What a discovery Trey Daniels was - I am so appreciative to New World 'N Jazz, especially to Kim Giles, for the introduction. I was aware of that collective promotion of Trey's work - but hadn't truly stopped and LISTENED until recently.
Here's the extremely edited reaction when doing so: ecstatic. At his website, a simple description: "Old School Gospel Jazz." And that would be enough - but there's more. Trey has a unique story. One that makes him an even stronger alto saxophonist and performer than usual. He was TWO POUNDS, eight ounces, when he was born. His lungs would not work on their own. The fact that he is WITH us, a thriving, energized, joyous human being, is a miracle. That he plays with his SOUL is another.
You better believe that he was in Church every Sunday during his childhood days. Playing in gratitude at the New Friendship Missionary Baptist congregation in Tampa. You want a taste of those days: check out his "Blessed Assurance" on You Tube. This is a deeply feeling artist who wears faith and that feeling on his sleeve - it translates to that sax.
When our guest graduated from Florida State U, he moved to the bustling, music-focused Atlanta. Local clubs established him as a force to be witnessed and he soon had his own band. Knowing the gratitude in his heart needed to be shared, Trey established the philanthropic "Music on a Mission." Teaching kids about Jazz and their potential is BIG for Trey.
This Performer of the Year (Patel Conservatory, Tampa) has worked with Lionel Richie, Lalah Hathaway and Pieces of a Dream. Currently with Anita Baker (yes!), we await his new "Evolve" that drops in January. We WILL be previewing three of those tracks when Trey joins us on 11/20. Show time: Noon. Our AMAZING new Friend joins us at one :)