... a saxophonist living in San Antonio Texas, he has been performing since the 80's. His musical roots run deep, having his earliest musical experiences in Blues, R & B, Reggae, Latin, Tejano and Country bands. It's his love for music that keeps him grounded and his love for jazz that keeps him performing. Soon after academic life, he pursued many different avenues in the field of music; at times as a sideman for many local artists and other times as a studio musician.
BillyRay is one of the first call smooth jazz performers in the San Antonio area, having shared his talents on stage with notable genre stars Steve Oliver, Peter White, Adam Hawley and Will Donato. He's also performed with Roy Hargrove, Julio Iglesias, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and many more. With his saxophone's rich, warm, soulful tone, he has made a name for himself on the local and national music scene. In November 2017, BillyRay released his debut CD entitled "Silk", co-written and produced by guitarist Steve Oliver. The album contains the single "Heels and Pearls" which has reached the TOP 20 airplay chart on smooth jazz radio.
Guitarist Adam Hawley
...Adam’s new CD “Double Vision” has jumped out the gates with Three #1 Hits! This means that in unprecedented fashion all 6 of Adam’s singles have topped the charts! The album also includes special guests Dave Koz, Jeff Lorber, Darren Rahn, Julian Vaughan, and Kat Hawley.Adam signed with Kalimba Music (founded by Maurice White of Earth, Wind, & Fire) in August 2015. His first offering on the Kalimba label features Brian Culbertson, Gerald Albright, Euge Groove, Eric Darius and Michael Lington. And in 2016, Adam was been named both Smooth Jazz News and JazzTrax Debut Artist of the Year. Adam is also known as a prolific sideman, appearing with a who’s who list of artists in a wide variety of genres. Credits include Dave Koz, Jennifer Lopez, Brian Culbertson, Natalie Cole, Gerald Albright, Dave Koz and Friends Cruise, and American Idol to name just a few.
Tour Dates Include: •Seabreeze Jazz Fest •Catalina Jazz Fest •Berks Jazz Fest •Rehoboth Jazz Festival •Jazz Fest West •Java Jazz •Cancun Jazz Fest •Newport Beach Jazz Fest •Dave Koz Cruise •Mallorca Jazz Fest •Napa Valley Jazz Getaway •Jazz on the Vine & Many More… He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California and currently teaches at Musician’s Institute, Chaffey College, and Saddleback College.
Bassist Darryl Willams
...San Diego native Darryl Williams is a naturally gifted musician, who began playing bass at the young age of 13. Darryl Williams’ passion and desire to grow as a musician lead him to studying under teachers and mentors who would provide him with this growth. Some of the very well known mentors he studied alongside include former Miles Davis and John Coltrane’s bassist Marshall Hawkins, Sarah Vaughn’s bassist Bob Magnusson, great San Diego bassist Cecil Mcbee Jr., and San Diego sax icon Hollis Gentry III. In 1997, Williams took a big career move in heading to Las Vegas and performed regularly at all the prestigious hotels and casinos, where he worked with headliners and recording artists. One of the artists Williams performed regularly with was Las Vegas Hall of Fame inductee Clint Holmes. In 1999, Williams was hired as the Musical Director for The International House Of Blues Foundation, where he began working with artists whom he would record several projects with. From 2001 to 2003, Williams was one of the in-house bassists at the world renowned Blue Note Jazz Club. In September of 2007 he released his first solo CD “That Was Then”. Williams received high praises from several top smooth jazz writers and dj’s for his successful album. Two of Williams songs from his debut album were featured on the Weather Channel. The songs can also be heard today on Sirius XM radio, Music Choice, as well as international and national radio stations alike. From 2007 to present day, Williams has performed and toured with the who’s who of Smooth Jazz and RnB. Some notable names he has performed and toured with include Euge Groove, Michael Lington, Norman Brown, Gerald Albright, Howard Hewitt, Richard Elliot, Ray Parker Jr, Kirk Whalum, Mindi Abair, Keiko Matsui, Rick Braun, Jonathan Butler, Jeff Lorber, Peter White, Gregg Karukas, The Sax Pack, Kim Waters, Steve Cole, Brenda Russell, Kenny Lattimore, Jeff Golub, Howard Hewitt, Paul Brown, Taylor Dayne, Darren Rahn, Michael Paulo, Jessy J, Everette Harp, Jeff Kashiwa, Eric Darius, and many more. In 2017, Williams released his second CD “Here To Stay” with critical acclaim, and garnering a Billboard top ten hit with the title track which features Smooth Jazz Superstar Euge Groove!
Keyboardist Greg Manning
...is a Berklee College of Music alum and an amalgam of cultures. He was born in Nigeria and raised in Switzerland. Greg moved to Los Angeles in 2002 and has had an incredible career. He is a three-time certified platinum producer for Universal Music Switzerland, and has had several Swiss Chart toppers since 1996. Greg is the former keyboardist and music director for GRAMMY Award-nominated artist Jonathan Butler… and keyboardist for Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright, Will Downing, Richard Elliot, Brian McKnight, Chante Moore, and Kirk Whalum, just to mention a few. After touring extensively for ten years throughout the U.S., Europe, South Africa, and the U.K., Greg made a conscious decision to come off the road. Not too long thereafter, he started composing music for film and television. As an artist, his own music is the union of jazz, soul, and funk… and has been described as “Soul-Jazz at its best”… which can be heard on his album “Sugar and Spice,” which was released on Kalimba Records. The title track went on to spend 20 weeks on the charts rising to #5 on Billboard. Most recently his chart topping single “Top Down” was celebrated as Billboard’s 2019 Smooth Jazz Song of the Year. Greg is off to an incredible start in 2020, as his latest single, “Twinkle” a cover of Earl Klugh’s 1981 classic, debuted at #29 on the Billboard charts.
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