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Will Holton at Jazz at Hotel Henry Summer Jazz Thursdays
Thursday, August 20, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Will Holton is a Buffalo-bred saxophonist who draws inspiration from Jazz, R&B, and Soul artists. An ambassador for the countries largest Juneteenth Festival, he has also performed at statewide music festivals including Buffalo’s Pine Grill Reunion, Rochester’s Roc the Park and Afrikan American Festivals, Syracuse’s CNY Jazz Festival and annual performance in White Plains, NY, and Washington DC.
Each year, Holton creates the “Love Cadenza” concert around Valentine’s. Additionally, Will Holton can be found performing at First Night for New Year’s Eve in downtown Buffalo.
Holton is an accomplished recording artist, having self-released two albums, “Always” (2009) and “Love Stories Untold Volume 1” (2012) under his label SSP Music; and has gained national acknowledgment from co-billing stages with American Idol Winner Ruben Studdard, Keyshia Cole, Grammy award-winning guitarist Stanley Jordan, Jon B., jazz vibraphonist – Roy Ayers and KEM.
An internationally recognized music publisher/songwriter, Holton wrote in 2009 the song “Love You A Lifetime” for three-time Grammy-nominated and “Pioneer of Smooth Jazz” Najee. The album titled Mind Over Matter reached #2 Billboard Album. It also featured r&b vocalist Eric Benet and Jeff Lorber.
Holton’s cover of Grover Washington’s funk ballad “Just The Two of Us” was featured on jazzfm.com (the United Kingdom-based). DJ Steve Quirks included the tune in the annual acclaimed Fusion Flavours Anniversary Compilation CD with artists such as Kirk Whalum; Fourplay; Euge Groove; Marcus Miller and other industry notables.
Will Holton will be joined by three stellar jazz, smooth jazz, and R&B musicians – Cal Parmer on bass, Brandon Josey on keyboards/vocals, and Tony Payne, Jr. on drums.