996. “This album was ahead of it’s time. I was starting to mix Jazz with the Hip Hop sound of The Roots (The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon) by adding frontman, Black Thought and the Rock-influenced sound of John Scofield” says Teodross.

Shortly after releasing My Generation he performed with the likes of Leela James, Roy Ayers, and Mos Def among many others. Lauryn Hill requested him as a member of her sold-out world tour from 1998 to 1999. On the heel of the Lauryn Hill tour, Teodross was invited in 2000 to tour with the mega rock group Matchbox Twenty.

As a composer and producer, Teodross has amassed a stunning number of credits, which include the feature films Beauty Shop, Brown Sugar, and Love Jones. He has also written music for Amy Winehouse’s debut album, ‘Frank’ (Island Records) .

His television performances include: Blackish (2015), American Idol, MTV’s TRL, The Ellen Degeneres Show, The CBS Morning Show with Epic Recording Artist, Shakira (2006), VHI, Regis & Kelly with Leela James (2005); The Essence Awards, Soul Train Awards, Source Awards, Saturday Night Live, MTV Awards, Billboard Music Awards with Lauryn Hill (1998-99).

As a session saxophonist, Teodross has collaborated with a number of awardwinning artists on their productions, including Amy Winehouse – Frank (Island Records) 2004 Gold Record; G-Unit All Stars (Shady/Aftermath Records) 2004 3X Platinum; Joss Stone – Mind, Body, & Soul (EMI) 2004 2X Platinum; Talib Kweli – Quality (Rawkus Records) 2002 Gold Record; Talib Kweli – Reflection Eternal (Rawkus Records) 2000 Gold Record; Dee Dee Bridgewater – Dear Ella (Verve Records) 2X Grammy Winner 1997.

Teodross received a Doctorate in Jazz Studies (DMA) from the University of Southern California (2016), he holds a Masters degree in Music from the prestigious Steinhardt School of Education at New York University (2006). He is also the recipient of multiple awards, including The Sony Innovator Award (1992), The National Foundation for The Advancement in The Arts’ Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Fellowship (1992), and The NAACP ACT-SO Award (1991).

Visit Teodross Avery's official Website.

TEODROSS AVERY

PEDRO JULIO AVILES

"The Cannonball Saxophones are amazing. They give me confidence to perform. My music from the Cannonball Saxophones is unique and magnificent." ~ Pedro Julio Aviles

BIO

Pedro Julio Aviles, professional saxophone player, was born in Cuba and now lives in Mexico. He has played on the most important music festivals and theaters around the world; is an active recording musician, and very acclaimed teacher and clinician among the countries in Latin America.

Visit Pedro Julio Aviles's official Website.

PEDRO JULIO AVILES

BOOTSIE BARNES

"When I'm not touring, I play Philly clubs six nights a week. I need a horn that sounds great, plays great and stands up to life on the road. If I can play one that doesn't cost me a year's rent, all the better." ~ Bootsie Barnes

Bootsie Barnes - Celebrated Philadelphia Tenor player.
Currently with Bill Cosby's Dream Band.

BIO

"Bootsie" began his musical career at age 6 on piano switching to drums at 10. His grandmother gave him a saxophone at age 19 and he knew he had found his niche. In school, classmates included drummers, Lex Humphries, Bill Cosby, Al "Tootie" Heath; bassist "Spanky" DeBrest, trumpeter Lee Morgan, and a host of Philadelphia giants who went on to help shape the maturing sound of jazz music. Those who had the biggest influence on him were his father, who played trumpet with Bill Doggett's 16 piece big band, and his cousin Jimmy Hamilton, saxophonist and star clarinetist of Duke Ellington's band for 26 years. In the 60's and early 70's Bootsie played the renowned "Chitterling Circuit" which included clubs such as South Jersey's Dreamland, Cotton Club, Laurettas' Hi Hat, Pearl's Celebrity Room and Over the Top. His highly articulated tenor style also graced Atlantic City's Club Harlem and The Wonder Garden. A few of the legendary Philly clubs at which he performed include The Aqua Lounge, Just Jazz, The Blue Note, Nite Cap, The Showboat and Pep's. Worked with Big Bands of Sam Reed, Johnny Lynch's Club Harlem Band, Bennie Lyons, Lloyd Price's Big Band,(under the direction of the great Kenny Dorham) and the Al Grey Little Big Band.

A significant accomplishment for Bootsie was being elected the Youngest ever Assistant Secretary of Philadelphia's only Black Local #274 American Federation of Musicians where he served from 1971-1974. This organization was a forerunner of today's Clef Club of the Performing Arts which was founded by the Late Former President of Local #274, JIMMY ADAMS.

Bootsie toured, performed and recorded with literally all the great organists including Shirley Scott, Jimmy Smith, Don Patterson, Jimmy McGriff, Jack McDuff, Charles Earland, Trudy Pitts, Poppa John and Joey DeFrancesco and others too numerous to name. In the late 1980's, Bootsie toured with his childhood friend and classmate, Bill Cosby, and made guest appearances on "The Bill Cosby Show," (playing himself) as well as many other television appearances. He recently toured with Cosby, playing the Playboy Jazz Festival and the Newport Jazz Festival.

Bootsie has toured Europe as well as the United States and Canada, leaving a lasting impression on audiences all over the world. He has headlined venues from New York's famed Birdland to the very prestigious Le Grand Hotel in Paris. He has won numerous Jazz awards, such as the Marjorie Dockery Volunteer Award from the Urban League Guild of Philadelphia and New York's Greater Jamaica Development Corporation Award, and is often listed within the Top Ten Jazz Picks.

Today, "Bootsie" Barnes is known as "the man with the 'Tenor Touch'" because of his dynamic style on the tenor saxophone. His smooth and distinct sound is easily recognizable whether softly caressing a ballad, or swinging hard, during live performances or on CD. JazzTimes magazine sums up his solos thusly: "...plays tenor saxophone with self-assured flair and gorgeous depth..." and "...plays in a classic style reminiscent of Gene Ammons and Hank Mobley...". Bootsie can be heard as a sideman on many, many recordings, (see his discography) he has released one vinyl album and three CD's as a leader; "Been Here All Along", "You Leave Me Breathless", "Hello" and "Boppin' Round the Center".

Visit Bootsie Barnes' official Website.

BOOTSIE BARNES

PIOTR BARON

BIO

Born on Jan. 5, 1961, Piotr Baron had his musical debut in 1977. The next year he was distinguished as an artist and in 1980 was awarded the 2nd Prize at the Jazz nad Odrą Festival. In 1984, he won the Grand Prix at the Jazz Aldia Festival in San Sebastian, Spain. He received his MA degree at the Karol Lipiński Musical Academy in Wrocław, Poland. Throughout his over a 40-year-long musical career, he played with the most outstanding jazz artists of Poland, Europe, and the US, such as Zbigniew Namysłowski, Tomasz Stańko, Henryk Majewski, Henryk Miśkiewicz, Jarosław Śmietana, Wojciech Karolak, Zbigniew Lewandowski, Kazimierz Jonkisz, Krzesimir Dębski, Janusz Muniak, Tomasz Szukalski, Darek “Oles” Oleszkiewicz, Piotr Wojtasik, Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski, Bo Stief, Jasper Van’t Hof, Ray Charles, Art Farmer, Al Porcino, Billy Harper, David Murray, Kevin Mahogany, Victor Lewis, Roy McCurdy, John Hicks, Jon Mayer, Eddie Henderson, Gary Smulyan, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Carter Jefferson, Bobby Watson, Kei Akagi, Larry Koonse, Joe LaBarbera, Charlie Shoemake, Mark Soskin, Kevin Hays, Billy Hart, Harvie Swartz, David Friesen, Clarence Seay, Ed Schuller, John Betsch, Wadada Leo Smith, Ronnie Burrage, Greg Bandy, Malcolm Pinson, Skip Hadden, Steve McCraven, Wayne Bartlett, Carlos Johnson and Karen Edwards.

In 1998 in Stockholm, he played the first alto saxophone in the EBU Big Band. He also partook in a number of cross-over jazz and symphonic musical events, among others the Cezary Duchnowski Monady Series, the Scenes from Macondo Symphonic Poem by Jacek Niedziela-Meira, or the Looking for Balance Suite by Krzysztof Herdzin. He was a sideman on over a hundred records, among others Traveling Birds Quintet (1994) and Return to the Nest (1995) of the same music group.

Piotr Baron has ten CDs of his own under his belt: Take One (1995), Tango (1996), Blue Rain (1997), Bogurodzica (2000), Reference (2004), Salve Regina (2007), Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus (2008), Kaddish (2011), Jazz na Hrade (2012) and Wodecki Jazz (2019). For a quarter century he has been short-listed for the winner of the Jazz Top Poll of the Jazz Forum Magazine, which he won in 2015 in the baritone sax category. As the musician of the year 2000, 2004, and 2009, he was nominated for the prestigious Fryderyk Award. Likewise his Bogurodzica and Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus CDs were nominated as the CDs of their respective years. Piotr Baron is the endorser of Cannonbal Musical Instruments, Drake Mouthpieces, and D’Addario Woodwinds.

He was awarded the Gloria Artis Bronze and Silver Medals, the Merito de Wratislavia Medal, and the Golden Badge of the Polish Jazz Society.

He has musical scores to his credit for the theaters, such as the Wrocław Puppet Theater, the National Stary Theater of Kraków, the Dramatic Theater of Słupsk, and the Współczesny Theater of Wrocław.

As a pedagogue, he has lectured and taught saxophone, jazz harmony and improvisation at the Jazz Faculty of University of Applied Sciences in Nysa (until now), at the Wrocław School of Jazz and Popular Music, as well as in the Jazz Stream of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Zielona Góra.

He has held open jazz lectures at the US University of California Irvine, the California Institute Of The Arts in Valencia, at the Ankara Bilkent University, at the Kunst Universitaet of Graz in Austria, conducted master classes at summer jazz workshops in the Prague (CZ), Lvov UA), and many Polish cities.

From 1994 to 2011, Piotr Baron ran his auteur program on the Polish Radio in Wrocław, and since 2012 in the radioJAZZ.fm.

He has written music reviews and articles (in the Jazz Forum Magazine among others) and is the writer of a dozen scientific publications.

From December 2015 to August 2018, he worked at the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as an advisor to the Undersecretary of State and Deputy Head of the Department. In September 2018, he was appointed chief-director of the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra.

PIOTR BARON

GABRIEL BELLO

" Fantastic instruments, and they sound even better than they look! I actually sold a very famous vintage alto and was able to get my tenor & soprano. You can't beat two pro horns for the price of one! I use the stock cannonball mouthpiece than came with my tenor, it's that good." ~ Gabriel Bello

BIO

Gabriel’s musical journey began in Lawrence, Massachusetts where Gabriel’s Dominican father, a percussionist, helped form his son’s earliest musical memories. Childhood would later find Gabriel discovering his own musicianship when the family moved to DeLand, Florida where Gabriel sang in church choirs and learned a range of instruments including flute, saxophone, and piano. Outside of church, Gabriel maintained a steady diet of his parents’ musical culture coupled with the pop and jazz icons of the day including Michael Jackson, Grover Washington Jr., Stevie Wonder, Toto, Chuck Mangione, and David Sanborn.

These musical guideposts led Gabriel to study music at Lee University in Tennessee, but a cancer diagnosis, subsequent months of treatment, and an eventual miraculous healing after playing a concert with worship artist Ron Kenoly set Gabriel on a new path to full-time music ministry. Extensive work with churches throughout the Southeast allowed Gabriel to hone his instrumental, vocal, and engineering abilities, skills which would serve him well in his new destination: the Nashville Music scene.

During his tenure in Nashville, Gabriel played on and produced a number of sessions for Kings Mountain Records including two No. 1 Billboard singles, Crystal Dove’s “Until You Come Back to Me” and Temar Underwood’s “Inside Out.” His Nashville period also found Gabriel performing and collaborating with a range of artists including Alvin Slaughter, Gary Oliver, Ron Kenoly, Geron Davis, Christ Church Choir, Jentzen Franklin, and Rascal Flatts. Just before leaving Nashville to pursue a solo career, Gabriel was a finalist to be musical director for American Idol winner Carrie Underwood’s first tour and was also approached to be Kellie Pickler’s musical director.

The path of the solo artist has seen Gabriel bring his inconceivable level of talent as a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and engineer to bear on a 2011 self-titled debut that occupied the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Charts for eleven weeks straight. Additionally, Gabriel’s debut release unseated Michael Buble from the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Jazz Charts. Outside of his solo career, Gabriel’s abilities have made him an in-demand choir and worship leader, earned him a 2012 SESAC Honors Award for album sales and publishing, and found him producing, mixing, mastering, and performing with artists like Pastor James R. Adams and the Abounding Life Church of God in Christ’s on their release “Times of Refreshing” which ranked fourth on the Billboard Gospel Albums Chart. In 2013 he released his first solo Christian/Gospel album "Miracle" which led to performances with Israel Houghton, Tasha Cobbs, Kierra "Kiki" Sheard & Tye Tribett.

With a wealth of accomplishments and accolades behind him in fields spanning the music industry and a host of genres, Gabriel Bello, a consummate performer, composer, and producer, continues to venture where his talents & faith take him.

Visit Gabriel Bello's official Website.

GABRIEL BELLO

GLEN BERGER

"My Cannonball Alto & Tenor saxes make playing in any situation a real pleasure! These horns have a smooth fingerboard, play better in tune than my Mark VI's*, and have a bigger tone!!! It is also one of the best looking horns out there!! Thanks Cannonball!!" ~ Glen Berger

Saxophonist with the NFL band.

BIO

Musical Instruments Played: (Woodwinds)

Piccolo, Flute, Eb Flute, Alto Flute, Bass Flute, Eb Clarinet, Bb Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Oboe, English Horn, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, & Baritone Saxophones, WX7 & EWI Midi Wind Controllers, Ethnic Flutes, Ocarinas, Recorders, Penny Whistles.

Performances With:

Shakira, Barry Manilow, Toni Tenille, Simon Shaheen, Stanley Clarke Band, Glen Frey, Huey Lewis, Michael Bolton, Stevie Wonder, Patti Labelle, Natalie Cole, Temptations, Four Tops, Supremes, Dionne Warwick, Miki Howard, Bob Hope & Rosemary Clooney, Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra, Bruce Lofgren Jazz Orchestra, Bill Watrous Big Band, Mike Barone Big Band, Bob Florence Limited Edition, Jack Sheldon Big Band, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Buddy Rich, Gerry Mulligan, Glenn Miller Orch., Erskine Hawkins, Xavier Cugat Orch., Machito, Gregory Hines, McDonald's All Star Jazz Band, New Jersey Pops Orchestra, Jersey City Symphony, New York Senior Orchestra, etc...

Musical Theater:

Kiss Me Kate - Shubert Theatre L.A. 2001, Haven - 2001 Premiere, Flower Drum Song - LA 2001, Guys & Dolls, Dreamgirls (On Broadway), La Cage Aux Folles, My One & Only, 1940's Radio Hour, Mack & Mabel, The Wiz, Love (Off Broadway), A Chorus Line, Company, Jesus Christ Superstar, Showboat, No No Nannete, Sayonara (World Premiere), etc...

Television Appearances:

CBS - "Ultimate Manilow" Barry Manilow at the Kodak Theater, MTV - Aerosmith "Icons" with Shakira, VH1, 60 Minutes II, The Tonight Show, The Today Show, Fame, 20/20, The Merv Griffin Show

Tours:

Donna Summer - Tokyo etc..., Tom Jones World Tour - 1990, 1993-1998 "Dreamgirls" International Tour, "A Chorus Line" 1st European Tour, Golden Boys Of Bandstand {Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, & Fabian }

Chamber Music Group: Siena Italy

Jingles / Recordings:

7-Up, Taco Bell, Pepsi, Hewlett Packard, Got Milk?, etc...

Various TV, Film, and Record projects

GLEN BERGER

BARRY BERGSTROM

BIO

Born and raised in Washington, Oregon and Montana, Barry has lived in Oakland, California and Las Vegas, Nevada, with extended stays in New York and Los Angeles. He has performed in every major city of the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico, The West Indies and Canada, many in Europe, Asia and South America and currently divides his time between New York, Los Angeles, numerous tours and his home in Washington.

Barry began playing the clarinet in 5th grade, encouraged by his parents to play both "Classical" music and the popular "Standards" that they recalled from their youth. "It's The Talk Of The Town", "Satin Doll" and the "Tennesee Waltz" were some of the first tunes he learned. At the age of 16, Barry "discovered" jazz, when he attended a clinic and concert by The Cannonball Adderley Quintet. The warmth exuded by Julian "Cannonball" Adderley left a lasting effect on the young man, both as a musician and as a human being. In that same year Barry won a Mid-Columbia Symphony Young Artist Award, and started to play alto saxophone, flute and upright bass. The five years after high school were eventful, working many different jobs, hitchhiking and riding freight trains. At 23 years of age Barry decided to resume playing the woodwind instruments and for the first time undertook the serious study of the saxophone. His musical career has been climbing steadily upward ever since. As a Jazz musician he has performed with some of the greats including the big bands of Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Jimmy Dorsey and Harry James. He has shared the stage with James Moody, Bill Tole, Cedar Walton, Pete Christlieb, Steve Miller, Randy Brecker, James Carter, Sonny Russo, Bob Hope, Carl Fontana, Buddy Montgomery, Howard Alden, Peter Washington, Lewis Nash and numerous other great jazz artists. In addition he has performed with numerous "R&B" acts, including the Temptations, the Coasters and the Drifters. His classical saxophone performances include Eugene Bozza's "Aria", Paul Creston's "Sonata For Alto Saxophone", Glazounov's "Concerto For Alto Saxophone" and he is currently preparing Jacque Ibert's "Concertino Da Camera" (written for alto saxophone in 1935). Clarinet performances include Mozart's "Concerto" and Weber's "Concertino". Flute performances have been in a jazz context only, where he lists his main influence as Roland Kirk. Barry has studied, albeit briefly, with: Don McMaster, Greg Metcalf, and received tips and encouragement from Dave Liebman, James Moody, and James Carter.

Saxophone influences include: Willie Smith, Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, Charlie Parker, Marcel Mule', Sigurd Rascher, Ike Quebec, Jim Pepper, Sonny Rollins, Don Byas, Coleman Hawkins, Gene Ammons, Art Pepper, Roland Kirk, Dave Liebman, et. al.

Having been given the opportunity to serve as a road/company manager has presented new challenges that Barry has met head-on and excelled at. Many great artists have stated that not only can this guy play, but he's the best road manager they have ever had.

Barry has worked both as a multi-woodwind artist and/or tour manager for the following national tours: Harry James Orchestra, "The Songs That Won World War II"; The Hoagy Carmichael Centennial Celebration; Glenn Miller Orchestra's Japan Tour 1999; Cab Calloway Orchestra's "Legacy Of Swing"; The "Our Sinatra" Orchestra; "Front Porch Blues" tour (with Charlie Musselwhite and Elvin Bishop, et. al.), "Big Band Dance Party" with the Jiving Lindy Hoppers as a star soloist on both alto saxophone and clarinet; The Newport Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary Tour 2004 (with Cedar Walton, Howard Alden, James Moody, Randy Brecker, James Carter, Lewis Nash and Peter Washington).

Barry currently tours with the Harry James Orchestra, with which he has recorded 4 CD's, and works in New York, touring nationally and internationally. He also plays with his jazz quartet, which released an acclaimed CD "I Remember Clifford" in 1996, in addition to playing in Northwest venues as much as possible. A new recording is in the planning/early production stages. Barry also adjudicates at educational solo and ensemble festivals, and educational jazz festivals. Recently he was asked to adjudicate at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow Idaho, which is the largest educational jazz festival in the world. He also teaches privately and presents clinics for students of all ages.

Barry endorses and plays "Cannonball" Saxophones.

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BARRY BERGSTROM

MILAN BONGER

BIO

Milan Bonger, a highly praised soloist in NL, rooted in Jazz, specialized in Dance, he who takes playing with DJs to a higher level. With his warm, powerful sound, he dives into the record, which he deepens further with ingenious rhythmic and melodic finds.

He played at Roskilde, Lowlands, NSJF, Java Jazz Jakarta, Dance Valley, pinkpop, Extrema outdoor and Fabulous and toured around the world with bands like State of Monc and Cubop and played / produced together with Fedde le Grand, Roog, Funkerman, Erick E, Vato Gonzales, Kenneth G, laFuente, Brainless, Billy the Klit, Quintino, Carita LaNina and Franky Rizardo.

MILAN BONGER

DIEGO BOROTTI

"Rarely have I found great sound and excellent flexibility in the same horn. This is the case with my Mad Meg Unlacquered tenor. Its powerfull, warm, reliable in pitch, and quick as a snake up and down the horn. Gret Job! Thank You! It's improved my music!" ~ Diego Borotti

BIO

Since 1980 Diego Borotti has been carrying on concert activity in Jazz Clubs, Jazz Festivals and reviews in Italy and Europe.

Since 1988 he has started the parallel activities of composer and band leader.

Diego has lent his sound to numerous formations going from the trio to the big-Band (among which the National Jazz Orchestra) and has taken part in several record projects also co-operating with Dave Weckl, Enrico Rava, Franco D'Andrea, Gary Dial, John Patitucci, Furio di Castri, François Jeanneau, Steve Grossman, George Brown, Flavio Boltro, Skip Haden, Roberto Rossi, Bob Revel.

Since 1997 Diego has been taking part in the artistic management of the Itinerant Festival "Jazz in town" for Philip Morris (Turin 1997, Bologna 1998).

DIEGO BOROTTI

J. BOYKIN

“When I first purchased my Cannonball Alto, I was impressed by its rich tone and unique finish. I was excited to own a horn that offered style, performance and durability. Cannonball included 2 neck pieces, a beautiful case and accessories that were very convenient for a touring musician. Cannonball Saxophones really allow musicians to take their career and performance to the next level. I’m so proud and humbled to be a part of the family.” ~ J. Boykin

BIO

At 22 years of age, J. Boykin is already affectionately known as the "Sax Sensation." Saxophonist J. Boykin executes his God-given musical talents on the soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones. His talents have taken him from his hometown in Riverside, Ca. all the way to China and many other places in between. J. Boykin is the owner and founder of the JBMG Music and Educational Center which provides private and group music lessons as well as private tutoring for all subjects. J. Boykin teaches all woodwind instruments at an affordable rate and is dedicated to encouraging students to be proactive about their future.

Television:

Casted musician on the award winning Fox Television Series “Glee” in the Fall of 2010
Featured music in the Motion Picture “In the Hive” Starring Michael Clark Duncan 2013
2013 Performer on the KCAL5 Christmas Special “A Gospel Christmas”

Music Performances include:

Opening act for “Frankie Beverly and Maze and Ledisi” November 2013
Opening act for “John Legend” Pomona, Ca. October 2010
Featured Artist for the Riverside Art and Cultural Appreciation Campaign 2010
Opening act for “Take 6” Concert in Rancho Cucamonga, Ca.
Saxophonist, “A Night on the Townsend” a Robert Townsend Production
Music score for Robert Townsend's "The Hive" (BET Michael Clark Duncan)
Jazz Search Winner for Long Beach Jazz Festival
Featured artist at the Koinonia’s Conference’s 2007 “Jazzing’ in the City”
Performed with Kirk Whalum and Doc Powell
Featured artist at the Inland Empire Jazz Festival 2007
"All-star Jam" on stage with Brian Culbertson
Artist at San Diego’s KIFM Gas Lamp Jazz Festival 2007
Performed at the opening of the National NAACP Convention 2006

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J. BOYKIN

ERROL BUDDLE

"For over a year I tried to find a good Mark V1 alto and tenor to replace my old Mark V1's that have seen better days but with no success - very frustrating. Also Yamaha have couriered me four custom altos and three custom tenors to try and I was considering changing to Yamaha when I discovered Cannonball saxes. I love them. They have a big vibrant sound, excellent intonation and are extremely easy to adjust to when I have to change from flute, oboe or bassoon to sax. The rich gold finish and design is better than I have usually seen on any other saxes. Tevis and Sheryl are obviously very dedicated and conscientious with their Cannonball instruments which is rare amongst instrument makers these days." ~ Errol Buddle

BIO

ERROL BUDDLE is an Australian multi-instrumentalist - saxes, flutes, oboe, bassoon, etc. He has done thousands of sessions (movie soundtracks, TV shows, commercials) and is much in demand for jazz concerts and club dates. Errol has worked with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jnr., Nelson Riddle, Henry Mancini, Toshiko Akyoshi, Nat King Cole, Australian Ballet, Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Australia. In his early days in the USA he played extensively in Detroit with Elvin Jones, Barry Harris, Tommy Flanagan, Major Holly and Pepper Adams and later with the Australian Jazz Quintet which toured the US for four years at all major jazz clubs. The group in it's early stages also backed Billie Holiday and Carmen McRae.

ERROL BUDDLE

ANDRZEJ BUKOWSKI

"During my musical life I’ve played saxophones of many fine brands. Cannonball is simply the best." ~ Andrzej Bukowski

BIO

Dr hab. Andrzej Bukowski – clarinetist, saxophonist and sideman, was born on march 7th,1969, in Ostróda. He began his adventure with music at the age of five, with his first piano lessons. He completed Elementary and Secondary Music Schools in Olsztyn with honours, in the class of Professor Mirosława Nowak-Dobrychłop. Andrzej was a scholarship holder at The Tel-Aviv University The Rubin Israel Academy of Music (1989-91) in the clarinet class of Professor Richard Lesser.

At the Music Academy in Gdańsk he received his M.Mus. in the clarinet class of Professor Bogdan Ocieszak (2007). He also received his D.M.A and Post-Doctoral Degree in clarinet performance at the Music Academy in Gdańsk in 2010 and 2013, respectively. Andrzej Bukowski attended music courses and master classes with Florent Héau, Jean-Marc Fessard and Nicolas Baldeyrou.

Andrzej has been the principal clarinetist in Olsztyn Philharmonic Orchestra (2002-2013). He worked with many conductors, including Zubin Mehta, Claudio Abbado, Krzysztof Penderecki, Janusz Przybylski, Jacek Kaspszyk and Jerzy Maksymiuk. During his career as a saxophonist and clarinetist he performed over 2500 concerts as a solist, chamber ensemble member, within the orchestra, and with jazz, pop and rock bands. As an musician he has visited Russia, Germany, France, Spain, Macedonia, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Israel. As a sideman he has recorded over 18 albums (including his own 3 solo CDs) with various music styles, together with the most known polish artists. Andrzej Bukowski is also a Professor of Saxophone and Clarinet at the Fryderyk Chopin Secondary Music School in Olsztyn.

Andrzej plays a Cannonball GA5-B

ANDRZEJ BUKOWSKI

MARK BUNNEY

"When I first played the Alto GA stone series Cannonball saxophone I immediately knew I had found what I was looking for, I was literally blown away! Having tried everything else on market, the Cannonball far exceeds all others. The action is superb and the responsiveness even at the bottom end is fantastic, the horn has an unparalleled big rich sound throughout the horn right into the fourth octave, playing the altissimo is easier than on any other instrument I've played on, and the intonation of the horn is just great. I can only conclude by saying that the Cannonball truly is the Ferrari of saxophones! Thank you Cannonball for enhancing my playing experience, I am proud to endorse these great instruments." ~ Mark Bunney

BIO

Gospel saxophonist and flautist, Mark Bunney was born and raised in Leicester, England. From a young age Mark was encouraged to develop his musical talents and at three years of age his Father had already taught him to sing a considerable portion of the hymns and choruses frequently sung at church. Mark started his first piano lessons at the age of seven, but he didn't enjoy them and reluctantly did as he was told. As time passed, after a few years of constantly wearing down his mother, she decided enough was enough and Mark's wish to end his piano lessons was finally granted. On that day he distinctively remembers the sad thought that he had failed and would never be musical, but little did he know that God had an entirely different plan for his life.

Four years passed by until one day at age 15, Mark's ears were struck by the beautiful, sultry tone of the saxophone. From that day, his dream was to become one of the world's best saxophonists. A regular and ever increasing practice regime became part of Mark's daily agenda, together with playing alongside other musicians and taking private lessons. With the help of private instructor and Berklee College of Music alumni professor, Jean Toussaint, Mark's aspiration to become a world-class saxophonist took a giant leap when, in a 1997 Paris audition, he was granted a scholarship to attend the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA.

Filled with new challenges, Mark strove to give Berklee his best, achieving top grades in all his subjects. At Berklee, Mark was also fortunate enough to be under the tutelage of smooth jazz recording artist, Walter Beasley and the legendary saxophonist, Bill Pierce, who were major influences on him. Other notable influences include Gerald Albright, Grover Washington Jr, Everette Harp, Najee and Cannonball Adderley, to name a few.

In 2003, Mark launched his music career with the release of his debut album entitled 'Coming Soon'. This was the first project on his own record label, Quiet Revolution Productions. The album was a big hit in the UK instrumental gospel market and has also been successful in the USA. Mark graduated from Berklee College of Music in May 2005 with a magna cum laude Honors degree in Professional Music, specialising in Performance and Music Education.

In October 2006, Mark launched his second CD project, entitled 'For His Praise' - a compilation of classic gospel favourites with a dynamic and exciting jazz twist. Following on from the success of 'For His Praise' Mark is set to continue the theme in his long anticipated third album, "For His Praise II" which is due for release in the early summer of 2011.

Mark's ministry has carried him to performance venues around the world including the UK, USA, Sweden, Bermuda, Czech Republic, Holland, and the Caribbean. He has perfomed on the famous stages of London's Royal Albert Hall, Wembley Arena and Boston's Berklee Performance Center amongst others. Mark has shared the stage with many of the gospel industry's top artists such as Donnie McClurkin, Take 6, Byron Cage, Johnathan Butler, Vanessa Williams, TD Jakes, Eddie Long, Kelli Williams, Wintley Phipps, John Stoddart, The Heritage Singers, 7th Element, Neville Peter to name a few, and is fast becoming widely known in the gospel arena for his inspirational and dynamic performances.

"Musical Ministry is the purpose of my life to offer praise to God and to bless others throught the gift he has given me, I am a Levite in that number God promised so long ago in Jeremiah 33:22."

In May 2010 Mark launched a monumental project the "Saxophone Mastery In a Minute" followed shortly after with "Flute Mastery In a Minute." These are the first correspondence courses of their kind, utilizing the latest technology, Mark is able to offer a monthly lessons course to those who want to become accomplished players. These step-by-step courses are not only fun, challenging & inspirational, but are also hosted and presented by Mark. Using the concept of role-modeling, Mark is able to take an individual from a complete beginner to a professional level. Get more information.

In looking back on his journey, Mark considers himself very blessed to have had many great role models, both musical and non-musical, and pays tribute to each of them.

"I count it a blessing to have had a solid family supporting me at every step of the way, friends and mentors through thick and thin, and the opportunity to travel around the world meeting new people and appreciating other views and cultures".

Mark attributes all his success, past, present and future to his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and considers himself a living testimony of Philippians 4.13,

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me".

His personal message to all is,
"No matter how old or young you are, have a dream for your life. Commit it to God and nurture that dream by acheiving small daily goals until your dream becomes a reality. Never give up no matter what obstacles come your way. Dream big and shoot for the stars, at the very least you’ll land on the moon. And finally, in five, ten, twenty years from now you'll look back and take satisfaction in knowing that you did what you were born to do."

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MARK BUNNEY

TOMMY C

"The instant I picked up my Cannonball I immediately knew I had something special in my hands....the ease of playing, full rich tone, was something I had never experienced in any other horn.....simply put I put Cannonball first on the list with anyone (and I have tried them all). Every show I play I get asked about the horn and I proudly spread the word about this fine instrument. I think I have finally found my "soul mate" forever..." ~ Tommy C

Saxophonist and Musical Director for Chubby Checker

TOMMY C

JAMES CHEEKS- MO'HORNS

BIO

Other Members:
Theljon Allen- Trumpet
Marvin Thompson- Trombone

Mo’Horns started in 1991 when Marvin Thompson and James Cheeks first met on a live recording during John P. Kee's VIP Convention in Washington, D. C. Many musical engagements followed as Marvin and James collaborated with renowned musical director Steve Lawrence. After creating horn arrangements for several artists and multi-media outlets, Marvin and James formed what is now Mo’Horns. The band consists of members, Marvin Thompson (trombone), James Cheeks (saxophones), and Theljon Allen (trumpet). Mo'Horns are voting members of the Recording Academy (Grammys), and also appear on several Grammy nominated and winning projects.

Mo’Horns recently appeared on TV One's Urban Honors Awards 2020. Their next latest project is a feature film entitled, “The High Note”, starring Tracey Ell as Ross. Mo’Horns recently collaborated with Beltway Horns on an upcoming album due for release in 2020. Other Mo’Horns performances include The Tonight Show (Jay Leno) and the Dave Letterman Show. Performance venues include the renowned John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Blues Alley (Washington, D. C.), Madison Square Garden, The Royal Albert Hall (London, England). Tokyo, Japan, Billboard and more.

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JAMES CHEEKS- MO'HORNS

STEFAN CHRISTINGER

"I play a GT5-SB tenor, a Hotspur alto and a Vintage Series soprano. I fell in love in with these instruments from the very first tone! The sound is just magnificent! Soft and smooth response, with the low notes coming easier than on any other horn. Whether funky, rocking or smooth, you can do whatever you want on these horns - they are so responsive. The quality of the finish is superb. There is no doubt about it, you just have to play one! Thank you Sheryl & Tevis Laukat, Cannonball brings back the fun into playing!!! ~ Stefan Christinger

Saxophone teacher, sax player in various Swiss bands



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STEFAN CHRISTINGER

PIOTR CIESLIKOWSKI

"I play T5-HS "Hotspur" tenor and unlaquered SA-5 arc soprano. I like the powerful and full-bodied sound of these saxophones. I also like the enhanced dynamic scope of my Cannonball instruments." ~ Piotr Cieślikowski

PIOTR CIESLIKOWSKI

MARCOS CONTRERAS

"Me encantan los saxofones cannonball, su mejor cualidad es su sonido, como los clásicos vintage pero con una mecánica moderna. Tienen la respuesta que siempre busque, para todo tipo de música. Gran sonido y excelente afinacián. Muy buena construcción, jamás estuve mas cómodo con un saxofón" ~ Marcos Contreras

"I love Cannonball saxophones - their most outstanding quality is their sound, and it's like playing a classic vintage horn but with modern keywork. They have the response I've always been looking for, for every genre of music. Big sound and excellent intonation. Great build quality. I have never been more comfortable with a saxophone." ~ Marcos Contreras

BIO

Destacado saxofonista Chileno. Integrante de importantes agrupaciones nacionales como "Quintessece Ensamble", "Los Andes Big Band","Banda Sinfónica de la Universidad de Chile" y "TetraSax Cuarteto de Saxofones". Ganador del concurso "Jóvenes Solistas de Chile 2010" dando conciertos con la "Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile", Ganador del concurso de talentos del Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile por cuatro años consecutivos, ha participado además en el "Festival Internacional de Música Contemporánea de Chile" y en congresos de saxofón en países como México y Brasil. Ha grabado en discos con artistas como Camila Moreno. Hoy se desempeña en todos los ambitos de la musica, clasica, contemporanea, popular y Jazz.

Saxofonista del grupo "La Chilombiana", Banda Filarmonica de Chile Y solista Alumno del profesor Miguel Villafruela en la Universidad de Chile. Ha sido galardonado con la beca de talentos "Amigos del Teatro Municipal" por cuatro años consecutivos (2008-2009-2010-2011). * En el año 2008 se presenta en el "I Concurso Panamericano de Saxofón Clásico" en México, donde logra posicionarse entre los diez finalistas. En dicho evento tomo clases magistrales con destacados profesores de nivel mundial como David Borgo (México) y Sylvain Verger (Francia). * En el año 2009 participa en el proyecto de müsica contemporánea "Germinaciones" con actuaciones en el Festival Internacional de Müsica Contemporánea. Además graba con el Cuarteto Urbano de Saxofones junto con la cantante Camila Moreno. * En el año 2010 toma clases magistrales con el Saxofonista norteamericano Lynn Klock. También es invitado a tocar junto a la Orquesta de la Facultad de Artes de la Universidad de Chile (OFA), bajo el Maestro David del Pino; además ingresa como saxofón Barítono al Ensamble Quintessence y en "Los Andes Big Band". Este año Logra el primer lugar ganar el concurso de interpretación "Jóvenes Solistas de Chile 2010" para la tocar junto con la Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile con la Obra Scaramouche de Darius Milhaud. * En el 2011 Toma clases magistrales con la Profesora del Conservatorio de Bordeux (Francia) Marie Bernardier Charrier. Graba un disco con el la banda "Chilombiana" de müsica fusión afro colombiana, además de ir a una gira por Europa en países como Francia, España, Bélgica, Dinamarca, Alemania, Suecia entre otros. Es invitado a dar conciertos al Festival de Saxofón en Bolivia junto con su cuarteto de saxofones "Tetrasax". Ha participado también en la Banda Sinfónica de la Universidad de Chile, bajo el Maestro Eduardo Browne (2007 a la fecha) Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional Juvenil, La Chilombiana, La Mayor Big band, Los Andes Big Band, Filarmobanda de la Filarmónica de Chile entre otros. Proyectos personales: "TetraSax Cuarteto de Saxofones" (Isaías Zamorano-Fabián Morales-Gabriel Barrios-Marcos Contreras)

Featured Chilean saxophonist. Integral member of such national groups as The Quintessence Ensemble, Los Andes Big Band, University of Chile Symphonic Band, and the TetraSax Saxophone Quartet. Winner of the Young Soloists of Chile 2010, performing in concerts with the Chile Symphony Orchestra, winner of Santiago Chile Municipal Theater talent show for four consecutive years, has also participated in the Chilean International Festival of Contemporary Music and saxophone conventions in countries such as Mexico and Brazil. He has been featured on albums with artists such as Camila Moreno. Today he is dedicated to all styles of music: classical, contemporary, popular and jazz.

MARCOS CONTRERAS

BRIAN CROWNE

"I have been looking for a new horn for several years to replace my trusty old King tenor and finally found it in the Big Bell Tenor. I was preparing to buy a new Custom Yamaha, but was so impressed with the comfort, playability and tone of the Cannonball that I immediately changed my mind. The response is exceptional, the altisimo is effortless and wide open. It reminds me a lot of the old Selmer Mark VI's & Balanced Actions, which is cool!" ~ Brian Crowne

BIO

Brian's performance resume includes shows from New Orleans to The Roxy in Hollywood, CA with countless groups. Some notable artists would be, Legandary Blues Artists: Son Seals, Tommy Castro, Coco Montoya, W.C. Clark, Skeeter Brandon, Marcia Ball, Delbert McClinton and many others. Brian has also performed with Danny Federici of the E-Street Band and his regional favorite group OreoBlue. Brian has released six CD's with Oreo Blue and has many production credits in his resume.

Brian's performance level is best summed up by Tim Jones of Porter Entertainment in Little Rock AR. "Brian plays a mean Texas shuffle on rhythm guitar and sings a soulful ballad with polish and feeling, but when he picks up that saxophone he weaves a musical spell that makes his audience raptly attend every note. Brian's sense of pacing and dynamics creates a sensory dialogue between subtlety and bombast; careful interplay turns bridges and jams into ecstasies of momentum and emotion. He can play conservatively without becoming self-indulgent or inaccessable. The very essence of music is communicating that which cannot be expressed in words: Brian Crowne possesses both the proficiency and the soul to achieve that end."

Photo by John Blair

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BRIAN CROWNE

DANIEL FREIRE CRUZ

"In the course of my activities as a professional musician have dealt with various brands of saxophone, always looking for a tool that met my needs and artistic techniques. By knowing the Cannonball finally found everything I ever envisioned for a saxophone. The quality of your sound allows the expression of the musical text in a complete and versatile artist facilitating the communication of their feelings. In addition to many other qualities, the result is a powerful sound, the pitch is immaculate throughout length of the instrument, there very easily in the emission of sound and, in addition to numerous other qualities, is an aesthetically beautiful instrument! One of the most important features of the Saxophone Cannoball is to have two necks, which opens a wide range of possibilities the kicker, giving the sensation of having two instruments in one." ~ Daniel Freire Cruz.

BIO

Was born on 21/04/1988 in Vitória, Espírito Santo, Brazil. Majoring in Saxophone at the Faculty of Music of Espírito Santo - FAMES and works as gazetted musician in the Band of the Military Police of the state of Espírito Santo.

His first contact with music was at eight, the Baptist Church of Praia do Canto, Vitória/ES , where he reunites with his family to the present day . At the time, received musical guidance of teacher Berenice Rosa and conductor Almir Rosa. As at 15 knows the saxophone, getting great support from their parents. In 2003, he joined the College of Musical Training FAMES, with emphasis on saxophone, taking lessons for four years, with the teacher, saxophonist and conductor Antonio Paulo Filho.

Participated in major schools like Pop & Jazz Orchestra IFES (conductor Celio Paula); Fames Jazz Band (conductor Antonio Paulo Filho); Vitória Café Orchestra (conductor Everson Salazar). During his training, he had the opportunity to take classes and/or play with:



International Artists Bob Mintzer (USA), Idriss Boudrioua (FRA), Sax Gordon (USA), Aldo Salvent (CUB), Miguel Villafruela (CUB), Emiliano Barri (ARG), Arno Bornkamp (HOL), Ray Moore (USA), Ian Guest (HUN), Pete Best (UK), Quartour Elipsos (FRA), Jazz Combo Box (FRA).

Brazilian Artists Roberto Menescal, Daniel D' Ancântara, Widor Santiago, Marcelo Martins, Ademir Júnior, Spok, Zé Canuto, Marcelo Coelho, David Ganc, Mário Sève, Mauro Senise, Duda, Paul Levi, Marco Tulio Pinto, Dilson Florencio, Pedro Bittencourt, Rafael Velloso, Elba Ramalho, Bruno Mangueira, Gilson Peranzzetta, Lupa Santiago, Ney Conceição, Sidmar Vieira, Giovani Malini, Turi Collura, Nailson Simões, Dario Sotelo, André Cardoso, Fabio Ninn, Anor Junior, among others.

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DANIEL FREIRE CRUZ

FRANCOIS D'AMOURS

BIO

A Rivière du Loup native son, François D’Amours was only 14 when he first put his lips to a saxophone mouthpiece. He immediately fell in love with the instrument, abandoning his earlier dream of playing drums. From then on he focussed on studying music, first at Ste-Foy high school, then at the Colleges in Ste-Foy and St-Laurent, finally completing his studies at the Université de Montréal. His unique style and tone quickly made a name for him, making him much in demand in jazz and popular music circles. He has been seen—and heard!—with such artists as Gino Vannelli (world tour), The Brooks, Michel Cusson, Alain Caron, Paolo Ramos, Garou, Jean-Fernand Girard, On the soundtrack of “The Triplets of Belleville”, Michel Pagliaro, Lulu Hughes, Zaz, Marc Hervieux, Bobby Bazini, Nikki Yannofsky, Gregory Charles, Robert Charlebois, Claude Dubois, Bruno Pelletier, Luck Merville, Corey Hart, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The group Whip Cream, Bob Walsh, The Montreal Symphonic Orchestra, Lara Fabian, Isabelle Boulay, and many, many more. He has also appeared on countless radio, jingles and television shows and recorded with many Quebec and international artists.

FRANCOIS D'AMOURS

ERIC DARIUS

Hot Recording Artist with his current release in the JazzTrax top 10 albums of 2006. 2004 Smooth Jazz Debut Artist of the Year(Smooth Jazz News)

BIO

Saxophonist, composer, producer, and vocalist Eric Darius likes to play by his own rules. He’s a visionary who has learned to listen to his own inner voice. Steeped in tradition and grounded in the lessons learned from his mentors, Darius is not afraid to push himself and his art forward. The Renaissance man reaffirms this credo on his sixth album as a leader and second recording for Shanachie Entertainment. “Retro Forward represents my musical statement as an artist who’s not confined by any boundaries, genres, or rules. As a younger person with roots in the Contemporary Jazz genre, I feel it’s my responsibility to pay homage to the greats that founded this music, but also push it forward to a new, exciting direction that will keep the music alive and relevant for the younger generation,” confesses the astute business scholar.

Eric Darius’ infinite vision has allowed the musical chameleon to collaborate with such diverse superstars as Prince, Jamie Foxx, David Foster, George Benson, Mary J. Blige, and Wynton Marsalis to name a few. He has even appeared on the popular Simon Cowell TV series, The X Factor and TNT’s hit TV drama series, Mob City. For Retro Forward, the Billboard chart-topping saxophonist aligns himself with a new crew of producers and writers and the result is a new found energy and sound. “My goal was to work with producers, writers and musicians who would interpret my music from a completely different and fresh perspective, in order to reinvent myself and redefine my music. I took everything that I had done in the past and pressed the reset button. I had to put myself in a new environment and get out of my comfort zone,” shares the Tampa, FL. raised and Los Angeles based musician.” Retro Forward joins Darius with Grammy-winning songwriter and producer Antonio Dixon who is one half of the hit-making FaceTone Productions team with Babyface. Dixon’s credits also include work with Beyoncé, Celine Dion, Janet Jackson, Toni Braxton and Christina Aguilera, to name a few. Darius also called upon super-producer Blu2th, who has created hits for everyone from Chris Brown to Tyrese, Jordin Sparks and Boy II Men. “Their musical vision and experience working with so many other incredible artists really helped to craft the new sound on this project, breathe new life into my music, and push my playing to another level,” states Darius.

Retro Forward shines light on Eric Darius’ rich melting pot of influences that range from Jazz, R&B, Pop and Hip-Hop to Gospel, Reggae and Rock. “With this album, I really wanted to take my listeners on a musical journey, capturing sounds from one era to the next,” shares the ambitious and adventurous saxman. “I want this album to be the soundtrack to their lives from past, present, to future spreading love and joy in the process.” Darius definitely delivers on this tall order. Retro Forward opens with the exhilarating original the saxophonist penned with Antonio Dixon, “All Around The World.” His soulful alto rides a jubilant funky mix that propels his saxophone to new heights. “The inspiration for the song came from my desire to reach people all around the world regardless of race, ethnicity, age, or demographic. It’s that song that I envisioned people all around the world moving to,” explains Eric. As the album’s title track suggests, “Retro Forward” unites old and new influences to create a triumphant anthem and an album highlight. The charged, edgy and old school throwback “Back To You,” draws influence from two of Darius’ all-time favorite groups. “I wanted to make a song that would evoke memories of The Jackson 5 and Earth, Wind and Fire by capturing those sounds, re-creating that magic but putting a contemporary spin on it,” says Eric.

Retro Forward also features the Pop dance tune “Broke Down” with a retro 90’s twist. “In order to stay relevant, I always love going to clubs to see what DJ’s are spinning and what people are dancing to,” confides Darius. “As an instrumentalist, I strive to make music that can even be played in a dance club.

Darius teams up with Eric Dawkins for the swooning and poignant ballad “What’s Her Name,” penned by Dawkins. The marriage between Eric’s soulful and soaring tenor saxophone and Dawkins’ passionate vocals is sublime.

Darius explains, “Most people may recognize Eric Dawkins as a writer and producer for artists like Mary Mary, Musiq Soulchild, Tyrese, Quincy Jones, and R. Kelly, but he is also an incredible solo vocalist. It was a pleasure working with such a phenomenal talent like him.”

“Choosing a cover song for me has always been kind of difficult because there are so many great songs to choose from,” shares Eric Darius, who features two covers on Retro Forward. He transforms Barry White’s 1974 #1 hit “Can Get Enough of Your Love” into a sultry duet and ballad with singer /songwriter Terry Dexter. Eric works overtime on this one, as he augments his sax playing by showing off his vocal stylings. This is the first time he has recorded his vocals since his debut album Night On The Town in 2004. The inclusion of his version of Pharrell’s smash hit “Happy,” a top 25 Billboard hit for Darius at radio, was an easy one as the song has been a part of Eric’s repertoire during his live shows over the past year. “With so much negativity going on in the world today, I felt like Pharrell’s song was that perfect song that spreads happiness and positivity, which is truly the essence of my music,” states Eric. “The crowd’s response every time we performed that song live really indicated to me that it was a song I needed to record and put on my album!”

Retro Forward, which is a follow up to Darius’ 2010 Shanachie debut, On a Mission, features futuristic and neo-soul flavored “Never” and the song “Healing,” which fuses elements of Reggae, R&B, Hip Hop and 80’s Rock, representing Eric’s Caribbean roots. Darius pays homage to Stevie Wonder and the sound of Motown with “Heaven Sent,” featuring vocalist Dessy Di Lauro, who heads her own unique, Neo-Ragtime group. “Stevie has always been one of my favorite artists of all time, and my vision was to make a song that captured the essence of his timeless classics,” comments the saxophonist. He shows off a different side on his original “Forever Yours,” a pensive ballad that features his gorgeous and lyrical soprano saxophone. It also marks the first time that he has recorded on soprano since he made his recording debut in 2004.

“Artists such as Prince, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and Miles Davis have always inspired me because of their fearlessness to express themselves freely from a musical standpoint and allow their music to evolve with each album,” states Eric Darius. Hailing from a musical family with rich traditions in Caribbean music (his father is from Haiti and his mother is from Jamaica), Eric realized his calling for music at an early age. “ I remember being nine years old and hearing a saxophonist play at my church. I instantly loved the sound…I remember being blown away by the soul and emotion of the instrument. It was as if I could almost hear the words and lyrics with each note being played…it was at that point that I fell in love with the instrument. The saxophone has a way of connecting with people in a way that no other instrument does. To me, its expressions are closest to the human voice.” Darius is one of those musicians who was fortunate to benefit from music programs in the school system. As a result the young musician has made it a mission to pay it forward and has spent a considerable amount of time exposing young students to music in the public school system with his On A Mission in the Schools campaign. He shares, “It is important to me that these types of music programs remain available for children. One of my goals is to expose young kids to music with substance and to help make them aware that music can be an outlet for their emotions…that it can be a positive influence in their lives. By age eleven—after only playing for one year—Eric was chosen to be in Sonny LaRosa and America's Youngest Jazz Band, which consisted of young musicians, ages five to twelve. The group toured the country and even played at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

Throughout Eric’s young but already dynamic career, he’s had the tremendous opportunity to travel and perform worldwide with numerous groups. Even as a high school student at Blake High School of the Performing Arts and college student at the University of South Florida in Tampa, he had the fortune to travel internationally at such a young age. The much in demand saxman’s worldwide gigs include Japan, Indonesia, London, Spain, Germany, France and Italy, among countless other countries.

“My goal is to really help bridge the generational gap and make music that has infinite possibilities,” concludes Eric Darius. With the release of Retro Forward, Eric Darius is building bridges, forging new paths and ensuring that his heartfelt, organic and honest approach to the music will stand the test of time.

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ERIC DARIUS

LEBRON DENNIS

"I fell in love with my stone series alto immediately at first because of how beautiful it looked physically, the design and build are beyond compare. But I after I PLAYED it, I knew it would be a life long love affair. The tone, intonation, responsiveness...the horn just flat out did exactly what I told it to do without fighting. Nothing else even comes close!" ~ Lebron Dennis

BIO

The genre of contemporary jazz has taken many forms over the years, but its loyal fans have always stayed true to its roots. Lebron is one of those fans. It's only appropriate then that his style as an artist showcases the facets of smooth jazz that listeners love. Lebron was born into a family of musical talent, including his father who played the saxophone professionally as a way to pay for college. In other words, it's in his blood. Like most kids his age, he was exposed to popular instruments very early on, taking piano and guitar lessons for many years. But it wasn't until later that he would discover his true passion and voice in the saxophone. He recalls, "I went to an Earl Klugh concert with my mom when I was 12 years old, really on accident because my dad had the tickets but couldn't make it that night, so I went. The sax player in his band blew me away, and I knew right then and there that's what I wanted to do. The way he expressed himself and the reaction he got from the audience. I was hooked." That may be an understatement. A true obsession was formed, and the next day Lebron grabbed an old tenor saxophone from his dad's closet and started teaching himself. He continues, "I had to show my parents I was serious about this". Needless to say he excelled quickly, and was soon playing at a level equal to his peers who began playing years earlier. Eventually, Lebron began studying with some of the most prestigious players in Arizona, namely the lead alto player for Frank Sinatra's band, Hugh Lovelady. This led to him being selected, by audition, to lead some of the top young jazz players in the state in the Young Sounds of Arizona big band by age 15. Since then, Lebron has continued to grow as a musician and drawn influences from many sources to help him develop his unique style. "Honestly, my main musical influences were singers" he admits. Artists such as Wanya Morris, Brian McKnight, Phil Perry and Will Downing all influenced his way of phrasing, expression, and soloing. Not to mention his saxophone influences, including Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, Everette Harp, Grover Washington Jr, and Nelson Rangell. To date, he has shared the stage with many of musics modern icons, including Kirk Whalum, George Benson, and Grammy winning bass player Mel Brown.

So how does Lebron describe his playing? He sums it up in one word, "Sound. It's all about the sound." His sound has been described simply as sweet and smooth. He adds, "To me, its never been about playing a bunch of notes as fast as I can or being too technically complex. The average listener can't relate to that. Sometimes all thats needed is the RIGHT note. I'm a strong believer that you can say more musically with less, just as long as it sounds pure." Lebron plays in a way that closely mimics the human voice. It's been said that listeners can hear him singing through his horn. This allows him to deliver emotional performances that leave his audiences feeling exactly what he wants them to feel. He explains, "I want people to leave my shows feeling better than they did before they arrived. If I play a love song, I want them to feel the love. If I cry through my horn, I want them to cry with me."

On his upcoming debut record, listeners should expect a mixture of traditional smooth jazz grooves with strong melodies, mixed with the flair and charm of modern pop, R&B, and hip hop. It combines the efforts of the top musicians and producers in contemporary jazz, including chart dominating phenom Darren Rahn and guitar sensation Paul Brown. It's sure to transcend all genres, and attract listeners of all ages and demographics. Contemporary jazz is back and the future looks bright. Lebron is leading the way.

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LEBRON DENNIS

JOHN DE SIMINI

"Every woodwind player dreams of a horn that can allow them to do it all. My Cannonball Vintage Reborn Alto and Stone Series Soprano are the first horns I’ve played that feel immediately as though I’ve been playing them for years. These instruments provide me with a tonal palette that allows for the right sound for the right gig. Whether it be a Broadway show, solo Jazz, or commercial work, I’m confident that I have the best horn for the job." ~ John De Simini

BIO

John De Simini was born in Toronto, Ontario. With formal training in piano, starting at the age of 6, John’s love of music grew when he was enrolled at St. Michael’s College School and was given saxophone as his major instrument of study. Upon completion of high school studies, John enrolled in Toronto’s prestigious Humber College music program where he earned a degree with honors in Jazz and Contemporary music. While at Humber, John had the privilege of studying with Pat LaBarbera, Don Thompson, Mark Promane, Al Kay, Brian O’Kane, and Jim McGrath and was the recipient of numerous awards from St. John’s Music, The Humber College Scholarship Fund, and Jazz FM 91.1.

As a freelance musician in Toronto, John has had the pleasure to perform with Chris Potter, John Clayton, Jens Lindemann, The LaBarbera Brothers, The Humber College Faculty Alumni Big Band, Terence Blanchard, the Don Thompson/Reg Schwager Nonet, Hilario Duran’s Latin Big Band, The Don Thompson Big Band and Geoff Keezer.

John has performed throughout Canada, the Caribbean, and the United States. Favorites have included performances at the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival, TD Canada Trust Ottawa Jazz Festival, and tours of British Columbia and the Bahamas.

In 2007, John began his career as an educator, teaching at various music programs throughout the Greater Toronto Area.

As an active woodwind doubler in the musical theatre community, John’s favorite shows include: the Toronto production of JERSEY BOYS (Dancap Productions), Regional productions of GYPSY, CITY OF ANGELS, GUYS AND DOLLS, The North American tour of LEGALLY BLONDE: The Musical (Troika Entertainment). Currently John is performing throughout North America playing the Reed 1 book on the JERSEY BOYS Tour (Dodger Theatrical). Musical direction and conducting credits include FOOTLOOSE, URINETOWN, as well as the Canadian Premiere of BARE: A ROCK OPERA at Toronto’s Hart House Theatre.

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JOHN DE SIMINI

MIKE DUBANIEWICZ

"After grueling months and years on the road, and around the world; my Cannonball Saxophone held up to all sorts of abuse. These horns are built well and the intonation is very consistent. I have had the pleasure of slaying many an audience with my Cannonball!...Thanks Tevis!!!" ~ Mike Dubaniewicz

Music Director and Lead alto for Maynard Ferguson.

BIO

Born in Syracuse, New York; Mike discovered music at the age of 9. Originally a drummer, he soon switched to the alto saxophone, and eventually found his voice on that instrument. While in his teens Mike performed with various local groups, big bands and played sax and jazz piano in his high school bands and ensembles.

Following high school Mike attended The University of North Texas and played lead alto sax in the award winning Two O'clock Lab Band. After graduating from UNT with a Bachelor of Music Education, he moved to New York City to attend the Manhattan School of Music and pursue a freelance music career. While at the Manhattan School he played lead alto in the Jazz Orchestra performing with such jazz legends as Jon Hendrix, Sir Roland Hanna, Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano, and Frank Foster. Mike received a Master of Music in Jazz/Commercial Music from MSM in 1997. Furthermore, he was recently awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music.

From 1998-2003, Mike toured the world with Maynard Ferguson's Big Bop Nouveau Band serving as a featured soloist and music director (2002-03). In the summer of 2006 he was asked back by Mr. Ferguson to join him on a tour that culminated at the famed Blue Note jazz club in NYC. Shortly thereafter Mike joined Maynard in studio and recorded what would the trumpet legend's final studio recording: "The One And Only".

Mike has performed in over 20 countries including England, Thailand, Germany, Azerbaijan, Israel, Australia, Russia and Sweden. In addition, he has shared the stage with Aretha Franklin, Phil Woods, The Spinners, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Tim Ries, Slide Hampton, Rufus Reid, and The Temptations. He has also recorded with Phil Ramone, Michael Feinstien, Bobby Shew, Wayne Bergeron and Dianne Schuur.

Trumpet legend Maynard Ferguson describes Mike as a "creative and engaging jazz soloist, whose playing is first rate". Noted author, and Jazz Times contributing columnist Ira Gitler calls Mike's saxophone playing "exploratory". Furthermore, Scott Yannow; author of ten jazz books describes him as "A swinging altosaxophonist with a beautiful tone".

Mike's musical influences include Joe Henderson, Cannonball Adderley, Jaco Pastorius and César Franck. His saxophone teachers have included Jerry Santy, Dick Oatts, Ramon Ricker, Walt Weiskopf, Ralph Lalama, and Steve Slagle . Mike's arrangements and compositions have been performed by Maynard Ferguson, jazz pianist Billy Childs and The Eastman School of Music Jazz Ensemble.

His product endorsements include: Cannonball Saxophones, AMT Microphones and Bari Mouthpieces. 2009 has seen the release of Mike's first CD as a leader entitled Drive Time (Jazzed Media). In March 09, the CD entered the national charts by breaking into the top 40 on JazzWeek.com.

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MIKE DUBANIEWICZ

DWAYNE DUGGER

"I absolutely love the horn. The finish is beautiful, the sound is rich and versatile and the key mechanics is smooth and consistent. I am very satisfied." ~ Dwayne Dugger

DWAYNE DUGGER

HANS DULFER

World famous saxophonist

BIO

Hans Dulfer is one of Holland's best known and most versatile musicians. He closely follows the latest trends, but maintains to be a typical jazz musician. For many years he operated as a stage performer par excellence, putting record making on the second plan. When in the nineties he finally becomes serious about recording, large-scale success follows in the Netherlands and even a star status in Japan.

1940 - 1968 Growing up in Amsterdam West, Hans Dulfer (Amsterdam, May 28, 1940) as a teenager became interested in jazz music. He taught himself to play saxophone and plays since 1957 in the big band of Theo Deken. In 1958 he joins the Clous van Mechelen Combo, in 1961 he was a member of the Metropolitain Quintet. In the mid sixties he plays with Willem Breuker and is a member of the Big Ballad Boogie Blues Beat Bounce Band. Dulfer plays also freejazz with Peter Snoei. He has since then become one of the most prominent figures of the Dutch jazz scene.

1968 - 1972 From 1968 to 1969 Dulfer was leading the band Heavy Soul Inc. with Willem van Manen (trombone), Maarten van Regteren Altena (bass) and Han Bennink (drums). He started in September 1968 with the series Jazz at Paradiso. In 1969 Dulfer wins the Wessel Ilcken Prize. Dulfers interest in pop music leads to collaboration with rock bands like Groep 1850 and Barrelhouse. Together with Jan Akkerman Dulfer records the album The Morning After The Third in 1970, followed by the solo records Candy Clouds and El Saxofon. He was accompanied on these records, among others, by Latin musicians from the group Ritmo Natural.

1975 - 1981 In this period Dulfer performs with 'De Perikels' band in which tenor saxophonist Rinus Groeneveld and some former members of the Amsterdam funk band Solat play: Mr. Slim (steel drums, percussion), Frank Douglas (guitar), Glenn Gaddum sr. (piano, clavinet), Eddie Veldman (drums, vocals), Mitchell Callender (bass, vocals), Koko Kowsolea (congas), Glenn van Windt (timbales ), Lilian Jackson (vocals), Peggy Larson (vocals) and Mildred Douglas (vocals). Additionally Dulfer becomes board member at the Bimhuis, advisor to the North Sea Jazz Festival, and writes columns for music magazine OOR. He helps Dutch Rock artist Herman Brood in 1978 with his Cha Cha project, and plays regularly again with Barrelhouse. The book Jazz In China, published in 1980, contains articles and columns Dulfer has written over the years for various magazines. After releasing the album 'I Did not Ask' with De Perikels on the Vara Gram-label, he ends the group in 1981.

1982 - 1987 Dulfer focusses on playing electric freefunk with his new band Reflud (Dulfer vice versa) with a.o. Thijs Vermeulen on bass. Despite numerous line-up changes, the group achieves an excellent live reputation. In 1983 Dulfer plays at the North Sea Jazz Festival with Herman Brood and he is playing as a guest musician along with the avant-garde formations Kiem and Nine Tobs. In 1985 Dulfer works with Peter te Bos of the band Claw Boys Claw on a blues project. A large part of the band Sjako! forms his backing band for a while.

1989 - 1993 While daughter Candy becomes more famous with mainstream pop-jazz, Dulfer sr's becomes interested in speed- and thrashmetal. In 1990 he was appointed director of Paradiso (an important pop music concert hall in Amsterdam). He gives up on dis position already after a year because of internal disagreement. In 1990 Dulfer starts a new band: Tough Tenors. For VPRO national radio he subsequently presents jazz radio shows like 'Streetbeats', 'Hothouse' and 'In the Midnight Hour'. In 1992, together with the Surinam Music Ensemble led by Eddie Veldman Dulfer presents the Kid Dynamite Suite, a tribute to the legendary tenor saxophonist Kid Dynamite from Suriname. In 1993 he receives the North Sea Jazz Bird Award. Soon after this he decides to move in a different musical direction.

1994 Dulfer records a dance music album, titled 'Big Boy'. This album leads to the hit single 'Streetbeats' and Dulfer becomes 'world famous in Japan'. In response to the success in Japan Dulfer records especially for the Japanese market 'Hyperbeat'. With this recording he becames defenitively a star in Japan, since it is the best-selling instrumental album of the year. In Japan, he receives a Golden Disc Award.

1995 Dulfer toured in Japan for the first time. Meanwhile, the album 'Express Delayed (old recordings from 1978 with organ player Herbert Noord) appears on CD

1996 The music on the new album 'Dig!' is comparable with the music on the 1994 album Big Boy. With the single 'Dig!', taken from the album, also a video clip is produced. Also this album is a success in several European countries, but especially in Japan. Dulfer is on tour in the Far East for the second time. In Europe, among other festivals, he plays at the Danish festival Roskilde.

1998 The new album 'Skin Deep!' incorporates big-band and drum 'n bass influences. This album was also quiet successful. Dulfer continues to do radio shows for VPRO radio and still performs every Wednesday in jazz café Alto in Amsterdam with his jazz band. These performances show that Dulfer, despite the success, never forgets his roots. Dedicated to the Japanese music market, the compilation album 'The Greatest' is produced.

1999 Again, Dulfer is successfully on tour in Japan. A scheduled performance in China is cancelled due to sudden political tensions concerning the Kosovo crisis. Recordings of a concert at Club Quattro in Tokyo in 1998 appear on the live album CD 'Papa's Got A Brand New Sax'. A track of Dulfer is used as soundtrack of the Dutch film 'The Delivery'.

2000 Dulfer celebrates his sixtieth birthday in pop music hall 'De Melkweg' in Amsterdam. Besides his own band ,amongst others, also his daughter Candy Dulfer, trumpeteer Saskia Laroo, pianist Michiel Borstlap, Kiers & De Vries (tenor saxophonists Wouter Kiers and Ruud de Vries) and Dutch politician Hans Dijkstal appear. 'El Saxofon Part II' is the last album he records for record company EMI.

2001 Dulfer is an actor in two short Dutch TV movies that were broadcasted in june: 'The Sound Of Drumming' and 'I Do not Believe' (in which he plays the role of a corrupt manager). In July Dulfer is the final act on the North Sea Jazz Festival. Together with daughter Candy Dulfer records an album that appears on CD in Japan, early 2002.

2002 Dulfer gains Royal honour when he becomes ' Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion'. In july and august, he performs at the JVC Madarao festival in Japan. This world tour also brings him in Vietnam (late september/ early october), the USA (mid-october) and China (late october). Dulfer/Dulfer, the first duo album by Hans and Candy Dulfer, appears on September 21 in Japan. A few weeks later the album is also released worldwide. Father and daughter do a few gigs in december in Japan's Blue Note Clubs.

2003 The album 'Scissors' is a result from the collaboration with dance producer handieMan Maurice. SENA (the Dutch organization that manages "neighboring rights" announces that Hans Dulfer is the most often played Dutch musician on foreign radio and television.

2004 Dulfer contributes to 'What A Difference A Day Makes', a musical project of UNICEF in which a large number of Dutch artists and actors sing songs from the so called 'American Songbook'. Of each sold CD € 6.50 goes to the UNICEF project. On this album Dulfer plays the song 'Old Folks' and plays with singer Gerard Joling. Dulfer and his band play on the afterparty in september, after the performance of the American saxophonist Pharoah Sanders in Zoetermeer. The band members are besides Dulfer, DJ Kikke (Ruben van Roon, the drummer of the Jazzmeteors), Eric Barkman (bass) and rapper MC Helder (John Helder)

2006 Dulfer is part of the program at Jazz à Carthage in Tunisia, taking place in Tunis from 12 to 22nd April. He plays there on April 19, along with trombone player Joseph Bowie (Defunkt), pianist Bas van Lier, bass player Erik Barkman and drummer Erik Kooger.

2008 Dulfer decides to do a 'self release'. The album 'Live In Breda' is not available on CD or vinyl, but only digital, as mp3 tracks on an USB-stick.

2013 During his performance at P60 in Amstelveen on February 15, Hans Dulfer receives from the hands of actor and friend Pierre Bokma and daughter Candy a platinum record for his album 'Big Boy' from 1994. Dulfer sold over 65,000 copies.

2015 Dulfer celebrated his 75th birtday on the 28th of may with a spectacular musical party in the Amsterdam pop music hall 'De Melkweg, Amsterdam. The whole year Dulfer is on his 'Route 75 Tour', with many performances, also in Japan along with daughter Candy.

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HANS DULFER

ADISON EVANS

Saxophonist with Beyoncé Knowles' All Female Band

BIO

Adison Evans combines pure excitement and the luscious sound of a fresh voice... to create one compelling performance after another. Her infectious smile and contagious personality are only surpassed by her old soul and big saxophone sound.

Evans has shared the stage with several legendary artists including Trisha Yearwood, Nicki Minaj, Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, Terence Blanchard, Benny Golson, Maynard Ferguson and many more. She made her debut in the pop world playing in the 2013 Superbowl with Beyonce. Upon graduating from the Juilliard School in New York City, Adison embarked on a two and a half year adventure thus far playing and touring with Beyoncé in the "Mrs Carter Show World Tour" followed by Beyonce and JayZ in the history making "On The Run" Tour. Adison can be heard on the album that crashed iTunes, "Beyoncé" and seen in many of her music videos including "Countdown", the HBO Beyonce specials, and Beyonce dvds.

While on downtime from being saxophonist to the stars, Adison performs her own music with the Adison Evans Quintet, hosts her cooking show, featuring special musical guest artists "Adi's Jazz Kitchen", and creates recipes, interviews, and so much more on adisjazzkitchen.comwhere her two passions of music and food collide, creating a one of a kind experience using all five of the senses.

Adison is a proud endorser of Cannonball saxophones. She plays the Cannonball Raven Alto.

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ADISON EVANS

MARK FRANSMAN



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MARK FRANSMAN

MITCH FROHMAN

"The richness in sound, ease of response, and wonderful craftsmanship of the many different models of Cannonball Saxophones( not to mention the beautiful artwork on the body), make Cannonball Saxophones the perfect choice for the student to the top professional saxophonist. The affordibility of a Cannonball makes this choice a no-brainer." ~ Mitch Frohman

BIO

Bronx native Mitch Frohman is one of the top saxophonist/flutists on the music scene. After graduating from Columbus H.S. (Bronx, NY class of 1971), he went on to get his Bachelor of Music Education degree from The University of Miami (class of 1975). His versatility in different styles of music has led him to many opportunities of playing with the greatest musicians in the world.

For 25 years he was the sax and flute soloist with the Tito Puente Orchestra and Latin-Jazz Ensemble, Continuing that tradition, Mitch was the sax/flute soloist and the road manager for the Latin Giants of Jazz from 2001 to 2009. Mitch continues this work with the Mambo Legends Orchestra (the former musicians of the Tito Puente Orchestra). Some of the great Salsa and Latin Jazz artists he has played and or recorded with are Mongo Santamaria, Celia Cruz, La Lupe, Eddie and Charlie Palmieri, Paquito D'Rivera, Chico O'Farill Orchestra, Millie Jocelyn y Los Vecinos, Cheo Feliciano, Joe Cuba and many more. He has also played and or recorded with Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, David Byrne and The Talking Headsm and Blood, Sweat and Tears.

Currently, besides leading the critically acclaimed latin-jazz and salsa dance band The Bronx Horns, Mitch is touring the world as the sax/flute soloist with the grammy award winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra. In addition to being an in-demand performer, Mitch is an accomplished clinician for students from elementary age to college/conservatory level (he was the first sax/flute instructor at the world famous Los Angeles Salsa Congress). And last, but not least, his signature solo sound can be heard somewhere in the world, every day, as he is the saxophone soloist on the theme song of the mega-hit TV show Sex & The City.

MITCH FROHMAN

JUNNOSUKE FUJITA

"Cannonball is my best partner. With Cannonball, I can shout, cry, sing with joy and whisper love. Its capacity is so huge! It responds to a fascinating and delicate expression to technical passage and a blow of a full throttle. Thanks to Cannonball, I can sing from my heart on a stage and can communicate with the audience.” ~ Junnosuke Fujita

BIO

Debuted in 2003, as a saxophone player of an instrumental group called Clacks. In 2008, Joined a jazz band called TRI4TH. In 2009, formed a duo called Kadofuji. Active in recording sessions and live performances. He also pursues a career as a composer.

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TRI4TH

JUNNOSUKE FUJITA

RAY GASKINS

"The horns are great! feels so comfortable to blow and they cut through so well with less effort, better than a freshly overhauled selmer. Hahahaha...now a lot of people will tell you i love high notes and i hang on 'to them in a solo as long as i can and MY RAVENS DO THE JOB... my altissimo range has more power than ever, and they look so great too." ~ Ray Gaskins

RAY GASKINS

JAMES B. GATES JR.

BIO

The passionate search for perfection describes James Saxsmo Gates and his career as a top-notch Jazz Musician. From his experiences performing with Art Blakey, Larry Carlton, Jeff Lorber, Alex Bugnon, Cyrus Chestnut, Chris Botti, Billy Kilson, Terrance Blanchard and many others, comes a smooth, yet blazing style and presentation. Gates Wide Open is the third commercial release for Saxsmo as a solo artist and is the beginning of a new era for Saxsmo. The journey to Gates Wide Open has been heartfelt and emotional. Saxsmo lost both of his parents between his first and second CD's, they were his inspiration to strive for perfection and to continue making excellent music. A positive major event in his life was receiving his Masters of Jazz Studies at North Carolina Central University {Magna Cum Laude), where he worked closely with Branford Marsalis and Dr. Ira Wiggins. With that behind him he is determined to show the world that James Saxsmo Gates is Wide Open and moving on up, making intensely emotive music that will gratify, entertain, inspire and move his fans, and the general listening public. To make this happen Saxsmo has called on the great trombonist Fred Wesley, sax man and Berklee Professor, Walter Beasley, smooth jazz guitarist and Berklee classmate, Freddie Fox and the 804 Jazz Allstars to help him take this CD to another level. The CD Gates Wide Open contains {14) fourteen exemplary selections, which are diverse in style, tempo, and timbre. One track, in particular, that deserves special mention is his outstanding and award winning arrangement of Chick Corea's "SPAIN", this was initially a graduate school project, similar to a thesis. However, it became much more when Saxsmo assembled an elite group of faculty members from NCCU and Virginia State University, professional musicians from Richmond, Virginia known as the 804 Jazz Allstars, the top graduate students from NCCU, and the great Fred Wesley to make this a phenomenal recording. You should immediately realize after listening to this blazing chart that he received an A+ for this arrangement and recording, which is destined to turn heads and win awards. Another song that stands out is the cover of Michael Jackson's "UNBREAKABLE". produced and arranged by his former student and current Berklee College of Music standout, Brandon Lane. This track has as much magic as the original and is a sonic orgy of modern beats, outstanding guitar work by Freddie Fox and some serious Trombone performances by Fred Wesley, with help from Brandon Lane and his producer father Hannon D. Lane. One of the smoothest songs on the CD is "THIS DAY BELONGS TO ME", • a Grover Washington styled smooth jazz classic, with a classic groove and impeccable . phrasing along with pristine improvisation. Given the right opportunity this track is destined for a high position on the smooth jazz charts. The track "DETAILED" features saxophonist, Berklee Professor and former classmate, Walter Beasley. This song delivers a stellar performance by two of the most talented Alto Sax men in the country. Playing hip riffs together and trading fours throughout, this is a song that has smooth jazz radio buzzing. Last but not least, the only vocal selection on the CD "HAVE I TOLD YOU LATELY THAT I LOVE YOU" features Carlton Blount {former Lead Singer for the Main Ingredient), his presence and soulful flow, along with the distinctive interpretation by Saxsmo makes this a soul jazz classic. The entire collection of songs on the CD Gates Wide Open should be considered a fine work of art. Diverse, complex, simple, intense and smooth, it's all there for the listener to enjoy from beginning to end. This CD- Gates Wide Open is just that, a vehicle to open the doors of world wide exposure and appreciation for one of the most talented and passionate sax players on the music scene.

JAMES B. GATES JR.

HERBERT GOMEZ

"Since day one of playing with Cannonball Saxophones I knew it was made for me. The richness in tone is just amazing" ~ Herbert "Herb" Gomez

BIO

Herbert Gomez has been playing saxophone in the Hispanic Christian Community for over 15 years. Has played and recorded with artist such as Julio Melgar, Roca Eterna, Lucia Parker, Miguel Cassina, Ricardo Rodriguez and has traveled to over 20 countries sharing the message of music through his saxophone. At the same time share the stage with such notable musicians such as Edwin Sepulveda, Arturo Sandoval, Branford Marsalis, David Foster, Jeff Kashiwa, Abraham Laboriel, Justo Almario, Alex Acuña among many others.

Studied jazz under the direction of Larry Honda, instructor of woodwinds, theory, music appreciation and jazz improvisation at Fresno City College and at the time serving as the saxophone instructor at California State University, Fresno.

HERBERT GOMEZ

BRIAN GRAHAM

BIO

Brian Graham was born in NYC, raised in Bennington, VT and studied Jazz Performance at The University of Southern Maine under the tutelage of Bill Street. He is the saxophonist for Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, co-founder of The Fogcutters, a 19-piece Big Band based in Portland, Maine, a member of the seven piece funk band Sly-Chi, and co-creater of Big Band Syndrome. Besides performing, Brian is an accomplished arranger and teacher."

BRIAN GRAHAM

LISA GRAHAME

"I am thoroughly enjoying playing my Cannonball Alto. It's very free blowing and is an extremely versatile instrument; a necessity for professional players. It was easy to play from the moment I picked it up, tuning is easy and the tone is rich and mellow, with an edge for those pop/rock moments. I love the look of it, looks great on camera as it does on stage. All in all a great Alto Sax." ~ Lisa Grahame

BIO

Lisa has been playing Sax with the Jools Holland Rhythm & Blues Orchestra for over 10 years, touring the world and wowing audiences by the thousands, in fact over 500,000 people attend live Jools Holland gigs every year! Combined with her work for Jools Holland Lisa is also a busy session and touring musician for many top Soul/Blues artists in the UK.

LISA GRAHAME

JAKO GONZALEZ GRAU

"My Cannonball plays so easily in the low register. I love the full-bodied sound I get out of the Big Bell! Everything about it - the quality, the craftsmanship, the design, the mechanics - all make it easy and fun to play. It is a beautiful instrument with a beautiful sound. Gracias, Cannonball!" ~ Jako Gonzalez Grau

JAKO GONZALEZ GRAU

DAVID HALLIDAY

"Cannonball Musical Instruments has been supremely supportive of my development as an artist since I first connected with them in early 1999. Over these 18 years they've made quite an impression on me, not exclusively via the quality of their saxophones and their relentless innovation, but also through the warmth and generosity of their employees. It feels great being a Cannonball Artist because I know I represent not only great saxophones, but wonderful people." ~ David Halliday

BIO

David Halliday’s musical persona is characterized by passionate enthusiasm, whether performing, composing, arranging, producing, or educating.

Halliday has performed with a wide variety of top artists, including: David Archuleta, Sarah Uriatre Berry, Jeff Coffin, Eddie Daniels, Linda Eder, Kurt Elling, Ben Folds, The Four Tops, Galactic, Dizzy Gillespie, Larry Goldings, Josh Groban, (saxophonist) Grace Kelly, Will Kennedy, Wynton Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Arturo Sandoval, Diane Schuur, The Temptations, Stanley Turrentine, The Utah Symphony, Victor Wooten, and many more. He has performed as the opening act for Diana Krall, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. His performance travels include 46 of the 50 United States as well as eight European countries, Cuba, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.

An avid composer and arranger, Halliday’s original compositions have aired in 24 countries worldwide and on numerous American networks such as: CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports, HBO, MLB Network, NFL Network, Showtime, and many more.

He has performed on the soundtracks of a wide variety of television shows, music videos, and DVDs including Josh Groban’s Awake Live, Saturday Night Live (NBC), Touched by an Angel (ABC), Everwood (WB), NBA on ABC (theme), and on commercials for Corona Light, Subway, Meadow Gold, and many more. He performed with Chester E. Smith in Washington, D.C. for an internationally aired performance in celebration of Smith’s winning BET's (Black Entertainment Television's) Jazz Discovery Award.

An active recording artist and record producer, Halliday has produced or co-produced 18 albums and appears as a sideman on over 60 more. He has also recorded numerous recordings of Broadway musicals available for rent from The MT Pit. Halliday founded his record label, Lone Peak Sound, in 2003, which currently has 11 titles. He produced New York-based saxophone phenom Chase Baird’s debut CD Crosscurrent, which received 3.5 stars in the March 2011 issue of Down Beat magazine.

Halliday holds a BM in Saxophone Performance with an Emphasis in Jazz Studies from Brigham Young University and an MM in Jazz Performance and Composition from the University of Utah where he was the jazz area's Teacher's Assistant from 2004-06.

Halliday is currently the Director of Jazz Studies at Westminster College and Associate Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at the University of Utah (both in Salt Lake City). He directs the Westminster Jazz Ensemble and arranges the majority of their repertoire. He has also taught at Brigham Young University (Provo, UT) and Snow College (Ephraim, UT). Halliday served as a staff member of the Jackson Hole Music Experience’s Rock ‘n’ Roll camp in Jackson, WY for several years and has given clinics at over 30 universities, colleges, high schools, and middle schools in the mountain west.

Halliday’s roots stretch back to northern California. Born in Sacramento and raised in Vacaville, he studied with multi-Grammy Award-winning saxophone legend Joe Henderson at Henderson’s home in San Francisco while still a teen. David later studied with Tony Dagradi at Loyola University in New Orleans and Dr. Ray Smith at Brigham Young University.

His professional career began in Sacramento with guitarist/singer/songwriter Early Times, in San Jose with organist Chester E. Smith and Blue Note recording artist Eddie Gale, and in the Napa Valley with Delbert Bump and the Braxton Brothers, all while David was still in high school. In 1994 David moved to New Orleans and joined the legendary funk band Galactic, propelled by Stanton Moore's uniquely explosive drumming. He toured with Oakland's soul/blues diva E.C. Scott and her band Smoke in 1997-98 across the United States and in Athens, Greece.

Halliday has won such prestigious awards as the (only) Outstanding College Performer Award at the Reno International Jazz Festival in 1996, and the Outstanding Collegiate Tenor Saxophone Soloist award at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow, Idaho each year, from 1999-2002.

Halliday is currently one of the most in-demand saxophonists and clinicians in the Mountain West, and performs worldwide with Party Crashers, No Limits, Metro Music Club, Marmalade Hill, and his own groups. He currently leads several bands including: The Number Ones, The Jazz Vespers Quartet (JVQ), The New Orleans Project, and more. He is a co-musical director of the Jazz Vespers Concert series, a 28-year-old tradition that takes place on the last eight Sundays before Christmas at the First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City. Halliday and the JVQ hosts the Gracie’s Monday Night Jazz Jam every Monday night in downtown Salt Lake City where they have maintained residency since Spring of 2014. He has performed the national anthem at two Utah Jazz NBA games and a Real Salt Lake MLS game.

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DAVID HALLIDAY

LARRY HANSON

BIO

Larry Hanson is a gifted musician. He plays guitar, sax, trumpet, keyboards, mandolin, cowbell and just about anything you put in front of him. He toured with ALABAMA for 18 years and has toured with The Righteous Brothers, Bill Medley, The Texas Tenors, The AGB Band and more. Larry is also one of the nicest guys you will ever meet. He has his own studio in Nashville where he makes his own music that is used in movies and commercials. Needless to say, he keeps very busy.

LARRY HANSON

DR. TRACY HEAVNER

"I love Cannonball saxophones. I played Selmer saxophones for years but once I played a Cannonball, I switched immediately. In my opinion, they are the best saxophones made. I play them and recommend them to all my students." ~ Dr. Tracy Heavner

Professor of Music, Director of Jazz Studies University of South Alabama.

BIO

Dr. Tracy Heavner, internationally known music educator and distinguished performance artist, performs in a variety of genres ranging from classical to jazz. His talents as a saxophonist, clarinetist and flutist are witnessed on stage as a soloist, chamber ensemble member and within the orchestra. His professional achievements off the stage are equally impressive in the areas of education, teaching and scholarship.

Education

Dr. Heavner earned a doctorate degree in music education (D.M.E.) with a secondary emphasis in jazz studies from the University of Northern Colorado (1995) and bachelor's (B.M.E.) and master's (M.M.E.) degrees in music education from Appalachian State University in 1983 and 1985, respectively.

Teaching

Dr. Heavner serves on the faculty at the University of South Alabama as a professor of saxophone, music education and director of jazz studies. As a member of the graduate faculty, he coordinates the music education program, supervises music education student teachers and teaches all university saxophone majors. In the area of jazz studies, he directs the University of South Alabama Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo. He regularly serves as an adjudicator and clinician in both classical and jazz styles for various music festivals and competitions and most recently served as the 2010 Alabama All-State Jazz Ensemble Clinician/Director. He is also a Fulbright Scholar Training Specialist and has been teaching at the University of South Alabama for the past 14 years.

Dr. Heavner also teaches a large private studio of middle and high school saxophonists, flutists and clarinetists who consistently place in the top chairs of honor bands, all-state band and orchestra ensembles. Many of them also perform in the Mobile Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Heavner taught in the North Carolina public school system for six years. His teaching duties included beginning, intermediate and advanced band, general music, chorus, marching band and symphony band. His bands received consistent recognition for their excellence at both regional and national levels with the marching band winning over twenty-five first place and grand championship awards during his tenure there.

Performance

Maintaining an active schedule as a soloist, ensemble member, adjudicator and clinician, Dr. Heavner's performance styles include both classical and jazz. As a performing artist for Yamaha, Cannonball and Beechler music corporations, he regularly performs with the Mobile and Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestras. Recent classical performances include the World Saxophone Congress XIII, the 2002 Biennial Conference of the North American Saxophone Alliance and recitals at Carnegie Hall, Florida State University, Furman University, the Eastern Shore Concert Artist Series, and with the Goliard Ensemble of New York.

In the areas of jazz and commercial music, Dr. Heavner has performed as a soloist with many well-known celebrities such as Natalie Cole, Smokey Robinson, Vince Gill, Bob Hope, Don Rickles, Regis Philben, The Temptations, Lorna Luft, Crystal Gayle, Al Martino, Ed Shaunesshy, Jon Faddis and Bobby Watson. Most recently, he performed two concerts with the University of South Alabama Jazz Combo at the world famous Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland. In addition, Dr. Heavner is a recording artist for LiveHorns.com, a music studio that produces live horn tracks for CDs, movie soundtracks and video games. Two CDs, Introducing Ayiesha Woods, and Mandisa: True Beauty, received Grammy nominations for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album in 2006 and 2008 respectively. In addition, Dr. Heavner recently received several performing artist honors. In 2005, he was one of only two musicians in the state of Alabama to receive the Alabama State Council for the Arts Artist Fellowship Award. In 2006, he appeared on the front cover of the Saxophone Journal, January/February issue with an in-depth personal interview inside and in 2007, he was selected as the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Artist of the Year.

Scholarship

Dr. Heavner's professional endeavors in music research have produced publications in the following music journals: Southeastern Journal of Music Education, Dialogue in Instrumental Music Education, International Education Journal, The Instrumentalist, Ala Breve, Downbeat, Das Schulbuch zwischen Lehrplan und Unterrichtspraxis, Approaching Cultures Through English and a series of articles regarding saxophone tone production in the Saxophone Journal. He also reviews music education textbooks for Prentice Hall Publishers, compact discs of woodwind literature for The Instrumentalist and grant applications for the Alabama State Council on the Arts. In addition, he has authored an innovative aural skills textbook entitled Sight Singing and Rhythmic Reading, Progressive Exercises for Developing Aural Skills, published worldwide by Edwin Mellen Press.

Dr. Heavner has presented music research at conferences (and published studies in conference proceedings) throughout the United States and Hawaii, and at international conferences around the world including Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Hong Kong Ireland, Italy, Malta and Spain. Most recently at the International Journal of Arts and Sciences Conference in Gozo, Malta, he was one of four invited plenary speakers and his research study was awarded outstanding paper of the conference.

Dr. Heavner is also a field editor for the Edwin Mellen Press, which entrusts him with the commissioning, review and selection of manuscripts for book publication. He served on the editorial board for the 2009 International Conference on e-Commerce, e-Administration, e-Society and e-Education (e-CASE) held in Singapore and currently he is serving on the editorial board for an upcoming inaugural international conference entitled Music Education: A Vision for the Future to be held in Cairo, Egypt, where he will also by presenting his own research.

DR. TRACY HEAVNER

JEFF HENDRICK

"I have always believed that my saxophone tone is an extension of my singing voice, and up until now I haven't found an instrument that has fully captured that sound and concept. My Cannonball Big Bell Stone Series Alto Saxophone has finally given me the tone and expression I have been looking for! A big, bold tone, amazing responsiveness, and superb craftsmanship have made my playing and music soar! If you are looking for an instrument that truly highlights your soul and sound, then look no farther than Cannonball Saxophones!" ~ Jeff Hendrick

BIO

Canadian born R&B and Soul artist Jeff Hendrick is no stranger to success. Since first hitting the stage at the age of seven, the accomplished singer/songwriter and alto saxophonist has emerged as one of his homelands brightest young music prospects. Deeply rooted in the R&B and Soul influences of artists like Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, and saxophonists like David Sanborn and Kirk Whalum, Hendricks smooth musical offerings often conjure up images of Philly soul rather than the Canadian prairies. His mature and dynamic stage presence has captured fans both domestically and internationally, and his other talents as a saxophonist and keyboard player have truly made him a unique musical entity.

An award winning performer since childhood, Jeff holds a Jazz Performance degree from the prestigious McGill University School Of Music in Montreal, Canada, and has performed at most of the major Canadian Jazz Festivals.

Popular with Chicago style step dancers across America, Jeff is a favorite of syndicated ABC Radio Networks personality Michael Baisden and has been featured on his national broadcast several times since 2006. Jeff’s three independent CD's have sold over 20,000 copies worldwide, and recent performances have included shows at SOB's and The Sugar Bar in Manhattan, Billie's Black in Harlem, The Jazz Cafe and Pizza Express Soho in London, UK, and the Baltic Soul Weekender in Hamburg, Germany. Jeff has a large fan base in the US, Japan, The UK, and Europe, and several of his songs have entered the Billboard charts over the past four years. Jeff regularly performs in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Philadelphia and has shared the stage with Dwele, Eric Roberson, Chrisette Michelle, Boyz II Men, and Glenn Lewis. Jeff has recently nreleased his highly anticipated new album 'Color Blind' and the recording is all ready garnering rave reviews and radio play across the globe!

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JEFF HENDRICK

REGGIE HINES

"Never before had I played a horn that feels like it knows my every emotion as I play it! Cannonball, you bring out the best in me and then some" ~ Reggie Hines

BIO

Reggie Hines is an ASCAP Award Winning and Grammy nominated songwriter, producer, and international recording artist. Reggie Hines’ soulful and expressive sound has provided him the opportunity to write, produce, and perform music for and with a diverse roster of artists including Chaka Khan, Angie Stone, Regina Belle, Mary J Blidge and the list goes on. Reggie Hines’ television performances include The Late Show with David Letterman, Live with Regis and Kelly, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, a role in the film Bessie, starring Queen Latifah, NBC Comedy Awards, VH1 Hip Hop Honors Dirty South, The Key and Peele Comedy Central halftime performance (Move All the Chairs Video) , NBC's Mr. Robinson television show playing with Earth , Wind and Fire, and 3 Super Bowl 49 Pepsi commercials with Craig Robinson and The Nasty Delicious Band (he is actually a member of the band). Reggie Hines has also performed in countless festivals around the world including the Montreaux Jazz Festival, the St. Lucia Jazz Festival,The Pori Jazz Festival, the Essence Music Festival, Bonaroo Festival and a host of others.

Reggie Hines grew up the South Bronx of New York, where he was exposed to a diverse spectrum of musical flavorings from a very early age. Reggie’s passion for music has taken him on a life long journey that began with attending an esteemed performing arts high school in Manhattan. As Reggie’s musical gifting began to unfold, he joined the U.S. Army band where he received some of his most rigorous musical instruction. During his training, Reggie embraced studying the multicultural styles that he so elegantly weaves into his signature sound today. As with any great jazz musician, Reggie Hines’ improvisational abilities allow him to fully express his emotions through song whether he is just adding highlights to a melody, or blazing through an extended-range solo.

Reggie Hines musical fluency on the saxophone has allowed him to build a resume that very few musicians can top. Reggie Hines composed several of the tracks on Phyllis Hyman’s Prime of My Life album. The song “When You Get Right Down to It” won Reggie Hines a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Song of the Year, along with an ASCAP award for his composition abilities. In the summer of 2002, Reggie Hines got the opportunity to perform with Luther Vandross on his very last North American tour. In 2006, Reggie Hines achieved another major milestone in his career by releasing his debut album, Do You See What I See. The album received radio/television airplay and put Reggie on the map as a solo jazz artist. In 2009, Reggie Hines released his sophomore album, Live Your Life. In just three years time it was apparent to see that Reggie’s music had evolved substantially. Live Your Life featured more potent melodies, with grooves and rhythms deeply rooted in funk. The 2014 release How I Feel, is Reggie Hines’ latest solo album and marks the launch of Reggie’s own record label, Hinesight Music Group. The album’s first single “Favorite Song” has already placed #3 on the Jazzy Soul Radio charts in the UK. ! Reggie Hines continues to be a music force that can't be denied.

REGGIE HINES

MEL HOLDER

"I have been preforming exclusively on Cannonball Saxophones for several years. My realization is that these instruments are more than just saxophones. They are an expressive musical tool, which stimulates the highest level of creativity with an impeccable level of accuracy." ~ Mel Holder

Smooth jazz and gospel saxophonist known for incorporating African and Caribbean rhythms into his uplifting sound.

BIO

New York-based saxophonist Mel Holder makes uplifting contemporary gospel-jazz that also finds him weaving in R&B, African, and Caribbean sounds. Born in Queens, New York to a family of Panamanian descent, Holder overcame asthma in his youth to pursue his dream of playing the saxophone. A Christian artist, Holder has released several spiritually inclined albums including Now & Forever (1999), Gift So Special (2005), and the Stellar Award-nominated Music Book, Vol. 1 (2008). In 2015, Holder's follow-up, Back to Basics: Music Book, Vol. II, charted in the Top 20 of both the Billboard gospel and jazz albums charts.

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MEL HOLDER

FRANK HOUSTON

"One of the most beautiful experiences in music is to develop a oneness with the instrument of choice. The Cannonball Horns have accurately delivered every musical speech that I have given to my audiences around the world. Develop The Oneness--with Cannonball." ~ Gerald Albright

BIO

Composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Frank Houston Hayes has gained experience within all major genres of American music, including jazz, pop, country, R&B, rock, gospel and hip-hop, among others. In his developing career, he has been fortunate to work with international award-winning acts, including Thomas Rhett, Take 6, Musiq Soulchild, Kirk Whalum, George Duke, Kelsea Ballerini, Khalil Fong and many more.

Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Frank began playing his primary instrument, the saxophone, in elementary school. In middle school, he was introduced to jazz and quickly developed a deep passion for the genre. During high school, in the marching and symphonic band, he began playing the euphonium, which temporarily became his main instrument.

Frank attended Clark Atlanta University (CAU), where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business management. After nearly a two-year hiatus from the saxophone, Frank decided to join the CAU Jazz Orchestra. It was during this time when he decided to pursue a career in music, and also to pledge Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, Inc. For two consecutive years, he auditioned and was selected from a HBCU-wide audition to be a member of the African-American Jazz Caucus’ HBCU All-star Big Band. The group performed in Toronto at the 35th Annual International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) Conference, the Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival, and the Schomburg Center in Harlem, New York.

Since his college years, Frank has toured nation-wide and recorded with R&B/soul icon, Musiq Soulchild. He has also performed and recorded in Hong Kong with Mandopop superstar, Khalil Fong. Additionally, Frank has had opportunities to perform on nationally-televised shows such as, the ACM (Academy of Country Music) Awards, CMT (Country Music Television) Awards, Soul Train Awards, The Ellen Show, Today Show, The Originals, R. Kelly’s Love Letter: The Documentary, Braxton Family Values, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and Married to Medicine. In 2014, Frank learned to play the trombone and has since performed as a trombonist with artists such as Lyfe Jennings, even opening for Pitbull (with A-town A-list) at the 2016 San Luis Salute in Galveston, TX.

A jazz lover at heart, Frank released his first album entitled, "First Hand” in 2016. The instrumental jazz album consists of nine original compositions, featuring some of the most renowned, accomplished and respected Atlanta-based musicians. The album is available on iTunes and all other major digital music outlets.

Most recently, Frank is touring internationally with country pop superstar, Thomas Rhett.

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FRANK HOUSTON

RICHARD HOWELL

BIO

Richard has had the privilege to perform with numerous Pop, Soul, and Jazz music Industry icons. He has been able to record, perform and share the stages across the globe from America to Africa performing the Zellerbach Hall to the Royal Albert Hall with many wonderful musicians local and international artist such as Etta James, Chaka Khan and Maurice White to only name a few and the new voices of jazz with the likes of Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah.

Today Richard lectures Jazz History with JazzTree Education internationally, he is an intricate part of Oaktown Jazz Workshops, an active saxophonist, and educator a "producer gunslinger for hire" of Jazz, Funk, World and Pop kinds of music while culminating all these experiences he leads two extremely powerful Jazz ensembles, RHQuartet and Richard Howell and Sudden Changes. In April 2018, Richard joined the record label family of IYOUWE founded by the iconic drummer Lenny White.

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RICHARD HOWELL

CHASE HUNA

"My very first saxophone at 10 years was a Cannonball! I’ve always been impressed with the tone of these saxophones. The clear, warm sound I am able to produce from the Raven and White Pearl is exactly what I listen for! Not to mention they have the best team that handcrafts and tunes all of their saxophones to play the way you want it to! Cannonball, there is no substitute!" ~ Chase Huna

BIO

Chase Huna is an 18 year old saxophonist who blends pop, electronic, and contemporary jazz into his style of playing. Chase started his career at 10 years old performing in bars and restaurants in Palm Springs. From the very early years, he has enjoyed playing alongside some of the greatest musicians in contemporary jazz such as Steve Oliver, Peter White, Richard Elliot, Rick Braun, Eric Darius, Elan Trotman, Paul Brown, Jeff Kashiwa and so many others. Huna released his debut CD 'On The Chase' in January of 2017. Since then, Chase has performed and headlined the Catalina Jazz Festival, Balcones Heights Jazz Festival, Spaghettini’s Jazz Club, Newport Beach Jazz Festival, and many more! Now 19 years old, he continues to grow music by the day! Experience and discover, Chase Huna!

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CHASE HUNA

JOHN ISLEY

"The design team at Cannonball has delivered an instrument worthy of the lineage of the classic American saxophone begun by CG Conn and King. The Stone Series is the first modern-design saxophone to offer the focus, compactness of sound, and projection of a classic Selmer with the body, resonance and sheer power like that of the big bore American horns. Without any compromises of control, intonation or most importantly, SOUND. The Cannonball is truly a joy to play, in every possible way. From jazz to funk to rock & roll, it's all there. As a lifelong Selmer Balanced Action and MK VI player, I was skeptical of the ability of a modern saxophone to offer anything comparable to my classic Selmers. The best endorsement I can offer is that Cannonball is now all I play, period. Play one, buy one, fall in love with one, or two or three.. I did." ~ John Isley

New York Horns: The Movin' Out Tour Band

BIO

Originally from North Carolina, I've lived in New York City for the past 26 years. I've loved this city from the first time I set foot in it, and I cannot imagine living anywhere else. It really is the center of the known universe - at least for me.

I'm a musician - multi-instrumentalist, composer, studio rat - and a bit of a technology geek. I've spent many years honing my multifaceted craft and even spent a couple of those teaching technology for Apple. My curiosity knows no bounds and I love the pursuit of knowledge and mastery for its own sake. Getting paid sure helps though...

I am a huge fan of cold beer, good wine, great food, engaging books and stimulating conversation, and have been known to go well out of my way in pursuit of some combination or other of these things. My current worst bad habit is golf. It's the game that reminds me why I'm a musician and not a professional athlete. And it keeps me humble. VERY humble...

I've performed with a litany of well known as well as shockingly anonymous bands and musicians over the years. The highlights have been gigs with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, the Allman Brothers, Little Feat, Levon Helm, Mary Wilson, Bernard Purdie, Reggie Workman, Matt "Guitar" Murphy, and They Might Be Giants; right alongside dozens of others.

It's just as likely you'll find me toiling away in anonymity in the pit of a Broadway show. I've worked on and/or toured with Movin' Out, Hairspray, Grease, In the Heights, Hair, Memphis, The Rocky Horror Show and Five Guys Named Moe.

For those who care for such things, I hold a Master's degree in jazz performance from Queens College (part of City College, The City University of New York) and a Bachelor's degree in jazz & contemporary music from The New School for Social Research, New York.

My current gig is saxophonist for the soul/rock band Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes. (www.southsidejohnny.com) and I'm a founding member of the New York Horns.

In addition to happily playing my Cannonball horns, I'm a RICO artist and JodyJazz Artist.

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JOHN ISLEY

SCOTT JOHNSON

"Nothing compares to the consistency Cannonball Saxophones produces in all of their horns. The horns have excellent intonation, a very comfortable layout, and the horns are suited to play ALL styles of music. I have to say that I can’t see myself playing on any other horn besides Cannonball Saxophones." ~ Scott Johnson

BIO

Scott Johnson is a New Orleans based saxophonist, bandleader, and music educator. As an educator, Scott taught at Hattiesburg High School in Hattiesburg, MS for 6 years, eventually serving as Director of Bands and Cluster Leader for the entire district. He is currently the jazz band director at Warren Easton Charter School in New Orleans, LA. In addition to his teaching duties, Scott has given masterclasses on common practices for successful band directing as well as serving on several boards aimed at bridging the gap from college to careers in music education.

Since moving to New Orleans in 2013, Scott has established himself as a dynamic saxophonist, composer, bandleader, and sideman. He can be heard regularly at such famed locations such as Snug Harbor, The New Orleans Jazz Museum, The Jazz Playhouse, as well as all over the French Quarter. Scott has performed at major festivals and venues across the country and around the world including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, the Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival, and the Joy of Jazz Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2018, Scott headlined the P-Town Jazz Festival in Plano, TX.

Scott is a regular member of Delfeayo Marsalis’ Uptown Jazz Orchestra, The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, and the Misfit Power. In addition to his performing duties, Scott remains an active clinician and music educator in Mississippi, Texas, and the New Orleans area.

SCOTT JOHNSON

HEATH JONES

"Cannonball saxophones are the most versatile saxophones that I have played. From Rock to Classical, these saxophones can do it all." ~ Heath Jones

Associate Professor of Music, Oklahoma Christian University

BIO

Dr. Heath Jones, Associate Professor of Music teaches applied saxophone, music education, music technology, jazz improvisation, and directs the Jazz Ensemble at Oklahoma Christian University. He is an active professional performer in the Oklahoma City area, and serves as Past-President for the Oklahoma chapter of the International Association for Jazz Education. Heath has performed with The Temptations, The Four Tops, Leslie Gore, Jim Nabors, Wayne Newton, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and other road show acts. Heath is a Cannonball Saxophone Artist and has given master classes, lectures, and recitals in China, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. Heath can be heard on his latest album "Lookin' Back."

HEATH JONES

HYUNWOO JOO

BIO

Graduate of the department of Practical Music at Seoul Institute of the Arts

Live Session, Recording & Horn Arrangements:
- Crush, Zico, Staytuned, Fancychild, Kim Dong-ryul, Mamamoo, Taeyeon, 10cm, Sam Kim, Lee Jin-ah, Lee Hi, Onew, and many others.

Tv programs:
- MBC: Mystery show 'King of the Mask Singer'
- Tv Chosun: Tomorrow is Miss.Trot, Tomorrow is Mr. Trot.
- JTBC: Patty Kim Show, we're going to the end.

Current member of Band Wonderlust, Kim Dong Ryul Band and Jazzpark Big Band    

HYUNWOO JOO

ADEMIR JUNIOR

"O Saxofone Cannonball, permite um requinte e equilíbrio de som, projeção, mecânica e uma moderna estética. A sensação é de completo conforto e confiança na hora de tocar. A projeção de som é futurística e a mecânica voltada para aperfeiçoar a digitação de forma que posso tocar tão naturalmente quanto penso e falo." ~ Ademir Junior

"Cannonball Saxophones enable a refinement and balance of sound, projection, mechanics, and modern aesthetics. It's a sensation of complete comfort and confidence while playing. The sound projection is futuristic, and it's mechanically refined to ergonomic perfection so that I can play as naturally as I think and speak. " ~ Ademir Junior

BIO

Ademir Júnior tem se destacado no cenário da música instrumental brasileira desde 1994, como Saxofonista, Clarinetista, Arranjador, Compositor, Professor de Harmonia, Improvisação e Maestro.

Está lançando uma trilogia de álbuns com o titulo de Série Camaleão, onde pretende mostrar os diversos estilos por onde tem se destacado como Choro, Samba, Jazz e Pop. O primeiro desses álbuns conta com a participação especial do saxofonista Bob Mintzer.

Tem três álbuns lançados: “Gratidão” 2002, “Vitória na Cruz” lançado em 2007 e "Brasilidades" lançado em 2009, com participação especial de Hermeto Pascoal.

Em 2009, idealizou a Brasília Big Band, Orquestra Popular formada por 17 músicos profissionais da cidade, tendo obtido atuações calorosas nos festivais de música em Pirenópolis, Cavalcante, Encontro Internacional de Trombones(2010), Jogo de Cena, Casa Thomas Jeferson e Clube do Choro.

Participa periodicamente de festivais por todo o país como professor de Improvisação e Maestro de Big Band.

Foi convidado em Setembro de 2010 para o 4° Encontro Internacional de Saxofonistas em Tatuí – SP, Ademir Júnior foi calorosamente aplaudido no concerto que fez com arranjos para a Big Band. Dentre esses arranjos, destacaram-se Brasilidades, de sua autoria e Giant Steps de John Coltrane.

Participou do volume 124 da série de playbacks de Jamey Aebersold, onde o tema é musica brasileira. O álbum traz uma novidade, que é a inclusão de solos de demonstração onde constam 3 solos de clarineta.

Já se apresentou e gravou com vários nomes da MPB, entre eles, Hermeto Pascoal, Elza Soares, Mat’nalia, Toninho Horta, Guinga, Rosa Passos, Alexandre Pires, Artur Maia, Idriss Boudrioua, João Alexandre, Torquato Mariano, Paulinho Trompete, Ney Conceição, Hamleto Stamato, Marcelo Maia, Tiago Espirito Santo, Davi Feldman, Rafael Barata, Renato Massa, Marcelo Martins, Toninho Ferraguti, Jhonny Alf, Celso Pixinga, Nico Assumpção, Lula Galvão, Vitor Santos, André Vasconcellos, Marcelo Maia, Ebinho Cardoso, Alfredo Paixão, Paulo Sergio Santos, Carlos Malta, Mauro Senise, Pascoal Meireles, Kiko Freitas, Adriano Giffoni, Mauricio Heinhorn, Nelson Farias, Claudio Dalsberg, Hamilton de Holanda, Cliff Kormam, Moisés Alves, Jessé Sadoc, Daniel Alcântara e o Grupo Solo Brasil com quem já viajou 16 países com o projeto ‘Uma viagem através da Música Popular Brasileira’. Seus principais educadores foram Luis Gonzaga Carneiro na Clarineta e o professor Ian Guest em Harmonia. Teve seu inicio nos estudos musicais aos 7 anos com o seu Pai.

Em 1993 aos 17 anos conquistou a segunda colocação no concurso de jovens solistas em Piracicaba, São Paulo.

Em Março de 2005, Ademir se apresentou com o Grupo Choro Livre no Festival de Culturas e civilizações dos desertos Árabes em Dubai (Emirados Árabes).

Idealizou o curso de improvisação em Brasília como matéria do curso internacional de verão na escola de música, desde 2005 tendo completado já 20 edições por todo país motivando e educando músicos de todas as idades na arte e no conhecimento técnico da improvisação.

Foi condecorado com as seguintes comendas do Governo do Distrito Federal, por seus relevantes serviços prestados à Capital Federal: Defesa Civil, Mérito Alvorada, Mérito Buriti, Ordem do Mérito Brasília, Mérito do Músico Militar, Mérito da Academia Brasileira Arte, Cultura e História no grau de Maestro e Mérito da Policia Federal.

Atualmente é Músico e Arranjador da Banda do Corpo de Bombeiros Militar do Distrito Federal e Maestro da Brasília Big Band.



Ademir Junior has excelled in the instrumental music scene since 1994, as a saxophonist, clarinetist, arranger, composer, professor of harmony, improvisation and conductor.

He is releasing a trilogy of albums with the title of Chameleon Series, which aims to trace the roots of the different styles such as Choro, Samba, Jazz & Pop. The first of these albums features special guest saxophonist Bob Mintzer. He has released three albums: "Gratitude" 2002, "Victory on the Cross" released in 2007 and "Brasilidades" released in 2009, with special participation of Hermeto Pascoal. In 2009, he envisioned the Brasilia Big Band, Orquestra Popular formed by 17 professional musicians of the city and obtained warm performances in music festivals in Pirenópolis, Cavalcante, International Meeting of Trombones (2010), Game Scene, Thomas Jefferson House and Club Choro. He regularly participates in festivals throughout the country as a professor of improvisation and big band conductor.

He was invited in September 2010 for the 4th International Saxophone Congress in Tatura – SP. Ademir Junior was warmly applauded at the concert with his arrangements for Big Band. Among these arrangements “Brasilidades” stood out, his own tune, and Giant Steps by John Coltrane.

He participated in volume 124 of the Jamey Aebersold’s play-along series, with a Brazilian jazz theme. The album includes something new: bonus tracks of the songs being performed, with three clarinet solos by Ademir Junior.

He has performed and recorded with many names of MPB, including Hermeto Pascoal, Elza Soares, Mat’nalia, Toninho Horta, Guinga, Rosa Passos, Alexandre Pires, Artur Maia, Idriss Boudrioua, João Alexandre, Torquato Mariano, Paulinho Trompete, Ney Conceição, Hamleto Stamato, Marcelo Maia, Tiago Espirito Santo, Davi Feldman, Rafael Barata, Renato Massa, Marcelo Martins, Toninho Ferraguti, Jhonny Alf, Celso Pixinga, Nico Assumpção, Lula Galvão, Vitor Santos, André Vasconcellos, Marcelo Maia, Ebinho Cardoso, Alfredo Paixão, Paulo Sergio Santos, Carlos Malta, Mauro Senise, Pascoal Meireles, Kiko Freitas, Adriano Giffoni, Mauricio Heinhorn, Nelson Farias, Claudio Dalsberg, Hamilton de Holanda, Cliff Kormam, Moisés Alves, Jessé Sadoc, Daniel Alcântara, and Grupo Solo Brasil who has traveled 16 countries with the project 'A journey through the Brazilian Popular Music. " His principal teachers were Luis Gonzaga Carneiro on clarinet and Professor Ian Guest in Harmony. He begun his early musical studies at age 7 with his father.

In 1993 at age 17, he won second place in the competition for young soloists in Piracicaba, São Paulo. In March 2005, Ademir performed with the group Grupo Choro Livre in the Festival de Culturas in the Arab desert in Dubai (UAE).

He devised an improvisation course in Brasilia as international music school course subject material, since 2005 having already completed 20 editions across the country motivating and educating musicians of all ages in the art and technical knowledge of improvisation.

He was awarded the following commendations from the Federal District Government, for his outstanding services to the Federal Capital: Civil Defense, Merit Dawn, Buriti Merit, Order of Merit Brasilia, Musician Military Merit, Brazilian Academy of Art Merit, Masters degree in Culture and History, and Merit of the Federal Police.

He is currently a musician and arranger for the Federal District Military Firefighters Band and conductor of the Brasilia Big Band.

Visit Ademir Jumior's official Blogs
www.ademirjuniorjazz.blogspot.com
www.blogdeimproviso.blogspot.com

ADEMIR JUNIOR

HEINRICH VON KALNEIN

BIO

Born on 4 July 1960 in Baden-Baden, Germany, Heinrich von Kalnein has lived in Austria for for more than 25 years , where he figures among the most high-profile musical personalities.

As saxophonist and flutist open to many stylistic facets he developed his musical profile out of the contemporary jazz tradition. Coming from a melody-orientated concept and never neglecting the importance of a groove he tries to expand his musical range up to worldbeat and electronic music. As far as his music is concerned the word 'jazz' primary means an attitude, - not a style.

Since his graduation from the University of Music Graz in 1987 and master classes with David Liebman and Oliver Lake he worked as a free-lance musician, high-profile soloist as well as composer / arranger, producer and professor for Saxophone in Linz at the Anton Brucker Conservatory (A) and Graz. In addition to touring with his own ensembles since 2003 he is co-leading the jazz bigband graz with trumpeter/composer Horst-Michael Schaffer.

Heinrich von Kalnein performs regularly in Austria and abroad and has given guest performances in the USA and the Far East. He has been a curator for the well-known Vienna jazz club Porgy & Bess and works as producer and director for recordings. Since 2004 he is working as a professor for jazz saxophone and jazz flute (IGP) at the renowned Jazz institute of the University of Music & Dramatic Arts in Graz (KUG).

Other credits include CD productions, TV- and filmproductions with his own ensembles as well as with The Quartet, Free Winds, Songlines, jbbg - Jazz Bigband Graz, the Vienna Art Orchestra, the Peter Herbolzheimer Rhythm Combination & Brass, the Nouvelle Cuisine Bigband, the Orchesterforum Graz, Timna Brauer, Elias Meiri, DZihan & Kamien, George Gruntz, Adelhard Roidinger and German harpist Rüdiger Oppermann.

He also worked a.o. with Iain Ballamy, Django Bates, Bob Brookmeyer, Jay Clayton, Wayne Darling, Kurt Elling, Gil Evans, Heiner Goebbels, Peter Herbert, John Hollenbeck, Jerry Granelli, Doug Hammond, John Hendricks, Peter Herborn, Marc Johnson, Sheila Jordan, Nguyên Lê, Charlie Mariano, Bob Mintzer, Glen Moore, Christian und Wolfgang Muthspiel, the New York Voices, Simon Nabatov, Ed Neumeister, Fritz Pauer, Marc Ribot, Paquito d'Rivera, Arkady Shilkloper, Diane Schur and the Grammy award-winning vocalensemble Take 6.

Visit Heinrich von Kalnein's official Website.

HEINRICH VON KALNEIN

MIKYUNG KANG

BIO

- Graduation of the Kukje University of Arts
*Perform Alto saxophone in Evans Big Band
*Perform Alto saxophone Jazz Orchestra in Incheon
- Blue Note 75th Anniversary Performance in Korea
- Live Session : The 163rd Episode of KBS 'A Immortal masterpiece'
- Live Session : Singer Hye Eunyi
- Live Session : Vocalist Sung-sun Hong
- Participate in recording web-drama 'Secret Message' OST 'Trace'

MIKYUNG KANG

JORG KAUFMANN

"During the last 30 years I have played a lot of different vintage saxophones like Selmer Mark VI, Balanced Action and SBA, King Super 20 or Conn Ladyface. But my Cannonball Vintage Tenor Saxophone is the perfect combination of them all! The fantastic free blowing feel, the big, rich and colourful sound, the perfect intonation and the amazing key work makes it to the best modern saxophone of today in my opinion." ~ Jörg Kaufmann

SWR Big Band

BIO

Jörg Kaufmann studied flute and classical music in Saarbrücken and saxophone and jazz in Cologne with Wolfgang Engstfeld, Jiggs Whigham, Axel Jungbluth, Manfred Schoof ; lessons and workshops with Dave Liebman, Bob Mintzer, Steve Swallow, Jesse Bennett and others.

Touring and performing with: Supersession, Alphonse Mouzon, Thilo Berg, Bob Mintzer, Slide Hampton, Axel Fischbacher, Pete York, Barbara Morrison, Danny Gottlieb, Bobby Shew, John Scofield, Don Menza, Barbara Dennerlein, Nina Corti, SWR Big Band, Max Greger, Paul Kuhn and many more.

Recordings with: SWR Big Band, WDR Big Band, NDR Big Band, Koeln Bigband, Peter Herbolzheimer, Ron Williams, Chaka Khan, Billy Cobham, Bobby Shew, Danny Gottlieb, Rosani Reis, Matthias Rüegg, Paul Kuhn, Bill Ramsey, Dieter Reith, Django Bates, Annie Whitehead, Bob Florence, Rob Mc Connell, Sammy Nestico, Toshiko Akyioshi , Bob Curnow, Hiram Bullock and more, Apart from that he performed with: Eartha Kitt, Jennifer Rush, Deborah Sasson, The Platters, The Supremes, Gloria Gaynor, Johnny Logan, Caterina Valente, Howard Carpendale, Georgie Fame, Duffy Jackson, Max Greger, The Temptations ...

Jörg Kaufmann was a professor at the musicacademy ARTEZ in Arnhem (Holland) from 1990-2010 and plays with the SWR Big Band and Barbara Dennerlein's "Bebab" permanently.

Presently, Jörg Kaufmann is also working as a high school teacher and band director on a school in Langenfeld, Germany

Visit Jörg Kaufmann's official Website.

JORG KAUFMANN

TOM KEENLYSIDE

BIO

Tom Keenlyside’s musical career has spanned four decades, featuring performances and recordings throughout North America and Europe. His saxophone and flute playing have been featured with a wide variety of groups at many major festivals, including the Newport Jazz Festival, the Montreal International Jazz Festival, and the Montreux Detroit Jazz Festival. He has performed with many of the biggest names in the music business: Diana Krall, Harry Connick Jr., Natalie Cole, Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme and Tom Jones. In November 2006, Tom was inducted into the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame.

Visit Tom Keenlyside's official Website.

TOM KEENLYSIDE

TONY KOFI

BIO

Winner, Best instrumentalist at the 2008 BBC Jazz awards. Winner, best Ensemble at the 2005 Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Winner, Radio 3 Jazz line up album of the year 2005 BBC Jazz awards. Nominated for a MOBO award 2008. Instructor of Saxophones (Alto/Soprano/Tenor & Baritone) Flutes, Piano, Recorder, Percussion instruments and music notation.

Introduction

Born in Nottingham to West African parents, the playing career of saxophonist Tony Kofi when he chanced upon a series of jazz workshops, run in Leicester by Nick Hislam. Tony also took lessons from local saxophonist and jazz mentor George Carmichael and was bitten by the jazz bug and made a point of making the journey to go along to each session. This laid the seeds for what was to come, a four-year stint at the legendary Berklee College of Music in Boston Mass. USA, on a full scholarship music diploma.

While in the US, Tony studied with such musical luminaries as Andy Magee and Billy Pearce, gaining invaluable experience that he then put to best use when he returned to the UK. From 1991, Tony was part of the UK’s leading jazz group of the time – The Jazz Warriors. This band was (and, indeed, is, in its current form of Tomorrow’s Warriors) a hotbed of young talent from the UK jazz scene. Tony was also vital part of Gary Crosby’s Nu Troop; this was a big stepping stone for his solo and ensemble work, contributing massively to his own solo projects and educational projects. Tony is still committed to this ethos, regularly running his own workshops and giving individual lessons.

Throughout the nineties Tony was busy, appearing in the front line of innumerable high-profile musicians and groups, including Billy Higgins, Byron Wallen’s Indigo, Claude Deppa’s A.J.E. & Horns Unlimited, Cheikh Tidiane Fall Quintet, Clifford Jarvis, Courtney Pine, Digable Planets, Donald Byrd, Dr Lonnie Smith, Eddie Henderson, Gary Crosby’s Nu-Troop, Julian Joseph Big Band, Jazz Jamaica All Stars, The David Murray Big Band, US-3, Tim Richards’ Great Spirit, The Grand Union orchestra, and Lucky Ranku’s African jazz all stars, as well as composing original music for his Ten piece group, the Afro Jazz family.

The Tony Kofi Quartet is dedicated to bringing the music and genius of the 20th century jazz composer, Thelonious Sphere Monk, performing his complete works to new audiences in celebration of his unique improvisational spirit and formidable creative output. Since 2000, Tony Kofi, Jonathan Gee, Ben Hazleton and Winston Clifford have been building their repertoire of Monk's compositions, all 70 of which were performed in a groundbreaking, marathon six-hour concert at the 2003 and 2007 London Jazz Festival. The Quartet's 2004 album, All Is Know (Specific Jazz SPEC001), features a selection of Monk originals with additional string arrangements by composer Philip Clark.

Between 2003-2004 Tony was an integral part of the late Andrew Hill’s Anglo- American Big band and Sam Rivers Rivbea Orchestra.

The Tony Kofi Trio +1 is yet another project of original compositions by the double award winning Saxophonist/Composer, which features Byron Wallen, (Trumpet), Anders Olinder (B3 Hammond Organ) and Winston Clifford, (Drums). The group also augments into a six piece as heard on their 2006 album titled Future Passed (Specific Jazz SPEC004), also featuring Robert Fordjour (Drums) Cameron Pierre (Guitar) and Donald Gamble (Percussion). The 2006 release, is a true music lovers album in which you get to hear the blues, gospel, jazz, funk, Latin, African, be-bop and beyond. It will take you on a historical journey, a journey of his own life experience, Future Passed.

In 2006 Tony got a call from saxophone Jazz legend David Murray asking him to join the historic avant-guard jazz ensemble the World Saxophone Quartet which formed in 1977,this is a milestone in British jazz, Tony is the first UK born musician to join the all american group since the passing of the late Saxophonist Julius Hemphill.

More recently Tony has been working with the Harry Connick JR big band performing on the Michael Parkinson show, The Paul O'Grady show and a live BBC jazz line up recording. Tony also performed on the Parkinson show with music legend Joe Cocker, and a committed member of the Courtney Pine’s Jazz Warriors.

More recently Tony and his quartet revisited the Thelonious Monk songbook and performed all 70 of his works at the 2007 London jazz festival and received a standing ovation for their sixhour performance.

In January 2008 Tony took his quartet back into Specific sound studio to record their most recent album to date titled The Silent Truth (SPEC001) released April 2008. 2008:Tony has just become a member of bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma’s Coltrane configurations Quartet (former bass player with Ornette Colman's prime time) and recorded a live album. 2009: Has most recently has become a member of EKAYA led by South African legendary composer Abdullah Ibrahim.

2009: Tony quartet headlined was well received at the Rochester Jazz in New York and Manhattan.

2010: Tony is exploring jazz standards with his newly formed trio Standard Time featuring David Chamberlain (Double Bass) and Rod Youngs (Drums) The group plays classic jazz standards rearranged to give that fresh sound of today, and utilising every instrument to its fullest range. Kofi displays an innate ability to swing using hooks and grooves whilst never losing the essence to sound original.

2010: Tony has just returned from New York after recording an album with Jamaaladeen Tacuma and the father of the modern free jazz movement Ornette Coleman.

Education

Education is central to my current activity,currently teaching at St. Andrews roman catholic school in Streatham (KS 1,2,3,4) and also working with EBD (CHILDREN WITH EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIORAL DISORDERS ) ages 5-16 years old in the Surrey area. (St. Nicolas school & The Fordway centre) My aim is to communicate the beauty of music to children and older students – to inspire them to develop their own creativity through the process of composing and performing. Emphasis will be placed on attentive listening and creative expression where students will have the opportunity to develop as individual soloist and in a group environment. Furthermore, musical traditions from other parts of the world such as South America, Africa, India and Jazz, Blues and pop music will be introduced. This will provide a wide range of musical experiences and references for the children, enabling them to learn about another musical cultures, and providing them with the opportunity to experience different aesthetic experiences. This will complement their studies of European classical music which will also be taught. The children will be introduced to a variety of teaching methods that incorporate the traditional teaching perspectives of the culture. The importance of rhythm, form, melody and practice will also be explored.

As we start our exploration in music we begin by looking at similarities, much like having a conversation with someone you have just met. The aim is to have fun with music and to play it or sing it. The beat of our hearts, the rhythm of tube train sounds, even the sound of someone eating cornflakes. This is disorganised sound that we would not necessarily call music, but these sounds could be the basis of musical masterpieces when organised by a creative mind. The children will be challenged to develop the techniques involved for musical organisation, and develop improvisational and compositional skills.

The workshops will be developed to start very simply with fundamentals. They will then incorporate more complex teaching material and techniques including ways to practice, skills in writing musical notation by hand and working with computer notation programs like Sibelius. Where possible the use of video footage of musical performances, making of instruments and other relevant information will be used as well as slide projections and audio recordings to provide a more complete picture of relevant material.

Visit Tony Kofi's official Website.

TONY KOFI

AXEL KUHN

SWR Big Band

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AXEL KUHN

DAN KURAMOTO

"My Cannonball saxes have a great sound, solid scale, and gorgeous aesthetics--And as a touring musician, they are by far the most durable horns I have ever used in over 25 years of performing with Hiroshima around the world. Whether it's a 4 hour flight to Chicago or a 28 plus hour flight to Capetown S.A. Cannonball saxes are ready to play from bar one." ~ Dan Kuramoto

Saxophonist with Hiroshima

DAN KURAMOTO

GLENN KOSTUR

"My new Cannonball tenor is a GREAT horn. The sound is focused, the response is quick, the scale is even, and the feel of the horn is solid and smooth. What more could I ask for?" ~ Glenn Kostur

Director of Jazz Studies, University of New Mexico

GLENN KOSTUR

PATRICK LAMB

"The Cannonball saxophones have a full, free blowing quality and construction that lends itself to work with me in how I naturally express myself. As an artist, an instrument that let's you be 'you' is a dream come true- this is what you look for and you know it when you pick it up. After playing so many horns that just don't quite do it on every level, you also really appreciate the craftsmanship, time, effort and science and continuing product development that has gone into these instruments. The tone quality is even and in tune throughout the horn. The overtones are in the right place and this translates to good tone and facility in altissimo. Very amazing instruments, and I take them around the world with me. Thank you Tevis and everyone at Cannonball!" ~ Patrick Lamb

Grammy nominated recording artist - Diane Schuur, Bobby Caldwell, Gino Vannelli, and his own band.

BIO

Patrick a Billboard charting artist and one of those extraordinary performers who combine raw talent, and energy with a singular ability to captivate an audience with his charm, sincerity and pure magnetism. His focus as a saxophonist, songwriter and performing artist is “Old School“ R&B, Soul with a flavor of Jazz. He combines the influences of Funk, Soul, R&B, and Jazz to create his own unique sound as a performer and a songwriter.

Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Patrick began paying his dues by playing roadhouse music as a teenager in the rural south when he heard the evocative sounds of James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, and Wilton Felder, of the Crusaders. He immersed himself in the music of these great artists and began to discover his own sound as both a musician and performer. In the eighties his father, a high school science teacher, took the family to Portland, Oregon. Once there, Patrick’s playing and singing were developing into a formidable career, which began at the early age of 16. Although having lived in the NW, Patrick found a way to infuse his southern roots and influences into his development as a musician, songwriter and performer.

Patrick accepted early on in his career, in the 90’s, the opportunity to perform and tour with GRAMMY -winner Diane Schuur. In addition, to touring with Ms. Schuur, Patrick has toured with legendary R&B vocalists Bobby Caldwell, and currently tours with Gino Vannelli & Jeff Lorber worldwide. Patrick has been honored with numerous awards starting with an acclaimed best soloist performance at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, resulting in a performance with Lionel Hampton. In addition, to his music based awards, Patrick’s production company was given the Spirit of Portland & the Caring Heart award for his contributions giving back and enriching lives in the community. In 1996 and 1997 Patrick was invited to perform at the White House during the holiday Congressional VIP Tours and was in attendance at “The Peace on Earth Celebration,” leading to a meeting with President Clinton. Patrick has been solidly and consistently recognized by his peers and community as a world class talent, and was recently inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and is the youngest inductee to date.

Over the past few years Patrick has been focusing on his own recording career as both a songwriter and performer. He completed seven studio albums and produced an award winning show “Let The Good Times Roll, A Tribute To Ray Charles.” A Tribute To Ray Charles, debuted at the 2005 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival and the 15 piece big band All-star group released a CD produced by Lamb at the 2006 festival during the tributes encore performance. The tribute has received stellar reviews both regionally and nationally, and the show opened the 2007-08 Oregon Symphony Pops season.

Patrick completed work on his latest solo project, ‘Pick-up the Pieces’ which was released, in April 2014 and his current single from the project “Savoire Fare” hit #2 on the Contemporary Billboard Charts. The project was produced & co-written by Jeff Lorber & Darren Rahn. Patrick’s new solo CD bridges together his love of Funk, R&B, Soul, Jazz with his southern roots.

In addition to his new release Patrick recorded and released in 2011 “It’s All right Now” with co-writer and producer Jeff Lorber, 2007 an ‘old school’ R&B, Soul vocal album “Soul of a Free Man,” co-written with longtime friend Lee Garrett who has cowritten with Stevie Wonder (Signed, Sealed, Delivered, It’s a Shame, & more) and a vocal duet/ instrumental CD with nine-time Emmy award winning producer John Henry, and three-time Emmy nominated singer songwriter Patsy Meyer.

Patrick has also had the privilage to perform or record with Gino Vannelli, Jeff Lorber, Tommy Thayer (Lead Guitarist from KISS), Danny Seraphine (founding member of Chicago), Will Champlin (Voice Finalist), Bill Champlin (Sons of Champlin, Chicago, Co-Writer with David Foster), Alice Cooper, Robby Kreiger (Lead Guitarists for the Doors), Michael Thompson (David Fosters Lead Guitarist), Eddie Martinez, Dave Weckel, Nathan East, Ricky Lawson, ‘Little John’ Roberts, Alex Al, Bill Cunliffe, Tony Madian, Curt Bisquera, Herman Jackson, Nate Phillips, Paul Jackson Jr., Tony Gable, and many others.

Patrick demonstrates a deep sense of community awareness and civic responsibility. He has performed for numerous fund-raisers to raise consciousness about the loss of funding for the arts in public schools. In addition, he has been involved with major civic efforts to raise money for the America Diabetes Association, Oregon Food Bank, the American Cancer Society, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, The Christie School, ALS Association of Oregon and SW Washington. One can’t help but be moved by the huge heart of this young man as it comes though in his civic awareness…and in his exuberant energy to entertain and uplift people.

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PATRICK LAMB

CONSTANTINO "KOSTA" LADISA

BIO

Costantino Ladisa was born in Bari, Italy, in 1965. His passion for music took him to study guitar and subsequently saxophone, which became his main instrument. Since 1994 he has been playing with his band Adika Pongo throughout Italy and abroad. He has been living in Rome since 1987.

Since the 80s and early 90s, he took part in a number of music projects in Italy, including live appearances on national television. In 1997, he mixed Adika Pongo’s first recordings at the prestigious GRP jazz studios in NYC, which saw a collaboration with the famous guitar player Steve Khan. In December 2000 he created and directed “Sound Around”, a TV program which was broadcast on eVision, a European satellite channel. The programme’s 13 episodes received considerable praise as the first European TV program on music and technology.

Subsequently, he became a contributor as writer and critic for the well-known “Acting News” movies magazine, as well as for the newly-created Jazz Magazine. Thanks to his in-depth knowledge of music, he also played a role as TV presenter and critic of a number of Jazz and Soul concerts broadcast on RaiSatShow, the satellite channel of the Italian national TV channel, RAI. He has also taught courses on “Television and Technology” under a Master’s program at La Sapienza University in Rome.

Also during early 2000, he supervised and monitored the artistic production for the Fingerprints, a then newly-established all-girls-band of young Italian singers. In 2003 he wrote and arranged the score for the documentary “Ne Pas Mourir”, winner of that year’s Roma Doc Fest. During that time, he also began to compose soundtracks for commercial adverts for a number of retail and consumer products in Italy, in collaboration with other musicians.

In the same year, with his band Adika Pongo, he performed in Sardinia with Lionel Richie, and in 2003 and 2004 he created and organised “The Big Party Live Show”: two extended musical tours sponsored by a major Italian insurer, with the participation of a number of Italian artists, performing throughout the best venues in Italy. Another summer tour, undertaken in 2004, was sponsored by a major Italian radio channel, RDS.

During 2004 he also created “Da Nu Jazz Quartet”, a band centred on Smooth Jazz which toured throughout Italy, performing numerous songs by Stevie Wonder, David Sanborn, Michael Jackson, Dave Grusin and many other artists linked to this genre. In 2005, together with Alessandro Benedetti, he wrote original score for the soundtrack of a nationally acclaimed Italian movie, “Nessun messaggio in segreteria”. Also in that year he began a collaboration with the original voices of the Chic, Norma Jean Wright and Luci Martin which brought the two artists to Italy for a number of concerts dedicated to Disco Music.

In October 2005 he took part in a seminar by the American sax player Eric Marienthal (Chick Corea, GRP Big Band). In March 2006 he recorded the score to an Italian short called “Non succede mai niente”, which took part in that year’s Venice Film Festival. While in November, he performed with his band, Adika Pongo, at the Pavillhao Atlantico in Lisbon, Portugal, as part of the Disco Fever 2006 Festival, to a crowd of ten thousand, alongside Kool and the Gang.

In 2008 he became the endorser for AKAI’s Electronic Wind Instrument (EWI) and in 2009 he successfully took part in the beta testing program of the French company ARTURIA, BRASS 2.0, as EWI expert. During 2010 he wrote and produced the musical score for the Italian documentary “U Megghie Paise”, broadcast in Italy and released on DVD. During the same year he performed with the 1984 Grammy Award winning American singer Robbie Dupree in two shows on Italian national radio and three live concerts (Blue Note-Milan, The Place-Rome, XRoads-Rome).

In 2012 he wrote some music for another documentary/fiction score called “Non cresce mai l’erba” (on MTV Channel - Italy) In 2013 he became also endorser of L. A. Ripamonti Saxophones and Drake Mouthpieces. He is also the Italian endorser for the well-known American Microphones AMT. Always in 2013 he performed in a concert with saxophonists Eric Marienthal and Rocco Ventrella and bassist Tom Kennedy at Teatro Forma in Bari, Italy for a “Smooth Jazz Festival”.

His passion for football has been crowned by being invited to be a member of the new-born amateur football team of Italian National Jazz Players, of which he is very proud. In late July 2011 Adika Pongo’s first CD was published by the prestigious and renowned British label “Expansion Records”, reaching the 5th place in the UK SOUL CHART and on chart for 8 weeks. He is currently busy on a number of projects, namely a new CD record with his band Adika Pongo which will be published by the same label.

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CONSTANTINO "KOSTA" LADISA

DUNCAN LAMONT JNR.

“I’ve been playing a Cannonball Alto Sax for the past ten years. When I first tried the Cannonball, I felt completely at home. It was responsive, ergonomically designed and had the sort of projection I’d not found on any of the other altos I’d owned previously. Since then I’ve played it in all kinds of performing situations and it’s never let me down. It’s great to have an instrument that seems to give you the “fifth gear” that many saxophones lack. Leaving all this aside, it’s just a lot of fun to play!" ~ Duncan Lamont Jnr.

BIO

As a woodwind player Duncan has worked extensively in the West End, most recently in the orchestra for “Chicago” as it finished its fifteen year run in September 2012.

He has backed many well known singers including Amy Winehouse, Natalie Cole, Barry White and Johnny Mathis. He also worked for many years as part of Dame Shirley Bassey’s orchestra.

Duncan’s TV and film credits include the Judi Dench/Kate Winslet movie “Iris”, “Only Fools and Horses” and “Eastenders” (BBC1), “Perfect World” (BBC 2),“Powers” (CBBC) and the recent revival of “Yes, Prime Minister” (Gold).

He took part in several series of Radio 2’s “Live from the Stables” with the late Sir John Dankworth’s band. He has also played with NYJO, BBC Big Band, Mike Westbrook and the BBC Concert Orchestra playing baritone sax and kazoo!

As an arranger Duncan has written for “Over Here” (BBC 1), The Hong Kong Philharmonic’s handover ceremony in 1997 and two series of the BBC’s popular show “Strictly Come Dancing”. He has also provided arrangements for a range of singers including Spandau Ballet’s Tony Hadley, Darius Campbell and, memorably, Peter Kay’s appearance on the “Parkinson” show.

His most recent work as composer includes a one woman adaptation of “Chocolat” for the Edinburgh Fringe and a short film starring Virginia McKenna called “What Do You See?”

DUNCAN LAMONT JNR.

BRIAN LANDAU

“I prefer Cannonball because of its excellent musical qualities, durability, workmanship and tremendous value. I have never played such a free blowing and responsive saxophone before. I am especially amazed on how well I am able to truly sing in the upper registers. Also, the overall look and ergonomics of the horn are second to none.” ~ Brian Landau

BIO

Brian Landau, a Los Angeles native, has focused his creative efforts on his rapidly growing YouTube channel, "BriansThing" (www.youtube.com/BriansThing), a premier online saxophone destination with over 40 thousand subscribers and eight million total video views. On his channel, he plays popular charts, composes new arrangements, produces his own original music and provides educational tutorials. With Brian’s established internet presence, he is able to impact musicians from a variety of geographical and cultural backgrounds. The message he aims to convey to his audience is to have fun and show commitment to your craft. As a YouTube Partner, Brian was one of the few musicians selected to participate in Google's prestigious YouTube Creator program in Playa Vista, CA.

Brian has backed performers like Jason Mraz, Hunter Hayes, Kenny Burrell, Barbara Morrison, O.C. Smith, Dwight Treble, James Newton, Kei Akagi, Art Davis, Charles Owens, Bobby Rodriguez, Lester Chambers and Vic "The Brick" Jacobs. He has also been showcased in different groups such as the International Farmers, Jason Sinay & Ape, Slightly Stoopid, Peoples Party, Alma Desnuda, Bumphouse and Super Blues Band 300 at venues like the Lighthouse, House of Blues, Roxy, Knitting Factory, Troubadour and Viper Room. Brian plays in many different styles ranging from Jazz, Rock, Funk, Soul, Pop and Reggae.

In 2014, Brian became an official Mosaic Global Performance artist and will entertain thousands on American military bases throughout the country and world in 2014 & 2015.

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BRIAN LANDAU

JAMES LAUGHLIN

BIO

Dr. Jim Laughlin is a tenured professor at Amarillo College who teaches woodwinds, jazz studies and freshman level music theory. He is an active performer, adjudicator and clinician throughout the midwest. Dr. Laughlin has performed with many touring groups such as the Tempatation, Rat Pack, Lynn Seaton, and as a student appeared with jazz greats Clark Terry, Urbie Breen, Bob Mintzer, Diane Reeves, Steve Wilkerson, and others.

Dr. Laughlin is a member of the Amarillo Symphony on both clarinet and saxophone, performs with Amarillo Opera and leads his own dance orchestra and jazz quartet. He has guest conducted many regional jazz bands as well as the Oklahoma Allstate Jazz band in 2007.

As president of the Amarillo Jazz Society, a 501C non-profit organization, he has organized numerous concerts and educational events. He is also the founder and program director for June Jazz which completed its 16th season at Amarillo College. In 2012 Laughlin was guest lecturer for the Creative Mind lecture series at Amarillo College, his topic was early jazz in New York and Paris.

Dr. Laughlin competed and won many concerto competitions, including with the Oklahoma Philharmonic, Wichita Symphony, and North American Saxophone Alliance. He has debuted original compositions for saxophone and has recorded in numerous cities. Holding degrees from three universities, his PhD in jazz pedagogy was completed in 2001 from The University of North Texas.

Dr. Laughlin enjoys living in Amarillo with his three children, Alex, Nick and Natalie, and wife Tammy.

JAMES LAUGHLIN

MAGNUS LINDGREN

"I play Cannonball Tenor saxophone Vintage Reborn, because I love the sound and it's fun to play. It gives me inspiration." ~ Magnus Lindgren

BIO

Magnus Lindgren is a Swedish jazz artist known for his work as a saxophonist, clarinetist, flutist, composer and arranger. After graduating from the Royal Collage of Music, Magnus won the prize "Jazz in Sweden" for1999, which resulted in a record and a tour with his new jazz quartet, two trumpets, french horn and trombone. It was during this period that Magnus achieved his Swedish breakthrough.

In 2001 he released his big band album Paradise Open, featuring the hottest young jazz musicians of the time. Paradise Open received a number of prizes including a Swedish Grammis and a Golden Disc. Two years later, in 2003, he released a quartet album and started to work together with the worldrenowned soprano Barbara Hendricks. As they performed together around the world, Magnus’ interest in classical music and its crossover with jazz grew.

In 2003 the Nobel Foundation commissioned Magnus to write three pieces to be performed by him during the Nobel Banquet. This was the first time jazz was showcased in that environment, and it was broadcast to millions of viewers.

In 2004 he formed the Blue House Jazz Orchestra with trumpet player Peter Asplund. Under the umbrella of this jazz series performed in the Stockholm Concert Hall. They do two exclusive, unique concerts each year featuring a different artist(s) for each project.

With the album Batucada Jazz (2009) Magnus achieved his international breakthrough.

Magnus has had considerable collaboration over the years with Nils Landgren. During the spring of 2012 they did the project “Folk Notes, Tunes and Jazz” togehter with Bohuslän Big Band and Wermland Operas Orchestra, for which Magnus arranged the music, conducted both orchestras, and performed as a soloist.

Magnus arranged the music to the Berliner Philharmoniker and their celebration of the Chamber Music Hall, in October 2012 and he is artist in residence for Vara Concert Hall 2013 - 2014.

During the spring season 2014 Magnus Lindgren presented newly written music which was given the name Nordic Big Band Inferno (a suite for big band, harp and lightning) and in October 2014 Magnus will travel to Japan for a tour with the male-voice choir Orphei Drängar.

Among others, he has worked with Herbie Hancock, James Ingram, Gregory Porter, Till Brönner, Nicola Conte, Marie Fredriksson, Ivan Lins and Barbara Hendricks.

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MAGNUS LINDGREN

LOS QUATRO CHOLOS DEL SAXO

BIO

Los Cuatro Cholos del Saxo tiene su origen en los festivales Internacionales de saxofón que se realizaron en nuestra ciudad, formado y Liderado por el Saxofonista Arequipeño Marcos Manrique en enero del 2015, se han presentado en diferentes escenarios, eventos culturales y artísticos de música instrumental en las ciudades de Arequipa, Moquegua, Tacna, Boca de Rio, Ilo, La Punta, Mejía, Mollendo, son el primer cuarteto de saxofones de música popular peruana en constante actividad.

Recientemente tuvieron presentaciones en Explayarte Mollendo, Arte en la playa (Tacna), en el festival por el día internacional del jazz realizado en el teatro del CCPN el 30 de abril del 2016, en la Biblioteca Regional Mario Vargas Llosa, por la semana de la diversidad Cultural y Lingüística realizado en mayo pasado presentando un repertorio variado de música peruana.

Sus destacadas participaciones los han llevado a ser Invitados al próximo Festival de Saxofón de Bolivia 2017, y festival de música latinoamericana Arica-Chile febrero 2017, siendo así la primera agrupación de nuestro país, en este formato en participar en festivales de ámbito internacional, también han sido invitados a participar de proyecto de bibliotecas rodantes en el cañón del Colca, y a presentaciones en las ciudades como Cuzco, Pucallpa, Puno, Tacna y Lima.

El Objetivo principal del grupo es mostrar la música popular peruana en todos sus estilos y difundirla con un trabajo en conjunto, con arreglistas destacados de nuestro país, introduciendo improvisaciones y mucho trabajo tímbrico, buscando nuevas sonoridades en nuestra música nacional, para mostrarlo a nivel internacional con nuestro maravilloso instrumento y esto a la vez también con un poco de la influencia del Jazz. Son patrocinados por el Ministerio de Cultura de la ciudad de Arequipa ganándose el auspicio nominal por su aporte y difusión del folclore peruano.

Esta primera producción discográfica denominada “La Ruta del Saxo”, tiene un contenido de carácter netamente nacional, música de diferente región de nuestro Perú, y también la infaltable muisca Arequipeña.

LOS QUATRO CHOLOS DEL SAXO

ANGELO LUSTER

"My cannonball saxophones are the most versatile instruments I have ever played. As a musician who is called upon to play many different styles of music such as jazz, classical, R&B and Gospel my cannonballs produce an authentic sound in every situation." ~ Angelo Luster

BIO

"A rose sprung from a rock" are the words critics use to describe Oakland, California native Angelo Luster, a saxophonist whose music invites the listener to embark upon a unique spiritual journey. You will without a doubt be enraptured by the emotion conveyed through his rich soulful sound, birthed from the union of contemporary gospel and the west coast jazz movements. At age twelve, he was accepted on scholarship to the Young Musicians Program at the University of California, Berkeley, where he trained for six years in jazz and classical music. This led Luster to realize his purpose in life, "inspire others through my music." Luster was taught by Bill Bell and Jim Moran who previously trained Dave Ellis, Tony, Toni, Tone guitarist, John Smith, Rodney Franklin, and Benny Green. Luster, like his classmates, got a range of experience after high school through performances in jazz festivals throughout the United States and Europe.

MUSICAL EXPERIENCES
Luster received a scholarship to Grambling State University where he achieved the position of featured saxophone soloist. He also earned the honor of being spotlighted with such artists as Boyz II Men. He was favored as one of the top college musicians of America and chosen to play in the All American College Marching Band by the Walt Disney Company in 1993, and the Company's All American Jazz Band in 1994. Luster spent his summers playing in big bands behind such greats as, Rosemary Clooney, Mercer Ellington, Maynard Ferguson, Diane Schurr, Della Reese, Billy Taylor, Joe Williams, and other seasoned performers. After obtaining his Bachelor of Music degree from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1996, Luster returned home and began to perform internationally with St. Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band.

WORKS IN PROGRESS
Luster celebrated the release of his first solo CD entitled "Face 2 Face" in July, 2004 and in 2007 he released Face 2 Face The Vocal Sessions. The CD is an intimate reflection of his spirituality and desire to lead listeners into the presence of God. For this musical work, Luster was voted Best Male Jazz Artist of 2005 by Urban Gospel Industry Award, American Gospel Music Awards* Jazz Artist of the Year 2006 and 2007 Bay Area Black Music Awards* Best Gospel Musician. In addition to the CD, Luster performs in a host of venues with his band, which exemplifies the diverse sounds of his upbringing. Luster has recently accompanied artists such as Paul Jackson Jr., Micah Stampley and Frank McComb. Face 2 Face THE VOCAL SESSIONS in stores now!

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ANGELO LUSTER

ANDI MAILE

German Jazz Saxophonist, Member of SWR Big Band in Germany

ANDI MAILE

HUGO MARINHEIRO

"Playability and ease of tuning are the main characteristics of the Cannonball saxophone. That's why Cannonball is the only choice for me." ~ Hugo Marinheirov

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HUGO MARINHEIRO

KEITH MARLO

"I really like the precise tone that I'm able to create with the horn. The precision of the horn allows me to cut through the mix while playing Top 40, Gospel, Jazz and Rock as well!" ~ Keith Marlo

BIO

Keith first played a piano at the age of five. Though proficient in several other instruments, his overriding passion is creating music at the piano. As a pianist, he cut his teeth by accompanying church choirs, but soon afterwards the energy of his playing opened the way for him to join the ranks of several pop and jazz bands. It was at this point in his life that he had an enlightened moment that added a new dimension to his work as a musician. He went on to study the art of playing piano, saxophone and voice in depth and gained experience nationally within various groups. To round out his expertise as a musician, he also worked on several recording projects. Keith approaches music out of a heart of service. His expertise and professional attitude make him a dynamic and sought-after musician who is aware of the privilege he shares with others who are able to do what they love.

A ten year Las Vegas entertainment veteran, Keith is a multi-talented powerhouse. A true triple threat, he is a premiere vocalist, saxophonist and keyboardist. Keith has shared stages with Najee, Al Green, Sheena Easton, Taylor Dane as well as a host of others. For five years Keith toured the world with "Bruce In The USA", the premiere Bruce Springsteen tribute band playing the role of "The Big Man", saxophonist Clarence Clemons. Soon after finishing the tour, Keith decided to write and produce his own tribute to one of his idols, the late Luther Vandross. "The Power of Love" went on to sell out all dates in Las Vegas. Keith has taken his talent worldwide with two recent tours of Asia. He has appeared at both the Venetian Hotel and Casino and the MGM Grand Hotel in Macau, China. In between tour dates Keith produces other up and coming artists, programs music tracks and writes and records his own songs.

KEITH MARLO

BRANFORD MARSALIS

"Cannonball is a novelty that we should see more of: a saxophone company owned and operated by saxophone players. In the era of globalization, we have in Cannonball a company where all pertinent aspects of saxophone design are in the same building. Unlike the modern business environment, Cannonball will do whatever it takes (like spending 1 year to just develop a lacquer!) to give you the best possible product. They are the embodiment of the adage, "past is prologue". Much like art at its best, Cannonball is using models from the past to propel saxophone production well into the future." ~ Branford Marsalis

Perhaps the most renowned saxophonist in the world. Former Tonight Show band leader, and incredibly versatile saxophonist.

BIO

Growing up in the rich environment of New Orleans as the oldest son of pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis, Branford was drawn to music along with siblings Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason. His first instrument, the clarinet, gave way to the alto and then the tenor and soprano saxophones when the teenage Branford began working in local bands. A growing fascination with jazz as he entered college gave him the basic tools to obtain his first major jobs, with trumpet legend Clark Terry and alongside Wynton in Art Blakey’s legendary Jazz Messengers. When the brothers left to form the Wynton Marsalis Quintet, the world of uncompromising acoustic jazz was invigorated. Branford formed his own quartet in 1986 and, with a few minor interruptions in the early years, has sustained the unit as his primary means of expression. Known for the telepathic communication among its uncommonly consistent personnel, its deep book of original music replete with expressive melodies and provocative forms, and an unrivaled spirit in both live and recorded performances, the Branford Marsalis Quartet has long been recognized as the standard to which other ensembles of its kind must be measured.

Branford has not confined his music to the quartet context however. Classical music inhabits a growing portion of Branford’s musical universe. A frequent soloist with classical ensembles, Branford has become increasingly sought after as a featured soloist with such acclaimed orchestras as the Chicago, Detroit, Düsseldorf, and North Carolina Symphonies and the Boston Pops, with a growing repertoire that includes compositions by Debussy, Glazunov, Ibert, Mahler, Milhaud, Rorem and Vaughn Williams.

Under the direction of conductor Gil Jardim, Branford Marsalis and members of the Philharmonia Brasileira toured the United States in the fall of 2008, performing works by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, arranged for solo saxophone and orchestra. This project commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the revered Brazilian composer’s death.

Making his first appearance with the New York Philharmonic in the summer of 2010, Marsalis was again invited to join them as soloist in their 2010‐2011 concert series where he unequivocally demonstrated his versatility and prowess, bringing “a gracious poise and supple tone… and an insouciant swagger” (New York Times) to the repertoire.

In 2013, Branford served as Creative Director for the Ascent Series of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra which included two week-long residencies as well as a number of concerts with the CSO.

Once again partnering with an esteemed ensemble for a tour of the United States, Branford joined the highly celebrated Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in Marsalis “Well-Tempered” on a 20-city US tour in the fall of 2014, performing Baroque masterpieces by Albinoni, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and others.

Raising the bar yet again, Branford took on the challenging Saxophone Concerto by composer John Adams, performing the piece with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Edwin Outwater, in October 2015.

To begin 2016, Branford traveled to Germany for a concert with the prestigious Bayerische Staatsoper at the National Theatre in Munich performing an array of selections including Ter Velduis’ Tallahatchie Concerto.

He then returned to Asia twice in the spring of 2016, first for his debut collaboration with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, followed by a trip to Kuala Lumpur where he performed two concerts with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra at the Petronas Twin Towers.

The fall of 2016 saw Branford returning to his home state of Louisiana where he was invited to be a guest soloist with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, presenting works by John Williams and Heitor Villa Lobos.

Broadway has also welcomed Branford’s contributions. His initial effort, original music for a revival of August Wilson’s Fences, garnered a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music in a Play and a Tony nomination for Best Original Score Written for the Theater. Branford also provided music for The Mountaintop, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, and served as musical curator for the 2014 revival of A Raisin in the Sun. Branford’s screen credits include the original music for Mo’ Better Blues and acting roles in School Daze and Throw Momma from the Train.

Branford formed the Marsalis Music label in 2002, and under his direction it has documented his own music, talented new stars such as Miguel Zenón, and un-heralded older masters including one of Branford’s teachers, the late Alvin Batiste. Branford has also shared his knowledge as an educator, forming extended teaching relationships at Michigan State, San Francisco State and North Carolina Central Universities and conducting workshops at sites throughout the United States and the world.

As for other public stages, Branford spent a period touring with Sting, collaborated with the Grateful Dead and Bruce Hornsby, served as Musical Director of The Tonight Show Starring Jay Leno and hosted National Public Radio’s widely syndicated Jazz Set. The range and quality of these diverse activities established Branford as a familiar presence beyond the worlds of jazz and classical music, while his efforts to help heal and rebuild New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina mark him as an artist with an uncommonly effective social vision. Together with Harry Connick, Jr. and New Orleans Habitat for Humanity, Branford conceived and helped to realize The Musicians’ Village, a community in the Upper Ninth Ward that provides homes to the displaced families of musicians and other local residents. At the heart of The Musicians’ Village stands the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, a community center dedicated to preserving the rich New Orleans musical legacy containing state-of-the art spaces for performance, instruction and recording.

Some might gauge Branford Marsalis’s success by his numerous awards, including three Grammys and (together with his father and brothers) his citation as a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts. To Branford, however, these are only way stations along what continues to be one of the most fascinating and rewarding journeys in the world of music.

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BRANFORD MARSALIS

JERRY MARTINI

" I lke Cannonball saxophones because they have a big sound, are beautiful, and hold up on the road." ~ Jerry Martini

Founder and Saxophonist for "The Family Stone"

BIO

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Jerry Martini, aka Papa J is the original founder of Sly & the Family Stone; calling upon Sly Stone to become the leader of the first inter-racial, multi-gender major American Band. He has also performed with countless luminaries including Mike Bloomfield, Carlos Santana, Rolling Stone Bill Wymann, Robert Cray, Willie Lomax, Prince, Graham Central Station, and Van Morrison. He is avid in horn arrangements as well as song writing including "One With the Sun" on Santanas "Barbaletta album among others. Through the millenial New Years, he, along with Cynthia Robinson and Larry Graham, played with Prince on his 1999/2000 New Years Pay Per View special "Rave Un2 2000" capping "The Jam of the Year" tour taking them worldwide through Europe and The US to over 50 stops. More Recently he has been seen on the 2006 Grammy Awards with a cast of all stars in their tribute to Sly & The Family Stone

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JERRY MARTINI

TOMMY MARTH (1978-2012)

"Like everyone on your artist page I've gone through my share of horns, but unlike most everyone else I have never believed for a second that nothing could replace a Selmer VI or SBA. I got to try out a Mad Meg tenor and everything I liked about every horn I've ever played or owned is now in one horn. My Cannonballs impress me more and more every day. My Mad Meg bari is as close to perfect as any horn has yet come. And the highest praise I can give your horns is that Cannonballs do everything seamlessly. I never worry about my horns no matter what our performance situation is. Thank you Tevis, and everyone at Cannonball!" ~ Tommy Marth

Sax Player with "The Killers"

TOMMY MARTH

IGOR MASEROLI

"I play the Cannonball "Brute" Bariton, it offers me the combination of a broad, full tone with great projection and an almost perfect mood. The instruments are finished to the smallest detail, and have excellent technique. " ~ Igor Maseroli

Freelance saxophonist, band member of Buscemi, The Muze Jazz Orchestra, The Al Paone Band Superfly and Jim Cofey.

IGOR MASEROLI

JOE MCGLOHON

"When I received my Cannoball Tenor I began to notice how great a saxophone could be. My old faithful of 26 years was tired but I loved it. As I realized the Cannonball played so in tune and was perfect in the set-up and response, it quickly became the #1 horn on the gigs. From the sound engineer to the fans, the comments on the sound and look has been tremendous, I love everything about it!" ~ Joe McGlohon

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JOE MCGLOHON

DAVID MCMURRAY

"I love the Cannonball saxophones. They are very versatile. They give me the grit when playing with rock and funk bands, and yet give me the warmth when doing smooth jazz or ballads. I'm a fan of 40's jazz, and the Cannonball tenor gives me that power. They give me the full range of the horn very evenly...and I dig the bottom." ~ David McMurray

Dave McMurray currently tours with Kid Rock and has toured with Bob James and Chuck Loeb. He has recorded with Gladys Knight, Bob Dylan, and Bonnie Raitt.

DAVID MCMURRAY

CHARLES MCPHERSON

"It has a cross between the projection and Brilliance of a * Mark VI sound and the fullness and body of a *King Super 20." ~ Charles McPherson

Played overdubs for Clint Eastwood's Charlie Parker film "Bird".
Hailed as a master improviser by critics worldwide.

BIO

Charles McPherson was born in Joplin, Missouri and moved to Detroit at age nine. After growing up in Detroit, he studied with the renowned pianist Barry Harris and started playing jazz professionally at age 19. He moved from Detroit to New York in 1959 and performed with Charles Mingus from 1960 to 1972. While performing with Mingus, he collaborated frequently with Harris, Lonnie Hillyer (trumpet), and George Coleman (tenor sax).

McPherson has performed at concerts and festivals with his own orchestra.

McPherson was recently featured at Lincoln Center showcasing his original compositions and arrangements with a seven piece ensemble. He has toured the US, Europe, Japan, Africa and South America with his own group, as well as with jazz greats Billy Eckstine, Lionel Hampton, Nat Adderly, Jay McShann and others. McPherson has recorded as guest artist with Charlie Mingus, Barry Harris, Art Farmer, Kenny Drew, Toshiko Akiyoshi, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. He has recorded as leader on Prestige, Fantasy, Mainstream, Discovery, Xanadu, and most recently Arabesque. His most recent recording is the highly acclaimed "Manhattan Nocturne".

Charles was also the featured alto saxophonist in the Clint Eastwood film "Bird," a biography about Charlie Parker.

McPherson remains a strong, viable force on the jazz scene today. He is at the height of his powers. His playing combines passionate feeling with intricate patterns of improvisation. Throughout his four decades of being an integral performer of the music, Charles has not merely remained true to his BOP origins, but has expanded on them.

Stanley Crouch says in his New York Times article on Charles. "He is a singular voice who has never sacrificed the fluidity of his melody making, and is held in high esteem by musicians both long seasoned and young."

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CHARLES MCPHERSON

MARION MEADOWS

Innovative Contemporary Jazz Artist

BIO

Born in West Virginia, saxophonist Marion Meadows - whose ethnic mix is Native American, African American and Caucasian - grew up in Stamford, Connecticut, where he began playing clarinet and studying classical music at eight years old. His passion for different types of music led him to appreciate numerous jazz musicians, including Stanley Turrentine, Sidney Bichet, Johnny Hodges, Duke Ellington and Coleman Hawkins, and he naturally gravitated to the soprano sax in his high school years. Fortunately for the smooth jazz fans who have embraced his sweet and funky soprano sound over the last decade, Meadows decided to take a few very important trips to Europe during his junior and senior years. He had dreamed of being either a veterinarian or zoologist, and assumed he would enroll in college as a pre-med major. Playing the sax was just a hobby until he saw the way audiences reacted to him and his student cohorts in Holland, Italy and Austria.

"The first trip was with my high school band and the second was a graduation gift to me and a few other guys playing over there in a big band setting," he says. "It was exciting seeing positive newspaper articles about my playing in Italy, receiving all sorts of accolades and feeling the excitement of interaction with the crowd. It was a tremendous rush, and lit the fire."

After studying jazz with Anthony Truglia, Meadows attended Berklee College of Music, where he majored in arranging and composition. He later went to the SUNY Purchase School for the Arts, where he studied under Ron Herder. "I got a lot of sideman jobs in college, and I have always said I got a graduate degree playing clubs," adds Meadows, who perfected his craft studying with Joe Henderson, Dave Liebman and Eddie Daniels. "Not long after I finished school, (well-known jazz drummer) Norman Connors recorded my song 'Invitation' and then asked me to join his band. I later produced his Passion album with him. Things just fell into place."

Meadows first hit the airwaves in 1991 with For Lovers Only, but his career really began one day in the late '80s at New York's Grand Central Station. He had been a sideman with Connors for three years with only vague notions of eventually going solo. Then one day, as the oft-told story goes, he was waiting for a train, pulled out his horn and began playing under the huge dome. His sweet sound caught the attention of fellow traveler, TV composer Jay Chattaway, who was so impressed that he hooked Meadows up with legendary keyboardist Bob James. James signed Meadows to a deal with his TappanZee label, and though Meadows' first recording went unreleased, the experience put him on the road to his eventual success.

Meadows hooked up with numerous artists and musicians and became a well known sideman in his own right, recording or performing over the years with Brook Benton, Eartha Kitt, Phyllis Hyman, Jean Carne, The Temptations, Michael Bolton, Angela Bofill, Will Downing and Native American flute player Douglas Spotted Eagle, among many others. In the late '80s, Meadows stretched his usual pop/jazz boundaries as a member of a New York avant-garde band called the Aboriginal Music Society. He was performing in Japan when he got the call that RCA Records was interested in signing him to a solo deal, based on his first album which he had recorded and financed himself. Meadows became a staple of the smooth jazz format with his subsequent recordings, which include Keep It Right Here (1993), Forbidden Fruit (1994) and Body Rhythm (1996).

After moving from his home in Connecticut to Phoenix, Arizona, Meadows signed with Heads Up International and released Another Side of Midnight (1999). A contemporary tribute to city life, his label debut was considered by critics to be his strongest work to date. His follow-up, Next To You (2000), featured a mix of R&B-influenced jazz coupled with sensual Latin rhythms, and In Deep (2002), a neo-soul blend of jazz, R&B and hip-hop, brimmed with sophisticated arrangements and impressive tenor/soprano playing. For a complete list of albums, see Marion's website.

Meadows says, "I've been involved in a lot of projects, both my own and group efforts, and my main objective is to keep growing as an artist and engage the fans who have invested so much emotion in my music and my career. Aside from that wonderful sense of live communication, the real magic for me happens in the studio when I put on those headphones and begin to play. That's where the ideas just start to flow. Everything else in my musical life comes out of that moment."

Visit Marion Meadows's official Website.

MARION MEADOWS

GARY MEEK

"The horn feels great right out of the case. The action feels very much like my Mark IV, so there is no trouble getting around on it. All the keys are in the right place which is really nice. The altissimo is very nice too. It's going to be a great horn for me. It's a beautiful piece of craftsmanship. Congratulations to the Cannonball team for a great job." ~ Gary Meek

GARY MEEK

DON MENZA

DON MENZA

SKIP MESQUITE (1948-2010)

"I've been playing Cannonball Saxophones for 5 years now and I'm always asked about them. Three things come immediately to mind: 1. Playability, 2. Durability and 3. Intonation from Altissimo to low B flat. You can't ask for more than that! If there is, Tevis and Sheryl would figure it out." ~ Skip Mesquite

Founding member and lead tenor, Tower of Power.
Played with Cold Blood, and Deniece Williams.

SKIP MESQUITE

MARCUS MILLER

Famous Bassist, Saxophone, and Bass Clarinet Player.

BIO

An album entitled Renaissance is long overdue for the widely acclaimed Renaissance Man Marcus Miller. In among the most enviable careers in music, Miller is a two-time Grammy-winner and the composer/producer of ten critically acclaimed and genre-defying albums (seven studio and three live). Even the most devoted follower may be astonished to realize that Renaissance is only his eighth studio project since his 1983 debut, Suddenly, considering the abundance of occasions Miller’s name has appeared within album credits and that he has dazzled with performances, compositions and productions – in the company of some of the world’s most respected and accomplished players and superstars - from the mid-`70s to the present.

As a multi-instrumentalist, Marcus is highly proficient as a keyboardist, clarinetist/bass clarinetist and, primarily, as a world-renowned electric bassist, topping critics' and readers' polls for three decades. His résumé as an A-list player brims with over 500 recording credits as a sideman on albums across the spectrum of musical styles: rock (Donald Fagen and Eric Clapton), Jazz (George Benson, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Sample, Wayne Shorter and Grover Washington, Jr.), pop (Roberta Flack, Paul Simon and Mariah Carey), R&B (Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan), hip hop (Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg), blues (Z.Z. Hill), new wave (Billy Idol), smooth jazz (Al Jarreau and Dave Koz) and opera (collaborations with tenor Kenn Hicks and soprano Kathleen Battle).

As a film music pro, Miller rose from writing the go-go party classic "Da Butt" for Spike Lee's "School Daze" to becoming the go-to composer for 20+ films (from the documentary “1 Love” to the animated children’s fable “The Trumpet and The Swan” to the Eddie Murphy/Halle Berry classic “Boomerang”).

As a producer, writer and player, he was the last primary collaborator of jazz legend Miles Davis, contributing the composition and album "Tutu" to the canon of contemporary jazz music. The breadth of his collaborative talents were best showcased in his work with the late, great soul man Luther Vandross, contributing to well over half of his albums as a producer, composer and/or player on a string of hits capped by "Power of Love/Love Power" for which Marcus won his first Grammy, 1991’s R&B Song of the Year.

And starting with David Sanborn's 1980 album Hideaway and its follow-up Voyeur (for which the alto sax giant won a Grammy performing Marcus' composition "All I Need is You"), Marcus not only left an indelible mark on Sanborn’s distinctive sound, he laid the often-copied blueprint for the coolest of contemporary jazz sounds.

Style, soul and intense professionalism have set Marcus Miller at the top of his game for three decades now. Marcus was born in 1959 and raised in a musical family that includes his father, William Miller (a church organist and choir director) and jazz pianist Wynton Kelly. By 13, Marcus was proficient on clarinet, piano and bass guitar, and already writing songs. Two years later he was working regularly in New York City, eventually playing bass and writing music for jazz flutist Bobbi Humphrey and keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith. Miller soon became a top call session musician, gracing well over 500 albums, recording with musicians and in countries around the globe - from Frank Sinatra and Elton John to Bill Withers and LL Cool J.

After two R&B-leaning solo albums for Warner Bros. in the `80s followed by co-leading The Jamaica Boys (with drummer Lenny White and singer Mark Stevens), Marcus took a hiatus then returned rejuvenated with the galvanizing The Sun Don't Lie (1993) and Tales (1995), both of which found him brilliantly connecting the dots of Black music's evolution. Following the fan-demanded Live and More in 1997, Miller released M2 ("M-Squared") on his own 3 Deuces Records label and won his second Grammy, 2001’s Best Contemporary Jazz Album. A second double live CD, The Ozell Tapes: The Official Bootleg (2003) came next, followed by Silver Rain (2005) and Marcus (2008) (released as Free in Europe and Asia) featuring his Grammy-nominated crowd-rouser of Middle Eastern Funk, “Blast.”

2007 found Marcus in a new realm, as host of the North Sea Jazz Cruise, followed by the Playboy Jazz Cruise in 2009 and subsequent Smooth Jazz Cruises annually. In 2008, he co-led the all-star bass trio S.M.V. with Stanley Clarke and Victor Wooten for an album (entitled Thunder) followed by an extensive world tour. A concert Marcus arranged and produced with his own band and The Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra featuring trumpeter Roy Hargrove and vocalist Raul Midon was recorded the same year and subsequently released as A Night in Monte-Carlo. In the fall of 2009, Marcus put together a new band of young musicians for “Tutu Revisited” - a project that started as a special one night only event to coincide with the acclaimed We Want Miles exhibit at Cité de la Musique in Paris - then became a two-year global sensation beautifully captured for posterity on the CD/DVD Tutu Revisited featuring Christian Scott. In 2011 Marcus went on from Tutu Revisited to co-lead another trio DMS, a funk-jazz collaboration with George Duke and David Sanborn. In the summer of 2012 Marcus conceived of and produced the “Tribute to Miles” tour, a 9-city tour of Europe with fellow Davis alumni Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, in which they presented their unique vision of every era of Miles’ music.

In the midst of all of his tours, Miller still miraculously made time to continue working in the studio, co-producing George Benson’s concept album Songs & Stories and Dave Koz’s Grammy-nominated CD Hello Tomorrow. He also co-produced a track with Herbie Hancock and internationally renowned singer Juanes entitled “La Tierra” for Hancock’s ambitious The Imagine Project.

Now, duly fortified and deeply inspired, Marcus Miller returns to composing and exploring new music of his own on Renaissance with a sharper focus than ever before, a new band of curious and like-minded young musicians, and a mission to travel the world – country by country, city by city, venue by venue – to take the message of this musical movement straight to the hearts, souls and minds of the people.

Visit Marcus Miller's official Website.

MARCUS MILLER

YUCCO MILLER

“Cannonball is the saxophone that makes my dreams come true. It has my ideal sound and power. And it is versatile. I want people of the whole world to play Cannonball.” ~ Yucco Miller

BIO

Yucco Miller grew up in Mie, Japan. She started playing piano at the age of three. Then, started playing the saxophone at a high school. During her high school days, she won first prizes at many contests and played in Paris and Vienna.

Studied Jazz, song writing, arrangements and went pro when she was nineteen years old.
Taught by Eric Marienthal from Chick Corea Elektric Band.
Played with Candy Dulfer at Blue Note Tokyo.
Played at festivals in Korea and Malaysia.
Appears on Japanese TV programs.
She plays modern jazz, fusion and rock.

Visit Yucco Miller's official Website.

YUCCO MILLER

PETE MIRANDA

"After playing Baritone sax for about 50 years and trying every sax out there. I have come to the conclusion that the Cannonball Raven Baritone is the best new sax out there. After playing it a few minutes it was like I never left home. I felt like I was playing my Mark VI. The action, scale, balance, projection and intonation is superb. From one sax player to another, Tevis you have created a killer horn" ~ Pete Miranda

Bari Player for Latin Giants of Jazz (formely the Tito Puente Orchestra)

BIO

Pete Miranda has worked and recorded with most top Latin American artists, including Tito Puente, Machito, Celia Cruz and many more. He is also on three Grammy winning recordings. Pete played for Rock bands including the 5th Dimension, Martha Reaves, and the Vandellas, as well as for local New York, New Jersey, and Westchester Swing bands.

PETE MIRANDA

RALPH MOORE

"The "Arc" Soprano is better than my Mark VI*for the "Tonight Show" situation. It cuts through the band a little easier. It is a clear, clean sound." ~ Ralph Moore

Sax player with the "Tonight Show Band".

RALPH MOORE

JOAO MORTAGUA

"Powerful sound combined with modern technique. Strenghtness and lightness, all in one saxophone. Raw finish conffers an unique vintage sound. Cannonball: the legendary reborn of the good old steel!" ~ João Mortágua

See João Mortágua's official video about Cannonball Saxophones.

JOAO MORTAGUA

JOHANNES MUELLER

"Thanks very much, Cannonball! I was looking for a saxophone with an old, huge sound. I have played a lot of Mark VI horns but when I played the Big Bell Tenor, I was overwhelmed. This horn is the best I ever played, it has an incredible warm sound and the intonation is amazing! Since I’ve been playing the Big Bell Tenor, people keep asking me about the instrument and its great sound. I play the sax in many different contexts and it is the perfect horn for every kind of music." ~ Johnannes Müller

BIO

Johannes Müller, born in 1981 in Saarlouis, studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Mannheim with Juergen Seefelder and Johannes Enders. He graduated in 2006. Since 2007 he holds his master’s degree in music.

His bio is characterized by a wide range of international engagements and productions. So from 2002 to 2005 he was a member of the German National Jazz Orchestra (BuJazzO). He is co-initiator of the project "Euro - jazz" with the HR Big Band, where he often plays as a guest. Furthermore, he is involved in numerous theater productions.

As a soloist, he plays internationally at major jazz festivals such as San Jose, London, The Hague, Brussels, Cape Town, Mumbai, Delhi, Sapporo, etc.

In 2005 he won the soloist prize in the BigBand-Competition of universities of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Müller also performs in the most prestigious jazz clubs around the world such as Ronnie Scott's London (UK), Bimhuis Amsterdam (NL), Yoshi's Oakland (USA), Jazz Alley Seattle (USA), Sundside Paris, Bird's Eye Basel etc.

On tours and concerts, he has played so far in 27 countries around the world (including the US, India, South Africa, Malaysia, China, Namibia, Russia, Britain, etc.)

But also in the studio Müller can show his talent. Until today he appeared on 22 recordings. His experience made him a welcome sideman to various artists such as Dave Liebman, Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Claudio Roditi, Amina Figarova, Michel Camilo, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Ingrid Jensen, Rebekka Bakken, Don Braden, Ack van Rooyen, Peter Herbolzheimer, Lalo Schifrin, Jean Louis Rassinfosse, HR Big Band, SWR radio Orchestra, etc.

As a teacher, he taught at the International Jazz Holidays Saarwellingen 2006, 2007, 2008, 2014 and he gave master classes at the University of Cape Town and Durban.

Since 2013, he played the lead-alto in the police (big)band of the Saarland and since 2014 he teaches jazz saxophone at the University of Music in Saarbruecken.

"The saxophone playing of Johannes Müller is the epitome of elegance for me. He has an incredible sense of design. Each individual tone has in itself something very special, unmistakable . Even if the hr Bigband plays loudly I can easily identify him." ~ Dr. Peter Kleiss, jazz journalist, Saarland State Radio

Visit Johannes Müller's official Website.

JOHANNES MUELLER

BILL MURPHY

"I love my Cannonball soprano so much. It is a graceful and elegant horn with beautiful response, an unparalleled design, and wonderful artwork. I can unequivically recommend this horn to both students and professional." ~ Bill Murphy

BIO

Bill Murphy is a composer, arranger, producer, performer, and educator who grew up in Florida and was an Army brat. He graduated from Melbourne High School, under the direction of the great Andre Arrouet, then spent two years at Brevard Community College being taught by Nat Baggarly and Marion Scott. During the summer of 1977 he performed with the Walt Disney All American College Band at Disney World in Lake Buena Vista Florida. While at Disney he and the band worked with performers like Arnie Lawrence, Jack Jones, Urby Green, Frank Comstock, and Carol Lawrence.

After his stint with the AACB he joined the United States Air Force band where he spent the next 20 years. He was the director of the Commanders Jazz Ensemble at Travis Air Force Base in Northern California when he retired and had previously directed the jazz band in the Keesler Air Force Band in Biloxi, Mississippi.

After Bill retired from the Air Force he moved to Madison, Mississippi, where he spent the next 20 years developing music programs that introduced young musicians to jazz and the professional musicians who pursued this art form. Having seen the value of letting young musicians hear professionals perform, learned as far back as his junior high school years and furthered from his experience at Disney, Bill sought to bring young players into the presence of professionals.

He produced three years of what he called the 'Summer Jazz' camps where his vision could be realized, thanks to Cindy and Beth. It is during this time that the recordings you will hear were produced.

Bill has performed with the Airmen of Note, Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra Jr., the Army Jazz Ambassadors, 'Hello Dollie' with Carol Channing, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Frankie Valli, The Beatles Tour, Bob Hope, Wayne Newton, to name but a few.

BILL MURPHY

NEW CENTURY SAX QUARTET

"I knew from the first few notes that this horn was for me. I need a horn with a full bodied sound, but that can play sweet and light as a flute. The Big Bell curved soprano did that for me." ~ Michael Stephenson

"Up until Cannonball I wouldn't even consider playing a horn that was made after the 60's." ~ Christopher Hemingway

"I was looking to see what was out there in the saxophone world. I tried everything on the market, new and old. I came across a Cannonball. I have to say, I never thought I would find a better horn for what I do that what I already had. I was wrong. This horn plays like it's alive!! Bravo Cannonball, after 20 years New Century has found a home." ~ Stephen Pollock

One of the hottest saxophone ensembles in the market today.

ABOUT THE ENSEMBLE

The only ensemble of its kind to ever win First Prize of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, the New Century Saxophone Quartet is a pioneering and versatile group. Winning new-found enthusiasm for the saxophone quartet and its diverse repertory, the ensemble's program ranges from the Baroque to innovative contemporary works to imaginative transcriptions. The recipient of grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, The Aaron Copland Recording Fund, Chamber Music America and the North Carolina Arts Council, New Century has been heard in major concert venues in Los Angeles, New York and Amsterdam; on radio and television in the United States, Europe and Central America, including its own radio series in North Carolina; in recordings for the Channel Classics label; and in unusual concert settings, ranging from two command performances for President Clinton in the White House to a concerto performance with the United States Navy Band. New Century premiered "New Century Suite," a concerto for saxophone quartet and orchestra by Peter Schickele with the North Carolina Symphony in September 2000. A November, 2000 performance of the concerto with the Canton (OH) Symphony was featured twice on National Public radio's "Performance Today."

New Century's 1993 New York debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall earned the group praise for their "virtuosic display of dexterity and keen ensemble work," in which the "players handled all the music with panache (New York Post)". Upon becoming the first saxophone quartet presented at the Ambassador Auditorium in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times heralded the Quartet's West Coast debut: "Tackling brave new territory in the conservative-leaning realm of classical music takes a unique blend of conviction, refined talent and a bit of damn-the-torpedoes ambition. Those qualities are amply in evidence with the New Century Saxophone Quartet, not to mention a finely-honed musicality deserving wider acceptance."

Other engagements include Chicago's Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Atlanta's Spivey Concert Hall, Boston's Symphony Hall and Gardner Museum, New York's Merkin Concert Hall and the Kosciuszko Foundation Townhouse, Washington, D.C's Strathmore Hall, the Juneau Jazz and Classics Festival in Alaska, the Villla Schonberg in Zurich Switzerland, the Conservatoire de Musique in Esch Luxembourg, the Macau International Music Festival and the Academy for the Performing Arts in Hong Kong China. New Century also was the first saxophone quartet to be presented at La Huaca del Complejo Atlapa in Panama City Central America.

The New Century Saxophone Quartet has appeared on television and radio across the United States in features on National Public Radio's Performance Today, the Voice of America and North Carolina Public TV. New Century has been the resident ensemble of two radio stations in North Carolina, WUNC in Chapel Hill (1995) and WHQR in Wilmington (1996). Outside of the United States, Panamanian TV aired a documentary and live performance, and in the Netherlands, Dutch radio presented a live broadcast from the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. In January 1998 the ensemble participated in a special performance for the Chinese New Year that was broadcast live to over 100 million people on television throughout the world.

Recording exclusively for the Channel Classics label, the quartet's 2000 release and 4th recording was "A New Century Christmas," featuring unusual arrangements by a wide range of American composers. The recording won enormous critical acclaim ("the aural equivalent of spiked eggnog," according to the Chicago Tribune) and was featured on NPR's "Weekend Edition." Early in 2002 the quartet released its 5th disc, "Standards," a recording of major works in the saxophone quartet repertoire, and in 2003 the quartet recorded all of Johann Sebastian Bach's "The Art of Fugue" which was released in early 2004. This disc is the quartet's first recording in full "Super Audio" (multi channel recording). Due to the technology advancements at Channel Records, you can play this disc on any cd player. The "Bach Project" is actually in two parts. The second part is an animation project with Misha Films. The quartet and Misha Films, a leading design and animation house, are partnering in the production and presentation of a series of live concerts of Bach's final unfinished work. The animations by Misha Films will be based on their original designs as well as interpretations of creations of other artists in various media. The premiere performances of the first set of animations took place in January and March 2004, at Purdue University (Purdue Convocations), the University of Missouri-St. Louis (Premiere Performances), and North Carolina State University (NCSU Center Stage, in cooperation with the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild).

Their third recording, "Home Grown" (1999), features all new music commissioned by the group, including works by Lenny Pickett, David Ott, Sherwood Shaffer, Benjamin Boone and Thomas Massella. New Century's second recording, "Main Street USA," including NCSQ's arrangements of music by Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, and Morton Gould, was released in 1996. New Century's first recording, "Drastic Measures," released in 1994 by Channel Classics, won critical acclaim from Fanfare Magazine: "They combine great technique and elegant musicianship with a wonderful sense of chamber music. They have put together a CD with the same logic and thoughtfulness usually reserved for a concert or recital, always conscious of how each piece works within the context of the whole."

Moving beyond the traditional repertory for four saxophones, New Century performs works covering composers from Jan P. Sweelinck (1562-1621), Bach, Mozart to Carol Florio, a turn-of-the-century American composer who was one of the first composers for saxophone quartet, and genres from Classical works to contemporary works with funk and jazz influences. For more than a fifteen years New Century has been responsible for a significant broadening of the repertoire for saxophone quartet through its commissioning projects, premiering new works by Peter Schickele, Sherwood Shaffer, Arthur Frackenpohl, David Ott, Ben Johnston, Benjamin Boone, Ken Valitsky, Thomas Massella, tenor saxophonist and Saturday Night Live Band leader Lenny Pickett, and well-known composer and jazz saxophonist Bob Mintzer. Most recently the quartet along with Lew Tabackin commissioned a new work by Toshiko Akiyoshi entitled "Interaction" for Jazz Trio and Sax Quartet. The work had it's premier in July 2003 at the World Saxophone Congress in Minneapolis Minnesota where NCSQ was joined by the Lew Tabackin International Jazz Trio.

Bios

Michael Stephenson- Soprano Sax

Michael Stephenson has been in New Century Saxophone Quartet for over 20 years. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts where he was a student of James Houlik. He received his Master of Music degree from Ithaca College where he was a student of Steven Mauk. From 1988-92, Michael was a Visiting Artist at Randolph and Pitt Community Colleges. As a Visiting Artist, Michael performed over 400 concerts across North Carolina, as well as at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. As an orchestral saxophonist he has appeared with the North Carolina, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and Western Piedmont Symphonies.

Michael and his wife Cheryl founded the Music Academy of Eastern Carolina (MAEC) in 1997 in their hometown of Greenville, North Carolina. MAEC is a nonprofit community music school offering music instruction on band and orchestral instruments including piano, voice, and guitar. Michael has been the Instructor of Music at Vance-Granville Community College since 2008. As part of his duties he directs the Vance-Granville Community Band, performs solo concerts in the region, teaches music classes, and is responsible for most musical activities on campus. Michael was awarded the Excellence in Leadership Faculty Member of the Year in 2009, and was one of the top nine Community College Instructors in the State of North Carolina for the same year. In addition to his duties at Vance-Granville, Michael is also the Saxophone Professor at NC A&T University.

When he is not performing or teaching, Michael can be seen watching his kids (Milena and Natasha) grow up, playing tennis on several recreational teams, singing in his church choir, walking his dog, and just loving life with his beautiful wife, Cheryl.

Chris Hemingway - Alto Sax

Born in Florence, SC, Chris grew up listening to the sounds of gospel, soul r&b, and blues, though he and his friends weren't quite accepting of this "old people's" music while growing up. However, as a product of his own environment, Chris eventually came full circle and would later pull from these early listening experiences to develop his overall approach to music.

Chris' natural fluency in both classical and jazz styles separates him from most chamber musicians. Now in his ninth season with the New Century Saxophone Quartet, his performing career is complemented equally with an active freelance jazz career in NYC. Chris has performed and recorded with Azucar Pittsburgh's premier salsa band, the Roger Humphries Big Band, Dwayne Dolphin, Poogie Bell, Tony Depaolis and with New York City jazz trumpeter Sean Jones, who has just recently released his sixth solo recording. Chris won an Emmy Award in 2007 as performer of WQED's (PBS affiliate station) "Live FromStudio A". As a sophomore at Duquesne University, Chris won the School of Music's prestigious concerto competition. At the young age of 21, he was also a featured soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Chris has studied with James Houlik at the North Carolina School of the Arts and at Duquesne University.

Before Chris fell in love with music, his passion was for basketball and bicycles. Today he manages to fit in all three passions. So when he is not practicing, performing, building or riding a mountain bike, he's probably on a blacktop shooting hoops somewhere in NYC, a city that's known for its pickup basketball games.

Stephen Pollock- Tenor Sax

Stephen Pollock is a founding member of the New Century Saxophone Quartet. He was born in Wurtzburg, Germany and grew up in various cities in the United States and abroad. The son of an Army Chaplin with a wonderful singing voice, and a mother who was a professional artist, he grew up in a very creative and positive environment where he was always encouraged to follow his heart and chase his dreams.

Even as a child, Stephen always had varied interests. He received his Eagle Scout award when he and his family lived in Alaska, and a few years later became a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. He still builds WWII 1/32 scale model airplanes today.

He received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Performance from the North Carolina School of the Arts, where he studied with world-renowned concert saxophonist, James Houlik. He has appeared as a solo recitalist throughout the U.S, as well as principal saxophonist in countless orchestras. He has also appeared with entertainers such as Steve Allen, Helen Reddy, Marvin Hamlisch, Boots Randolph, Natalie Cole and Branford Marsalis.

After the release of his first solo recording "So Near, So Far" produced by Branford Marsalis in 2005, he immediately went to work on his second CD: "Songs of the Heart." It, like his first, is a recording of love songs for tenor saxophone, piano and strings and was released on Valentine's Day, 2007.

Stephen is the adjunct professor of saxophone and chamber music coach at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. He has also served on the faculties of Davidson College, the Community Music School of the North Carolina School of the Arts, Catawba College, Salem College, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Wake Forest University. In the summers, he can be found in Little Switzerland, NC, where he is the coordinator for the James Houlik Saxophone Retreat at Wildacres. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife Kim and their two dachshunds, Franko and Suzie. is a founding member of the New Century Saxophone Quartet. He was born in Wurtzburg, Germany and grew up in various cities in the United States and abroad. The son of an Army Chaplin with a wonderful singing voice, and a mother who was a professional artist, he grew up in a very creative and positive environment where he was always encouraged to follow his heart and chase his dreams.

Drew Hays- Baritone Sax

Drew serves as an Assistant Professor of Music at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, where he teaches saxophone and jazz studies. He has performed with many groups throughout North Carolina and Virginia including the Winston-Salem Symphony, the Charlotte Symphony, the Roanoke Symphony, the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra, the North Carolina Saxophone Ensemble, and the Red Clay Saxophone Quartet. Drew also performs with his own jazz small groups throughout the Greensboro and Winston-Salem area.

Drew recently released his first studio album, a joint recording project with tenor saxophonist James Houlik. Saxophone Premiere: the Saxophone Music of Sherwood Shaffer features six of the Winston-Salem, NC composer’s works for the alto and tenor saxophone, two of which were commissioned by Drew for this project.

Drew grew up in a musical family in rural, southern Ohio where he studied saxophone and oboe and played guitar and bass in local rock bands. He completed a DMA in saxophone at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Drew lives in Winston-Salem, NC, with his wife, Angie, and their three cats, Zoey, Isabella, and Lexi. When not performing and teaching, he is an avid cyclist, runner, and appreciates a good cup of coffee.

Visit New Century Saxophone Quartet's official Website.

NEW CENTURY SAX QUARTET

ANDREW NEU

BIO



Blending a unique mix of jazz, R&B, classical and Latin music, Andrew Neu is one of the most exciting, multi-genre musicians today.

Andrew is well respected throughout the industry for his work as a saxophonist, woodwind player, arranger, composer and recording artist. Whether he’s in concert as a solo artist or a sideman, Neu’s musicianship and powerful stage presence continue to get the attention of audiences and critics alike. Passionate best describes him.

Regularly touring the world with Bobby Caldwell, Diane Schuur and Smokey Robinson, Neu has shared the stage with Elton John, Patti Labelle, Mellissa Manchester, Mel Torme, The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Four Tops, and The Temptations among others. He has also recorded as a soloist with Bobby Caldwell, Sister Sledge, Manhattan Transfer, Peter White, David Sanborn, Steve Oliver, Jeff Lorber, Brian Culbertson and Buddy DeFranco. Neu has appeared at major festivals and concert halls throughout the world and performed with jazz artists Pat Martino, Randy Brecker, Joey DeFrancesco, Lew Soloff, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright, Euge Groove, Kim Waters, Warren Hill, Nick Colionne, David Benoit, Eric Darius, Chieli Minucci and Brian Simpson. He was a featured soloist on CDs by Bobby Caldwell, Steve Oliver and Peter White’s number 1 song and record, ‘Here We Go’ on Billboard all in 2012.

Fueled by the international success of ‘Inspire’ (2000) and ‘In Clear View’ (2007), Andrew made his debut on NuGroove Records with ‘Try Something Neu’ (2009). Debuting in the top 20 on the Smooth Jazz charts it was produced by Brian Bromberg, Chuck Loeb and Gerald Veasley. ‘Everything Happens for a Reason’ (2013) promises to be Andrew’s best album yet featuring Bromberg, Jeff Lorber, Rick Braun, Bobby Caldwell, great horns and a full orchestra.

A long time member of Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, Andrew has also been featured as a soloist and an arranger with the Brian Pastor Big Band and the Dave Stahl Band. He has recorded CDs with both bands. Andrew leads an all-star big band in Los Angeles along with trumpeter, Anthony Bonsera.

A graduate of Temple University’s Esther Boyer School of Music, Neu is a voting member of NARAS and the Grammy Awards. His big band charts are published with Kendor Publishing. Printsound Publishing in Germany publishes the Michael Lington songbook his sax quartets. Please visit him at www.andrewneu.com, Facebook and Twitter.

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ANDREW NEU

GUIDO NIJS

My B5-L Bariton is "Easy intonation, a great application, powerful and crisp sound. In short, a fantastic/amazing instrument" ~ Guido Nijs

Guido Nijs is an independent bariton-tenor-alto-soprano saxophonplayer He is bandmember of Caro Emerald, JazzInvaders and BEEF

GUIDO NIJS

VINCE NORMAN

"One of the"For years I went back and forth between my Mark VI tenor and a Yamaha Custom. I liked the sound and control I had with the Mark VI but the even response of the Yamaha in all the registers kept me going back and forth between the two. I've finally found the horn that does both. I'm getting the sound I like, can play as hard as I want and never feel like I'm blowing the horn out of control and the response from the very bottom up into the altissimo is impeccable. Thank you Cannonball!" ~ Vince Norman

Joe McCarthy Big Band Former US Army "Jazz Ambassadors" Member

BIO

Vince Norman, the son of saxophonist Ray Norman who played with the big bands of Claude Thornhill and Charlie Barnett and with Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys in the late forties and early fifties, has been exposed to music all his life though his first official introduction to jazz was through his eighth grade band director, Paul Brewer. While playing with the Del City High School Jazz Ensemble he was offered his first gig with the Rick Swyden Big Band at age 16 and has been going non-stop ever since.

Vince has played concert tours in Europe, Japan, India, Mexico and Canada and has played in all 50 states except Alaska. He has performed with such notables as Arturo Sandoval, Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Butch Miles, Marvin Hamlisch, Toots Thielmans, Marvin Stamm, Jamey Aebersold, Tommy Tune, Hal Linden, The Four Aces, The Four Freshmen, The Temptations and even Joan Rivers. He has also performed with the National Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony and with the Cincinnati Pops at several venues including Carnegie Hall.

Vince has written numerous pieces for jazz ensemble as well as several orchestral pops commissions for a saxophone quartet called the Capitol Quartet that performs concerts with major symphonies worldwide. Vince performs extensively in the DC/Baltimore area on saxophone and keyboards as well as playing drums at church each week.

Vince has released two CDs on OA2 Records as coleader of the Vince Norman/Joe McCarthy Big Band, "Words Cannot Express" and "Bright Future". He has also written for, performed and recorded with the DC area latin jazz group, Afro Bop Alliance with which he played on the 51st Grammy Award Nominated and 9th Latin Grammy Award winning collaboration with Dave Samuels' Caribbean Jazz Project simply entitled "Afro Bop Alliance". He is also the regular saxophonist with the highly sought after DC/Baltimore variety band, 'Round Midnight.

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www.roundmidnight.com

VINCE NORMAN

BRANDON OBERHAMER

"Fifteen years ago I switched from a Yamaha 875 to a Cannonball Soprano Royal Crown and have always loved the greater flexibility of tone it gives me. Whether I'm playing Jazz or a Hymn it allows me to create the sound I want. Recently I began playing Cannonball Saxophones exclusively and absolutely love my Stone Series Alto and Tenor for the response and intonation I get throughout their full range. The resonant sound I get has already been noticed by listeners during performances. Cannonball Saxophones make playing even more rewarding. Try one for yourself, you'll love it!" ~ Brandon Oberhamer

BIO

Growing up in a musical family and with a Father who was a band teacher, Brandon began playing Saxophone at the age of 8 and within months was playing in his Dad’s Senior concert band. Saxophone soon became a major part of who he is. By Grade Five he started playing Clarinet as well and continued his musical development becoming a soloist in many concerts. By Grade 9 he began learning Flute adding to his doubling ability. While in High School Brandon performed at the Opening and Closing ceremonies of the Alberta Summer Games and was selected to play with the Alberta Honor Band at the Alberta Band Association Convention.

Upon High School Graduation, Brandon attended the University of Calgary to study Saxophone with Dr. Jeremy Brown. While attending he performed in the University wind ensemble, Red Band Jazz Band and the "Super Sax" Group "Saxophonee".

Brandon also became involved with the Calgary music scene performing with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Wednesday Night Big Band and the Prime Time Big Bands. During these years he began doing numerous Saxophone, Flute and Clarinet clinics for Junior and Senior High Schools and taught private lessons a the Bearspaw School of Fine Arts and his own studio. After receiving his Bachelor of Music Brandon became a sought after private teacher, clinician, and performer in Southern Alberta. During the 1990's Brandon did several contracts with Royal Caribbean Cruise lines and Norwegian Cruise lines performing with the Show Bands and Jazz Combos. Over the past 15 years he has also performed with several Local Bands including "Hot Cargo", "20/20", "TR3", "The Calgary Jazz Orchestra", and "Urban Divide".

From 2001-2004 Brandon was the Saxophone instructor at Red Deer College as well as Red Deer's "Adventures in Music" Summer Camp. Brandon also taught saxophone Mount Royal Universities Summer Saxophone Camp and the Head Start Summer Band Camp.

For the Past five years Brandon has been the Jazz Director at St. Francis High School in Calgary, AB. He also has been the Director of the Calgary Summer Jazz Camp for the last 4 years.

Brandon Oberhamer has performed in virtually every type of setting and is also about to release an album of sacred Hymns entitled "Beautiful Savior" with Pianist Marvin Goldstein.

Visit Brandon Oberhamer's official Website.

BRANDON OBERHAMER

EIJI OTOGAWA

"Cannonball is fat and powerful! Easy to control! And versatile!" ~ Eiji Otogawa

BIO

In 1984, Eiji Otogawa went to Berklee College of Music as a scholarship student In 1990, returned to Tokyo and started playing at clubs, doing tours and studio works. In 1994, went to New York and played with musicians such as Aaron Scott, Gene Lake, Phil Markowitz. Played at venues like 5 Spot, Bradley's, Place on the Park. In 1996, after returning to Japan, played with many musicians and played in many groups. Glidephonic, Quiet Leaves, Junky Funk, T.P.O, Nervio, BO-JO … to name a few. In 2001, started his own quartet. In 2003, released his own album “New & Old Wonder”.

EIJI OTOGAWA

TIM OWER

"I was looking for a horn that could give me the best possible sound and control within a number of diverse musical settings; the Cannonball Vintage Reborn pro tenor has delivered exceptional results, bridging the gap brilliantly between the warm vintage sound of an old horn while maintaining the functionality and reliability of a new horn. The constancy of intonation throughout the full range is impressive, enabling me to work within horn sections and session environments with ease. It's held up extremely well having been toured with around the world extensively. Perhaps the most rewarding part of the instrument is knowing that I can get a real range of dynamics and textures right down to fantastic control over low subtone phrases, and when needed, I can push it into a real powerhouse of a tenor sound!" ~ Tim Ower

BIO

Tim is a professional saxophonist based in London. A graduate of Leeds College of Music, Tim has gone on to perform and tour across the UK and internationally with a diverse range of award-winning artists and groups.

Tim's TV, radio and recording credits include sessions for Universal, Sony Music, BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra, BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC Radio 3, Capital FM, Jazz in the Round (BBC Radio Jazz on 3), WDR Radio (Germany), Sveriges P3 Radio (Sweden), ITV's Britain's Got Talent and film soundtrack for Neethane En Ponvasantham working alongside the renowned Indian film composer, Ilaiyaraaja.

Tim has had the opportunity to perform in some of the most renowned venues and festivals around the world including The Royal Festival Hall, Wembley Stadium, O2 Indigo arena, Tomorrowland (Belgium), British Summertime Hyde Park, BoomTown Festival, London Jazz Festival, Awakenings Festival, Oslo Jazz Festival, Ljubljana Jazz Festival, Umea Jazz Festival (Sweden), Tampere Jazz Happening (Finland), Burghausen Jazz Festival (Germany), Amnesia (Ibiza), Sula Festival (India), JZ Club (Shanghai), Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, Taj Falaknuma Palace (India), Toulouse Jazz Festival, , OCT-LOFT Festival (China), Freedom Jazz Festival (China), National Jazz Scene (Oslo), Jazzclub Unterfahrt (Germany), Camden Jazz Cafe and 606 Club.

Tim has toured extensively across the UK, Europe, USA, India and China. He has performed and recorded with artists inculding Gerard Presencer, Nathan Sykes, Aquilo, JP Cooper, Jonas Blue, Jahmene Douglas, Izzy Bizu, Denai Moore, BB Diamond, Luke Slater (Planetary Assault Systems), Richard Earnshaw, Adam Glasser, Patrick Alan's Motown Live Revue, WorldService Project, The Dualers, Maroon Town and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

TIM OWER

MANUEL PADULA

BIO

Born in 1993, Saxophonist Raffaele Manuel Padula got his bachelor from the “U. Giordano” Conservatory of RodiGarganico-Foggia in 2012, where he was a student of Maestro Gabriele Buschi. In 2014 he got his master degree with distinction in sax performance from the same conservatory. In 2017 he obtained a master degree with honors in Chamber Music at the Conservatory of Bologna “G.B. Martini”, where he was a student of Maestro Guido Felizzi. During his studies in Bologna, Raffaele Manuel had the possibility to perfect his study of the sax and his repertoire under the guidance of Maestro Daniele Faziani. Along his musical studies, he also successfully attended master classes lead by Federico Mondelci, Mario Marzi, Hans de Jong, Pavel Gusnav, Jerome Laran, Arno BornKamp, Angel Soria Diaz, EndryWrait, Marco Gerboni, Francesco Santucci, Bill Smith. He also studied under saxophonists as Marco Gerboni and Massimo Mazzoni. He is currently completing a master degree in Saxophone from Royal Conservatoire of Antwerpen under the guidance of Maestro Hans De Jong. He won many national and international competitions and in 2015, Raffaele Manuel won the first prize of the International Competition “Garganum” with a composition of Maestro Daniele Faziani. For two consecutive years, in 2016 and 2018, in the “Alberghini” Competition he won the first prize in the category of Fiati solo and in Chamber Music, performing in duo with pianist Andrea D’Alonzo. In 2016 he performed for the first time as soloist in the Comunale Theatre of Bologna, winning the audition for the Orchestra directed by Maestro Caprioli. In 2018 he started to collaborate as saxophonist with Comunale Theatre of Bologna performing during the theatrical production of West Side Story directed by Maestro Timothy Brock. In 2019 he collaborated as saxophonist with the Philharmonic of Bologna during the symphonic production with soloist Stefano Bollani and the director KristjanJarvi. He has also collaborated with the Bologna Conservatory, the Foggia Conservatory in RodiGarganico and the Antwerp Conservatory for numerous musical productions.The saxophonist Raffaele Manuel Padula performs an intensive concert activity in Italy and Europe.

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MANUEL PADULA

LARRY PANELLA

"I'm skeptical when comparing any horn to my Mark VI, which is a very good axe. The new Cannonball Big Bell Global Series Alto floored me! It had a huge sound, a more even timbre, and the altissimo and overtones were very easy to sound. Everything my mouthpiece does well on my Selmer, it did even better on the Cannonball." ~ Larry Panella

irector of Jazz Studies, University of Southern Mississippi
Played in the One O'Clock Band at North Texas, and the Phil Collins Big Band.

LARRY PANELLA

TONY PEEBLES

"My Cannonball Vintage Reborn Tenor plays in tune with a full and powerful tone, and is incredibly easy to play evenly in all registers. While it is a really solid horn, it also has a unique, flavorful sound. I feel confident taking my Cannonball on any gig. I love to play the blues on this horn!" ~ Tony Peebles

BIO

Tony Peebles is a busy saxophonist, currently residing in Oakland, California. He is tenor saxophonist and a founding member of the Pacific Mambo Orchestra, performing on every track of its 2014 Grammy Award-winning (Best Tropical Latin Album) debut album, including a solo on "Muevete Con Prisa".

Throughout the years, Tony has performed in many different genres with such artists as: Fred Wesley (James Brown), The Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Karl Denson, Don Carlos, Lenny Williams (Tower of Power), Prince "Blkmagic" Damons, Wil Blades, Tommy Igoe Big Band, Andy Bey, Nnenna Freelon, Geri Allen, Oliver Lake, Brian Jordan (KDTU), John Lee Hooker Jr., Karl Perazzo (Santana), and Antoine Roney to name just a few.

Tony has toured Europe, Africa, North and South America with reggae legend Don Carlos, and played numerous major music venues and festivals including SFJazz Center, Yoshi's (Oakland, SF), The Fillmore, Montreux Jazz Festival, Juan-les-Pins Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, and many, many more.

He has studied saxophone under teachers: Chris Farr (John Legend), Ben Schachter, and Joe Cohen, and is a constant student of the instrument, working daily to improve his craft. He holds a BA in Music Theory from the University of Pennsylvania, and a MM in Jazz Saxophone Performance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

In addition to Tony's very busy performance career, he currently teaches music part time at Park Day School in Oakland, CA, and at any given time has between five and ten private saxophone students.

TONY PEEBLES

PAUL PEREZ

Former tenor with Tower of Power. Soloist with Smokey Robinson, and the Bob Florence Big Band

BIO

Paul Perez began playing the saxophone in 1974 wile a sophomore at Porterville High School in California. In 1976 as a senior, he was voted Outstanding Bandsman and garnered the Outstanding Soloist Awart at the local Wasco Jazz Festival. By graduation he had performed throughout the central San Joaquin Valley club circuit and toured cross country with performances as far north as "Blood alley" in Vancouver, Canada and east to the Pentagon in Washington D.C.

In 1977, he began formal saxophone studies with friend and mentor Roy Meder. While performing in the Bay Area, an opportunity to play with the R&B band Cold Blood arose and the decision to pursue a professional music career was made. This led Mr. Perez to enroll at the L.A. Jazz Workshop under the tutelage of Bill Yeager. While there Mr. Perez studied under many notable saxophonists including: Don Menza, Pete Christlieb (Johnny Carson's Tonight Show Band), Bill Green, Lanny Morgan, Matt Cattinbug, Jackie Kelso, and Don Rafael. The workshop environment provided invaluable experience playing in a variety of music settings ranging from jazz quartets to big band ensembles, involving music as diverse as Count Basie to Tower of Power. This led to several years of "wood-sheding" and "payin' dues" as Mr. Perez performed throughout the L.A. area.

In 1986, Mr. Perez was awarded a scholarship to attend Cal. State University, Bakersfield, where he pursued a degree in psychology. In his first year at CSUB he formed Sneakers, a group dedicated to performing the most challenging jazz fusion on the contemporary scene. Their performances earned them the Outstanding Jazz Combo Award in 1987 and 1988 at the Pacific coast Collegiate Jazz Festival, the world's largest competitive jazz festival. Held at U.C. Berkeley, this festival is a two day event with over 100 groups competing. In 1989, Mr. Perez was awarded the Festival's highest performance accolade, the Best Musical Instrument Scholarship.

Enrollemnt at CSUB also led to a collaborative creative effort between Mr. Perez and saxophonist/composer/arragner Mac McClanahan which produced Ain't No Thang. www.mp3.com/AintNoThang Inspired by the legendary horn section of the Bay Area Tower Of Power, this ten piece ensemble was organized to perfomr at the CSUB Jazz Coffeehouse and subsequently became one of the area's most popular bands. Ain't No Thang went on to win a Musician Magazine Best Unsigned Band Award.

In 1990, Mr. Perez assembled Bakersfield's finest youg talent and formed the The End Band. The End Band, also dedicated to performing the most challenging jazz fusion on the contemporary scene, had the distinction of recording on an album of original comopsitions.

Highlights for Aint' No Thang, Sneakers, The End Band, and Paul Perez during this period included performances with : former Tower of Power vocalists, Ellis Hall and Lenny Williams; former Tower of Power guitarist, Bruce conte; Seawind vocalist Pauline Wilson; guitarist/vocalist Bill Champlin, and former Tower of Power drummer Herman Mathews. Mr Perez's aforementioned groups have also performed as featured acts or opening acts for the following notable artists: The Yellowjackets; The Doobie Bros.; Norman Brown; Jeff Lorber Fusion; David Benoit; Bennie Wallace; Pete Escovedo with Sheila E; Andy Narell; John Scofield; Freddie Hubbard; Poncho Sanchez; Keiko Matsui; Jimmie Smith; Dianne Schuur; Ronnie Laws; Kilauea; Gerald Albright; Larry Carlton; Lee Ritenour; Earl Klugh; Branford Marsalis; Bobby Matos; Tom Scott; Lyle Mays Quartet; Caribbean Jazz Project; Bela Fleck and the Flecktones; Jeff Linsky; Brian Bromberg; Steve Tavaglione; Terry Gibbs; Buddy DeFranco Band; Joyce Cooling; Jeff Lorber w/ Eric Marienthal; Thompson D'earth; Kirk Whalum; and the late Grover Washington Jr.

His association with Ellis Hall led Mr. Perez to studio dates and performances with the Ellis Hall Band. Highlights include the Las Vegas Jazz Festival, featureing Brandon Fields, Richard Elliot, and Dave Koz, as well as Mr. Hall's guest vocal offering on the Sneakers debut album "Sneak Preview". Since then, Mr. Perez has played soundtrack studio dates for TV commercials, e.g. a nationally aired Goodyear Tires spot, television and movies.

Under the auspices of Dr. Doug Davis, Director of the CSUB Jazz Department, Mr. Perez has had the opoportunity to perform with Al Vizzuti, Plas Johnson, Michael Brecker, the late Bob Berg, Randy Brecker, John Clayton, Carl allen, Louie Bellson, Bob Florence, Peter Erskine, and Ernie Watts. As a featured soloist with the CSUB Jazz Ensemble, Mr. Perez has soloed in a "battle of the saxes" with both Michael Brecker and Ernie Wats. Musical highlights in anyone's career!

His association with CSUB culminated in graduating cum laude with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. In 2001, Mr. Perez was invited by Dr. Davis to renew his association with the CSUB as a member of the studio faculty. In this capacity, Mr. Perez provides private instructino to students and prepares them for the many juries and recitals required for graduation as a music major or music minor.

Upon graduating, Mr. Perez auditioned for and joined the legendary R & B band "Tower of Power" taking the soloist spot in the horn section. This position has always fallen on the first tenor saxophone and is considered the "fighter poili's seat." Acquiring that chair put Mr. Perez in the company of several illustrious predecessors such as, Skip Mesquite, Lenny Pickett, Mark Russo, Richard Elliot, and Steve Grove. While with the "Tower", Mr. Perez toured and then recorded the 1993 release T.O.P. featuring the return of Lenny Pickett, and sax great Brandon Fields.

Since leaving the "Tower", Mr. Perez was a featured soloist with Smokey Robinson, performing such classic hits as 'Tears of a Clown' and 'Ooh Baby Baby'. Subsequently, he recorded the soundtracks for the Quentin Tarentino release "Curdled", and for the Andy Garcia release, "Steal Little, Steal Big."

Currently, Mr. Perez can be heard with his latest group 'The Mother Funk Consiracy (mfc.)'. Mother Funk Conspiracy has consistently been one of the top bands in both the jazz fusion and junk genres acquiring more than 10,000 hits world wide.

Mr. Perez has also collaborated with one of L.A.'s premiere mouthpiece gurus John Reilly and saxophonist Pete Christlieb in the production of a tenor sax mouthpiece. This mouthpiece has the ability to play five octaves a la Lenny Pickett or jazz standars in the quietest musical settings. Mr. Christlieb was instrumental in dictating the baffle hight and length; Mr. Perez established the curve. This mouthpiece should be available to the public soon.

His most recent work can be heard on teh soundtrack for the SHOWTIME series 'Ressurection Boulevard.' As always, Paul Perez freelances as a "gun for hire" while teaching privately and at CSUB.

PAUL PEREZ

ANDREA POLTRONIERI

"No more able to play any other....." ~ Andrea Poltronieri

BIO

Eclettico, ironico, fuori dagli schemi: Andrea Poltronieri è un musicista senza confini né definizioni. Usa il sax per incantare e le parole per sedurre e divertire il suo pubblico, con il quale ha un legame strettissimo e particolare. Nato a Ferrara il 5 novembre 1965 capisce subito che l’arte è la strada da percorrere, dalle scuole superiori fino all’Accademia. Ma la pratica dei colori e delle forme lascia presto il posto alla vera passione di Andrea: il sax, uno strumento che lui suona con il corpo e con l’anima, tanto che il suo nome d’arte diventa “Sax machine”. Si definisce un “musicomico” perché ha sempre abbinato l’amore per la musica con la sua vena comica e dissacrante, un connubio che lo ha portato dapprima al successo locale fino ad arrivare sui palcoscenici di tutta Italia (e non solo!), in tour con gli Stadio, Sergio Sgrilli e Paolo Cevoli..

Visit Andrea Poltronieri's official Website.

ANDREA POLTRONIERI

MANUEL RAMIREZ

"I have always thought of my instrument as an extension of my heart and soul, and as a means for my expression to come to life. In the 10-plus years of playing the saxophone professionally, only the craftsmanship, innovative, and extremely-detailed fabrication of the Cannonball horns has allowed me to achieve everything I've ever wanted in my playing and in my sound. It's true that an instrument's aural qualities are monumental features one should look for, but when you can find a horn that looks, sounds, and feels as amazing as a Cannonball, you know you've found a whole new kind of instrument, you've found a Cannonball saxophone." ~ Manuel Ramirez-Ruiz

BIO

Manuel's first formal introduction to music came at an early age while playing clarinet in his middle school concert band in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His passion for music of different styles drove him to learn various instruments such as bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, and even the tuba and percussion during his years in middle and high school. Saxophone, on the other hand, was not an instrument he learned to play until his sophomore year, when a spot for a baritone saxophone opened up in the jazz band. Soon after, Manuel began playing with various local groups at different events around the southwest region, thus starting his musical career.

Later, Manuel enrolled in The University of New Mexico and joined the jazz studies program under the direction of Glenn Kostur, former saxophonist, composer, arranger, and musical director for world-renowned trumpeter, Maynard Ferguson. At the same time, he had the opportunity to learn from, and share the stage with, such notable musicians and educators as Gerald Wilson, Clay Jenkins, Bruce Dalby, Scott Whitfield, Reggie Thomas, and Chip McNeil, among many others. All the while, Manuel continued to play with numerous bands of all different genres around the city and region.

Some of the musical projects Manuel has performed and/or recorded with include Paquita La Del Barrio, Sparx, Jerry Lopez, Lorenzo Antonio, Jesus Diaz, Consuelo Luz, John Courage and The Great Plains, Drastic Andrew, Naiz Denae, and Cowboys and Indian, to name a few. Currently, Manuel is part of the latin band Nosotros, a group that fuses different latin rhythms and sounds with jazz and other genres. In this musical project, Manuel contributes as saxophonist, singer, percussionist, composer and arranger. At the same time, Manuel manages the popular YouTube channel “ramirezsax,” in which he creates educational content for other saxophone enthusiasts.

Visit Manuel Ramirez's official Facebook Page.

MANUEL RAMIREZ

RILEY RICHARD

"I need a Horn that allows me to express myself..That horn is a cannonball Horn." ~ Riley Richard

BIO

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Riley Richard is an inspired jazz saxophonist who has plans on making his contribution to the jazz genre. Having studied at Cleveland School of The Arts, Cuyahoga Community College and Cleveland State University, Riley was trained in the traditional sense of jazz analyzing the styles of John Coltrane, Charlie Parker and Sonny Stitt. Although having a heavy interest in sports at a early age, Riley was encouraged by his parents to take piano lessons in which led him to learn the flute and eventually the alto saxophone. His first professional gig was at the age of 14, playing with Cleveland’s legendary organist Eddie Baccus SR. From then on Riley has shared the stage with the likes of Najee, Brian Simpson, Kim Waters and Boney James and the list continues. In 2016 Riley decided to work on his solo career and released his first single “Family Ties” produced and co-written by Darren Rahn. “Family Ties” was #2 on the Smooth Jazz Mediabase chart and #18 on Billboard Smooth Jazz. His single spent 15 weeks on the top 30 Billboard Smooth Jazz charts. Riley is currently working on his first EP to be released early summer 2017.

RILEY RICHARD

TAPANI RINNE

Finnish musician, composer and record producer, who is known for his experimental and innovative style with the clarinet and saxophone

BIO

Tapani Rinne, one of the best-known and respected contemporary jazz musicians and composers in Finland, studied music at the prestigious Sibelius Academy between 1981 and 1986. As an alumnus of the famed Edward Vesala's Sound & Fury workshops, he continued to experiment with jazz and became one of leading figures in Finland's contemporary jazz scene. Close collaboration eventually lead Edvard Vesala and Rinne to start a new group called RinneRadio and to release the eponymous debut in 1988. RinneRadio's reputation as something radically new was cemented with following albums Dance and Visions (1990), Joik (1992), Unik (1994) and Rok (1996) when Rinne took over Vesala's role as the composer and pushed the ever-evolving group into fervent exploration of new soundscapes beyond jazz, drum & bass, ambient and even techno - well before these kinds of mash-ups became trendy a few years later.

Unik brought the group the Emma award for best jazz album of the year in 1994, equivalent to the Grammy in Finland. In 1992 Rinne had also received a personal accolade in the form of Yrjö award for the best jazz musician of the year, given by the Jazz Federation of Finland. RinneRadio released their 14th album, On, in 2007. In 2008 RinneRadio released a compilation album titled "20" to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the band. The album was compiled by asking radio and club DJ's to list tracks for their dream RinneRadio album. In 2009 it was time for a new material in the form of album Pole Stars.

Despite the fact that RinneRadio was and still is a major part of Rinne's artistic legacy, he has sought new collaborations outside RinneRadio. In 1991 he joined Jimi Tenor, another saxophone experimentalist and produced an album called Suburban Sax. Rinne also worked closely with the Sami yoik singer Wimme on his four albums, produced the accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen's albums Kielo and Kluster and composed music for numerous television series, documentaries, films, dance pieces, and circus shows.

In 1999 he embarked on a new journey, his first solo album, which was based on the music he composed for the Swedish television series Insider. The minimalistic, almost glacial music was a distinct departure from RinneRadio's beat driven sound. He continued solo excursions in 2002 with Nectic, and in 2005 with the Silent Night, which featured new interpretations of traditional Christmas carols.

In 2002, Rinne formed SlowHill with the well-known Finnish DJ Slow (Producer & DJ), a former member of the band Pepe Deluxe. Their band fused jazz sounds with electronic beats and got their first album Finndisc released on Blue Note Records.

In 2005 SlowHill released their second album Fennika on Plastinka Records. Rinne also composed the score with Slow for the Finnish movie Koti-ikävä, which was nominated for the Finnish equivalent of the Oscar, the Jussi Award. Summer 2010 saw the release of the third SlowHill album, called Muzak via Universal Music Finland.

Visit Tapani Rinne's official Website.

TAPANI RINNE

KAT RODRIGUEZ

Saxophonist, Singer, Songwriter, Arranger, and Composer Saxophonist with Beyoncé Knowles' All Female Band

BIO

Kat Rodriguez (aka Kat) is an incredible saxophonist, singer, songwriter, arranger, and composer with an accomplished resume. As a saxophonist in Beyonce Knowles' all female band, she has toured the world with one of the best but is now ready to show the world what she is made of. Kat is currently putting the finishing touches on her debut project and performing her single, "Mockery", all over the country. The wonderful mix of R&B and Pop is one that is missing in the music industry right now. The use of live band instruments stays true to Kat's Jazz influence but with catchy hooks and up-tempo beats, the listener is bound to get up and dance.

In 2006, Beyonce Knowles held auditions for an all female band. Being one of 1,000 girls who auditioned and was handpicked by Beyonce herself, she took a break from singing for the opportunity of a lifetime. Since then, Kat has recorded The Beyonce Experience and the I...Am tour (with a feature solo on both DVD's), plus numerous TV appearances which include: Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, Today Show, Good Morning America, Tyra Banks, Bet Awards, Black Girls Rock Awards, American Music Awards, Fashion Rocks, Grammy's, and the World Music Awards.

She has performed with Robert Glasper, Latin Percussionist Louis Bauso and Patato Valdes, JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Slim thug, George Michaels, The Roots, Monica, Keri Hilson, Marsha Ambrosius, Fantasia, Ledisi, Kelly Price, Jill Scott, VV Brown, as well as many others. She has also recorded with Destiny's Child, DJ Mark Ronson, Mobb Deep, Kid Kid, 50 Cent, Trumpeter/Producer Keyon Harrold, Anthony Hamilton, Big Krit, Big Boi, KeyKat Productions and Beyonce… just to name a few.

Working with and touring with Beyonce inspired Kat. "When I was younger, I would always pretend to sing in front of the mirror with a brush. Yes, it sounds cliché, but I did it. I've been fortunate enough to travel the world and share the stage with Beyonce. Now that I've seen the masses chant her songs, my heart yearns even more now to follow my childhood dream" says Kat. That is exactly what she is doing. With her musical background and extensive performance experience, she blends talent and drive to create the phenomenon that is Kat Rodriguez.

KAT RODRIGUEZ

CRISTIAN ROMERO

"What an amazing HORN! I fell in love from the first second i played it! It's easy to play in all the register with that fat sound and projection that all the saxophonist we are looking for. Thanks Cannonball for this amazing and beautiful instrument." ~ Cristian Romero

BIO

Peruvian musician, composer and educator. Cristian graduated from the Carlos Valderrama Conservatory of Music as a professional saxophonist and educator. BG FRANCE and Marca Reeds peruvian artist. Throughout his professional career,he has participated in recording sessions and concerts with different national and international musicians such as: Oscar Stagnaro, César Correa, Mercado Negro, Dennis Dove, Iván Chávez, Pepe Alva, Carolina Araoz, Alex Sarrín, Percy Stanbury, Ariana Roggeiro, Felipe Castro, Alvaro Sovero, etc; Being one of the most important references of music in Trujillo, especially in Jazz Music. He has participated as a special guest offering masterclasses and concerts in the most important saxophone events of the country: PERU SAX and the Arequipa Sax Fest! He is the music director of many groups like Latin Soul salsa fusion (known band of Salsa Fusion) Vértigo Rock, Café jazz, organizer and participant of the two jazz festivals in Trujillo - Perú. His first Cd album was released on January 2019 'Groovy Night ' . As an educator, he has contributed to the careers of many young Peruvian musicians, he has online lessons, and Youtube tutorials. He is Director of the Fleming Big Band and the Big Band Sinfonía por el Peru, important organization in Perú. He is also Head of music department on the Sir Alexander Fleming School in Trujillo, with training and online workshops in the IB (International Baccalaureate) and IGCSE (Cambridge International Exams), two of the most important curricula for students who attend secondary education.

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ROB ROSE

"Cannonball Saxophones are by far the best classical saxophones I have ever played.They offer better intonation, response, and tone than my previous "Big 4" horns. The Brute alto has greatly facilitated the difficult altissimo passages of the Finney Concerto as well as the tricky large intervals of the Bonneau Caprice and the Rueff Sonate. Your innovations in design are engenious. Thanks Cannonball!" ~ Rob Rose

BIO

ob Rose is a saxophonist and composer from Richardson, Texas. He has been the Grand Prize Winner of the National Young Artist Competition, Lennox-McCarty Young Artist Competition, Dallas Symphonic Festival, the University of North Texas Concerto Competition, the North American Saxophone Alliance Region 4 Young Artist Competition, and the San Antonio Tuesday Music Club Young Artist Competition. He has also been the Wind Division Winner of the Kingsville Young Performers Competition, the Pan American Victor Allesandro Competition, and the Hemphil-Wells Young Artist Competition. He has been the featured soloist with The Midland-Odessa Symphony, the Richardson Symphony, and the University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra. Rob has been a member of the Dallas Wind Symphony, and served as the Principle Saxophonist with the Texas Wind Symphony for 6 years. He was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Texas at Arlington for ten years, and currently teaches at Northlake College and for the Plano and Carrollton Independent School Districts. Rob is also an active Latin Jazz player in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He is the Musical Director for Mambo Combo, and plays regularly with Orchesta Latin Fire. His CD Remember Monterrey features his original compositions and arrangements.

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ROB ROSE

RICK ROSSI

"For anyone who hasn't tried a Cannonball saxophone in the last couple years, you should educate yourself! I only became aware last year when I was at the NAMM, compared them next to the newest top of the line Selmer Saxophones and Yamahas and I was blown away by, not only the warmth and fatness of tone but how expansive the sound was. I could push and get more sound, while on the Selmer and Yamaha it hit a threshold much sooner. I love my SVR-L Cannonball Soprano. The pitch and ease of playing is the best I've played. It's got a great center to the sound and the more I play it the more I develop a personality on it. I'm aiming to get the Vintage Reborn Cannonball Alto Sax next. As a saxophone player who has played nothing but vintage Selmers all my life, I have to say I'm blown away by the new series of Cannonball saxophones." ~ Rick Rossi

BIO

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Music 1981 University of Delaware, Masters Degree University of Akron 1983. Composition at the Grove School of Music in 1989.

Rick Rossi, multi-woodwind instrumentalist has been nominated for a Grammy Award three times in the jazz saxophone category, winning one in 2000. Rick plays all of the saxophones, flutes and clarinets and is a multi-talented performer, composer and arranger. He has composed and arranged music for film and television soundtracks, as well as for various artists, bands and CD projects such as Platinum selling CD "The Dirty Boogie" with The Brian Setzer Orchestra and a grammy-nominated composition for the P. Rainey Coalition.

He has played many famous venues around the world with legendary artists such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Cher, Stanley Clarke, Englebert Humperdink, Rosemary Clooney, Tommy Dorsey, Clark Terry, Bobbie Womack, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Four Tops, The Temptations, George Duke, Tito Puente Band, Bobbie Caldwell, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Gregg Karukas and Shakira. . He has performed on The Jimmy Kimmel Show, Craig Ferguson Show, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, David Letterman, Regis and Kathie Lee, Conan O'Brian, MTV, VH-1, BET and Good Morning America.

As a composer and arranger for TV and film, recording artist and musical director, Rick has worked on major Hollywood releases and popular television series and shows like Friends, 90210,The West Wing, ER, The Wayan Brothers, Baywatch, Six Feet Under, Star Trek- First Contact, Deep Space Nine, Nixon, Mambo Kings and many more. He has also appeared in the Hollywood features, The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons, The Wedding Crashers, Monster-in Law, Accepted and Rumor Has It.

Visit Rick Rossi's official Website.

RICK ROSSI

MARC RUSSO

"I have been a creature of habit for as long as I can remember in playing my old horns. But when Cannonball came around, I thought I would give them a try. The Cannonball Tenor gives me a big sound. I am able to create the sound that is in my head and have the Cannonball be that horn that lets me produce my passion. The Cannonball's also hold up to the riggers of touring. Thank you Cannonball." ~ Marc Russo

Former member of YellowJackets, and Tower of Power. Currently with The Doobie Brothers, and Chicago.

BIO

Marc Russo began his career playing saxophone in the San Francisco area. In 1979 he joined famed drummer and record producer Narada Michael Walden's group. His association with Walden has led to numerous recordings with many of the world's top stars, including Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston, and most recently Steve Winwood In 1982 he hooked up with the legendary Tower of Power. During his stay with "Tower" he also toured and recorded extensively with Huey Lewis and the News.

During the '80s Marc was a part of the contemporary jazz group The Yellowjackets. They recorded five albums in seven years, winning two Grammy awards (1986 Best R&B Instrumental performance and 1988 Best Jazz fusion performance).

As a well known session musician, Marc has also recorded with an array of artists from Richard Marx and Dan Fogelberg to Michael Bolton and Lionel Richie.

He has also recorded on many film and commercial projects as a musician and composer (St. Elmo's Fire, Star Trek IV, Another 48 Hours, Oakland A's, Coke, Clorox, Gallo, Geo, Honda, etc.).

For the past eleven years, Marc has been a featured performer in the Kenny Loggins band, and can be heard on many of his recordings, including Leap of Faith and Outside From the Redwoods.

After 15 years of lending his formidable saxophone support to others, Marc recently recorded, composed, and produced his first solo CD for JVC Records, entitled The Window. It is a treasury of ten diverse musical visions and is a virtual diary of experiences and moods. Marc is currently writing and doing pre-production for a new CD.

Marc was involved in a major event this past year called "Songs & Visions". It was an internationally televised event staged at Wembley Stadium in London. It featured the greatest hits of the last 40 years and was performed by some of the greatest singers alive today (Rod Stewart, Steve Winwood, Eikichi Yazawa, Chaka Khan, Seal, and kd lang, to name a few). It was broadcast live in over 20 countries and will soon be released as a concert video.

And now Marc has started on a new musical journey, adding his talents to the Doobie Brothers concert performances.

MARC RUSSO

NENE SANTOS

"For years I looked for ways to find my sound, I used hundreds of mouthpieces and ligatures, I bought several brands and models saxophones, selmer MK VI,selmer MK VII,selmer SA80, Yamaha 62, Yamaha Custom EXS, Yanagisawa's among many others, I spent a lot of money and I still felt something was missing. Cannonball Raven joined everything I was looking for in a saxophone: - Sound incredible, Versatility for different necks, perfect mechanism, great finish and beauty! I can Express everything I think and fell through this saxophone! " ~ Nenê Santos

BIO

Nenê Santos is a young Brazilian saxophonist, born 02/07/1982 in São Paulo - Brazil, began his studies at age 15 in a music municipal school in Paulínia city with an important maestro, Mr. Joao Chagas (in memorian).

At 16 he became interested in the saxophone when he won his first instrument, later studied at music band project Unicamp, a renowned Brazilian university.

After some years Nenê Santos wanted to improve his technique on the saxophone by participating in many workshops and masterclasses with saxophonists from around the country that were very important to his musical development.

Influenced by various names in music, like Gerald Albright, Eric Marienthal, Branford Marsalis, Stevie Wonder, George Benson, Cesar Camargo Mariano, David Sanborn, Zé Canuto, Kenny Garrett, Michael Jackson, Djavan, Marcelo Martins, Tom Jobim, Kirk Whalum, among many others, Nenê Santos acquired a unique style and energetic to play and express themselves through the saxophone. Nenê Santos has recorded two CD's and hundreds of stakes in several artists of Brazilian music.

His Band consists of Five musicians and amazing songwriting partners. Show songs from their first and second album - 1° Dreams and 2° Black Point. His albuns are several songs of own compositions in the styles, MPB (Brazilian Popular Music), smooth jazz, R&B full of very good arrengements and improvisations.

Wherever they go they leave a record of musical quality and uniquely sound developed by the group, whose main objective is to promote instrumental music, whose art is closely related to the pure form of expression through the sound.

NENE SANTOS

EDWIN SEPULVEDA

"The first time I played The Big Bell Stone Series Alto I became very impressed by the enormous sound cooming out of this marvelous horn.Since then I have integrated to my arsenal, becoming my principal instrument in presentations around the World. Its ergonomic fingering design makes it easy to flow in all the scale, maintaining a remarkable consistency of sound and intonation trough all the instrument.This horn has a great combination of beauty,warmness that truly represents the great caliber of its craftmanship. Big Bell, Big Sound, Awsome Beauty!" ~ Edwin Sepulveda

BIO

Edwin Sepulveda is known by his distinctive sound on the saxophone creating a worshipful dimension in His concerts were people enjoy Peace and Love. For over 21 years He has traveled to over40 countries sharing his music with Humankind. He has participated in over 80 recordings as a saxophonist and producer. Edwin has produced 4 as a solist.

EDWIN SEPULVEDA

DAVID SCHIFF

"I really like this horn. It plays great, has a big sound and blends well with a small group and the big band." ~ David Schiff

BIO

Dave Schiff is a versatile woodwind jazz instrumentalist who has traveled the world working with top entertainers and jazz legends such as Thad Jones, Mel Lewis Orchestra, Don Menza, and Dizzy Gillespie. Smooth jazz, straight ahead, funk... you name it... Dave can play it and make it happen for your event.

Dave's expertise on all woodwinds has given him the opportunity to back great acts all over the country, including performers such as Barry Manilow, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra Jr., Natalie Cole, and many more. When Dave is not on tour, he usually finds himself in the Theatres in the Philadelphia area playing Broadway shows.

Dave is a 20 year veteran of the Navy Band Jazz Ensemble "The Commodores". Throughout his Career he has had the opportunity to study under jazz greats such as Pepper Adams, Don Menza, Boysie Lowrey (composition), and Sir Roland Hannah.

Dave's tour credits include work with the Navy Band Commodores Jazz Ensemble, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Warren Covington (via Tommy Dorsey), Terry Gibbs Dream Band, Bill Potts Big Band - Hoagy Carmichael Memory tour.

Performed with: Frank Sinatra Jr., Mel Torme, Sara Vaughn, Diane Schuur, Joe Williams, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Spinners, Tony Bennett, Thad Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, Don Menza, Pete Christlieb, Natalie Cole, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, Barry Manilow, Lou Rawls, Gladys Knight, Ray Charles, Bill Watrous, Clark Terry, Eric Norlander, Don Schiff, Lana Lane, Connie Francis, Phil Woods, Aretha Franklin, President Bill Clinton, Mel Lewis jazz Orchestra.

Conductor For: Diane Schuur - Live at Fords Theatre

Film credits: Family Values (A Pat Duncan Production)

Albums appeared on:
Bill Potts Big Band 555 Feet High
Frank Sinatra Jr. Live in D.C
Lana Lane Winter Sessions
Commodores Straight Ahead.

Albums: The Schiff Brothers Express
Dave Schiff First Time In

DAVID SCHIFF

DONATO SENSINI

BIO

Donato Sensini is an Italian young talented saxophonist. He graduated with honors in Saxophone at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Martucci in Salerno and later in Jazz and Big Band orchestration at the San Pietro a Majella Conservatory in Naples.

In 2006 he moved to Rome where he immediately began to collaborate with the some great Italian musicians. From 2011 to 2015 he joined some of the most important TV shows’ orchestra and he played with great names of Italian and International panorama such as James Taylor, Boy George, Tiziano Ferro, Jovanotti, Lucio Dalla, Pino Daniele and many others.

Currently he’s on tour with Massimo Ranieri, with whom he has been collaborating for about eight years.

He also recently recorded his first solo album under the bassist's distinguished artistic direction, Alex Al - (Michael Jackson, Sting, Ricky Martin, Cristina Aguilera). On this upcoming Album (recorded in Los Angeles) there are some of the greatest musicians of that area: Chris Coleman on Drums, Herman Jackson on keys and many others. It will be released in April 2019 for a very important worldwide label.

DONATO SENSINI

ART SHERROD JR.

Smooth and urban jazz saxophonist

BIO

Smooth and urban jazz saxophonist Art Sherrod Jr grew up in Palestine, Texas surrounded by parents who made music a main part of the Sherrod household. At the age of five he was singing in the choir and at the age of thirteen Art joined the high school band and had to make a big decision, what instrument should he play? After deliberating over the idea of drums or a trumpet Art finally settled on the instrument that he thought might get the most attention of the girls and chose the saxophone. But in time he would come to realize that it was the saxophone that had chosen him and to this day his heart has been devoted to this mesmerizing instrument and the musical messages it conveys. By the time he graduated from high school he had received numerous awards and had been recognized as an All-Area, All Region and All-State Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxophonist and was chosen as an alternate to the McDonalds All-American Band.

Aside from being in the Drum and Bugle Corps in the Naval Academy, Art's later musical schooling came from real life experiences on the band stand and picking up ideas from his favorite artistic influences like Cannonball Adderley, Charlie Parker, Gerald Albright (bass), Kirk Whalum, Kim Waters, David Sanborn and others. Art's profound experiences as a child, listening to his mother play organ and sing in a joyous manner, convinced him at an early age that music had the power to lift your spirits. This led him into a spiritual quest with his music. Art relocated to the Baltimore/Washington area making Maryland his home as he continued to develop as an artist, living his dream and sharing his passion for music.

In 2003, Art decided to seriously pursue a career as a solo artist. As a result, Art has been given the opportunity to perform, open or co-headline shows with Chuck Loeb, Marion Meadows, Roy Ayres, Natalie Cole, Boney James, Everette Harp, Bob Baldwin, Randy Scott, Noel Webb, Najee, Michael Henderson, Jean Carne, Cuba Gooding & the Main Ingredient and a host of others. He has also performed in the Beantown Jazz Festival in Boston, the Volvo Jazz Festival and was one of only five Americans to perform in the Brazilian-American Jazz Festival in Rio de Janeiro among other festivals. Art is just as active in his community by working with churches, the MS Society and Progressive Horizons, an organization that works with foster children and mentally and physically challenged individuals. Says Art, "It's important to me that I share my music in ways where I can contribute to the well being of others."

Art released a live CD and DVD project titled "Art Sherrod Jr Live" in 2004 that was quickly followed by his debut CD "All 4 Love" in 2005. "All 4 Love," was the vehicle that put Sherrod in the spotlight receiving positive attention and receiving comments like, "after one listen you will instantly become an Art lover" and "Art Sherrod Jr is about to become an international star." Sherrod proves on his second CD, "Seasons," that he has established himself as an impressive artist with a magical style like no other. Laced with Urban Jazz, R&B, and the traditional Smooth Jazz sounds, "Seasons," on the Pacific Coast Jazz label, manages to bring together a "who's who" list of great musicians Sherrod has performed with during the years including: (his mentor) Gerald Albright, Will Downing, Tracy Hamlin, Marcus Johnson, Chuck Loeb, Frank McComb, U-Nam and his long time associate and the producer of his "All 4 Love" project, Eric Valentine. According to Sherrod, "Seasons" is about the variety of changes that I went through in my life while recording this project from the end of 2006 to the middle of 2009. We all experience the differences from spring, summer, fall and winter and we realize that each season lasts for a short time and then it's gone. Nothing lasts forever."

Sherrod demonstrates in his new release that he really knows how to shape a myriad of moods, from his sultry "Thinking Of You," to the funky "Smooth Grove" and covering a silky rendition of Earth, Wind and Fire's, "That's the Way of the World." Each track is an expression of Art's heartfelt voice on soprano, alto and tenor saxophones as he creates rambunctious riffs, soulful sounds, and gorgeous grooves. "I enjoy doing music," says Art, "because it allows me to communicate with people physically and emotionally. I want to help people through tough times, help them to keep a positive point of view." Sherrod's method of communication can be heard through his music as he makes us dance in east coast style on "East Coast Steppin," reflect on our lives in "Everything Will Be Alright" and get us back on our feet in times of trouble on the classic Donnie McClurkin gospel tune, "We Fall Down." According to Dennis Poole of Smooth Jazz Therapy, "Sherrod delivers a sequence of spine chilling gems... it is adequate to luxuriate in the sublime artistry his musicality so effortlessly engenders."

Besides alto, tenor and soprano saxophone Art plays electronic wind controller (EWI) and is an artist endorser for Jody Jazz Mouthpieces, Cannonball Saxophones, Rico Reeds and Sax-Rax Saxophone Stands. He is an interactive performer who warms his audience up before, during and after performances, often sitting and talking with them following concerts. His sincere desire to "give back" to his audiences makes him an approachable artist with a generous spirit. In his own words Art declares, "I hope that my sound and music are given the opportunity to be heard throughout the world being a part of something that has the ability to touch millions of people’s hearts." So get ready to go on a roller coaster of sonic emotions from an artist we should all keep our eyes on as he rises to the top while serenading us through the seasons.

Visit Art Sherrod Jr's official Website.

ART SHERROD JR.

LEON SILVA

BIO

Leon Silva was born and raised in Boston Massachusetts and began playing the saxophone at the age of 8. After many musical accomplishments in high school he received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music where he studied under such greats as Bill Peirce, Frank Tiberi, Dino Govoni, Shannon Leclair and many others. He received his B.A. in music education. He has played on many recordings, performances and T.V. appearances. He has played with Bruno Mars, Jennifer Lopez, Fantasia Barrino, Aloe Black, Ariana Grande, Michael Jackson and currently, Justin Timberlake.

LEON SILVA

SAM SKELTON

"Cannonball saxes are of the highest calibre!! No other manufacturer comes to mind in terms of the level of finish work on each and every instrument. The result of the hand work gives them superior pitch and one of the most stable overtone series I have ever experienced! With two necks of different finishes, the player is afforded different tonal spectrums and resistance. Haven't played a Cannonball yet that wasn't outstanding. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!" ~ Sam Skelton

Director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Saxophone, Kennesaw State University

BIO

A native of Conyers, Georgia, Sam Skelton has been active on the Atlanta music scene for well over a decade. Mr. Skelton graduated summa cum laude from Georgia State University and the private studio of Tony Carere with a degree in Jazz Studies. During his course of study at GSU, Sam was a Montgomery Music Scholar and a two-time fellowship recipient to the Aspen Music Festival. He continued his saxophone studies with Kenneth Radnofsky at Boston University in 1991.

As a woodwind doubler, Skelton is well versed in any genre of music. His grasp of saxophone, clarinet and flute has enabled him to remain very busy in live performance as well as in the studio.

Sam has performed and/or soloed with The London Symphony Orchestra, The Atlanta Symphony, The Atlanta Pops, The Peachtree Pops, The Atlanta Ballet Orchestra and The Cobb Symphony Orchestra as well as numerous local high school and civic ensembles. World Premiers include James Oliverio's Children of A Common Mother, Lee Johnson's Ora Pro Mi: Concerto for Winds Soloist (clarinet, flute and soprano saxophone) and Seaside Symphony (clarinet and soprano saxophone soloist). Sam also played the premier recording of Ora Pro Mi and Seaside Symphony with the London Symphony Orchestra.

As a sideman on over 150 compact discs, Sam remains very active in the studio and can be heard on recordings by such artists as: Elton John, Grammy nominee Howard Tate, Matchbox 20, Train, Edwin McCain, The Gap Band and The Ohio Players. Television and radio jingles include The Weather Channel, The Travel Channel, Ford, The Cartoon Network, CNN, Nature's Own, Popeye's, Papa John's and Turner South. Television appearances include In the Heat of the Night, Savannah and Sinbad’s Summer Jam II on HBO.

Sam is currently Director of Jazz Studies and Lecturer in Saxophone at Kennesaw State University. Sam served as Professor of Saxophone at Georgia State University from 1991 to 2004 and was Jazz Ensemble Director at Georgia Tech from 2002-2004 and Artist-in-Residence at The University Of Georgia for the Jazz Department. He served as Visiting Professor of Saxophone at Furman University for the 2001-02 academic year. Professional associations include: Georgia Music Educators Association, Georgia Association of Jazz Educators, International Association of Jazz Educators, National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (voting member) and the American Federation of Musicians. He resides in Buford, Ga. with his wife, flutist Jeanne Carere and their 4 children.

SAM SKELTON

SLY5THAVE

"The reason I like playing my Cannonball Brute Baritone Saxophone is because it is flawless. The intonation, the tone, smooth key action and durability of the horn allow my voice to ring true through the instrument. I wouldn't play any other horn!!" ~ Sly5thAve

BIO

A musician is but a man and his story, and Sly5thAve tells tales of the multifarious African-American legacy. From his roots in the Mother Land to the foundation he’s laid on the New York City streets, the Nigerian jazz musician with a penchant for soulful reincarnations has transformed his heritage into a symphonic odyssey. His creative spin on the institutions of jazz has brought him into the hustle of everyday music making, beginning in nightclubs and dive bars and flying onward to the stage with Prince and the New Power Generation. As his work ascends on the pillar of night’s brow, he’s evolved from a novice player with a horn to an insightful composer drafting life’s chronicle.

Originally from Austin, TX, Sly5thAve (aka Sylvester Uzoma Onyejiaka II) began his musical musings on the saxophone at the age of 11. His inspiration developed early in the enclaves of his church, where he often hung around after hours to play on the drum set, sing in the choir, or tinker with a lone piano’s keys. Self-taught, self-driven, and self-determined, Sly5thAve went onto study music at the University of North Texas, performing with numerous ensembles and earning feature roles on recordings like the Grammy-nominated “Lab 2009” with the One O’Clock Lab Band under the direction of Mr. Steve Wiest.

It was jazz first for Sly5thAve, who toted his passion to the East Coast where he spent a few years navigating the underground music circuit. More recently, an interest in his African origins brought him to new place in his career, and led him on a voyage home to Nigeria to honor his grandmother’s passing. The first wife of an Igbo chief, his grandmother’s funeral entailed a week’s worth of music, masquerades, and the camaraderie of neighboring villages, a nonstop celebration reflecting the tenacity and range of Sly5thAve’s own sensibilities. It was that bravura that he decided to incorporate into his own art as he began to makes plans for his debut.

With the release of Akuma, his first album as a solo artist, Sly5thAve premieres a 12-track collective of dynamic jazz stories. It’s the reverberations of a tribesman echoing through a syncopated oral history, and an expression of the simplicity found in a grateful life. Produced by Brad Williams, Sly5thAve’s kind of jazz blends the slave dance of New Orleans, the Afro-beat of Fela Kuti, and the funk panache of James Brown with his own personal flair. He describes it like a Tarantino movie: the juxtaposition of volatility, surprise and ranging emotions. Songs like “Security” express frenzy, crowds, and the rush of a moment, while the spirit of his ancestors can be heard in a soloist’s resonance during “Prelude.” Other tracks such as “Road to Abuja” bring to life the trudge, march, and melodic banter of one’s final procession.

Time has been quite telling for Sly5thAve, and he intends to continue capitalizing on the day’s graces as he has in the past. To date, along with touring with Prince, he has had the chance to perform and/or record with a variety of great musicians such as Gladys Knight, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, James Carter, Keith Anderson, Sasha Allen, Charles Perry, Darrell Green, Wynton Marsalis, Maceo Parker, Jason Marsalis, Ellis Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Delfayo Marsalis, Brad Leali, Shelley Carrol, Quamon Fowler, Sene, Denitia, Phil Lassiter, Homeboy Sandman, Blu, Freddie Gibbs, Stockton Helbing, and Rob Lewis. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, where, in addition to releasing Akuma, he is working on other various horn performance pursuits. He is a resident musician/producer at The Clubhouse (www.theclubcasa.com).

All said, for Sly5thAve, the playing field remains wide open.

Visit Sly5thAve's official Website.

SLY5THAVE

GREGORY SMITH

Bari player with The Eagles.
Played with Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, Harry James, Dizzy Gillespie and many more.

BIO

Performed with:

Stan Kenton, Biddy Rich, Harry James, NTSU One O'clock Lab Band, Stanly Clarke, Dave Edmunds, Glenn Frey, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Joe Walsh, REO Speedwagon, Milli Vanilli, Joe Jackson, Arthur Adams, Natalie Cole, Supersax, Bob Florence, Tex Beneke, Les Elgart, Warren Covington, San Luis Obispo Symphony, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Percy Sledge, James Brown, Eric Burdon, Jack Mack and the HeartAttack, Michael Bolton, Amy Grant, Dwight Yoakam, Boz Scaggs, Huey Lewis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Rita Coolidge, The Eagles, Billy Idol Bruce Willis, Dizzy Gilespie, Mel Torme, Delbert MecClinton, Red Young and the RedHots, Newport Jazz Festival, Montreaux Jazz Festival, Newport Euro Jazz Festivals, North Sea JAzz Festival, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Blues Foundation, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Tony Bennet, Sammy Davis, Ray Price, Little Anthony, Little Richard, Peggy Lee, Sy Zentner, Ben Vereen, Richard Harris, Xavier Cugat, American Jazz Institute Orchestra.

TV, Radio:

Beverly Hills Cop II, Calendar Girl, Chasers, Drew Carey Show, Dikes of Hazard, The Expert's, Fame L.A., First Family, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Frankie and Johnny, Hope Floats, Jinxed, Lets's Get Harry, Little Big League, McHales Navy, Nothing to Lose, Police Academy, Private Benjamin, A Smile Like Yours, Solar Crisis, Spring Break Subzero, This years's Blond, Xanadu, Yes Giorgio, 10 Things I Hate About You, Tuff Turf, Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, House band on Fox's Late Show with Ross Shaeffer, The Tonight Show, David Letterman, Arsenio Hall, The Chevy CHase Show. Also hundred's off Radio Spots for Holiday Inn, Mountain Dew, Budweiser, Coors, Northwest Airlines SuperCuts, Ford, Chevrolet, Blue Cross, Direct TV, McDonalds, Mattel, to name a few.

Recordings:

Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, Mel Torme, Aaron Neville, Glenn Frey, Dave Edmunds, BB King, No Doubt, The Wallflowers, Yes REO Speedwagon, Eddi Money, John Hyatt, Ricky Lee Jones, Bruce WIllis, Bonnie Raitt, Suzanne Vega, Crowded House, Bette Midler, Dwight Yoakam, Ratt, Neil Sedaka Beck, Green Day, Dan Fogelburg, Yutaka Osaki, Neil Diamond, Red and the RedHots, Smokey Robinson, Bill Medley, Dr. John, Rod Stewart, Tom Petty, and the Heartbreakers, Kansas, Elton John, Billy Preston, Tbone Burnett, The Pointer Sisters.

GREGORY SMITH

DR. RAY SMITH

"I have been playing the Cannonball soprano and baritone saxophones for several years and I love 'em; but I have not been quick to change over on the alto and tenor. The new Cannonball Big Bell Stone Series definitely put me over the edge, and I'm very excited to say that I am now playing the whole set of Cannonballs. If you have not tried the Stone Series Cannonball, you have got to give it a chance. Don't do anything rash until you do, because it is going to blow you away. There are a number of good horns out there, but the Stone Series is really something special. I've never played a horn that was so resonant. It has a robust, rich sound that vibrates like crazy. The response is good from bottom to top, but the altissimo is especially impressive. As one who finds himself in the recording environment frequently, I particularly appreciate the excellent intonation of this instrument. Less important to me, but cool: the instruments are really attractive and come in a variety of finishes. Every horn comes with two necks. Try different finishes and different necks. The versatility of the horns is valuable to me as someone who needs a horn that does jazz and classical equally well. I have been impressed with the innovative developments at Cannonball as I have watched them hone the instruments over a number of years, and their tireless efforts to make the best saxophone ever made are yielding amazing results. Bravo, Cannonball!!" ~ Dr. Ray Smith

Professor of Saxophone Brigham Young University

DR. RAY SMITH

DINO SOLDO

"No quirks, yet plenty of character. Intonated to perfection, yet plenty of soul. Sexy and stylized, but always has classic charm. As a multi-instrumentalist, I want horns that I can pick up cold and give me an immediate positive response. The Cannonball line of winds do just that and more. They allow my musical personality to shine through due to their transparent playability and superior quality. They have become an extension of my body: the true definition of a superior instrument." ~ Dino Soldo

BIO

Best known as a sideman for international superstars such as Leonard Cohen and Lionel Richie, Dino Soldo is a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter based in Los Angeles, CA, who released a series of stylistically wide-ranging albums beginning in 2000. Hailing from La Verne, CA, he began music lessons at age five and cites an array of influences who including, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Eddie Harris, Tom Waits, and Buster Keaton. During the late '80s and 1990s, Soldo established himself as a versatile sideman in the smooth jazz field, initially working as a saxophonist but later playing harmonica and keyboards as well on a number of sessions by guitarist Chris Standring, and others. Meanwhile, when he wasn't in the studio he was often out on the road touring with a long list of artists, most notably Ray Charles. Soldo made his full-length solo debut with Strange and Beautiful (2000), the first in a series of stylistically diverse albums that he released independently on Tobacco Bagg Records. Successive releases on the label include Thread (2003), Balance (2008), Closer Away (2009), and The Hotel Suites (2009). The latter two albums were recorded while Soldo was out on the road with Leonard Cohen, touring around the world for months at a time during 2008-2009. As a sideman, Soldo is featured on Cohen's acclaimed Live in London (2009), and he's also featured on several post-millennial live albums by Lionel Richie. By this point in his career, Soldo had broken out of the smooth jazz field and was collaborating with R&B artists like Angie Stone and Donnie as well as pop/rock artists like Rob Thomas and Rick Springfield.

DINO SOLDO

SEUNGHO SONG

BIO

- Graduate of Seoul Institute of the Arts
- Former member of Naval Public Relations Agency
* Live Sessions including Singer Jung Yeop, Kim Gun-mo, BMK, Bum-soo Kim, Ok Joo-hyun, Lee Ji-hoon, Lee Han-chul, Bulldog Mansion and others.
* Film (Movie): Ode to My Father, LOVE LIES
* Recording: Musical - Boys Over Flowers, Musical - One Day
- Singer Sung Si-kyung Christmas Album
- Actor Yoo Joon-sang's J&joy20 album Brass composition and session
- Recording session : Singer Ukulele picnic, favorite band, bulldogman, etc.
* Broadcasting : An immortal masterpiece, An open concert, Space empathy, Yoo Hee-yeol's sketchbook, concert 7080, etc.
* Musical session : Find Kim Jong-wook, Bonnie and Clyde, Priscilla, All Shootup, Love, Real Hero
- Seoul Jazz Festival (2015, 2016, 2017)
- JARA Island Jazz Festival in Korea (2016, 2017)
- Green plugged Festival
- Fuji Rock Festival, Japan
- Bangkok Festival, Thailand
- Wormex, Finland
- Mondial Festival, Canada
- Trans Musical Festival of France
- Lincoln Center of America
- Jisan Rock Festival in Korea, etc.
Current member of Jazz Park Big Band, Nst and Soul Source

SEUNGHO SONG

SIMON SPILLETT

"Cannonball build 21st century saxophones for 21st century players. The T5-L tenor has all the mobility of a Selmer combined with the big punchy sound of legendary vintage horns such as the King Super-20, yet with its own unique character. It's one serious saxophone" ~ Simon Spillett

Award Winning British Jazz Saxophonist

BIO

Described by the late Humphrey Lyttelton as "formidable", Simon Spillett is a British jazz saxophonist who leads his own quartet featuring John Critchinson (piano), Alec Dankworth (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums). He has won several awards for his music, including the tenor saxophone category of the British Jazz Awards (2011), Jazz Journal magazine's Critic's Choice CD of the Year (2009) and Rising Star in the BBC Jazz Awards (2007). Other celebrated jazz leaders and bands with whom he has worked have included Sir John Dankworth, Stan Tracey, Peter King and The Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra. He has recorded three albums, Introducing Simon Spillett (Woodville Records, 2007), Sienna Red (Woodville Records, 2008) and Square One (Gearbox Records, 2013), all of which have received highly favourable reviews in both the specialist and national press. His festival, concert and club appearances across the UK have included sold-out gigs at Ronnie Scott's and the Brecon Jazz Festival and he has broadcast on BBC Radio 3's Jazz-Line Up with his own band. He has also worked as a writer, contributing articles to magazines including Jazz Journal and Record Collector and has acted as a consultant for a number of jazz record labels, in which capacity he has written booklet essays for over sixty albums.

Visit Simon Spillett's official Website.

SIMON SPILLETT

JASPER STAPS

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JASPER STAPS

CLIVE STEVENS

British Composer/ Producer/ Recording Artist

BIO

British international recording artist/composer/producer Clive Stevens was born in Bristol, England, a city famous for Reggae and the Trip Hop music wave spawning exciting innovative artists like Massive Attack, Neneh Cherry, Portishead, Tricky, Producer Nelle Hooper (Soul To Soul) and Smith and Mighty.

After studying saxophone with Eddie Jackman and Ronnie Ross (famous English baritone sax star) Clive left for the United States to study music composition/arranging/improvisation at the legendary Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Later he studied flute/composition at the San Fransisco conservatory of Music, Guildhall School of Music (London), US Naval Academy of Music, and private saxophone studies with Lee Konitz and composition with William Allaudin Mathieu.

He has travelled extensively world wide including UK/EUROPE, India, Canada/USA, Central and South America (Brazil) and throughout the Caribbean, living in San Fransisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicargo, New York, London, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Rio De Janeiro and recently Miami.

Clive has released eighth studio albums on Capitol Records, Voo Livre/EMI Records (Brazil), Guerilla Records, Frog/EFA Records, Metalimbo/EFA Records and recently formed Planet 8 Records to release internationally his latest CD "Invisible Intelligence" under the studio name of Mandorla. The second CD release is now available -- Pan Global Electro Lounge Vol. 1 (a modern mix collection of ambient lounge cool cuts featuring international artists). The third release "The Greatest Hits of Mr X / Clive Stevens" is coming this Fall.

His instruments include saxophones, flutes, WX7 MIDI Wind controller, synth keyboards and percussion. Finally, Clive is in the process of publishing his first book of poems and lyrics called "Stardust Transmissions".

CLIVE STEVENS

DAYVE STEWART

"Unleash your sound with these horns! Cannonball has brought back the fun in practicing and performing. Whether it's the alto (Vintage Reborn) or the tenor (The Brute) it just Feels So Good." ~ Dayve Stewart

Songwriter and recording artist.

BIO

Humanity is thankful for the day up and coming musician, Mr. Dayve Stewart, picked up the saxophone at age of eleven, initiating his rise to new heights in the music industry. Passionate and versatile, he is currently on tour with the legendary Mr. Al Green, which has already taken him all over the US, New Zealand, Australia, and Europe. His first touring engagement with "I Can't Stop Lovin' You", dedicated to the late great Ray Charles. Over the course of his still early career, Dayve's name has become increasingly familiar among top jazz musicians. Based in Tallahassee, Florida by way of Tampa, Dayve leads his own band of talented musicians collectively named Dayve Stewart and The Vibe, who are now at work on their second album entitled, Feels So Good, a tribute to his loyal fans. When talking about his music he say's this: "I think the most important thing to me, as far as my music is concerned, is the mood it creates, the impression it leaves, that one moment it helps you recall. And the vibe. "It is all about the vibe."

Visit Dayve Stewart's official Website.

DAYVE STEWART

ERIN STROUP

"I have played on every make and model of tenor saxophone imaginable. The Raven is by far the best tenor I have ever played. It is consistant, in tune, and the sound is beautiful! The look and feel of the horn is like nothing I have ever seen or played. If you are serious about your playing, you owe it to yourself to try a Cannonball!" ~ Erin Stroup

BIO

Erin Stroup is a Cannonball Saxophone Artist Endorser in the Philadelphia Area. He is currently the saxophonist with the Sean J Kennedy Quartet. Originally from Williamsport Pa, Erin has performed and recorded with some of today's best musicians including Larry McKenna, Bob Mintzer, James Carter, Liberty DeVitto, Sid Simmons, Kevin Cotellese, Frank DiBussolo, Jerry Vivino, Mickey Roker, Mike Merritt, and Tim Price. Erin has also performed at the finest concert venues throughout the East Coast, including Chris' Jazz Cafe, Ortlieb's Jazz Haus, World Cafe Live, Allentown Symphony Hall, The House of Blues, and the finest casino-hotels in Atlantic City.

When not teaching and performing, Erin Stroup and Sean J. Kennedy are conducting a series of jazz and improvisation master classes and concerts. They are currently in the studio working on their third project together with up and coming artist, Anthony Viscounte.

ERIN STROUP

JUSTIN SWADLING

"My Cannonball is by far the best instrument for creating a variety of tones and dynamics suitable for different musical situations. It’s so rare to find an instrument that performs with such reliability yet manages to be so exciting to play. Their brilliance as an instrument is enhanced further by how striking these instruments look, something which is frequently commented on by other players and audience members alike.” ~ Justin Swadling

BIO

Justin Swadling is a highly respected British session musician and composer having performed internationally for almost 10 years as a professional saxophonist.

Justin graduated from The London College of Music in 2007 having studied the saxophone and composition with Jimmy Hastings and Eddie Harvey. In 2005 he was awarded the prestigious LCM jazz player of year award.

Since graduating Justin has toured with many world class jazz and soul artists which include; Candi Staton, Archie Bell and the Drells, Jo Bataan, Tom Browne and Ann Sexton.

Influenced by many of these artists Justin has created much of his own work, most recently the 2014 studio album; The Dreamer. (33Records)

This is soon to be followed in 2016 by a second studio album, beginning a new collaboration with the distinguished string ensemble, Piatti Quartet.

Visit Justin Swadling's official Website.

JUSTIN SWADLING

J. SYLVESTER

"From the time I began to play my very first Cannonball Big Bell tenor, an insatiable love affair began! I have never had an instrument that allowed me so much freedom of expression. The tone has such body and presence to it. The instruments allow me to speak through them and thats all any instrumentalist wants. The construction is spot on as well. As a traveling musician, I havent had one issue with any of my Cannonball saxes.It is an honor and priviledge to be part of such a profound and solid family. Thanks again Cannonball for giving me my voice." ~ J. Sylvester

J. SYLVESTER

EVAN TATE

"The people at Cannonball Music are passionate about making the best horns they possibly can and are willing to try a broad band of materials and nuances. They could be the company that will put an American brand back on the forefront of saxophone manufacturing! Very nice horns. The response and intonation is great. The sound is huge! Lots of power in the horn!" ~ Evan Tate

BIO

For more than 20 years Saxophonist / Composer Evan Tate has provided an original voice in the european jazz scene.

With such formations as the "Munich Saxophone Family", Joe Malinga's "Southern Africa Force", Hermann Breuer's "Blue Bone", Joris Dudli's "New York Propjekt" and "Funktett", Wolfgang Schmid's "Manaus", "The New Doug Hammond Trio", "Legacy" or the "Manhattan Symphony Orchestra" he has proven himself to be a valuable sideman and soloist.

With his own projects "Spherical" and "Hittin' Hard", he continues to display his vision of playing and creating new music for the present age based on jazz tradition.

Evan Tate has also made appearances in Austrian and German radio concerts, as well Saxophone Workshops throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Evan Tate is the author of several books for jazz improvisation, among them "250 Jazz Patterns","Blues & Rhythm Changes in All Keys", and "Coltrane Changes".

Since 2006 Evan Tate is a Faculty member at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich (Hochschule für Musik und Theater München).

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EVAN TATE

PAUL TAYLOR

"I'm a believer. Cannonball horns rock! The tone, feel and responsiveness are truly amazing. They're so fun to play I don't want to stop. Don't wait as long as I did to try one." ~ Paul Taylor

Recording artist and current Rippingtons Saxophonist

BIO

Twenty years ago when Paul Taylor released his hit debut album, On The Horn, it wouldn’t have been hard to imagine that here was a smooth jazz star in the making. His instantly identifiable sax tones, infectious melodies, cutting edge production and dynamic live performances foretold an impressive career that would catapult him to the top of the charts again and again.

Of course, while many potential greats electrify their audiences initially only to fade into oblivion as “one hit wonders,” Paul has managed to build a 20-year career that has aged like fine wine. With the release of his 10th CD, the aptly titled Tenacity, he remains a fresh and vital force in contemporary urban jazz, with this CD hitting the top ten on the charts in 2014.

From the start of his recording career, Taylor created a signature sound that was ever cool and deeply soulful, with a rhythmic trip-hop sound influenced by working with some of urban jazz and R&B’s top producers, including Rex Rideout, Barry J. Eastmond and The Heavyweights.

One of the most important architects of the saxman Taylors’s core flow has been Dino Esposito, who helped Taylor establish his vibe in On The Horn and on Pleasure Seekers two years later. Esposito also played a powerful role in Taylor’s evolution by helming tracks on his subsequent recordings Undercover (2000), his Peak Records’ debut Hypnotic (2001) Nightlife (2005) and Prime Time (2010).

Taylor has a long history of bringing his favorite jazz artists to the mix and he continued that inspiring tradition on the recently released Tenacity CD by inviting keyboardist Jonathan Fritzen to add his lush piano harmonies to the whimsical, easy flowing soprano-driven opening track, Supernova.

Long a mainstay among the most popular and elite artists, Paul Taylor has been on an exhilarating upswing of his career over the past eight years. His 2007 album, Ladies’ Choice, was just the first of his #1 hits on Billboard Contemporary Jazz. In 2009, he struck lightning again. Burnin’, the title track, hit #1 on the airplay charts and he topped that off when Push to Start from Prime Time landed in the pole position on the Smooth Jazz Chart. In December 2012, the Denver native and longtime basketball enthusiast achieved another dream when he performed the National Anthem in Madison Square Garden at a NY Knicks game.

In 1994, after appearing at the Catalina Island Jazz Festival, popular keyboard artist, Keiko Matsui and her producer/husband, Kazu, were so enthralled with Taylor’s charismatic performance, they asked him to record and tour with them. This eventually spawned the #1 radio hit Till We Meet Again.

Taylor’s mix of funk and sensuality was a natural fit for the emerging jazz genre and he soon became one of its core artists.

Although Taylor has become one of the most popular live attractions as a solo artist, he eagerly accepted Russ Freeman’s invitation to tour with The Rippingtons as a special guest artist in 2000, the year he released his third album, Undercover.

Today, Paul’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. Taylor’s mix of funk and sensuality have become a mainstay of smooth Jazz as he continues to redefine a genre he clearly owns.

With history known to repeat itself, Paul Taylor will continue to thrill urban jazz aficionados in live performances and on CDs with the kind of talent and Tenacity that have made him a recognizable superstar of smooth jazz.

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PAUL TAYLOR

LEANOR ORTEGA TILL

Tenor Sax Player with Five Iron Frenzy

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LEANOR ORTEGA TILL

LANDON TORBETT

"Cannonball saxes are the best hands down! Theses saxes feel and play great all up and down the horn effortlessly. All the finishes are amazing. Plus the people at Cannonball are awesome! These are my horns for life. Thanks Cannonball!" ~ Landon Torbett

BIO

Landon Torbett was born and raised in Weatherford Texas. Landon grew up listing to artists such as Richard Elliot, Boney James, Kenny G and Grover Washington Jr. His passion to pursue the saxophone was when his dad took him to see Kenny G in concert. After seeing Kenny G WOW the audience, he knew that's what he wanted to do. He started playing the sax at age 12 and has been playing ever since. He was involved with the jazz band in high school and in college. While in high school, Landon was asked to play the sax with the college jazz band in his senior year. Also in his senior year, he took home the "Best Jazz Soloist" award at the Colorado Music Festival. After high school, Landon attended Weatherford College and studied under jazz guitarist, Tom Burchill. After college, he got his first real gig with a top 40 cover band, Larry "T Byrd" Gordon and the TMPL band out of Dallas. While in that band, Landon had the honor of playing for Prince Albert. Landon started his own Smooth Jazz/R&B group called Smooth Groovz and plays professionally around the Dallas/Ft Worth area. He was recently asked to play at the White House with singer/song writer Verlinda Stanton. Over the years he has played with artists such as Joe McBride, Wayman Tisdale, Peter White, The Commodores, Gloria Gaynor, Julian Lennon, Bobby Brown and the grandfather of funk himself, George Clinton. Landon recently attended the Warren Hill sax summit in LA where he won 3rd place in the rising star competition. While there, he attend clinics held by Warren Hill, Euge Groove, Eric Darius, Michael Lington and Michael Paulo. After leaving the summit, being motivated even more to pursue his career, he has recently released his new single "Feelin Good" from his upcoming CD. Landon's goal is to become the next Smooth Jazz rising star and solo recording artist and he will not stop until he reaches that goal.

Visit Landon Torbett's official Website.

LANDON TORBETT

SEBASTIEN TROGNON

"Je jouais un Mark 6 pendant longtemps. Dès les premières notes avec le Saxophone Ténor "The Raven", j'ai enfin trouvé la réponse à mes exigences musicales ! Les Cannonball stones séries ont la justesse, la qualité et la projection sonore qui répondent au jeu actuel des saxophonistes !" ~ Sebastien Trognon

SEBASTIEN TROGNON

ELAN TROTMAN

Contemporary Jazz Saxophonist

BIO

One of the most exciting up-and-comers among a new generation of saxophonists, Elan Trotman has emerged as an exhilarating force in the world of contemporary jazz. As a composer, performer, teacher and recording artist, Elan excels in every setting. Elan has been the recipient of the award for Best Jazz Male at the New England Urban Music Awards and was nominated for a Boston Music Award in Jazz. His playing, though inspired by Arturo Tappin, Grover Washington Jr and Kirk Whalum, features his own tone and fresh ideas.

Born and raised in Barbados and educated at Berklee in Boston, Elan approaches jazz in his own way. Blending Caribbean rhythms from his roots with skillful horn textures, his playing is full of surprises. Elan states, "I don't want to limit myself to the usual format. I stretch out, take chances, and add an edge to my solos. I enjoy the genre and the concept but I also break some of the rules because that's how I play live, bringing all of my different influences into the music." Both inspiring and impressive, Elan's music is never predictable.

FROM THE BEGINNING Growing up in Barbados, Elan remembers hearing calypsos, reggae and local music in his early days. He started with piano lessons when he was seven, taking up the saxophone five years later. When Elan was in high school, saxophonist Arturo Tappin became his mentor. "That's when I became more exposed to other genres outside of our native music. Arturo Tappin went to Berklee in the late 1980s when he returned to the island he brought with him a lot of information on American jazz. He liked to fuse calypsos and reggae with jazz." While in high school, Elan led his own band, performing at shows on campus. He worked with a couple of gospel groups, eventually forming his own combo, Inspiration, playing at local shows and festivals. Elan was also inspired by Grover Washington Jr. and other contemporary musicians who performed at the Barbados Jazz Festival.

Elan was awarded a full scholarship to Berklee by the Barbados government, and earned a Bachelor's degree in Music Education. "At Berklee, the most beneficial thing for me was the environment since it is such a melting pot of talents. We all learned from each other, taking solos, sitting in with people, and interacting with each other. I learned to be a more well-rounded musician." Because he has always had a passion to be an educator, Elan became an elementary music teacher in the Boston public school system shortly after he graduated, and it is a role that he still enjoys today.

ON STAGE Elan has recorded and performed with such notables as Roberta Flack, Kirk Whalum, Brian McKnight, Johnny Gill, Tony Terry, Nathan East, Najee, Don Grusin, Peter Gammons and Bronson Arroyo to name a few. Elan's love for sports and his relationships with athletes and teams afforded him the opportunity to perform the National Anthem on numerous occasions for such teams as the Boston Celtics, the Boston Red Sox, the Cincinnati Reds and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He put together a band for NBA star Ray Allen's wedding and performs annually for Theo Epstein's charity event "Hot Stove Cool Music." Elan says, "I hope that everyone, including people of all ages who might listen to straight-ahead jazz, smooth jazz, rock or gospel, enjoys the music and the performance. It's for them."

MUSIC Trotman's music has that unique edge where its vibe is instantly seductive and familiar but also offers some explosive playing and compositional challenges. For his latest CD, This Time Around, he wrote or co-wrote 13 of the 15 tracks which are full of catchy hooks, warm melodies, and danceable rhythms. Trotman effortlessly displays his talents on the tenor and soprano sax as well as on flute throughout the project. He is assisted along the way by a variety of talented vocalists and musicians including guitarist Tyrone Chase, trombonists Derrick White and Andre Hayward, trumpeter Patriq Moody and drummer Nikki Glaspie to create his most compelling recording to date. His first single "Lovely Day" debuted at #38 on Jazz Week's Smooth Jazz Chart and peaked at #6 on Smooth Jazz Indie Star Chart and at #48 on Smoothjazz.com's Top 50 Chart.

Prior to This Time Around, Elan recorded three CDs. His debut, Memories, has Caribbean music with steel drums, a song written in tribute to Arturo Tappin, a few funky tunes, and some gospel music. Let's Have A Good Old Time is a gospel jazz album that showcases Elan's jazz influences and improvisations on church songs along with modern harmonies. One special song is a two tenor feature with Kirk Whalum that is inspired by the older Sonny Stitt/Gene Ammons feature on "Blues Up And Down." For the spontaneous project The Reggae Christmas, Elan recorded a set of Christmas songs for friends and family but, due to the great demand, he makes the music available each Christmas season.

Visit Elan Trotman's official Website.

ELAN TROTMAN

KYLE TURNER

BIO

Kyle Turner is a creative and innovative artist that has warmed the hearts of many with the sultry sounds birthed from his instrument the saxophone. A native of Houston Texas Kyle began his musical journey at a young age and during his middle school and high school years, Kyle developed the tools necessary to pursue his career in music. With mentors like Arnette Cobb, Conrad Johnson and Kirk Whalum, Kyle’s music took on a more serious note and he quickly established himself as one of the most exciting young talent to come out of his city!

During Kyle’s college years at Jackson State University and Texas Southern University he won numerous awards. Those precious years gave him the opportunity to further develop his God given talents and abilities for music, especially in the area of jazz. The transition from college to the professional arena was challenging but yet an important phase in Kyle’s career. He learned to intensify his performances and allow his music to move through his soul, taking his audiences on a spiritual journey through music.

By the 1990’s Kyle was performing on a regular basis and drawing large enthusiastic audiences regionally and nationally. People worldwide were tuned in to the “rising sadist with the sexy sound” as described by one music critic. Kyle’s musical range is vast and he describes himself as a musician that loves playing all types of music. Kyle’s music career has afforded him to share the stage with such artist as: Luther Vandross, Regina Belle, Joe Sample, Bobby Lyle, Al Jarreau, Will Downing, Ronnie Laws, Marion Meadows, Bob Baldwin, Terence Blanchard, Eddie Levert and Kirk Whalum just to name a few. Since his first solo release, “It’s Time” in 1992 Kyle has continued recording albums and he has been featured on recordings of many other artist.

In addition Kyle is extremely active in promoting jazz and creating opportunities for musicians in Houston and beyond.Kyle is extremely busy taking young musicians under his wing to support, encourage, and develop their talents.He is extremely active as a music educator and lecturer in school system in the Greater Houston Area. He also has his own radio show “The Jazz Club” which airs four days a week on KTSU 90.9 FM As a result of his success in the areas of music performance and music education Kyle was honored in the 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2016 editions of Who’ Who in Black Houston.

Constantly searching for new avenues to expand his existing fan base, Kyle and his childhood friend formed Bayou City Music Group. In 2011 Kyle released his fifth solo CD “Wrapped Tight” on their Bayou City Music label. Known as an artist that is constantly evolving and pushing his creative envelope to new heights that one can not begin to imagine unless you witness up close, Kyle will release his sixth solo CD “Kyle Turner Live and more in August of 2018. This Recording captures the energy and passion of Kyle’s live performances and gives the listener a taste of what it’s like to be a part of a Kyle Turner performance, an experience music lovers must see and hear for themselves.

KYLE TURNER

STANLEY TURRENTINE (1934-2000)

"I became one with your horn the first few notes I played." ~ Stanley Turrentine

BIO

"While highly regarded in soul jazz circles, Stanley Turrentine was one of the finest tenor saxophonists in any style in modern times. He excelled at uptempo compositions, jam sessions, interpreting standards, blues, and ballads. His rich, booming and huge tone, with its strong swing influence, was one of the most striking of any tenor stylist, and during the '70s and '80s made otherwise horrendous mood music worth enduring.

Early on, he toured with the R&B band of Lowell Fulson (1950-1951) whose featured pianist at the time was a young Ray Charles. From 1953-1954 he worked with Earl Bostic (perhaps the greatest R&B sax player of all time), where he replaced John Coltrane. He also worked and cut his first albums with Max Roach (1959-1960). Turrentine started recording as a leader on Blue Note in 1959 and 1960, while also participating in some landmark Jimmy Smith sessions such as Midnight Special, Back at the Chicken Shack and Prayer Meeting.

His decade plus association with organist/pianist Shirley Scott was both professional and personal, as they were married most of the time they were also playing together. They frequently recorded, with the featured leader's name often depending on the session's label affiliation. When they divorced and split musically in the early '70s, Turrentine became a crossover star on CTI. Several of his CTI, Fantasy, Elektra and Blue Note albums in the '70s and '80s made the charts. Though their jazz content became proportionally lower, Turrentine's playing remained consistently superb. He returned to straight ahead and soul jazz in the '80s, cutting more albums for Fantasy and Elektra, then returning to Blue Note. He's currently on the Musicmasters label. Almost anything Turrentine's recorded, even albums with Stevie Wonder cover songs, are worth hearing for his solos. Many of his classic dates, as well as recent material, is available on CD.

Turrentine will always be an original, a one-of-a-kind. He does not fit neatly into ordinary jazz categories. What makes Turrentine great is his deep love of the roots of jazz -- blues and groove music. He never abandoned these roots to join the more cerebral set of jazz soloists. His recording partnership with Jimmy Smith has given us some of the finest funk groove music of all time, a high-water mark for both artists. This man loved to groove and play funky music! He couldn't be tamed!"

-- Bob Porter, Michael Erlewine, and Ron Wynn, All Music Guide

"The Turrentine tenor displays none of the weak-kneed and frazzle-buttocked bleatings of many tenor sax deviates, but relies on the truly large tone of the big tenor sounds of the old masters." -- Dudley Williams, reviewer for Bluenote.

STANLEY TURRENTINE

YUICHI UESUGI

"First of all, I like the sound of Cannonball. Cannonball has many finishes so you can find your favorite. Then you can enjoy the deep sound and good response. You can pursuit your own sound with Cannonball." ~ Yuichi Uesugi

BIO

Yuichi Uesugi started his career from school marching band. Then studied calssical saxophone and jazz saxophone. Played live with famous musicians. While he plays with his own band "Generation GAP", he belongs to other two bands "miggy + Jazz Orchestra" and "Go-Daddy O". Now he is having busy days with recording sessions and live performances. At Kanto Gakuin - his alma mater, he teaches marching band and bringing up younger generation.

YUICHI UESUGI

SJOERD VAN EERDENBURG

"A Cannonball is such a professional horn you can trust and lean on in every situation. My Hotspur-tenor is a really eye-catcher which let me play from soft and slow up to the full register. I'm proud to to play Cannonball alto & tenor." ~ Sjoerd van Eerdenburg

BIO

Saxy Mr. S is an international musical James Dean. With shows regularly abroad he takes the night to a higher level, adding value by using his sax with great timing. Any professional saxophonist can play, but Saxy Mr. S really makes a statement when he sets foot in stage. He adapts to the music lifting the base track up with smooth lines and powerfull solos.

Both technically as physically he mastered his profession: entertainer. Saxy Mr. S believes that any man can do a one man show, but only a professional can involve his audience and make the night unforgettable.

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SJOERD VAN EERDENBURG

GIANNI VANCINI

"When I first tried my Brute alto I only knew how it looked, but since the first note I played I completely fell in love with the horn. Fat sound in every register, great projection and intonation! Thank you Cannonball for giving me the chance to play such a great saxophone!" ~ Gianni Vancini

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GIANNI VANCINI

URIEL VEGA

" The first time I saw a Connonball horn I was very impressed by the elegance and beaty of the craftsmanship. As soon as I had a cannonball in my hands I felt the quality. When I finally played it, I heard the power. Its so easy for your feelings to come through these horns, you feel in control at all times. Cannonball horns will take your playing to another level. " ~ Uriel Vega

BIO

Born in 1985 in Mexico City, Uriel began playing the saxophone at the age of 10. He quickly developed his talent as he recorded his first R&B jazz album "Expressions" at the age of 17. In his young career Uriel has toured, performed, and recorded with many mainstream and Christian artists over the years before receiving his vision on "The Prayer Album". Since "The Prayer album" was released, Uriel decided to dedicate his talent 100% to ministry. He has dazzled audiences from the National Quartet Convention to cities across the country with Dr. David Jeremiah and Turning Point Ministries. His most recent album is a Live Recording that took place in The Holy Land, Israel. Uriel currently resides in San Diego, California and constantly strives to create music with the sole purpose of inspiring and comforting the world.

Visit Uriel Vega's official Website.

URIEL VEGA

LAURENT VELLUZ

BIO

Professional saxophone player for the past ten years, Laurent Velluz started his career with René Colls band on many major french TV show, then as member of backing band for numerous french artists (Sacha Distel, Patrick Hernandez, Patrick Sébastien, Jean-Pierre Mader and other Gérard Blanc ) and international ones (Los Reyes, Azuquita, Ti Fock)

Since always member of Funk, Soul & Salsa, Laurent wasn't far of jumping into working with DJs. He started his mix & live xperience with DJ Scabaree, then became resident at Kabaret with DJ Rico, then at Cap d'Agdes Palma with DJ Fred Pellichero.

In 2000 he launched his production skill with Dj Scarabee, then he'll collaborate with Dj Rico & Fred Pellichero.

Recently Laurent teamed up with Jpp & Samy K and Club News Records in order to develop their productions. Their first baby, Come With Me.

LAURENT VELLUZ

EDGAR WALLACE JR.

"I've been spreading the word or shall I say notes about Cannonball Music. Besides the unique appearances of the horns people joyfully comment on the beautiful tone they hear. Keep up the great horn innovations." ~ Edgar Wallace Jr

BIO

Metropolitan Detroit smooth jazz saxophonist, writer, and producer Edgar Wallace Jr., performs with a style that's characterized as soulful, classy, & smooth by some of his listener's.

Edgar is currently working on his highly anticipated new smooth jazz c.d. His listeners should expect to hear a blend of songs ranging from soulful & funky, to smooth & classy. "My goal is to convey a musical story to the listener that moves their heart through a range of emotions from song to song."

Edgar's previous c.d. entitled "On The Beach" was self-produced/written, and nationally distributed.

"One thing that I liked about On the Beach is that Wallace does not try to oversell himself. However, there is a kind of quiet passion that he has in his playing. The songs Stolen Moments and Take My Hand bring this kind of passion out. However, Wallace can bop out with the best of them. Chene Park and Overdrive show Wallace's driving side that is still powerful, but has a softer edge that makes the CD very listenable." ~Norm Breest www.jazzreview.com

Edgar has had the pleasure of opening concerts for national artist’s Earth Wind & Fire, Najee, Roy Ayers, David Benoit, Jean Lucponty, Russ Freeman and The Rippingtons to name a few.

Edgar's passion for song writing and performing will soon find it's way on a new c.d., and in the hearts of his listener's.

Visit Edgar Wallace Jr's official Website.

EDGAR WALLACE JR.

ROSS WALTERS

"The Cannonball Stone Series saxophones play with a silky smooth sensation, The low register responds effortlessly with a gorgeous, gauzy sound and the altissimo register pops out with equal ease. I was very impressed when I slapped my mouthpiece on the tenor and instantly began connecting with it. The jasper stones on the instrument add a touch of class that is unparalleled in the saxophone market today. It's a beautiful instrument in both arenas, audio AND visual." ~ Ross Walters

Tours with Benny Hinn
Recorded with Boyz II Men and Donna Summer

BIO

Ross Walters travels the globe as a member of evangelist Benny Hinn's musical team. He was a member of Donna Summer's touring band for seven years as both a wind and keyboard player. He also toured with Christian artist, Carman on his Heart of Champion world tour. An active studio musician, Ross has recorded with Boyz II Men, Donna Summer, and a host of others. He has released 2 CDs as a leader. He is currently recording original material that features his prowess as a singer/songwriter. His CDs are available at cdbaby.com/rosswalters.

ROSS WALTERS

SIMON WILLESCROFT

BIO

Simon Willescroft is in demand with top artists around the world. His busy performing schedule sees him regularly touring with pop stars and performing on live stages in front of thousands, and TV performances seen by millions.

Simon has performed and recorded with; Duran Duran, Michael Buble, Katie Melua, Seal, Level 42, Chaka Khan, Robbie Williams, Barry Manilow, Mark Ronson, Beverly Knight, Jamie Cullum and James Morrison to name just a few.

TV sessions in the US have included performances on; The Ellen Degeneres Show (NBC), Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC), Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC), Good Morning America (ABC) & American Music Awards (ABC).

Simon plays a Cannonball GA5-B and GT5-B

Visit Simon Willescroft's official Website.

SIMON WILLESCROFT

EDGAR WINTER

I love my Cannonball cause it's Big, Black, and Beautiful. That's how it looks -- That's how it Sounds! ~ Edgar Winter

Legendary Pop Icon

BIO

By the time Edgar Winter left his hometown of Beaumont, Texas in the 1960's, he was already technically proficient in every aspect of music. A child prodigy who achieved international success early on, Edgar has found an audience in every major entertainment medium--music, film and television. A prolific writer, Edgar's music encompasses many different genres, including rock, jazz, blues, and pop. From his critically acclaimed 1970 debut release, Entrance, he has demonstrated his unique style and ability to cross the genre lines and do the unexpected. His early recording of "Tobacco Road" is a powerful, emotionally devastating masterpiece that propelled him into the national spotlight. Edgar followed Entrance with two hit albums backed by his group White Trash, a group originally comprised of musicians from Texas and Louisiana. White Trash enjoyed huge success, both with the 1971 release of the studio album, Edgar Winter's White Trash, and with 1972's follow-up live gold album, Roadwork.

In late 1972 Edgar brought together Dan Hartman, Ronnie Montrose and Chuck Ruff to form The Edgar Winter Group, the legendary band that created such hits as the number one Frankenstein and the ever popular Free Ride. Released in 1973, They Only Come Out at Night peaked at the number 3 position on the Billboard Hot 200 and stayed on the charts for an impressive 80 weeks. It was certified gold in April 1973 and double platinum in November 1986. Edgar invented the keyboard body strap early in his career, an innovation that allows him the freedom to move around on stage during his multi-instrument high-energy performances. He was also the first artist to feature a synthesizer as the main instrument in a song. Frankenstein revolutionized rock and roll and opened up a whole new world of possibilities with experimentation and sound.

After They Only Come Out At Night, Edgar released Shock Treatment, featuring guitarist Rick Derringer in place of Ronnie Montrose. Later albums included Jasmine Nightdreams, The Edgar Winter Group with Rick Derringer, a live album, Together Live With Johnny Winter, Recycled, a reunion with White Trash, Standing On Rock, Mission Earth, Live In Japan, Not A Kid Anymore, The Real Deal, and Winter Blues.

With over 20 albums and numerous collaborative efforts to his credit, Edgar Winter has not been satisfied to ride the wave of popular music stardom. Major national television and radio campaigns have relied on Edgar's music to advertise their products. Edgar has also made frequent television appearances, both to promote his music, and to give his opinions on everything from Politically Incorrect to a commercial with George Hamilton for Miller Lite beer. He has appeared in the film "Netherworld", and the TV shows "The Cape", "Mysterious Ways", "Dave Letterman", and "Jimmy Kimmel".

Edgar's music can be heard in no fewer than fifteen film and television projects, including Netherworld, Air America, My Cousin Vinny, Encino Man, Son In Law, What's Love Got to do With It, Wayne's World 2, Starkid, Wag the Dog, Knockabout Guys, Duets, Radio, The Simpsons, Queer as Folk, and Tupac Resurrection. Edgar's hauntingly beautiful song, Dying to Live, is featured as "Runnin" (Dying To Live) in the film "Tupac Resurrection", the biography on the life of rapper Tupac Shakur. Produced by Eminem, the song uses the vocal talents of the Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, and Edgar Winter himself. "Runnin" is on numerous Billboard charts. It peaked at number 5 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles Sales chart, and the soundtrack CD was number 1 for 8 consecutive weeks.

Edgar's CD and DVD, titled, "Live At The Galaxy" was recorded live at the Galaxy Theatre for Classic Pictures in 2003. It features the songs, "Keep Playing That Rock and Roll", "Turn On Your Love Light", "Free Ride", "Texas", "Show Your Love", "New Orleans", "Frankenstein" and "Tobacco Road". In addition, the DVD includes a 30 Minute Documentary, "Edgar Winter: The Man and His Music".

Edgar Winter's live shows consistently receive rave reviews. His music is always evolving and he is a master at stretching his skill and imagination to produce amazing results. He continues to thrill audiences with his live performances, always remaining on the cutting edge of music and style. Edgar is now at the very top of his game, and his future looks even brighter than his past.

Edgar and his wife, Monique, live in Beverly Hills with their little dog Mimi.

Visit Edgar Winter's official Website.

EDGAR WINTER

BRIAN WOLFE

"Having played vintage horns for years, but always seeking a bit more from the instrument, I tried a Cannonball Stone series tenor and was pleasantly surprised to find so much of what I’d been seeking. A huge colorful sound with a strong core and evenness in all registers. I was impressed enough to sell my beloved full pearls King Super 20! I recently acquired a Vintage Reborn tenor and man, they’ve really taken into account player’s feedback because this horn is an absolute beast. The intonation is impeccable (literally the best I’ve found in a tenor), the core sound has a vintage Selmer focus, and the keywork flies. I get so many comments from players that assume I’m playing a $10K vintage horn." ~ Brian Wolfe

BIO

Brian Wolfe is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and arranger, currently residing in San Francisco, CA. Originally from Alabama, Brian moved to Miami, FL to attend the University of Miami’s acclaimed Frost School Of Music; studying with Gary Keller. While honing his saxophone skills, he was allowed the opportunity to perform alongside world renown musicians such as Joshua Redman, Jack Dejohnette, Dave Liebman and Kenny Werner.

Throughout the 2000's, Brian toured and performed with various Universal Music artists including Enrique Iglesias, Juanes, Paulina Rubio, Jeremias, Javier Garcia, and at the Latin Grammy Awards, MTV's A Todo Volumen series. Brian has also performed with George Clinton, Lyrics Born, Jaheim, Boyz II Men, and many others.

Along with session drummer Goran Rista, in 2005 Brian helped to start up what has become one of the top online recording studio’s, GoranGrooves.com. Working with clients from all over the world, Brian writes horn/string arrangements, records keyboard and saxophone tracks, and engineers full studio productions.

Since relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2013, Brian has been fully immersed in the local Jazz, Funk, and Latin music scene and has performed and recorded with Lyrics Born, Adam Theis & The Jazz Mafia, Rene Escovedo, George Lacson and various others. Back in Miami, he regularly worked with many local-turned-national acts including The Spam Allstars, Nicole Henry, Jesse Jackson, Suenalo, Locos Por Juana, Xperimento, Batuke Samba Funk.

Visit Brian Wolfe's official Website.

BRIAN WOLFE

NATHAN WOODWARD

"Like most sax players, I felt like I knew what the ‘top of the line’ horn should be. After picking up a Cannonball, the entire game has changed for me. These horns can outperform any of the horns I’ve ever played. Period. Cannonball is the only horn I trust to keep up with my schedule and be ready to play night after night." ~ Nathan Woodward

BIO

A young, newcomer to the genre, Nathan is an artist that doesn’t waste a single note. His concerts pack an emotional punch and technical precision that continually dazzles. Traveling on average 51 weekends a year, Nathan has already become a name in some circles as a crossover Gospel, Smooth Jazz, and R&B artist. His career has already included work with clients such as the American Red Cross, The American Heart Association, MGM Resorts, Chick-fil-A, and numerous others. “Versatility” is what many have come to appreciate about Nathan. Whether in a small theater or large church, he continues to shine. With over a decade of traveling across the United States and around the world, Nathan’s improvisational jazz style and passionate melodies will encourage the heart and stir the soul.

Visit Nathan Woodward's official Website.

NATHAN WOODWARD

VASILIS XENOPOULOS

"After almost 15 years of playing with my beloved Selmer, I felt I had to change into something that would cover the needs and demands of a modern jazz/contemporary player. The only (and best) description I could give about how I felt when I tried my Stone Series Cannonball, is that it made my old horn sound as if I was playing in mono mode. The depth of the sound and the ability of maintaining the tone quality regardless of the amount of blowing, are characteristics I was looking for a long time in a horn and thanks to Cannonball, I found them!" ~ Vasilis Xenopoulos

BIO

Saxophonist and composer, Vasilis is a young star of the London Jazz scene. Originally trained at the infamous Berklee College in Boston MA, after having lived in the capital for eight years, he's a highly in demand musician with over 270 performances a year. He's worked with the cream of U.K's jazz scene, featuring names as Ray Gelato Jim Mullen, Martin Shaw, Steve Waterman, Bruce Adams, Eddie Harvey, Tony Kinsey, Tim Whitehead, David Cliff and many other. He leads his own band called Vasilis and the Xtet, and their debut album is called "Loud City".

Vasilis has appeared at "The London Jazz Festival", Ronnie's Scotts, British Jazz Foundation Festival, Ealing Jazz Festival, The Bulls Head, The 100 Club, The Spice Of Life and a variety of jazz venues around Europe and the UK.

Visit Vasilis Xenopoulos's official Website.

VASILIS XENOPOULOS

ANDREW YOUNG

"My set of Cannonball big bell series Soprano,Alto and Tenor silver saxes are quite simply the best horns I've ever played! These horns are even and powerful and especially rich in the lower register and I'm grateful for how incredibly blessed I am to own these wonderful instruments" ~ Andrew Young

Internationally acclaimed saxophonist from the United Kingdom.

BIO

Born in Liverpool, England, I started my musical training at the age of 8, with Clarinet and Saxophone lessons, but like most other lads my age, I would have rather have been playing football!

Time spent in front of the goal-posts was as crucial as time spent practicing my music and even after leaving school, I was still torn between a career in football or music... Fortunately, I made the right choice!

After completing my Saxophone and Clarinet studies in London, I moved to Germany to pursue a desire for a broader and more eclectic involvement in all genres of music. I had the honour of performing as soloist with various Symphony Orchestras and engaged in session work and concerts alongside Pop/Jazz/Funk luminaries such as Matt Bianco and Precious Wilson Band.

The invitation to perform in South Africa whirled an engulfing wave of success with the Kwazulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra and newly formed 5 piece Jazz/Funk/Fusion Band "Let It Flow."

I soon became involved in the crosscurrents of South African and International music, meeting and being invited to perform with artists such as Joseph Shabalala (Ladysmith Black Mambazo), Jonathan Butler, Shakatak, Shirley Bassey, James Gallway as well as American R+B artist Keith Washington and a Tour of Austria with Dionne Warwick.

This culminated in the release of my debut album "Soul People" , a synergy of forces with BMG and top producer Dennis East. The album topped the South African charts twice and was nominated five times for the South African Music Awards, paving the way for a pivital point in my career- The chance meeting of an old friend and agent from my formative years in London.

What initiated as an invitation to perform at the opening of a Ski Resort in St.Christoph, Austria, evolved into a 4 month tour of Hot Summer Night concerts in Amphitheatres along the South coast of Turkey every year from 1997 till 2007. This lead the way to performances with leading Turkish Artists such as Sezen Aksu in Ankara and recordings with Producer Garo Mafyan in Istanbul. With the success of the album I recorded exclusively for the company entitled Magic Life, the tour was extended to Tunisia and Greece, with CD sales attaining Gold status.

Another highlight was an invitation to play in Mexico, Venezuela, St.Maarten , Dominican Republic, Cayman Islands and especially Havana , Cuba, where the band and myself shared in the captivating and energetic Cuban rythyms. It was here that I had the honour of meeting and performing with Ramiro de la Cuesta from the 70s Funk band The Crusaders.

This year, 2008, welcomes my tenth tour of the Peoples Republic of China, an honoured invitation extended and facilitated by the Uniart Success Company based in Beijing.

Mesmerizing Scenes as the esteemed "Prince of the Saxophone" (Beijing Daily News) have etched great delight and fulfillment for me... The Chinese were enthralled with live performances of both my music and Chinese Pop/Folk songs played on the saxophone, not to mention my brave attempt at Chinese greetings and salutations!

It is also with a deep sense of gratitude that I reflect upon the extraordinary experiences of live T.V. and Radio broadcasts of my concerts to millions of Chinese people; Photo shoots on The Great Wall of China and The Forbidden City; Visits to the Shaolin Temple and the enriching opportunity to share my experiences with so many young Chinese students at various schools and University seminars and workshops......Xie Xie!

Performances from Europe to Africa, the Far East to the Carribean, have opened a gateway to unparalled opportunities I never thought possible during those early days spent practicing my scales!

From day to day, I hope to be inspired and to inspire the many great musicians, friends and listeners who journey with me and enrich all my experiences along the way.

Visit Andrew Young's official Website.

>ANDREW YOUNG

ROBERT ZUCKERMAN

"Initially looking for a back-up horn, I happened upon the Cannonball 'Raven' Big Bell tenor saxophone and found that it outperformed my main axe with a superior 'fat' low end, superior balance and intonation throughout, smooth key mechanism and feel, great harmonic overtones allowing ease in the altismo range, and a great overall sound. After getting over the shock and counterintuitive notion that the Cannonballs should not be more affordable than the other available professional horns, I am happily 'sold' on the Cannonball horns. My Cannonball is now my main axe. I recently have been playing the 'Raven' Big Bell curved soprano saxophone which has the elusive soprano sound I have desired and had been unable to find. I have not had this much fun playing since I was a kid (a few years ago)." ~ Robert Zuckerman

Saxophonist with San Francisco/Bay Area legend Lydia Pence and Cold Blood

ROBERT ZUCKERMAN

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