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Roland Contemporary Keyboards Invites Top Smooth Jazz Artists To Winter NAMM 2007

United States
Los Angeles, CA, December 12, 2006 — Be sure to stop by Roland’s Winter NAMM booth #2652 this January to see some of the greatest names in smooth jazz demonstrating the Roland digital pianos!

  • David Benoit
  • Thursday January 18, 2007
  • 12:45pm

Over the last quarter century, the world-class jazz ambassador and pianist David Benoit has been a passionate musical innovator committed to the exploration of many different art forms on the American landscape. David’s projects include the critically acclaimed This Side Up, Right Here, Right Now, Every Step of the Way, and Waiting For Spring which spent 8 weeks at the top of Billboard’s Traditional Jazz charts. This five time Grammy nominee has performed with some of the most prestigious symphonies and philharmonics in the world, including four performances at Carnegie Hall. He has also performed on the steps of the Capitol Building with the National Symphony for the annual PBS July 4th event.

  • Brian Culbertson
  • Friday January 19, 2007
  • Saturday January 20, 2007
  • 12:45pm

One of smooth jazz’s funkiest and most popular artists, Brian Culbertson has engaged the genres audiences for years with a mix of lively funk, jazzy piano and keyboard energy. This talented young composer/arranger/keyboardist/trombonist’s music has maturity that is, at times, beyond his years, and Culbertson credits his dad with helping him develop an ear for the type of music that he makes.

The tenacious Culbertson single-handedly recorded his debut album, Long Night Out. The album spent ten consecutive weeks in the Top Five of the adult contemporary charts. On his follow-up album, Modern Life, Culbertson eschewed the one-man band approach in favor of a live band made up of some of the best musicians in Chicago, plus stellar saxophonist Gerald Albright. He’s put out several other albums, Soulful Christmas, It’s On Tonight, Come On Up, and After Hours.

  • Kevin Toney
  • Thursday January 18, 2007
  • 3:00pm

Jazz keyboardist Kevin Toney started his career by collaborating with Donald Byrd throughout the 70s, starting with Byrd’s 1972 album Black Byrd and then with his group the Blackbyrds. He also supported saxophonist Andrew White on a number of albums and spent the “80s working with artists like Rahmlee Davis and Brenda Russell. In the next decade, Toney continued his work as a supporting musician and launched a solo career, releasing smooth jazz and funk records like Special K, Pastel Mood and Extra Sensual Perception.

Don’t miss these amazing performances! Stop by Roland booth #2652 for up-to-date details.
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