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Kindred the Family Soul

June 24, 2019 in

Kindred the Family Soul

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Kindred the Family Soul are a married R & B/Soul duo originally from Philadelphia made up of Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon who released their debut album in 2004.

Kindred the Family Soul consists of the married couple Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon, who really put emphasis on the family in their namesake. The duo were discovered when their record label saw them performing at the Black Lily Film & Music Festival in Philadelphia. They are considered to be members of the neo soul movement that includes artists such as Jill Scott.

In February 2003 the couple released their debut album ‘Surrender to Love’ on the Hidden Beach label and it includes the singles ‘Far Away’ and ‘Stars’ which both appeared on the US R & B charts. Their fourth album ‘Love Has No Recession’ appeared at #90 on the US Billboard chart and they have had a string of R & B single chart appearances over their career, the peak remains ‘Where Would I Be’ which reached #41 in 2006. Their discography currently stands at five albums, with their latest ‘A Couple Friends’ being released in 2014 and features the singles ‘Everybody’s Hustling’ and ‘A Couple Friends’, the latter is a collaboration with Valerie Simpson.

The duo have also enjoyed critical success through their career, in 2004 they were nominated for a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Album for their debut and in 2006 they also scooped a BET award.

Friday 04 October 2019
Kindred the Family Soul
Birchmere, Alexandria, VA, US

Saturday 05 October 2019
Kindred the Family Soul
Birchmere, Alexandria, VA, US

 

Will Downing

June 24, 2019 in

Will Downing

https://www.songkick.com/artists/480899-will-downing/calendar

Will Downing is an American singer, songwriter and producer who is famous for his rich, baritone vocals when he performs contemporary jazz and R&B music.

Will Downing was born Wilfred Downing on 29 November, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He studied as a music producer in a school whose alumni included Kedar Massenburg, the president of Motown, and Barbara Streisand. Downing graduated in 1981 and went on to later record for the music company, Motown.

Downing has enjoyed enormous success throughout his music career. He has worked on albums by a number of highly acclaimed artists, including Jennifer Holiday, Kool & the Gang, Gerald Albright, Billy Ocean, Regina Belle and Mica Paris. His discography consists of a staggering 23 albums, which are a mix of R&B and Jazz and were all released by several different record labels. In 2002, Downing received the International Association of African-American Music Diamond Award and was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2000. Some of his most well-known songs include is 1991 hit ‘I Try’, ‘A Million Ways’, ‘A Love Supreme’, ‘Wishing on a Star’, ‘Free’, ‘After Tonight’ and ‘You Were Just Meant For Me’, amongst many many others.

Artists that he is often compared to or can be thought of a similar to include Howard Hewett, Jeffrey Osborne, Freddie Jackson, Keith Washington and Phil Perry.

He has produced a steady stream of music from the early 80s right up to today, despite suffering from polymyositis.

Saturday 29 June 2019
Will Downing
Hampton Jazz Festival 2019
Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA, US

Friday 02 August 2019
Will Downing
with Boney James
The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL, US

Sunday 11 August 2019
Will Downing
with Gladys Knight
The Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre, Detroit, MI, US

Friday 16 August 2019
Will Downing
with Stephanie Mills
Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, TN, US

Thursday 29 August 2019
Will Downing
with Gladys Knight
New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark, NJ, US

Friday 30 August 2019
Will Downing
2019 Riverfront Jazz Festival 2-Day Pass 2019
The Black Academy of Arts & Letters Complex, Dallas, TX, US

Saturday 31 August 2019
Will Downing
2019 Riverfront Jazz Festival : Saturday & Sunday Pass 2019
The Black Academy of Arts & Letters Complex, Dallas, TX, US

Sunday 01 September 2019
Will Downing
2019 Riverfront Jazz Festival : Sunday 2019
The Black Academy of Arts & Letters Complex, Dallas, TX, US

Saturday 07 September 2019 – Sunday 08 September 2019
Will Downing
Fall Wine & Jazz Festival 2019
Midtown Park, Houston, TX, US

Patti Labelle

June 24, 2019 in

Patti Labelle

https://www.songkick.com/artists/240148-patti-labelle/calendar

Patricia Holte-Edwards (born May 24th 1944), known by her stage name Patti LaBelle, is an American R&B and soul singer, formerly the lead vocalist of LaBelle.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US, Patricia Holte-Edwards developed her vocal talents whilst being part of the church choir, with her vocal talents recognised at an early age. Together with friends Nonah Hendryx, Sarah Dash and Cindy Birdsong, they formed the vocal group the BlueBelles, later shortened to the LaBelles. The group went on to have a career full of top ten hits, most notably the pioneering disco number, “Lady Marmalade,” which reached number one on the Billboard Carts, sending the group into wide critical acclaim, becoming the first African American vocal group to be on the front cover of Rolling Stone magazine in 1975. Following differences with their musical direction, the LaBelles split in 1977, with Patti LaBelle embarking upon a solo career shortly after.

LaBelle went on to have great success as a solo artist, releasing ecords frequently throughout her forty-year career. As a solo artist, she got her first number one hit with the Michael McDonald duet “On My Own” (1986), with her album “Winner in You,” released that same year, peaking at number one on the Billboard album charts. The song went on to sell over a million copies and be certified Platinum. In 1992, she won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance for her 1991 album “Burnin’.” The album featured three top ten hits and sold half a million copies.

As well as being a recording artist, LaBelle has also featured in a number of stage productions, performing in “Your Arms Too Sort to Box with God,” and in later years as Fela Kuti’s mother in the award winning musical “Fela.”

Patti LaBelle has been hugely influential to a number of artists following her work with the LaBelles and as a solo artist. She has helped spur the rise of Disco in America, with the hit songs “Lady Marmalade” and “Messin’ with My Mind.” She has inspired a whole generation of soul singers, with the likes of Christina Aguilera, Donna Summer, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston.

Friday 12 July 2019
Patti Labelle
Parx Casino and Racing, Bensalem, PA, US

Friday 06 September 2019
Patti Labelle
Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, Reno, NV, US

Sunday 08 September 2019
Patti Labelle
with Pointer Sisters
The Tulalip Amphitheatre, Tulalip, WA, US

Sunday 20 October 2019
Patti Labelle
Sound Board, MotorCity Casino Hotel, Detroit, MI, US

Sunday 10 November 2019
Patti Labelle
Chrysler Hall, Norfolk, VA, US

Friday 06 December 2019
Patti Labelle
The Theater at MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, MD, US

Friday 14 February 2020
Patti Labelle
with Nashville Symphony
Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, TN, US

 

Stephanie Mills

June 24, 2019 in

Stephanie Mills

https://www.songkick.com/artists/221382-stephanie-mills/calendar

Stephanie Mills (born March 22nd, 1957) an R&B singer and stage performer from Brooklyn, New York, US, made her first break staring as Dorothy in the Broadway production of “The Wiz,” where she became known as “the little girl with the big voice.”

Stephanie Mills was in the music business from a very young age, performing in the Broadway play, “Maggie Flynn,” at the age of nine. That same year, she won first prize at New York’s Apollo Theater at the ‘Amateur Hour’ competition, which led to her being chosen as the opening act for the Isley Brothers. Her debut album, “Moving in the Right Direction,” for ABC Records was released in 1974. Her rich, soulful voice won her the role as Dorothy in the hit Broadway production, “The Wiz,” in 1975, whom she performed with for a number of years.

Mills moved to Motown in 1976, releasing her second album, “For the First Time,” which was written and produced by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. The album was full of sweet, tender songs showcasing her emotive voice. In 1978, Mills moved labels again to 20th Century Records, releasing “Watcha Gonna Do with my Lovin’” which went Gold and peaked at number 12 in the R&B charts and number 22 in the Billboard 200 in 1979. Her next releases, “Sweet Sensation” and “Stephanie” kept Mills’ music in the Top 40, receiving significant airplay with tracks such as “Two Hearts,” a duet with Teddy Pendergrass and “Don’t Stop Doin’ What Cha Do.”

Mills continued to have hit albums and singles throughout the 80s, having moved to MCA Records in 1983. Hits include “I have Learned to Respect the Power of love” (1985) spent two weeks at the R&B chart’s top spot, whereas “I Feel Good All Over” (1987) bettered that record with three weeks spent at number one. In the 90s, her recorded output lessened and also moved towards a more gospel-influenced sound, with her 1995 record, “Personal Inspirations.” Mills made a comeback in 2008, having recorded songs with BeBe Winans and DMX, as well as her independently released record, “Born For This” in 2004. She was also given the opportunity to display her talents to Pope Benedict XVI in 2008, when she performed in front of him at the Yankee Stadium in New York, USA. In 2012, she released a Christmas themed single, “So In Love This Christmas,” available as a download on ITunes.

Thursday 25 July 2019
Stephanie Mills
with After 7
Dell Music Center, Philadelphia, PA, US

Friday 16 August 2019
Stephanie Mills
with Will Downing
Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, TN, US

Friday 25 October 2019
Stephanie Mills
Birchmere, Alexandria, VA, US

Saturday 26 October 2019
Stephanie Mills
Birchmere, Alexandria, VA, US

Jeffrey Osborne

June 24, 2019 in

Jeffrey Osborne

https://www.songkick.com/artists/135955-jeffrey-osborne/calendar

Jeffrey Osborne (born March 9, 1948) might be best known as the lead singer of R&B/Funk band L.T.D., but his seductive yet darkly mysterious voice made its trail on many solo albums, with a few of them reaching legendary status within the Soul genre.

Osborne was born in Providence, Rhode Island, US to a very large and musical family. He is the youngest of 12 children (a sibling to 6 sisters and 5 brothers). Several of his brothers and sisters also pursued careers as musicians, one of them being his older brother Billy who was his fellow bandmate in L.T.D and is now a L.A. based producer/songwriter. Jeffrey’s oldest brother Clay Osborne is a professional pianist and vocalist.

Though Jeffrey’s father died when he was only 13 years old he inherited his strong skill and passion for music from him. Clarence “Legs” Osbourne was a jazz trumpet player whose past collaborators include Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Lionel Hampton. Jeffrey’s father often sacrificed many important stints as a musician to be with his family and always encouraged his children’s aspirations.

Jeffrey joined the group L.T.D. as the drummer and moved out to Los Angeles with them when he was in his early teens. While he was out in L.A. he also sat in as the drummer for the O’Jays when the band’s official drummer did not feel up to playing.

Jeffrey eventually filled in as the lead singer for L.T.D. and led the group to success with a string of hit R&B albums throughout the 70s and early 80s. Two of the band’s albums, 1977s “Something to Love” and 1979s “Devotion” were certified Gold and reached No.1 and No.5 on the US R&B charts consecutively. Their 1978 album “Togetherness” went Platinum and debuted at No.3 on the US R&B charts.

Osborne put out his self-titled debut album in 1982 and scored two top 40 hits on the pop charts with “On Wings of Love” and “I Really Don’t Need No Light”. His next release “Stay with Me Tonight” proved to be an even bigger success reaching Gold status and going on to claim Platinum certification. This album was well-received both in the US and the UK, with it’s single “Stay with Me Tonight” climbing to No. 18 on the UK charts.

In 1985 Osborne co-wrote the Whitney Houston single “All at Once”, which appeared on her monumental self-titled debut. That same year he contributed to the USA for Africa campaign, collaborating on the song “We Are the World”.

Throughout Osborne’s career he has recorded a total of 5 albums that went either Gold or Platinum. In 1990 he signed on with record label Artista and released the album “Only Human”. In 1997 Osborne released his Christmas album “Something Warm for Christmas” and two years later issued a greatest hits compilation entitled “Ultimate Collection”. During the 2000s Osborne entered into contracts with several independent labels and released albums such as 2000’s “That’s for Sure”, 2003’s “Music is Life”, 2005’s “From the Soul”, and 2013’s “A Time To Love”.

Friday 12 July 2019
Jeffrey Osborne
Birchmere, Alexandria, VA, US

Saturday 13 July 2019
Jeffrey Osborne
Birchmere, Alexandria, VA, US

Saturday 17 August 2019
Jeffrey Osborne
with Jody Watley
Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, Mableton, GA, US

Saturday 24 August 2019
Jeffrey Osborne
J. Anthony Brown Summer Groove Fest 2019
Township Auditorium, Columbia, SC, US

Thursday 12 September 2019
Jeffrey Osborne
with Gladys Knight
Orpheum Theatre, Memphis, TN, US

Friday 13 September 2019
Jeffrey Osborne
Sound Board, MotorCity Casino Hotel, Detroit, MI, US

Friday 20 September 2019
Jeffrey Osborne
with Peabo Bryson
Orleans Showroom, Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV, US

Friday 27 September 2019
Jeffrey Osborne
with Peabo Bryson
Arena Theatre, Houston, TX, US

Sunday 24 November 2019
Jeffrey Osborne
with Peabo Bryson
Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas, TX, US

The Delfonics

June 24, 2019 in

The Delfonics

https://www.songkick.com/artists/92272-delfonics/calendar

Hailing from Philadelphia, US, soul trio,The Delfonics helped create the sound of Philadelphia soul, reaching the height of their popularity in the late 60s and 70s with hits such as, “La-La (Means I Love You)” and “Ready or Not Here i Come (Can’t Hide From Love).”

Formed of the two brothers, William and Wilbert Hart, along with their high school friend, Randy Cain, the vocal trio began singing doo-wop at their school events, before gradually building up local fame for their dynamic and well-synced harmonic talent. The band initially caught the attention of the Cameo-Parkway record label, although they were not to find success with these early releases. However, the group did attract the attention of producer/arranger Thom Bell, who brought them over to his soul label, Philly Groove, which went on to become one of the most influential record labels in the soul genre.

Bell’s production style took away the grit and edge of the sound of Stax in Memphis and Muscle Shoals in Alabama, instead creating a smooth, orchestral soul that had a light, airy feel. For The Delfonics, this was to bring them immediate success, with “La-La (Means I Love You),” in 1968, which was followed by a string hits, releasing five albums with Bell as producer. They received a Grammy Award for the song “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time),” which went on to sell a million copies and be certified Gold by the R.I.A.A. However, this immediate success was not to continue and the trio failed to create any more major hits, with the group disbanding in 1975, after Major Harris, who replaced Cain in 1971, left to pursue a solo career.

The band’s music lived on well into the 90s, finding their songs being sampled extensively by hip-hop artists, such as The Wu-Tang Clan and The Notorious B.I.G. A version of the band returned, featuring William Hart, Harris and Frank Washington, to appear on GhostFace Killah’s “After the Smoke Has Cleared.”Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown” featured Delfonics songs heavily in the soundtrack, helping to create the mood of the 70s.

Towards the end of the 90s, The Delfonics, led by William Hart, released a new record “Forever New,” helping to revive the group. Various forms of the group continued to perform throughout the decade although they did not record any new material until producer Adrian Younge persuaded Hart to record a new album project, which became “Adrian Younge Presents the Delfonics,” which was released on Wax Poetics in 2013.

Saturday 20 July 2019
The Delfonics
with Heatwave, The Stylistics, and 3 others
Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, US

Saturday 05 October 2019
The Delfonics
with The Spinners, Rose Royce, and 3 others
Hershey Lodge, Hershey, PA, US

Friday 11 October 2019
The Delfonics
with The Stylistics and Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes
Twin River Event Center, Lincoln, RI, US

Rose Royce

June 24, 2019 in

Rose Royce

https://www.songkick.com/artists/481518-rose-royce/calendar

Rose Royce is an American R&B/Soul group and an essential staple of 70s pop music. This LA group has released multiple singles over the course of the 70s, few of which have left indelible impressions on it’s corresponding social soundscape (“Car Wash”, “Wishing on a Star” etc…)

Rose Royce originated from Los Angeles, California, United States and initially formed in 1973. The first incarnation of the group consisted of drummer Henry Garner, percussionist Terral “Terry” Santiel, bassist Lequient “Duke” Jobe, saxophonist Michael Moore, trumpet player/vocalist Kenny Copeland, guitarist/lead vocalist Kenji Brown, trumpet player Freddie Dunn, and keyboardist Victor Nix. Their style shifted over the years, but closely emulated funk, disco, and R&B music. Their influences were not necessarily eclectic but were certainly profuse. Part of the list includes the Temptations, Kool & the Gang, James Brown, Earth, Wind & Fire, Parliament, and Sly & the Family Stone.

Before forming Rose Royce many of it’s members acted as backing musicians for various LA groups. They later coalesced into a collective of session and touring musicians for soul singer, Edwin Starr. It was through Starr that the members met Motown producer Norman Whitfield, who signed them to his recently established label Whitfield Records. At this time the band called themselves the Magic Wand and were working for both funk singer Yvonne Fair and the Motown act Undisputed Truth. The group gradually started building an identity of their own and with the recruitment of lead singer Gwen Dickey (aka Rose Norwalt) they seemed to have solidified their independence as a band.

This newly revamped group garnered their name and broke into the mainstream with their involvement in the Joel Schumacher film,“Car Wash”. Norman Whitfield was hired as the music supervisor for the film, and as head consultant he decided this was the perfect opportunity to jump start Rose Royce’s career. The movie and soundtrack both proved to be very popular and as Whitfield intended, it launched the group into international success. The soundtrack featured three Billboard charting singles with the title track reaching the No.1 spot. Also the album won both the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Music and a Grammy award for Best Motion Picture Score.

The group’s 1st official studio album “Rose Royce II: In Full Bloom” was released on 29 July 1977 and soared on the market, hitting No.1 on the US Billboard Top Soul LPs and No. 9 on the US billboard Top LPs. The album has since gone Platinum in the US and Gold in the UK. Their follow up “Rose Royce III: Strikes Again!” also went Gold in the UK and likewise obtained Gold status in the US. It contained the two Billboard R&B hits “I’m in Love (And I Love the Feeling)” and “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” (Madonna resurged interest in this song credited to her 1984 cover).

Their next album “Rose Royce IV: Rainbow Connection” performed well in critical circles, but experienced slight turbulence on the market; however, it did manage to appear on both the R&B and Billboard Albums charts. Though lead singer Dickey left Rose Royce in 1980, the band still continued to release consistently strong material, but never achieved the success of their early years. They released a total of seven albums throughout the 80s, but called it quits after their 1989 release “Perfect Lover”. Gwen Dickey started a solo career after her departure, but has left open the possibility of reforming Rose Royce.

Saturday 20 July 2019
Rose Royce
with The Bar-Kays, The S.O.S. Band, and 4 others
SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, CA, US

Wednesday 07 August 2019
Rose Royce
with Con Funk Shun and Confunkshun
The Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre, Detroit, MI, US

Saturday 07 September 2019
Rose Royce
with Zapp, MC Magic, and 6 others
Glen Helen Amphitheater, San Bernardino, CA, US

Saturday 21 September 2019
Rose Royce
with Evelyn “Champagne” King, The Trammps, and 6 otherS
Thunder Valley Casino Resort & Amphitheater, Lincoln, CA, US

Saturday 05 October 2019
Rose Royce
with The Spinners, The Delfonics, and 3 others
Hershey Lodge, Hershey, PA, US

Saturday 02 November 2019
Rose Royce
with The S.O.S. Band, Dazz Band, and 2 others
Smart Financial Centre, Sugar Land, TX, US

Heatwave

June 24, 2019 in

Heatwave

https://www.songkick.com/artists/517644-heatwave/calendar

Formed in London, UK, Heatwave are a funk/disco group who came into international success in the mid-70s and 80s, known for the hits, “Boogie Nights,” “Always and Forever” and “The Groove Line.”

The band came together initially when two American serviceman brothers, Jennie Wilder and Keith Wilder, who were based in Germany, began performing together. After they were discharged, they moved to London, UK in 1975 to team up with songwriter/keyboardist Rod Temperton. They then fleshed out the lineup with Spaniard Mario Mantese (bass), Czechoslovakian Ernest Berger (drums) and Americans Jesse Whitens (guitar) and Eric Johns (guitar). With the multicultural nature of the group, they managed to create an eclectic sound that pushed their music well ahead of their peers, becoming pioneers in their genre.

After touring the London club circuit, they gained the attention of GTO Records, with their simple disco beats and heavy funk grooves. They began recording their debut album but the tragic murder of Jesse Whitens set them back. However, finding a replacement in Roy Carter, they began recording again, releasing a string of singles culminating in the hit disco anthem, 1977’s “Boogie Nights.” The song hit number two in the UK charts and also became a top five hit in America. Their debut album appeared later that year, titled “Too Hot to Handle,” peaking at number five in the R&B charts. By the end of the year, they had also gained a number two hit in the US with their soul ballad, “Always and Forever.”

Success followed them into their next album, “Central Heating,” in 1978, featuring the hit, “The Groove Line,” which scaled the top of the charts. However, lineup instability followed shortly after, with both Johns and Temperton leaving the band. Further tragedy hit after Mantese was stabbed by his girlfriend and was left paralysed, forcing his retirement. In 1979, Heatwave had recuperated to record their third album, “Hot Property,” which despite its strong collection of songs, failed to make much of an impression in the charts.

Bad luck seemed to follow the members of Heatwave, with Jonnie Wilder suffering a paralysing car crash in 1980. His brother continued to lead the group, releasing “Candles,” which featured the top 40 single, “Gangsters of the Groove.” Heatwave continued to be a powerful presence in the world of disco ad funk, but in 1983, they brought the group to a close after several lineup difficulties. However in 1989, the Wilder brothers returned, with “Sound of Soul,” which led to the group to continue to tour in the UK and America, releasing a live album in 1997, titled “Live at the Greek Theater.” Their classic hit, “Boogie Nights” was reimagined in 2002, through an extended club remix which helped to spread Heatwave’s music to a whole new generation of dance fans. Jonnie Wilder sadly passed away in his sleep at his home in Ohio, US, in 2006.

Friday 12 July 2019
Heatwave
with Touch Sensitive, Bad Gyal, and 3 others
Elsewhere, Brooklyn, NY, US

Saturday 20 July 2019
Heatwave
with The Delfonics, The Stylistics, and 3 others
Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, US

Friday 02 August 2019
Heatwave
with The Chi-Lites, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, and 1 other
Td Pavilion at the Mann, Philadelphia, PA, US

Wednesday 07 August 2019
Heatwave
with The Stylistics, Blue Magic, and 1 other
Spirit of New York Cruise Ship, New York, NY, US

Friday 22 November 2019
Heatwave
Docks de Paris, Saint-Denis, France

Saturday 23 November 2019
Heatwave
Docks de Paris, Saint-Denis, France

Monday 10 February 2020 – Saturday 15 February 2020
Heatwave
Ultimate Disco Cruise 2020
Miami, FL, US

Lakeside

June 24, 2019 in

Lakeside

https://www.songkick.com/artists/281065-lakeside/calendar

Lakeside is a funk band, best known for their 1980 number one R&B hit, “Fantastic Voyage”.

Saturday 29 June 2019
Lakeside
Fox Theater, Bakersfield, CA, US

Saturday 27 July 2019
Lakeside
with Zapp
Rabobank Arena, Bakersfield, CA, US

Saturday 10 August 2019
Lakeside
with Howard Hewett and Klymaxx (Cheryl Cooley)
Thalia Mara Hall, Jackson, MS, US

Dazz Band

June 24, 2019 in

Dazz Band

https://www.songkick.com/artists/276094-dazz-band/calendar

Dazz Band (formed in 1977) is a Grammy Award winning American funk and jazz fusion band, best known for their single “Let It Whip”, hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.

From the ashes of the jazz fusion band Bell Telefunk, came the groovable, danceable sounds of Dazz Band. Founded by Bobby Harris in 1977, the saxophone and clarinet player later invited Wayne Preston, Les Thaler, Ed Myers, Michael Wiley, Isaac Wiley, Jr., Michael Colhoun, and Kenny Pettus to complete the lineup. Originally known by the name Kinsman Dazz when the band had residency at the Kinsman Grill in Cleveland, the group signed with 20th Century Records soon after forming and headed to the studio with Marvin Gaye. Producer Gaye was unable to complete the project and at the request of band leader Harris, Earth, Wind & Fire vocalist Philip Bailey was enlisted as producer.

Kinsman Band (as they were still known) released their debut single “I Might as Well Forget About Loving You” in 1978 ahead of the full-length “Kinsman Dazz” the same year. Producer Bailey significantly contributed to the album’s success and subsequently co-produced the band’s sophomore full-length “Dazz” in 1979. The following year the Kinsman Dazz became the Dazz Band and the group signed with Motown Records. Saxophonist Wayne Preston and trumpeter Les Thaler left the band in 1980 and were replaced by trumpeter Sennie Martin, trumpeter Pierre DeMudd, and keyboardist Kevin Kendricks.

Dazz Band’s debut record for Motown was the 1980 album “Invitation to Love” which resulted in a string of hit singles, most notably “Invitation to Love”. The full-length “Let The Music Play” arrived in 1981 led by the Top 50 single “Knock Knock”, followed by the group’s breakthrough hit single “Let It Whip” taken from the 1982 album “Keep It Live”. Produced by Reggie Andrews the single catapulted Dazz Band to notoriety, topped the Billboard R&B charts, and won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Jazz Band continued to earn a string of hits into the ‘80s, most notably “Party Right Here” (1983), “On the One For Fun” (1983), “Joystick” (1983), and “Let It All Blow” (1984).

Long noted for their high-energy, improvisational performances the group released their ninth studio album “Hot Spot” in 1985, charting at No. 2 on the Billboard R&B Chart. “Hot Spot” was the last record released on Motown Records, after which Dazz Band moved to Geffen Records to release 1986 full-length “Wild & Free”. The studio album “Rock the Room” rounded off the group’s ’80’s releases, following which the group released “Funkology” in 1994, “Under the Streetlights” in 1995, “Double Exposure” in 1997, “Here We Go Again” in 1998, and “Time Traveler” in 2001.

Saturday 20 July 2019
Dazz Band
with Rose Royce, The Bar-Kays, and 4 others
SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, CA, US

Saturday 24 August 2019
Dazz Band
with The Bar-Kays, Mary Jane Girls, and 2 others
Illusions Theater at the Alamodome, San Antonio, TX, US

Saturday 02 November 2019
Dazz Band
with Rose Royce, The S.O.S. Band, and 2 others
Smart Financial Centre, Sugar Land, TX, US