Chastain Park Amphitheatre
4469 Stella Drive
7:00 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, 2013
Sunset Jazz: Will Downing, Najee and more
In 1988, CDs outsold vinyl for the first time while a little known singer from Brooklyn released a self-titled debut on Island Records called Will Downing. Fast-forward to 2013, CDs have taken a backseat to MP3s but that singer from Brooklyn has withstood the test of time. Today, Will Downing, the Grammy® nominated reigning “Prince of Sophisticated Soul”, celebrates an incredible 25 years of recording excellence with his 16th album, “Silver”.
“Silver” is not a “Best of” or “Greatest Hits” collection. Silver is a personal invitation from Will Downing to his fans to jointly celebrate a quarter-century of giving his heart and soul through every song, concert and note. For loyalists that have been there from day one, it’s their Silver Anniversary.
Najee – “To stand apart and say you have your own voice is more important to me than being the player with the greatest chops. I feel I’ve been very fortunate to have grown as a musician, and to have made a statement that people can recognize and that I can say is my own.” The magical melodies and passionate phrasings that introduced a generation of music lovers to the distinctive sound of the phenomenal reedsmith Najee, will once again serenade listeners with his latest offering, Morning Tenderness, for Verve Forecast. A musical masterpiece of smooth and sensuous selections, Morning Tenderness marks a triumphant return for the best-selling instrumentalist to the contemporary jazz musical forefront. “To me, this album is a return to my audience,” Najee exclaims. “My last record, musically, was a departure for me. This is a return to traditional Najee.”