After establishing himself on the urban jazz scene over the past few years touring with Brian Culbertson and many other top genre performers, Chicago-based Marquel Jordan is now emerging as an artist in his own right with a CD perfectly titled, Catalyst, a powerful and eclectic collection that establishes Jordan’s exciting vision of the future of contemporary urban jazz.
Other notable artists that Marquel has performed with include:
Larry Graham, Patti Austin, Rick Braun, George Duke, Lalah Hathaway,
Chrisette Michele, Eric Roberson, David Sanborn, Peabo Bryson & Mike Phillips, Jeff Lorber & Jimmy Haslip, Oleta Adams, Kirk Whalum, Candy Dulfer, & Jill Scott
Dee Lucas -
An acclaimed wizard on the soprano sax, national recording artist Dee Lucas has been steadily growing his brand and base beginning with Remembrance in 2004, a tribute to the late legend George Howard. Continuing steady showcase of style and technique with his sophomore release Something to Ride 2, 2010's Standing Room Only, and the 2012's compilation of the Rebirth of the Smooth. He released The Smooth Factor in 2014 which was a refreshing interjection into the competitive genre of smooth jazz. Now with his brand new CD Going Deeper, the journey continues. As a runner-up in the 2007 Capital Jazz Festival Competition, Dee Lucas has opened for a plethora of artists such as Boney James, Boys II Men, Norman Brown, Ronnie Laws, Nneena Freelon, Hugh Masakela, Greg Karukas, Peter White, Nick Colionne, and Michael Franks just name a few. Dee Lucas is courtesy of ODL Music Group.
Tony Exum, Jr. -
Recording Artist Tony Exum, Jr. saxophone style brings to mind the sultriness of Grover Washington, Jr., the soulfulness of David Sanborn, the silky smoothness of George Howard, and the tender passion of Ronnie Laws. After releasing two sensational recordings titled 'Finally' and 'The One', Tony began sharing stages with the Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Gail Johnson, Aysha, Troop, Nick Collionne, Gerald Albright, Dave Hollister, Norman Connors, Paul Taylor, Pamela Williams and Dave Koz. As a live performer, Exum’s smile and sense of humor effortlessly connects him with his audience. He exudes the unique chemistry of passionately seductive soul, flirtatious solos reminiscent of old school R&B, all while bringing his captive audience to their feet as he teases them with (instrumental) battles with fellow band members. Exum commands the stage as if he owns it, while remaining humble, and always willing to share the stage with other industry greats. Saxophonist........Tony Exum, Jr.!!