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Bernard ?BK? Jackson is an international-performing saxophonist, electrifying audiences across the globe with his unique playing style, energetic stage presence and unparalleled passion for music that touches the soul. A native of Tampa, Florida, he goes by the stage name ?BK Jackson? and has crossed musical paths with industry giants such as B.B King, Brian McKnight, Bruno Mars, Hunter Hayes, Chaka Khan, Fantasia, Zac Brown Band and more. Most notably, BK spent three years touring domestically and abroad with musical icon Prince, performing timeless hits for sold out arenas night after night as a member of his 11-piece horn section, known as New Power Generation (NPG) Hornz. Currently, BK can be found rocking the stage with New Orleans, frontman Troy ?Trombone Shorty? Andrews as a member of the multi-talented musician's touring band, Orleans Avenue. The group headlines tours around the world, bringing audiences a classic infusion of the New Orleans brass band sound, perfectly mixed with sonic rock, jazz, and hip-hop influences. In addition to headlining their own sold-out shows, the group has also opened for powerhouse acts such as The Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band, Lenny Kravitz, Hall & Oates, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. BK's newest release, Life of the Party, features keyboardist Nicholas Cole, guitarist Adam Hawley, Trombone Shorty, Joshua Cruz & Ross Mac, and Sherwood & The Loud Pack. Follow BK Jackson on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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Cal's new album ?Soulful? has been released everywhere. Cal Harris Jr. returns with his long-awaited 3rd Release ?Soulful?. This collection of emotionally captivating instrumentals speaks volumes without saying a word. His first album... more

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fo/mo/deep = An Eclectic Groove Oriented – Funky Jazz Collective. Best known for their sizzling live performances, the fo/mo/deep groove is rooted in the experimental school of the 70s…a time when jazz, soul, and funk were one... more

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Trippin "N" Rhythm's recording artist, producer and keyboardist, Nicholas Cole is back with a hot new album called The Weekend. It features Elliot Yamin (American Idol), Kay-Ta Matsuno, and Chieli Minucci. "Nicholas Cole's new... more

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The lovely Nigerian songbird we know as Douyé has decided to take an off-ramp from the highway of smooth/contemporary jazz and lend her delicious vocals to the world of bossa nova/samba with a touch of straight-ahead jazz... more

The Queen City Jazz Collective (QCJC) is made up of a group of gifted musicians who reside in the great city of Charlotte, North Carolina. Not just artist who use their musical gifts in Charlotte, but musicians who have shared their gifts... more