Saturday, April 6 / 10:00 p.m.
WHUR 96.3 FM presents
THE SOUL OF JAZZ!
ERIC ROBERSON, NICK COLIONNE, BRIAN SIMPSON, ERIC DARIUS, ALEX BUGNON
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading / Grand Ballroom
Tickets: $55 (Reserved Seating)
Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and producer Eric Roberson continues to break boundaries as an independent artist. Described as the original pioneer of the independent movement in R&B/soul music, Robertson has achieved major milestones in his career, from being a successful songwriter and producer for numerous notable artists as well as headlining sold-out tours across the country.
With a jazz style that is both urban and contemporary, Nick Colionne has blazed a trail to the top of the ranks of today’s stars. Combining jazz, R&B, blues and funk, he has an unmistakable sound and vibe that is instantly recognizable. Colionne takes the guitar to unexpected places every time he performs, and his rich baritone vocals delight his audiences.
Inspired keyboardist, composer, prolific studio musician and producer Brian Simpson is a master of all he purveys. His eloquent approach to playing, sophisticated harmonics sense, bluesy overtones, R&B flavor and keen sense on how to craft a song that stands the test of time have made him the go-to man for many. Through the years Simpson has been revered for his unparalleled ability to compose unforgettable melodies and irresistible grooves.
Alex Bugnon has been a prolific, energetic force on the contemporary music scene for more than two decades. A renowned pianist/composer/bandleader, Bugnon hails from the picturesque town of Montreux, Switzerland — site of the world-famous Montreux Jazz Festival. He further honed his skills at the Berklee School of Music. It was in the U.S. that his exposure to a diversity of musical styles — from R&B to gospel and funk –that began to shape and influence his personal sound.
With the release of 2004’s “Night on the Town” single, saxophonist Eric Darius was prophetically hailed — named Debut Artist of the Year by Smooth Jazz News, alerting the world that an exciting and vibrant new artist officially was embarking upon his destined mission to take the idiom to scintillating new heights.
Noted for his searing and unrelenting passion and energy, Darius’ albums and live performances earn him new fans at every turn, as well as industry and critical acclaim.