|July 19, 2014|
Jazz Funk Soul: Everette Harp, Jeff Lorber and Chuck Loeb.
Review by: Shyra Duncan
Next up were two great saxophonists, Jessy J and Elan Trotman. They took turns playing on the stage a couple songs at a time. Jessy J came on stage with her beautiful saxophone and dressed to kill. The way she moved around the stage in her high heels and alto saxophone was very impressive. She was so smooth and sexy with her jazz melodies and then changing to a more up-tempo set with some of her Latin influenced songs. Not only could this beautiful woman play a saxophone but she also can sing. I have to say that was a pleasant surprise. Elan Trotman was amazing! With this being his first time at Winter Park, he had no problem wowing the crowd. He kept his performance very diverse while switching between alto and soprano saxophones. His transitions from up-tempo to calm and sensual made his performance very exhilarating.
The Jazz Funk Soul trio was the next ones to hit the stage. Everette Harp, Jeff Lorber, and Chuck Loeb had the crowd on their feet. With the release of their album, a lot of their fans were anticipating this performance. These great and legendary artists had to play some of their greatest hits in their solo careers but found the time to play one of their new songs off their album. The audience really enjoyed the zest on stage and the passion these men have for Jazz in general.
When it came time for Larry Graham and Graham Central Station people stopped whatever they were doing and listened. The Funk master was in the house!!! The first initial chords that he played on his bass turned Hideaway Park into a house party. His funky music climbed into your soul and made you want to move. His lead vocalist Biscuit added a little Tina Marie flair to the funk that was coming out of the speakers. But, the highlight of his set was when he performed his number one hit “One in a Million.” He took the time to let the audience sing the chorus and it must have been such a beautiful sound for him because it brought tears to his eyes. He truly appreciates his fans.
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