6:00 – 7:15 pm – Planet D Nonet
Classic Blues, swing and world jazz group from Detroit. Co-founded by drummer, RJ Spangler and trombonist and vocalist, Tbone Paxton.
Planet D Nonet
Lifelong buddies, RJ Spangler & Tbone Paxton started working together in 1980 with the dynamic Sun Messengers band. Back then Tbone was awarded the Motor City Music Award for best trombonist. Since that time, he has also become quite an engaging vocalist.
Tbone & RJ have backed New Orleans singers on their tours up north like Johnny Adams and Earl King, so the music of NOLA is always prominent in their performances; from trap-jazz to R&B. The Great American Songbook: Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington & the Harlem Jive of Fats Waller as well as the port jump/swing of Louis Jordan are part of each performance. Add some gut-bucket trombone & RJ’s experience with blues, swing and world jazz on drums and you have an idea what to expect at their shows. Favorites at art fairs, jazz clubs, brew pubs, private parties, and libraries, they do get around.
7:30 – 8:45 pm – Anna Givens & the Atlas Jazz
Pianist / Vocalist (soloist, trio, or quartet) Performance Style(s): Jazz, blues and New Orleans style R&B
In 2007 I had just finished doing my time as an executive in the automotive industry and I was ready to go back to my first love, singing. By the time I was in the fourth grade, I knew the words to a hundred songs and who sang them in what movie. Ella, Billie, Doris Day, Judy Garland, Margaret Whiting, Carmen MacRae, Ella Mae Morse, Dorothy Dandridge, Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson, June Christie, Anita O’Day, Helen Forrest, and Sarah Vaughn, among a host of others, are all women who got a shot at the one thing I wanted most – to sing with the best musicians, to sing the best songs, to wear the best clothes (not to mention shoes), to play to wonderful people and to see the world in the process. I just needed to find the people who would and could give me my shot. The newest addition to my project list is “Atlas Jazz with Anna Givens.” Led by master reed player, Paul DeVee and including hot players from Detroit. We have been building a repertoire that crosses a big chunk of the musical spectrum.
9:00 – 10:15 pm – Adrian Crutchfield
-neo-soul sound – creating music in a variety of genres such as jazz, R&B, pop, funk, soul, hip hop and fusion.
“Last sax player to perform and record with Prince”
Adrian Crutchfield is known around the world for his neo-soul sound. His smooth, unique timbre reflects his proficiency in a bid variety of genres, including jazz, funk, hip-hop, R&B, rock and many more.
Adrian’s star began shining at the age of four when he received his first saxophone during a concert in Roanoke, VA from acclaimed jazz artist, Kenny G who noticed Adrian’s intense interest in the performance and stopped the show to invite him onstage. The music legend played a childish melody and then bestowed the sax upon a very edited and grateful young Adrian!
Known as the last horn man to perform and record (2012-2016) with Prince. Adrian is featured on many of Prince’s final masterpieces, including the 2017 Grammy-nominated, “Hit-N-Run Phase 2” and the unreleased, but highly anticipated, “Black Is The New Black” album.
Adrian also has played sax for many of today’s brighter stars such as Lionel Richie, Bette Midler, CeeLo Green, R&B icon Anthony Hamilton, Fantasia Barrino, K-Ci and JoJo, The Gap Band featuring Charlie Wilson and hip-hop superstar Young Jeezy. In jazz, Mr. Crutchfield has been featured by artists including Kim Waters, Mike Phillips, Alex Bugnon, Jeff Lorber and Branford Marsalis. He also has performed with the legendary group Fourplay.
Adrian is a 2008 graduate of Florida State University (B.A. in Music with a concentration in jazz, contemporary media and commercial music).
Although young, this saxophone aficionado is one of his generations most prolific and successful professional musicians.
For booking and other information regarding Adrian, please contact the Quest Media Group at firstname.lastname@example.org
Host Performer – All That Jazz: Ned Clark and Larry Livolsi
Guest vocalist: Mark Schnitkey
All That Jazz is keyboard/drum duo Ned Clark and Larry Livolsi of Defiance. They will be joined by guest vocalist Mark Schnitkey, also of Defiance. They’ll perform a mix of jazz standards and jazz arrangements of familiar tunes.
Grew up in New York City, percussion performance degree from Queens College in 1975, played drums on Broadway for Grease in 1974 and The Wiz in 1975. Defiance resident since 2004.
Grew up in Minot, North Dakota, finance degree from Indiana University in 1990, has played jazz since taking high school summer course at Berklee School of Music. Defiance resident since 1997.