By: Art Jackson Spaghettini Jazz Club
Photos By: Mann Seal Beach, CA
Andre Delano December 03, 2011
For me December is officially the time of the year to begin enjoying seasonal songs about Christmas and tonight my anticipation was high with excitement for a Smooth Soul Christmas show by Saxophonist Andre Delano and friends.
Relative a new artist with three CD releases to date, 2005 “Full Circle,” 2006 “First Christmas,” and 2008 “My So Fine” this artist is quickly building a musical catalog that that gets more notoriety with each release. Having worked with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Ricky Lee Jones, Jeff Lorber, Chieli Minucci, Kevin Toney, Peter White and Maxwell just to name a few, Andre’s show was just as polished as any of the artists mentioned.
With his six member band, Andre delivered a rousing set to the delight of the packed house at Spaghettini’s in Seal Beach, CA. Playing seasonal song favorites that he recorded on his second CD “First Christmas” “Joy to the World,” “Do You Hear What I Hear,” and the title track “First Christmas” they all had that soulful R&B flavor that made these standards even more refreshing.
An enterprising young artist with his degree in business from Jackson State University, Andre gave us insights to his record label and showcased two artists that he will be going into the studio to cut their own CD’s for 2012. Moses Blu, a vocalist with vocal ranges from Barry White to Lenny White thrilled the audience as the band provided a mixture of R&B tunes into the show. Moses had the ladies wrapped around his fingers has he mesmerized them with his deep baritone gestures to his falsetto pitches, ladies screaming could be heard several times during the show. Also, performing as a background vocalist was Briana Lee, who had a stage presence that had me visioning a younger Sade.
As Briana began to sing the Christmas carols it was clear that her powerful voice resonated with the listeners has she put every fiber of her being into each note. Being the daughter of a preacher and bass player and a mom who listened to country and pop Briana grew up with the love of jazz as well as honing her vocals in church as a member of the worship team. She enrolled into the Los Angeles Music Academy where she trained to become a classical pianist who also plays a little of the flute. Having also being influence by the Neo-Soul styling of Jill Scott, Briana envisions her future music to incorporate her love of Gospel, Jazz and R&B into a genre without limits. With her head and feet firmly planted, she never uses foul language, and wants her performances to always honor God as a form of worship in hopes that it helps, heals and inspire those listening to her.
During the intermission Andre took time to mingle with the standing room crowd, sign his CD’s and take pictures with fans. With the start of the second set, Andre went more into his CD’s and single releases with “Mystic Journey” from his “Full Circle” CD to the singles “S.E.X. Sax, Ecstasy, eXemplified” and “S’posed To Be” which was on CD Baby charts for 6 straight weeks.
Having a friend with me for his first time experience at a Smooth Jazz event, and at Spaghettini, it was hard to know which one he enjoyed more, the Smooth Soul Christmas music or the various dishes we ordered. But one thing was clear; Andre put on a very good show and summoned in the Christmas spirit for everyone who was there.
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