George Benson: 'The jazz always seems to automatically come out, because it was from my jazz days that I learned that spark. And the nice thing with my band and this repertoire, which is a complete joy, is that we go beyond just playing chords and melody. It is music that can stretch out
Fourplay American contemporary jazz quartet. The original members of the group were Bob James (keyboards), Lee Ritenour (guitars), Nathan East (bass), and Harvey Mason (drums).In 1997, Lee Ritenour left and Fourplay chose Larry Carlton as his replacement. In 2010, Larry Carlton left Fourplay and was replaced by Chuck Loeb.Grammy-nominated Fourplay has enjoyed consistent artistic and commercial success by grafting elements of R and pop to their unwavering jazz foundations.
Kirk Whalum ~ American Smooth Jazz Saxophonist and Songwriter. He toured as Whitney Houston's opening act for several years.Kirk has also recorded a series of well received solo albums and film soundtracks, with music ranging from pop to R to smooth jazz. Kirk’s musical accomplishments have brought him a total of 12 Grammy nominations. Kirk won his first Grammy award in 2011 for Best Gospel Song (“It’s What I Do”-featuring Lalah Hathaway)