Welcome to 804 Jazz a division of The 804 Music Group where you can find the best independent Jazz, and Smooth Jazz. We do anything and everything jazz related, anywhere and everywhere all over the world. We're dedicated to promoting contemporary independent jazz 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 - Fabian Lance


 Fabian Lance CD Reminisce

Now On Sale is Reminisce by Fabian Lance. In association with Life Groove Music the 804 Music Group is proud to present one of our absolute favorite Jazz Pianist Fabian Lance. You can hear him all over albums by the 804 Family of musicians. He is featured on Joe Sample by Bill McGee and on the classic version of Song For My Father. He is also all over the collection of CD's by James Saxsmo Gates. Where he can be heard on many classic recordings including "Spain".

Fabian Lance is no newcomer to the music industry and the two songs included here prove that beyond a doubt. Born in Washington, DC., Fabian Lance studied music at Virginia Union University in Richmond, VA, where he was a musical protégé of Tyrone Corbett (Will Downing), Dr. Weldon Hill and James Saxsmo Gates to name a few. As a pianist he has worked as an MD for many talented artist and musicians, has toured Europe several times with Broadway Productions, including Sister ACT I & II, The Wiz, Eubie and served as pianist for Ronnie Jordan, Plunky and Oneness, and the James Cleveland Music Workshop. He has also produced outstanding releases by Anthony Ingram.

 

 The CD "Reminisce" tells a story of versatility, musicianship, great production, and style. As the long‐awaited debut Solo CD for this veteran of many stages all over the world, this CD is the just the beginning of a great career as a recording artist for Fabian Lance.

Fabian Lance ‐ Reminisce
1. Once More (5:27) [featuring Carl Lester El Jr., Charlayne Chyp Page‐Green & Tonya Lazenby]
2. Sunset in Venice (4:34) [featuring Rudy Faulkner]
3. Reminisce (5:28) [featuring Anthony B. Ingram]
4. Crazy Love (4:55) [featuring Charlayne Chyp Page‐Green]
5. B‐Side (4:27) [featuring Tyrone Corbett & Robert Donzella]
6. Round Midnight (8:16) [featuring Desire’ Roots Centeio & James Saxsmo Gates]
7. Afterthought (2:46)

The new CD Reminisce is amazing and can be purchased everywhere..

 


 

Weldon Hill CD Cover

804 Jazz is excited about the release of Free Expression by Weldon Hill. This CD has eleven (11) exquisite selections by Dr. 

(YOUTUBE EXCERPTS)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 Professor of Music at Virginia State University.

Below you will find a link to purchase the physical CD at Cdbaby.com he largest record store in the world for independent music. We have worked with CD baby for nearly 15 years and no one has ever complained about their service or quality. 

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Cover Gates Wide OpenThe 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.

You can listen to Gates Wide Open and BUY THE CD and on iTunes  and Amazon.com.

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.


 

Bill McGee CD Cover Still Bill

CEO of The 804 Music Group - Trumpeter and Producer Bill McGee continues to ride the successful wave of his CD "Still Bill" A top 20 Billboard Hit CD, Still Bill 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 Cantaloupe and Watermelon "featuring Ayinde Williams", "I Know You Got Soul", Stay "featuring Tom Reaves", Full Circle "featuring Freddie Fox, Kevin Simpson, Written and Produced by Brandon Lane.", and Just You Wait and See, "featuring Cora Harvey Armstrong." Click here to purchase and listen to Still Bill 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 sampled hip hop records in history.

 

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