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The Palace Theater & ACT Jams Productions Present: "An Evening of Jazz & Soul with Chris "Big Dog" Davis & Friends."
Chris "Big Dog" Davis, Nick Colionne, Phil Perry, Kim Waters & Carol Riddick highlight the evening with special guests, The Family Connection, Dawn Tallman, Deacon Shannon & Mike G also gracing the stage throughout the night.
An Old School Dance Party for all patrons will take place immediately following the concert in the orchestra lobby hosted by Al "DJ ACT" Taylor along with a meet & greet with the artists in the Grand Foyer.
Chris “Big Dog” Davis, is a Waterbury native and two-time Grammy nominated writer and producer, who has earned 15 Billboard top #1 Smooth Jazz Hits since 2008. Chris received a Grammy nomination in 2014 for his work with singer/songwriter “Maysa” on her “Blue Velvet Soul” CD. Chris and co-producer Gerald Albright received a Grammy nomination in 2015 for their CD “Slam Dunk” in the category of “Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.”
Big Dog is a highly-pursued producer by Billboard artists such as Najee, Dave Koz, Marion Meadows, Rick Braun, Nick Colionne, Will Downing, Phil Perry and Kim Waters. Chris has also performed as a solo artist at the Berks Jazz Fest and Philly South Kitchen and Jazz Parlor. Chris also performed at the 1st ever Brass City Jazz Fest at the beginning of summer, which had rave reviews.
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. Nick takes the guitar to unexpected places every time he performs and his rich baritone vocals delight audiences.
Nick made history in 2017 & 2018 with 5 consecutive Billboard Number 1 singles off his "The Journey" CD. His current CD, "Just Being Me", which has a Billboard Top 10 Single titled "Be UrSelf" offers a palate of moods and flavors born of life experiences, challenges, and the effect of the people, past and present, who have helped shape and mold his sound.
Vocalist, Phil Perry is a soulful singer/songwriter with decades of experience in the pop, R&B, and jazz idioms who got his start as a member of the soul vocal group, the Montclairs from 1971–1975. After the group broke up, he launched a lucrative career as a freelance songwriter, producer, and studio singer, appearing on albums with such luminaries as Anita Baker, Peabo Bryson, Chaka Khan, and many others.
To coincide with the release of his fifth studio album, 2001's Magic, Perry was scheduled to perform a lunchtime concert at the World Trade Center on September 11th. Although events found him elsewhere that day, he subsequently suffered from depression and spent several years away from recording. Coaxed back into the studio by Magic-producer Chris "Big Dog" Davis, Perry released "Classic Love Songs" in 2006.
Kim Waters' 23rd recording as a leader and thirteenth CD for Shanachie Records, "What I Like", finds the saxophonist doing what he does best—creating dreamy melodies, crafting funky dance-inspired originals, immortalizing sultry ballads, and putting his own indelible imprint on timeless R&B hits. The charming and spiritually grounded saxophonist has proven through the years to be a master composer.
In typical fashion, Waters is like a one-man band playing virtually all the instruments on "What I Like." However, he does get a little help from some friends including Bassist/Guitarist Prince Redd, Raynard Gibson(vocalist) and long-time friend and collaborator, Chris "Big Dog" Davis.
Highly-regarded in the music community for her vocal dexterity, mesmerizing performances and genuinely warm personality, Carol Riddick is a unique entertainer whose evolution is ongoing and has also blessed the tracks of many distinguished artists. She is featured on records by Anthony Hamilton, Jill Scott, Norman Brown, Kindred The Family Soul and a host of others. Most notably, her distinct vocal delivery can be heard on Musiq’s “Soulstar,” the title track on his multi-platinum album.
Carol’s fondness for the Philly International and Motown recordings on which she grew up is reflected in her debut album, "Moments Like This", which carries on the tradition of music that moves people. Her beautiful spirit, sensuous stage shows and passionate vocal delivery will surely soothe your ears and alter your spirit in the most alluring way.
I want to thank everyone that came out to support the 1st Brass City Jazz Fest 2018, it was an INCREDIBLE day & night of music here in Waterbury!
BLAZING the stage was Chris Davis "Big Dog" featuring the AMAZING Maysa and saxman Art Sherrod Jr. along with special guest Lamone and band Corey Baker, Dexter Pettaway Sr., Patrick Williams, Kris Jensen, Carolyn Ellison & Choir. Alex Bugnon and band Carl Carter SLAYED us, the Steve Clarke Trio brought the FIRE along with the SULTRY Dana Lauren, the Sez Zion Jazz Band SET IT OFF and Marty Q and band IGNITED the show from the start.
Big Shout to all the sponsors City Of Waterbury Neil O'Leary, Dr.James H. Gatling New Opportunities, Carl W. Rosa Main Street Waterbury, ACT Jams Productions, Chapel Memorial, Waterbury Hospital, Webster Bank, FD Community, Palace Theater, Maggie McFly's, Other Designs, Jazz Moods Radio, Chef D. Myles, Sterling Security...Much love to the WPD, WFD, DPW & volunteers, we can't do it without you! Nick Galgano & Adam from Sound Idea the sound was IMPECABLE!!
Visit brasscityjazzfest.com for updates, pictures and video to come.
We appreciate the love Helen Taylor, Meg Luddy, Valerie Jones-Perkins, Ray Santovasi , Vernon R Matthews Jr. Mack Abney, Ernest Blue,Roger Burke Ken Stanco, Bill Damaida, Mary Ann Marold, Bobby G. Gaetano,Mark Lombardo, Dave Simpson, Joe Geary
...I'm full of GRATITUDE!!
Brass City Jazz Fest
Al Taylor is Keeping Great Music Alive in the genre of Contemporary Jazz and Smooth Jazz.
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