ARMSTED R. CHRISTIAN SCHOLARSHIP JAZZ FUNDRIASER
Jazz scholarship fundraiser featuring saxaphone great, Elan Trotman and his smooth jazz band with specail guest Althea Rene' on flute. Also performing will be the Darcel Wilson band featuring Darcel Wilson.
**** ELAN TROTMAN ****
Saxophonist Elan Trotman, has quickly become one of jazzs most thrilling and emotive performers as he continues to stand out and push boundaries as a composer, performer, teacher and recording artist. Trotmans playing, though inspired by Grover Washington, Jr., Kirk Whalum and Najee, displays his own fresh ideas and distinctive tone. So much so that the New England Urban Music Awards, and The Barbados Music Awards both named him Jazz Artist of The Year on multiple occasions.
Trotman is also the Executive Producer and host of the Barbados Jazz Excursion, a jazz and golf weekend getaway which brings over 300 music lovers to the island every Columbus Day Weekend. Past performers include Jeff Lorber, Javier Colon, Gerald Veasley, Brian Simpson, Althea Rene, Marcus Anderson, Peter White and Jeffrey Osborne.
Born and raised in Barbados, the native island of pop star Rihanna, and educated at the world-renowned Berklee College Of Music in Boston,Trotman approaches jazz in his own way. Blending Caribbean rhythms from his roots with skillful horn textures, his playing is full of surprises.
Trotman has recorded and performed with a number of world-class musicians, including Michael McDonald, Roberta Flack, Jonathan Butler, Keiko Matsui, Johnny Gill, Jeffrey Osborne, Sheila E, Marcus Miller, Will Downing, Earl Klugh, Jeff Lorber, Peter White, Peabo Bryson, Brian Simpson and many others. A huge sports fan, Trotman has performed the National Anthem on numerous occasions for such teams as the Boston Celtics, Boston Red Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks, Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Dodgers. As an avid sports fan, Elan has provided entertainment for numerous celebrities including The Bronson Arroyo Band, Cold Pizza on ESPN with Woody Page, Jeffrey Osborne Celebrity Golf Classic, Chris Tucker Charity Golf Tournament, Ray Allen Golf Tournament, Hot Stove Cool Music with Peter Gammons and Theo Epstein.
As a recording artist Elan has topped the Billboard Radio Charts over 10 times. As a solo artist charting songs include Heaven In Your Eyes feat. Brian Simpson, Tradewinds feat Peter White, Master Blaster, As feat. Lin Rountree, Thoughts of Sumer feat. Will Downing, and Smooth N Saxy. Collaborations that have topped the charts include Magic Men (Marion Meadows), Groove Me (Greg Manning), Just What You Need (Brian Simpson), Smooth (Cal Harris) and Ride Along (Julian Vaughn).
**** ALTHEA RENE ****
Flutist and bandleader Althea Rene is a dynamic, soulful performer with a bent toward contemporary jazz, funk, and instrumental R&B.
A native of Detroit and daughter of trumpeter, saxophonist, and longtime original Funk Brother Dezie McCullers, Rene grew up in a musical family.
Encouraged to study music from a young age, she eventually enrolled in a classical music program at Howard University in Washington, D.C. However, while at Howard she discovered her love of jazz, and eventually returned to Detroit.
She entered the police academy and spent the next 11 years balancing her time between working as a Wayne County deputy sheriff and honing her musical skills playing jazz in local clubs. In 2000, she released her independently produced debut album, Flute Talk.
More albums followed as her career took off, including 2003's Chocolate Rush, 2006's In the Moment, and 2008's No Restrictions. Along with her albums, she has made numerous festival appearances, including dates at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Austin Jazz Festival, Norman Brown All-Star Jazz Cruise, and others. In 2013, she signed with the Trippin 'n' Rhythm label for the Michael Broening-produced In the Flow.
Buoyed by the singles "Sunday Cruise" and "Free," it peaked at number one on the Billboard smooth jazz chart. Two years later she delivered the concert album Live in Detroit, showcasing a well-received performance at the Detroit Public Library.
**** DARCEL WILSON ****
Also featured during this event will be the soulful vocals of Darcel Wilson and her band. Darcel's sound is engaging and powerful and she will have the audience ready for ELAN to take them over the top.
Vocalist, Darcel Wilson possesses an engaging sound that is powerful and expressive. Since the age of fifteen, she1s lent her talents to noteworthy projects.
She1s worked with Branford Marsalis, Paul Simon, Mark (Marky Mark) Wahlberg, Walter Beasley, Fatwall Jack, Brad Delp (lead singer of Boston,) Armsted Christian, Keith Robinson (with Metropolis,) and with Producer Dan Serafini.
She also served as Lead Session Singer and Vocal Arranger for the Broadway show Brooklyn The Musical with writers Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson. Darcel ventured to Germany to coach German singer Ute Schoenherr, and provided vocal production services on recording sessions in London and Los Angeles.
Darcel1s voice can be heard on a multitude of radio and television. jingles. Credits include CVS, McDonald1s, The Oprah WinfreyShow, Filene1s Basement, The WB Network, Comcast Cable, Sprint,, The Boston Herald and Many more...
Darcel co-wrote and sang on a song for the Arthritis Foundation as well. The song, produced by George Duke, was recorded in Los Angeles at O1Henry and LeGonks. Other performers included Jeffery Osborne, Deniece Williams, Phillip Bailey, Chante Moore, Sheila E., Boney James, Everett Harp, Lori Perri, Howard Hewitt, Rick Braun, Kenny Lattimore, Lynn Fiddemont, and many others.
Since 1998, Darcel has worked as an instructor of Theory, Ensembles, and Voice for the City Music Saturday Program at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. She devoted nine summers to the College as a full time faculty member in the Five-Week Summer Performance Program before joining the Ear Training faculty in 2006.
Recently, Darcel has been very active on the international front. In 2007, she traveled to Kobe and Nagoya, Japan as a performing clinician at Koy Conservatory. In early 2008, she accompanied Berklee College of Music for a Vocal Summit in Frieburg Germany with fellow faculty Donna McElroy, Bob Stoloff and Dennis Montgomery. In Puerto Rico, Darcel taught at the Heineken Jazz Festival.
Recent Performances include The Rhythm and Soul Project in Hawaii, Teaching seminars and performance in Valencia, Spain.
The proceeds from this event will be directed to the Armsted R. Christian Scholarship to financially assist selected students that excel at the Berklee College of Music in honor of Armsted R. Christian who was a professor at the prestigious college and also an outstanding jazz musician and vocalist in his own right.
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