Hartt & Soul Productions Presents: Benefitting One World
Norman Brown’s Joyous Christmas with Bobby Caldwell & Marion Meadows
Early Show : 7:00 PM
Late Show : 9:30 PM
Witness contemporary jazz at its best with three of smooth jazz biggest stars: Rick Braun, Norman Brown, and Richard Elliot.
Rick Braun is a chart-topping trumpeter, composer, and producer. Known for his impeccable technical chops, melodic wizardry, and keen compositional prowess, the consummate musician has been thrilling audiences for decades. Braun has made a mark staying true to his own musical voice and eclectic influences that have allowed him to collaborate across genre with some of the biggest names in music including Rod Stewart, Tom Petty, Sade, and REO Speedwagon. Having clenched over 20 number one Smooth Jazz hits, Braun has collaborated with all of the brightest stars in contemporary jazz including Peter White, Dave Koz, and Boney James.
GRAMMY Award winner Norman Brown is a multi-talented guitarist, composer, and singer who offers tasty sonic tidbits of classic R&B and contemporary jazz leaving his fans melting into satisfied aural bliss with every succulent, jazz inflected note. He has earned both critical acclaim and off-the-charts record sales, including his song, ‘Stay With Me’ landing at the top of Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart and his 2005 compilation, The Very Best Of Norman Brown the best- selling smooth jazz albums of that year.
Smooth jazz-styled soprano saxophonist Marion Meadows was born in West Virginia and raised primarily in Connecticut; after adopting the classical clarinet at age nine, he moved to the saxophone as a teen, later studying composition and arranging at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. A protege of Joe Henderson and Eddie Daniels, Meadows later served a long stint as a member of Norman Connors’ Starship Orchestra; after a series of session dates and sideman gigs, he made his solo debut in 1990 with the release of For Lovers Only, followed by Keep It Right There. Resurfacing two years later with Forbidden Fruit, he then released Heads Up for Another Side of Midnight, Next To You, and In Deep.