Official Donors

Brian Poe

Brian Poe



Brian "UnKle Funk" Poe has been playing music since he was small, starting with the organ; but after hearing Ernie Isley playing "Summer Breeze", it was the guitar that he wanted to play. Brian considers himself a "Funk" and "R&B" guitarist, but weaves different styles into his music,such as, jazz, fusion, and occasionally hard rock and metal. Brian took lessons from, noted guitar instructor and fusion guitarist, Derryl Gabel; which took his playing to the next level. Brian Poes' sound touched upon different levels of funk, from drop dead James Brown funk,to futuristic spaced out funk fusion and everything in between. As a local artist, he has played with some of the best in the North Florida area. "The Unk" also writes original music for himself and for other independent artists as well. Unk is new to the industry & presents to you Funk Factory Music. Contact: 850.441.6654

Fran Domingùez

Fran Domingùez

Fran Domínguez was born on March 4, 1956 in Vedado, Havana Cuba. He completed his musical studies at the "Conservatory of Music in Havana Amadeo Roldan" there was valedictorian.He went to the army band where it was five years to reach the position of principal trumpet. He then joined the orchestra Artistic Civil Workers Cuba. It has been under the direction of Cuban music greats like the late Rafael Somavilla, composer, arranger, bandleader and bands, Rafael Paterson, Tony Taño etc. He was also a student of the great trumpeter Jorge Varona founder of the famous group "Irakere", among others. Received help from the best trumpeter in the world "Arturo Sandoval" from whom he learned a lot and had the pleasure of sharing the stage at the "Second International Meeting of Trumpet" Rafael Mendes "" in Mexico City in 2011. Fran Domínguez, was part of the Cuban group known worldwide "Laye" for 10 years, in which it penetrated many facets of music like rumba, son, guaracha, cumbia, mambo and jazz which has always captivated . In this group also have learned a lot of show, took him across several countries in Europe and America, such as Panama, Canada, Austria, Chile, Guatemala, Brazil and Mexico many times until he decided to choose his second home, the which, as he says, is grateful for giving great opportunities to live to be happy. He was retired for six years of musical environment for health, but now is back, as he says with great effort, dedication, display a greater potential for emotion and talent bringing an interesting musical project “Fran Dominguez and his Project” that contains a mixture of smoothjazz with Afro-Cuban elements incorporating melodies and improvisations sound quality. And as a result of all this musical talent and artistic resurgence his first CD ”As The Phoenix Bird”.


The Detroit Emaralds

emeralds

(September 14, 2019) Back in 1966, brothers Abe and Ivory Tillman and James Mitchell recorded the single “Showtime,” and thus began the legendary careers of The Detroit Emeralds. Their label, Ric Tic, later became a part of Motown, and Marvin Willis joined the group, replacing Abe, and The Detroit Emeralds began their productive years touring the US supporting such acts as Sammy Davis, Jr. and James Brown.

The Detroit Emeralds, with more personnel changes, went on to score more than a dozen chart hits in the 1970s, including “Do Me Right,” “You Want It, You Got It” and “Feel The Need In Me.” By the end of the decade the group split, but left a legacy of great soul hits.

A new generation of Detroit Emeralds is now in place, with LaVel Jackson, Eddie Cameron and Dewayne Loc Lomax.

Check out “Victory” and welcome back The Detroit Emeralds.


 

Mikael

Mikael

Mikael is a professional and accomplished guitarist. His love for music began at an early age when he received formal guitar training in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio. Later, as a student at Howard University, he mastered his skills and talent, and was recognized by Walter “Clyde” Orange of the Commodores, and hence was asked to become a member of the legendary Commodores, and played as the lead guitarist from 1995-2005. During his ten year tenure with the Commodores, Mikael was requested by Clyde to showcase his talents and write songs for the group. While touring with the Commodores, Mikael shared a live stage with such performers as Mya, Silk, Glenn Lewis, Gladys Knight, Isaac Hayes, and a host of others. Mikael appeared on the Lou Rawls Telethon with Stevie Wonder, Ashford & Simpson, and Brian McKnight. On the international stage (including a tour of Japan), Mikael shared the stage with Boyz II Men, Diana Ross, and the Temptations. Before working with the Commodores, Mikael collaborated with Frank Cornelius of the Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose. The groups’ single, “Fat Bottom Girls,” was a regular hit on Black Entertainment Television (BET). Always in good company, Mikael studied and collaborated with Walter “Junie” Morrison, original keyboardist and lead vocalist for the Ohio Players. Later, Mikael formed the male singing group, Shades of Gray, with Mikael as lead vocalist. Shades of Gray was asked to opened for entertainers Peabo Bryson and R. Kelly. After his association with Shades of Gray ended, Mikael then added reggae to his musical repertoire. Some of Mikael’s reggae tunes (under his “Tuff Gong” label) received airplay in Jamaica from top Jamaican radio announcer, Barry G. In the mid-1980’s, Mikael’s single, “It Must Be Nice,” made it to the top 20 in the Miami market and was featured on the hit television show, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.”

Monique Brown

Monique Brown

Monique started her musical career under the direction of the late Collette Black who was well respected in NYC's Cabaret community. She studied vocals under the guidance of Eadie Scott, Luca Chesney, Elizabeth Russo and Craig Derry. While she continued to grace the stages of Don’t Tell Mama, 53 Below and Laurie Beechman Theater, she joined a Country/Blues band as a backup singer which opened a new and exciting world for her to explore. She now invests her energies into bringing the musical community a “flavor" of her own. Her current release “Useless Nights” was nominated for LDM'S 2018 Jazz Award. It can be heard on indie stations internationally and available worldwide. Her upcoming EP “Life After The Blues” will be released in August which will be a fusion of Jazz & Country Rock.

Sam Hankins

Sam Hankins

Sam Hankins had the great fortune to be born into a musical family that would help cultivate his own talent and ambitions. Encouraged by his father, Samuel Hankins Sr., young “Hank”” began with the guitar, then switched to his trademark trumpet in middle school and began playing in churches, professional bands and orchestras. Hankins remembers clearly being one of only 5 African American kids being bussed to the predominantly white Harmony Elementary School in Oklahoma City, which he attended with his younger brother.Music was a safe haven for Hankins who had difficulty concentrating in school and remembers clearly one of the teachers telling him that “he would never amount to anything”. However, he was determined to prove her wrong and went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He then joined the air force jazz band, The Pacesetters, stationed at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois as a trumpeter, where he remained until the Air Force Base closed in 1991.Hankins then returned to school, earning both a second Bachelors Degree and a Masters Degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It was while studying for his Masters degree that he found out he was dyslexic after being tested by his college professor.During his tenure as Band Director at the Edison Middle School in Champaign, Hankins won numerous teaching awards when he led a struggling band program to Division I ratings, State and National awards and recognitions. In 1997, he won the Golden Apple Award recognizing commitment to excellence in education & in 1998 received the White House Letter recognizing the Edison Middle School Band Program, sign by Hillary Rodham Clinton.Before becoming a solo artist Hankins performed with numerous legendary artists, including Al Jarreau, Clark Terry, The O’Jays, The Temptations, The Dells, The Impressions, Aretha Franklin and the Glenn Miller Big Band.

A prolific composer, Hankins had composed over 150 pieces before he took his wife’s advice and began pursuing the next phase of his diverse career, as a solo recording artist. He laid the groundwork for Nothing Between Us (May 2012) by releasing Dream Catcher (July 2011), a compilation of his catalog of music in every genre from smooth jazz and dance to techno. He released his third CD, Joyous Celebration, a Christmas CD which is a collaboration with David McLorren in November 2015. His latest CD, Do That Thang was released in March 2016.All 4 CD’s have received lots of radio play in the US & around the world and have won over 25 independent music awards.Hankins is currently the Band Director at Rich East High School in Park Forest, a Chicago suburb, as well as an Adjunct Music Professor at South Suburban College where he is the Director and Conductor of the Jazz Combo and Jazz Ensemble.On April 23rd, 2017, Hankins won 9 independent artist awards at the Indie Music Channel Awards (IMC) ceremony in Hollywood. Thousands of independent musicians from all over the world (Australia, Europe, UK, Canada & Nigeria, to name a few) submit their music in the different genres to be judged by music industry professionals (well known producers, managers, radio DJs, songwriters, etc). The list of nominees is released in March and the awards show is held in April in West Hollywood every year. This year it was held at the famous Troubadour, which has seen performers such as Miles Davis, Elton John & Bob Dylan, amongst others.

Rich East High School Band Director wins 9 independent artist music awards in Hollywood.

Hankins awards included the following:

1) Best Instrumental Demo for “El Matador”

2) Best Live Jazz Performance for “So What”

3) Best Male R & B Artist for “Reach For Me”

4) Best Soundtrack Song for “Land Of Freedom”

5) Best Soundtrack Recording for “El Matador”

6) Best World Music Artist for “Balli For My Galli”

7) Best World Music Recording for Balli For My Galli”

8) Recording Of The Year for “El Matador”

9) Demo Of The Year for “El Matador”

Stephen Jerome Ferguson

Stephen Jerome Ferguson

“Relaxing”, “Smooth”, “Mellow” and “Peaceful” are just some of the terms used to describe music created by SJF Music. CEO and owner, Stephen Jerome Ferguson. He combines the smooth sounds of Jazz, R&B and Neo Soul music to create a sound that touches your heart, mind and soul. He utilizes multi layered rhythms and bass lines to form a foundation for his smooth grooves that are powerful and subtle at the same time. Each instrument serves as an actor in a play. Each one has its own role and they all seem to work as one to bring his music to life. Like many artists, Stephen and his art are not just limited to the creation of music. He has a wide variety of interests and that variety can be heard in his musical compositions. He loves Photography, Graphic Art and has dabbled in Poetry Writing. On another side, Stephen loves Football, Basketball and Baseball. He played all these sports while in High School and in the military. Latter, while still in the army, he coached Football and Basketball. When he was stationed in Fort Rucker Alabama, he tried his hand at boxing where he fought as a light Heavy Weight and compiled a record of 15 wins and 2 losses. He also loves cars. His dream is to own a 1957 Thunderbird. Stephen also has what some would call a “geek” side. Chemistry, Geology, Biology, Astronomy and get this, Quantum Physics are rooted deeply in his background. He has spent countless hours looking through a telescope or microscope or crawling over rock formations searching for fossils. “My God, My Family, My Friends and My Music”. These are the things that Stephen lives by. He plans on attending Seminary College in the spring of 2013 and plans to one day have his own Church. “God has Blessed me in more ways than I know and I need to give Him the Glory”.

Traci Cooper

Traci Cooper

Some say she is the new kid on the Houston Jazz scene, and they're right - but that won't be the case for long. Born in Oklahoma, Traci Stone Cooper spent most of her life in Pearland, Texas, where she fell in love with music and joined the junior high choir. She stayed in choir throughout high school and on into college at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches where she found inspiration among her fellow musicians and teachers.For 28 years, Traci taught in Texas in the Pasadena Independent School District. During that time, she sang with the Bay Area Chorus, on the praise teams of various local churches, with the Houston Community College Jazz Ensemble, and even had the opportunity to perform in Vienna, Austria.Traci has now retired from teaching and released her debut album, Stepping Stone, to national and international acclaim. Traci can be heard on many Internet Jazz stations and at select venues in the Houston and surrounding area. One reviewer said that Traci's "warm inviting voice, colored by the depth of her soul, [will] put you in a comfortable state of mind."“Every performance is thoughtfully crafted for the event, leaving her audience satisfied and yet longing for more.”For more information about Traci Stone Cooper, please visit TraciCooperMusic.com or e-mail at [email protected]

Sandra L. Griffin

Sandra Griffin

Sandra L. Griffin (Sandy)Marketing & Promotions DirectorWest Palm Beach Area, currently working for the MikaelMusix Group 

Having over 30 years of business experience with GE and IBM, as a Software Engineer, and Systems Management Consultant, I was asked to strategize, develop, oversee, coordinate, and advise all project and marketing campaign opportunities “exclusively” for, Mikael, aka Michael Manley, former lead guitarist for the famed Commodores. Mikael is also an artist, songwriter, musical creator and producer. Within weeks after Mikael, brought me onboard, the strategy that I developed to get him recognized, paid off and his music is now being played around the world on syndicated radio, as well as global radio networks. His music has trended on the Billboard charts, as well as the Top 50 SmoothJazz.com charts, the Indie charts, various individual Radio Charts, and most importantly, he has maintained his status in the Top 20 and Top 40 Radio Indie International Radio Network charts, for over two years. Also develop musical videos as well as design other advertising medium to further assist the artist in musical endeavors. I consider myself, highly organized and highly motivated. My focus for success is to keep an open mind, listen to the advice of other professionals in the music environment, and never work in a vacuum. 

New World Order

New World Order
                          Lenny Harris                                                            Gilbert Pryor                                                      Wondel Brown
    Saxophonist, Vocalist and Founder of N.W.O.                 Trumpet player and Vocalist for N.W.O.                    Trombonist and Vocalist for N.W.O.


N.W.O. (New World Order), three accomplished independent musicians, Lenny Harris, Gilbert Pryor and Wondel Brown came together in 2016 to create a musical style of the 1970’s into a fusion of R&B, Pop and Rock.

The development of N.W.O.'s unique style is the result of a lifetime of musical influences such as Phil Collins, "Earth, Wind and Fire", Sly and the Family Stone, and James Brown.

“Saturday Night” is N.W.O.’s debut single from their first CD, “Millennium Years”.  More songs will be released later in 2018.

Delon White

Delon White

Delon White is a talented singer, songwriter, producer and performer of R&B, Soul and Jazz music. Whom became influenced by the Jackson 5 around the age of nine which started Delon off as many did by singing along and dancing to records and learning his voice.

In 1988 Delon was apart of a group called FLAYRE, with the sounds of the popular group known as Troop and mixed with vocals of DeBarge , Which lead the group a recording contract with well known record industry veteran Tony Rose who also worked with many in the music industry.. Later on in the 90s Delon joined another Boston area vocal group called RAW VIBEZ. The group was had a blend of some 90s R&B Groups Such As Jodeci, and Boyz To Men. They worked with well known producer Ric Poulin who owns Bristol Studios. They were part of a compilation tape called PORTRAITS OF THE CITY which came out locally through Ric Poulin's Mona Lisa Records. The song was called "TAKE ME AWAY" which you can hear Delon on the chorus and bridge.

Years later Delon Relocated to Houston, TX. with his family, Delon would sing in local churches and shows through AFTON working on his solo efforts. He ended up doing hook work for local Houston Hip Hop artist EMPHAMOUS B and co starred in videos "A DREAM", "DO IT BIG" and "TAKE ME BY THE HAND" on YouTube which has several thousand views. He also did several live performances with Emphamous B. Through his job St Lukes Episcopal Hospital he joined their choir and sang lead on FOX 26 live tv during the Christmas holidays with a viewership of 98 thousand people.

Later Tate Music Group out of Oklahoma contacted him about doing a project. Eventually Delon produced along with other producers such as Clay "Big Daddy Cee" Gittens, ArcAngelo Gorgoni, Brian "Unkle Funk" Poe his first official album SOUL SESSION VOL 1 which came out world wide September 2014. He was able to get airplay on various internet radio stations and shows including RFPRadio.com, Lady Mamalade show on Regina Records Radio, Lady Flava show on Blog Talk Radio, Jango, iHeartRadio, as well as FM Stations in San Antonio for his song "Saturday and Sunday".

In 2016 Delon starred in a healthcare video produced by CHI St Lukes called "DELIRIUM "THRILLER" STYLE" which at one point had over 18 Thousand views. It was a take on Michael Jacksons THRILLER which was very well received in the healthcare community. He also musically produced a separate Delirium song for another healthcare video which is also on YouTube. Delon submitted a EP version of his SOUL SESSION VOL 1 album with five songs to AKADEMIA AWARDS and won BEST EP R&B/SOUL for February 2016. He also earned a feature article in SOULetter MAGAZINE volume 42.

Currently Delon has a new exciting album called “THE ELECTRIC LOVE MOMENT” which consists of songs that shows his amazing vocal capabilities to smooth sounds of R&B, Soul, touches of Jazz, Funk even Reggae. Delon wanted this album to embrace “LOVE”. Producers are Delon White, ArcAngelo Gorgoni and Vince "PUNCHO" Bonham. One of the songs, "ALL I WANNA DO IS SEE YOU SMILE" produced by Vince "PUNCHO" Bonham

Delon just linked up with AMBYENT RECORDS CEO and Producer Stephen Jerome Ferguson. Delon has his DAYSO Music productions and is a BMI member as well. With his many musical accomplishments he plans on delivering even more for the adult contemporary audience and hopefully encourage the younger generation to listen to his music and sound , and see the dedication that comes from creating real music.

https://www.reverbnation.com/delon

https://www.facebook.com/delon.white

Keith Satterfield

Keith Satterfield

KEITH SATTERFIELD, Bassist, Writer, Arranger, Producer. Keith Satterfield is literally cut from music royalty.  Keith is the eldest son of the famed Bassist and Trombonist, LOUIS SATTERFIELD.  Keith, also known these days as Satt, was taught music under the tutelage of his farther.  In the early years while growing up in Chicago, Satt would go to Chess Records and watch legendary sessions by iconic artists, such as; Muddy Waters, The Four Tops, Howlin Wolf, Willie Dixon and KoKo Taylor.  Super Producer Charles Stepney, was the producer on most of those sessions at Chess Records. He utilized a core group of talent, which included LOUIS SATTERFIELD on Bass and MAURICE WHITE on drums.  These two were the most consistent musicians on these sessions.

 In Satt's early teens, His father Louis, shifted from bass to trombone forming the legendary “PHOENIX HORNS”. Earth Wind & Fire’s Horn Section. Satt Witnessed up close the Rise of EARTH WIND & FIRE and Phoenix Horns who went on to play with an array of other artists, like PHILL COLLINS, The JACKSONS, and GENESIS.  


Satt continued to develop as a musician while touring the country and honing his skills as a writer/composer, arranger and producer. Satt’s farther/hero/mentor, Louis Satterfield, passed away September 2004 which signaled a passing of the torch. After years of woodshedding, gigging and developing his production skills, Satt put his sights on the creation of a Contemporary Jazz Project, with the help of some of LA’s top musician friends.  Satt has developed a style and approach to his music that is unique and undeniably -- top shelf. One would expect nothing less than stellar creativity from Keith Satterfield who was exposed to and influenced by some of the best musical artist ever! We invite you to sit back, enjoy, and experience Keith Satterfield’s great music that flows from the Soul.


 




Leron Young

Leron Young

Everybody has a gift, and Washington area musician Leron Young’s gift is creating music that tantalizes and excites people of all ages. It doesn’t matter whether it is the Blues, R&B or Smooth Jazz; Leron loves and plays it all. From mainstream to contemporary, from bebop to hip-hop, he plays the guitar with a sense of grace and emotion that is wholly without cliché.
His passion for music was sparked at 8 years old when he received a guitar from his mother. Leron spent his formative years teaching himself how to play the guitar, while growing up in Washington D.C.
Leron attended Bluefield State University, where he studied electrical engineering. It was during his matriculation at Bluefield that Leron became aware of the corollary between music and math. He learned that just as in engineering, music depends on equations, relationships codified in symbolic systems (i.e. Notes) that are mathematical and equational. Whether it’s a tune with a syncopated backbeat and a funky turnaround, soulful funk, hard bop, hip hop, a beautiful ballad or a violin concerto it is all held together, as communicative, affective stimulus by numbers.

Leron was one of four Washingtonian guitar players featured in the famous Wattstax film documentary of a Black music festival that also featured Stax recording artist Isaac Hayes, Luther Ingram, Kim Weston and The Bar-Kays. Leron also played with Chuck Brown on his famous “Busting Loose Album.” It was during these gigs where his education really began. Leron says some things you can only learn on the bandstand with great musician.

Leron represents as high a level of musicianship as can be found anywhere, and his versatility and strong sense of melody have made him somewhat of an icon in his community. Leron’s melodic inventiveness i.e. his ability to improve marvelously beautiful and strikingly original melodies is his trademark. Some say Leron has captured the sound and soul of Charlie Chritain, George Benson, Carlos Santana, Earl Klugh, and guitarist extraordinaire, Wes Montgomery

In addition to being an accomplished solo guitarist, recording artist, composer, Electrical engineer, music teacher and bandleader, Leron is currently a member of the Bowie State Community Jazz Orchestra. 

In keeping with his creative growth Leron has parlayed his brilliant and original thinking in his music to write his first book. In this book Leron makes the connection between engineering, music and human growth and development. The book shows us some simple things to do when we get too distracted to do what we need to do, improperly motivated to release our own considerable potential, and how to reinvigorate our natural spirit.

Like most of us Leron has wondered what it would feel like to be a powerful player in shaping his own life, to have better control of his destiny. He found a solution that works for him and felt it his duty to share it with others through this book.

The title of the book, “How Is My T. E. D. D Y?” is a play on the word TEDDY as in Teddy Bear. Each letter is the beginnings of 5 ideas that if practiced regularly can help you stay fully engaged and empowered to create the life you want and deserve.

The book burst with supportive tools to help you to engage fully in life, experiencing the glory and the bittersweet wonder of being alive. It is your private practice field for taking charge of your life.

Leron says, “just as I play scales to strengthen my rhythm and tone, to limber my finger, hands and vocal cords, so too I use My T.E.D.D.Y to limber my thoughts and feelings so I can engage fully in my life. When I am conscious and responsible for how and what I Think, what I Eat, what I Do, what I Drink and the You (feeling good about me) my life works and I’m more productive.”

For information about Leron’s book his schedule for speaking or performing email him at [email protected]


 




Heidi Tann

Heidi Tann

As she developed her voice and craft over the years, she has set her sights on releasing an album that reflects her musical style—smooth and pop jazz, with a mix of bossa nova and Latin jazz, plus R&B. 
Heidi is no stranger to performing in international venues. After completing her bachelor’s degree from Manila at age 22, she immediately chased her dream, embarking on solo gigs throughout Asia. This path saw her performing in musical venues in Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Guam. Life was not always smooth sailing in Heidi’s earlier years of entertaining. As a single mother, singing provided her with the strength she needed to carry on; oftentimes performing as much as 5x a week, to provide for her daughter and set an example on the values of hard work and perseverance.
This experience also intensified her resolve as an artist. Today, she is a proud mother to that same daughter, Hannah, who, as a scholar, graduated Summa cum Laude from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School. 

What makes Heidi different?

 “My cultural heritage and my experience. Even when I sing these songs in my chosen genre, my FilAm roots are palpable in my delivery and the feel and tone of my songs. The sum total of my experience enables me to bring depth to the songs I perform.”
       


                                              


                                                                            




The Venomous Chemist

Andre barksdale

Andre Barksdale (The Venomous Chemist) is an artist as lyrically methodical as his name suggests. 

He credits his relationship with music to the exposure he received as a child, watching his father DJ. The crowd’s response to his father’s spins of The Dramatics, Blue Magic, The OJays and other heavy hitters of the 60s and 70s opened The Venomous Chemist’s eyes and ears to the power of real music. Living in a city where violence, drugs, and poverty were a harsh reality, The Venomous Chemist relied on music and his personal experiences to morph negatives into positives. By age 14, he considered himself an artist whose lyrics would not give way to the glorification of city vice. Currently, he blends melodic sounds and epic samples with genuine storytelling. With a solid delivery and thought provoking lyrics, this chemist has found a potent mix that is ready for the masses.


             


Tony White

Tony White

About| Tony White

Tony White is a multi instrumentalist who plays, Saxophones, Flutes, Clarinets, Piano, Bass, Guitar and a bit of Trombone too. You may not know his name yet but you may have heard his playing and or his original music as he has had the honor of playing with some of the top names in the music business and his original music can be heard in films and on television & online sources all over the world.Tony grew up in the suburbs of New York City and comes from the same hometown as the famous, Jerry Seinfeld, actors the Baldwin Brothers and the infamous Amy Fisher Joey Buttafuco, Massapequa NY.

“The earliest sounds I remember hearing are Louis Armstrong’s Trumpet, Frank Sinatra’s voice and The Beatles. My father a drummer and a fine harmonica player had a tremendous influence on me along with his idols the greats of Jazz, Gene Krupa, Lionel Hampton,Buddy Rich, Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman.
My mother listened to WNEW­-AM all day playing the greatest vocalists and bands translating the Great American Songbook. Dad’s drums were always out at family gatherings and there were always jam sessions and sing alongs. Music was and still is the central thread in mine and my families lives. My brother is an accomplished Pianist & Vocalist who has toured the world and he currently teaches voice at NYU in New York City.”
It was at one of these family jam sessions he first heard a cousin, who had played in the Glenn Miller Band, play Dixieland Clarinet. Tony was sold and started studying Clarinet at a very early age. Showing a great proficiency for the instrument and collecting high honors and awards along the way he studied with his mentor and teacher the great Joseph Genna (who also taught the NY Philharmonics Stanley Drucker) up to his admission into The Berklee School of Music in Boston MA.
“At Berklee I was lucky to connect with some fellow musicians who have all gone on to great success, Guitarist Steve Vai (Frank Zappa), Saxophonist Branford Marsalis and Bassist, innovator, Michael Mannring. Michael was the bassist in the first group I first toured with out of Berklee.”
That groups name was Spectrum. Spectrum went onto being an opening act for the singer BJ Thomas, Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head and the band Dr. Hook, Cover Of The Rolling Stone.
By the mid 80’s he relocated to Atlantic City NJ. There he co­ founded and led one of the town’s most sought after and successful acts “Cheers”. They won the prestigious “Lounge Act of the Year” in consecutive years, as voted by Atlantic City Magazine.
During this time Tony was musical director for many acts coming in and out of town. He was asked on numerous occasions to contract bands for corporate events and incoming acts and did so for the likes of The Sands Hotel, The Tropicana Hotel, Harrah’s Hotel and Casino and many others. He also co­founded one of the areas busiest horn sections called “The Allied Horn’s” The horn section has performed and or recorded with: The Temptations, David Ruffin Eddie Kendricks and Dennis Edwards, The 4 Tops, Tony Bennet, Billy Preston, Lanie Kazan, Franki Valli, Tom Jones, Little Anthony, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Wilson Pickett Ben E. King, Al Green, The Platter’s, Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon, Danny and The Juniors, Duke Daniels (The Platters) The Coasters, The Drifters, The Marvelettes Martha and the Vandellas, etc….
As a result of these collaborations two things happened in Tony’s career that have had a long lasting effect on his life.
He became a touring member of the Alternative Pop group 10,000 Maniacs which featured lead singer Natalie Merchant and he also became musical director for the group The Dovell’s, The Bristol Stomp, You Can’t Sit Down. His association with The Dovell’s led to Tony jamming with PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON on two separate occasions, he has also played with the President’s brother, Roger Clinton, but more on that in a bit. More Info


           




NERO

Kenny Nightingale

kenny

Musician, Saxophonist, Song Writer, Producer Kenny Nightingale was born in the Mother Land of the West side of Nigeria Africa. At the age of 8 he was introduced to the saxophone by his father Mr Fuzzy a saxophonist who inspired him into the art of show bizz.. At a tender age Kenny was already Inspired to the sounds of John Coltrane, David Samborn, Michael Jackson, , Hugh Masekela,. , Charlie Parker, Jimi Hendrix,  Hank Crawford,Vocalist Aaron Neville. Jay Beckenstein, Sadao Watanabe,  just to name a few. Years down the road Kenny added a few more artists to his collection. Kirk Whalum, Dave Koz, Euge Groove, Steve Cole. Music is my thing and I live by it.


BE INSPIRED

I find inspiration all around me.  I try to make my music representative of myself and my generation. Stay positive and never give up on your goals and dreams. Remember there's always space & time for everyone to shine. And if you believe in your  heart that your time is now, then definitely go for it. And never give up on your faith and goals.

Be Strong!

                                                                                                                          

                                              

                                                   !!! NEW RELEASE !!!

                                                    MY SAXOPHONE 

                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                        



Lavel Jackson

lavel

Powerful, Unique, Versatile, Agile, Creative……. 

His voice is powerful, his style unique, his creativity agile, his presence demanding and versatile. 

Lavel is a powerful and distinct artist whose abilities take him from the recording studio to the forefront of the stage performing for live audiences. Lavel has shown himself to be a versatile and creative singer, songwriter and producer.  His material has been heard on nationally syndicated television shows such as Family Matters, Sister Sister, and Dangerous Minds and on many nationally released albums. Lavel has produced music for a wide variety of styles (including R&B, Southern Soul and Gospel), but when creating music for himself you begin to see a distinct & classy style of days gone by. Lavel is influenced by the stylish sounds of Sam Cooke, Al Green and many singers of days gone by. 

After he graduated High School, he was invited to sing with several bands and groups, but it the offer to join the B.A.D Band that gave him  the opportunity to realize what a good front-man can do for a band or group. Lavel was the lead vocalist for band  during the 80’s and early 90’s. Although The B.A.D. Band never achieved national or international success, they did have 2 successful single releases (Stay Awhile" (1986) and  "All I Want is You" (1988) which lead to the band being the opening act for many major recording artist during that era. Lavel co- wrote and sang lead vocals on both singles. The success of the singles (Stay Awhile 86’ and All I want is you 88’) also lead to a recording contract with Motown records in 1991 and a demo deal with Al Hyman (Sony Records). 

 Lavel  has produced and written music for recording artist and Record Labels such as;  Illstreet ( Fab Five Freddys inthemiddle-entertainment),  Astray (Self made recordings), The Process, Motown Recs, Sinban Recs.,  Rowe Productions, Top Authority (Ichiban Recs.),  Darp Recs, and many others. He has credits for his vocal work on projects with the Dayton Family, Mack da Jacka, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Astray, Gee Pierce and many others.

Lavel performs live shows with the 60's, 70's and 80's music cover band “Soul Xpress”, as well as doing shows as a solo artist. Lavel’s currently tours with The Dramatics featuring LJ Reynolds. 


     







Belmont One Management International Production Company, Publisher and Radio Marketing Firm

Belmont One Management




Belmont One Management & Productions


For Business Contact
Mr. David Case

                                                                        



About | J.Michaels

j.michaels
J. Michaels (aka Elder Moreh) is no stranger to music. He grew up playing drums and bass in church and working with many gospel artists such as The O’Neil Twins, The Winans, Vickie Winans, Tramaine Hawkins, Richard Smallwood and a host of others. He has traveled with artists throughout the United States and abroad. At the age of 12 his desire was to be “just be a drummer and engineer" then at the age of 16, producing caught his "ear". Although he did not realize it, but while he was “making beats” in his brothers little 4 track bedroom studio in the 80's, (without his brothers’ permission) that the simple task of placing musical parts on each track and writing words to it was producing & songwriting.  This experimental "hobby" then moved to a little room in his church. This is where J.M. & his cousin (CEO of Blockboyz Entertainment) Jayd Daniels, began to map out their future careers in music and sharpened their skills as producers.

Before you knew it, he was doing work as a session musician and producing out of various major studios for a wide range of artists such as Immature, Monteco, TCF Crew and Skin deep. He worked with and learned from the likes of the late Wayne Brathwaite and Yogi Horton. Producers Barry Eastman and Skip Anderson were a major influence in his career. In the early 90's, he landed a position on the production team of producer Rahni Song and became part of the Rahni Song production network as well as drummer for contemporary Gospel Group “Kingdom”. He learned a lot of his production skills and mixing technique from his mentor Rahni Song. 
After a period of “retirement” from the business “Elder” has started a new production company and label, “Coast 2 Coast Music Group LLC” (C2C) with Tampa based “Saxophonist” Marlon Boone.  As CEO of C2C, he is committed to being a part of good quality songs/music that are “HITS” no matter who he is working with. As he always says "Music is a life force, be careful how you use it."

J. Michaels has produced a number of popular songs and musical collections, and continue to work towards helping the music we love get the exposure we believe it deserves. 

J.M. has always had one major goal: to provide musicians with the opportunity to record, produce, and share their unique and wonderful sounds with the masses. He is now in collaboration with some incredibly talented recording artists, who are rising up the charts with their productions.  
If you too have always dreamed of having your music heard, contact J. Michaels.



  COAST 2 COAST MUSIC GROUP LLC 

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
"Music is a lifeforce, be careful how you use it"

logo

Coast 2 Coast Entertainment Group is an independent publishing company and record label created by music veteran J. Michaels (aka Elder Moreh), and Saxophonist Marlon Boone.

Their vision is to create a company that focuses on hit “Single releases” and not “album filler“ releases. These singles are made to be “hits” in the market place and for the fans.
This takes serious concentration to say the least, however the team assembled with their combined experience covering 2 generations is bound to create the hits that this generation needs and lead in the idea of producing and listening to “real music.”
No matter if we produce singles, EP's or full album projects, we hope you will enjoy ALL that you hear. We also offer our production services for artists, labels & managers who are interested.

contact
INSTA
FACE

ROD BEST

rod best

He also has studied alto saxophone and guitar. Over the years Rod has been involved in training and developing of singers and musicians as well as writing music arrangements for small stage band through to large orchestras, direction of major musical productions and song composition.
He studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Jazz Improvisation and Advanced Arranging, developing in composition and arrangement in jazz and contemporary keyboarding styles. He has also studied under some great Australian jazz piano players including Tony Ansell, Mike Nock, Michael Bartolomei, Chuck Yates, Judy Bailey, Dave Fennell, Vince Genova and Kevin Hunt. He studied at Jazz Worx in Brisbane and received an Associate Diploma in Jazz.
He has released five instrumental albums called “Best Of Smooth”, “The Best of Rod Best”, “Groove On”, “A Peaceful Place”, “The Next Level”, “Soul Soothing” featuring Patrick Yandall on guitars, Daniel Spirovski on saxophones, Libbie Jo Snyder on flute and his latest “Funky Feeling” with Patrick Yandall on guitar in “How About Smooth:. He has also released a number of singles including “Sweet Emotion”, “In the Groove”, “Move ‘n’ Groove”, “Besty’s Bossa”, “Lazy Days”, “Turn Up the Heat”, “Lasting Impression”, “Going Places”, “High Energy”, “Piano Groove Time”, Smooth As”, “Listen Up Now”, and “A Good Note”. He has also completed a collaboration EP with “Light of Love” from Chicago called “The Best Of Christmas”. All music is available at http://www.rodbestmusic.com or from iTunes, CD Baby, Apple Music, Songtradr, Spotify or Amazon.


      

   PICK UP YOUR COPY NOW


 
COVER

Gino Goss

Gino Goss

Award winning Producer/Artist, Trumpeter, Latin percussionist Gino Goss decided in 2008 to embark on his own, forming Gino Goss and Jammajazz, producing a unique and exciting sound that is all his own. In 2009, he released is debut CD ALMOST FAMOUS to glowing reviews. Various cuts from this freshman CD can be heard globally.

Gino’s sophomore CD, Turn It Up, is set for release December 20, 2014, having released nine singles from that CD, Funk It Up, award winning Kalimba Dreaming, award winning Night In Rio, Voodoo Magic and award winning Egyptian Drifter, nominated Just Don't Want Another Broken Heart, Black Zulu, Loosing My Way and Just Don't Want Another Broken Heart ~ The Remix. As a producer Gino has featured vocalists from Brazil, Italy and India, UK guitarist, on various tracks.

Through Gino’s close work with some of the world’s greatest musicians, as well as drawing from a wide-ranging repertoire of pop, jazz, contemporary, R&B and world music he has been led to create aesthetically rewarding performances which capture and accentuates the warmth, excitement, chemistry, and spontaneity of his shows.

In 2012, Gino became a six time nominee and four time winner of Indie Music Channel Awards, including Producer of the Year. In 2013, Gino was a ten time nominee of the Indie Music Channel Awards in Jazz category and five time nominee in World category. Taking home Best Jazz Song, Best Jazz Recording and Best Jazz Video for Kalimba Dreaming and Best Male World Artist for Egyptian Drifter. 2014, Gino has been honored with fourteen nominations for Indie Music Channel Awards in the genres of Jazz, Easy Listening and World Music, receiving awards for Jazz song of the year and Male World Artist of the Year. And in 2015 Gino was honored with four Indie Music Nomination in the Jazz and World categories receiving the World Artist of the Year award, as well as 2015 IMC Radio Awards, Best Jazz Producer and Best Jazz Song. 2015 also saw the successful release of Gino’s sophomore CD ‘Turn It Up’ all songs for this CD having received awards and can currently be heard on internet radio stations worldwide.

Gino’s unique sound and style leaves you with a silky, sexy, smooth and mystical feeling.







 

Leon Pressley

leon

LEON PRESSLEY

SAXOPHONIST



HERE'S MY STORY: Leon Pressley an American Saxophonist, was born and raised in Newark New Jersey. Graduated from Arts High School. He Furthered his education at Essex County to study Jazz. Leon recorded his first debut album in 2007. Let's Fly Away. In 2012 the released his second album was A Love Forever More. In 2014, he released his third CD entitled Soul Stories. His latest works is After hours Vol 1 (Latest EP). This EP was influence by the local Independent Artist experiences at local lounges and hotspots for live music.

Musical influences are Najee, Robert Glasper, Boney James, Jill Scott, Grover Washington Jr. He has opened up and performed with Leila James, Eric Roberson, Frank McComb. Currently Performs at NYSW Jazz Lounge, Margaritaville Hollywood Florida.


WORK EXPERIENCE

BRIDGE GROOVE MUSIC

MAY 2019- PRESENT

PERFORMANCE IN BENEFIT CONCERTS FOR INDIA, BAHAMA CAFE DEL SOL SERIES PERFORMED IN JAZZ CAFE'S.

CLUBS AND COUNTRY CLUBS

EDUCATIONAL INFO

ARTS HIGH SCHOOL
ESSEX COUNTY COLLEGE 1992
VOLUNTEER AND MENTORSHIP FOR THE MEDICALLY CHALLENGE YOUTH FOR MUSMED

VISION AND GOAL

"PLAYING MUSIC TO UPLIFT THE SOUL"

LET'S CHAT:

954-806-1203
587 Wilderness Circle Sebring Florida 33872
[email protected]
www.bridgegroovemusic.com

REFERENCES:
SANDRA INGHAM CEO, ARTIST NAJEE, FRANK McComb