Saturday September 22, 2018
King Center for the Performing Arts
3865 N. Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL, 32935
Concert / Live Music
Blake Aaron, a multifaceted guitarist, composer, producer and media personality, draws on a lifetime of diverse musical influences to create a masterful fusion of jazz, R&B, soul, rock, blues and Latin sounds. The Southern California based Aaron creates his most expansive, fully expressive collection yet, artfully alternating his lead voice between three of his favorite guitars: the D'Angelico hollow body, the Fender Stratocaster and the Cordoba Nylon string. Aaron's fans have long been entertained by his multi-guitar approach in his live performances where he'll set up his nylon string guitar on a stand while the Strat or hollow body is strapped around his shoulder – allowing for some amazing switch offs during the same song.
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 of 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. Simpson’s soulful approach to music has made him first call for many including, Janet Jackson, Teena Marie, George Duke, Stanley Clarke and Dave Koz. A chart-topping musical chameleon who wrote the #1 R&B hit “The First Time,” for Surface in the 1990s, Brian Simpson has a knack for churning out timeless anthems. Simpson’s latest release, Persuasion, should further assert him as one of the most thrilling and innovative pioneers on the contemporary jazz scene.
Saxophonist, Paul Taylor, has over ten albums of non-stop hit making, thousands of charismatic performances worldwide and years of setting new standards for the sonic possibilities of contemporary urban jazz. Taylor has been a groundbreaking force among the sax elite in the genre since his hit 1995 debut, On The Horn. His 2014 #1 hit “Supernova” continued the exhilarating upswing he has been enjoying since he started his second decade as an artist with Ladies’ Choice, – his first ever #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums Chart. “Burnin,’” the title track from his 2009 album, hit #1 on the airplay charts, and “Push To Start,” from Prime Time, hit the pole position on the Smooth Jazz Songs chart. Prime Time further lived up to its colorful name by reaching the Top Ten on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. His new Peak Records/eOne album, Countdown, launches Taylor into his incredible third decade as a solo artist with a set that fuses his trademark jazzy/funk/soul vibe with prominent elements of dance pop, neo-soul, electronica, folksy lite rock, reggaeton, and even a touch of blues.