Welcome to 804 Jazz where you can find links to the best independent Real Jazz, Groove Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Soul Jazz, anything Jazz, anywhere. We're dedicated to promoting contemporary independent Jazz of all flavors and encourage you to come back often. We also encourage you to support and buy the CD's and or downloads at CDbaby.com or iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon, Spotify, Reverbnation, Soundcloud, Twitter, Facebook: Bill McGee - James Saxsmo Gates - Weldon Hill.
804 Jazz is excited about the new release of Free Expression by Weldon Hill. This CD has eleven (11) exquisite selections by Dr. Weldon Hill, Piano - Mike Hawkins, Acoustic Bass - Billy Williams, Drums, and includes a special performance on "One Less Bell" by the fabulous Desiree Roots (vocals, and 804's own James "Saxsmo" Gates (Alto Sax). A virtuoso pianist and multi-instrumentalist, Weldon Hill is well known on the East Coast for his feel and touch as a pianist along with his versatility and ability to play any style or genre. Dr. Hill is equally comfortable playing Be-Bop as he is contemporary jazz or gospel. With three degrees in music, Weldon is a highly respected educator and performer. He has been the music department chair person at Virginia Union University (Will Downing's Alma Mater) and also served as Vice President at VUU. He is currently the Provost and Vice President at Virginia State University.
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The release of the CD GATES WIDE OPEN by James Saxsmo Gates has been a fantastic success. This CD is truly a fine work of art. With 14 dynamic selections produced by Hannon Lane, James Saxsmo Gates and Brandon Lane. Gates Wide Open features several stellar performances by the great Fred Wesley on Trombone, Saxophonist Walter Beasley, and Smooth Jazz Guitarist Freddie Fox, along with 804 Jazz trumpet master Bill McGee.
The CD Gates Wide Open is truly a testament to the dedication and passion of Saxsmo. Featuring the smooth jazz hit "This Day Belongs To Me" with a performance and style reminiscent of the great Grover Washington. Also turning heads is the Brandon Lane arrangement of Michael Jackson's "Unbreakable", featuring Saxsmo at his best and funkiest along with Fred Wesley and Freddie Fox. Another song you a sure to check for is Saxmo's award winning arrangement of Chick Corea's "SPAIN" which features Saxsmo, Fred Wesley, professors from North Carolina Central University and Virginia State University, the 804 Jazz Allstars, and several stellar graduate students from NCCU. This is a blazing hot arrangement of what is a jazz standard and Saxsmo's version takes this song to a different level that will be appreciated for many years to come. Each of the songs on Gates Wide Open has it's own story and is worthy of your time and resources. Music is designed to take the listener to a different place and time, on this CD "I Remember", "The Hood", "Rebirth" and "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You" featuring soulful crooner and former lead singer for The Main Ingredient CARLTON BLOUNT.
We encourage you to support our music, we put many hours of time and effort in trying to make the best possible product, knowing that you will be spending your hard earned money to support us. Enjoy - GATES WIDE OPEN.
For more information on Saxsmo visit his website at WWW.SAXSMO.COM.
Trumpeter and producer Bill McGee continues to ride the successful wave of his CD "Chase the Sunset." A top 50 CD, Chase The Sunset features Bill with the 804 Jazz All stars performing classic covers and great originals. These songs can be heard on air planes and all over the digital media outlets. Featuring smooth jazz hits like "I Like The Way You Move", "Gold Baby", "Stop, Look, Listen to Your Heart", "Chill" featuring Jim Adkins, and "The Groove", featuring Hannon Lane and James Saxsmo Gates. You also need to listen to "Kickin' and Screamin" featuring the dynamic Debo Dabney on Piano with Bill McGee a high energy track that can be heard on Music Choice. Click here to purchase and listen to CHASE THE SUNSET at CdBaby.com.
Bill McGee has a great history as a trumpet player which can be read on his bio page.. he was the historic lead trumpet player on most of the pioneering hip hop hits by The Sugarhill Gang, Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five, The Sequence and The West Street Mob. Playing lead trumpet on Apache and Freedom some two of the most samples hip hop records in history.
Coming this summer of 2015, 804 Jazz will release the 4th Solo CD by Bill McGee "STILL BILL".. which will again feature James Saxsmo Gates, Weldon Hill, Tom Reaves, Hannon and Brandon Lane, E J Shaw, Lance Dickerson and other members of the 804 Jazz All stars. Bill McGee can be reached on Twitter at @billmcgee and Facebook and Pinterest.