15 March Wednesday – Brian Simpson Quintet (USA/AUS)
Weds 15 March 2017, 8.30pm
Inspired keyboardist, composer, prolific studio musician and producer Brian Simpson is a master of all he purveys, renowned for his eloquent approach to playing, sophisticated harmonics sense, bluesy overtones, R&B flavor and keen sense of how to craft a song.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, George Duke, Stanley Clarke and Dave Koz.
Illinois-born, Brian Simpson’s breakthrough as a solo artist began in 2005 with the #1 radio hit “It’s All Good.” the title track of the album of the same name. He continued to deliver follow-up hits and relocated to Los Angeles where he quickly immersed himself in the local jazz scene, playing alongside everyone from saxophonists Everette Harp and Boney James to guitarist Norman Brown. The free-spirited musician soon found himself taking a temporary leave of absence from the jazz scene, touring the world with pop divas Teena Marie, Sheena Easton and Janet Jackson. His foray into the pop world didn’t end there; in January 1991, he co-wrote the #1 Pop hit “The First Time” by Surface, which conquered both the R&B and Adult Contemporary charts.
Despite this success in pop, Brian Simpson has always been a working jazz musician. He has toured with some of the greats of recent jazz history, including George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Larry Carlton, Billy Cobham, and Gerald Albright. Brian had been the musical director for jazz saxophonist Dave Koz for close to 20 years.
In 2010 Simpson released South Beach whose title track snagged a #1 slot on the charts. Just What You Need followed in 2013, with more hits and 2015’s Out Of A Dream featured the Top Ten single “Skywatcher.”
With the release of Persuasion, 2017 should prove to be a year Brian Simpson further asserts himself as one of the most thrilling and innovative pioneers on the contemporary jazz scene.
Tonight, he performs with an awesome foursome of local musicians:
Gary Honor – saxophones
Deva Permana – drums/percussion
Adam Ventoura – bass guitar
Kuki Nayacakalou – guitar
Don’t miss out!
More info: http://bsimpsonmusic.com/
General Admission, Concession, Dinner & Show – 7pm, Dinner & Show – 8pm, Premium Dinner & Show, Drinks & Show
Date: 15 March 2017
Start time: 20:30
End time: 23:00
Venue: Foundry 616
Phone: 02 9211 9442