Jazz tribute to American jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter featuring David Edwards (vocals), Hamilton Hardin (saxophones – tenor, soprano, alto), Carl Caspersen (acoustic bass), Jonathan Bass (guitar), Keenan Shotwell (piano), and James Sexton (drums).
This special holiday jazz concert will be held in the new Crosstown Arts Theater as fourth “mic check” event, testing the sound and lighting in the new space.
The Crosstown Jazz Series, presented by Strictly Jazz Entertainment in collaboration with Crosstown Arts, is designed to salute classic jazz music as contemporary musicians perform the work of the legends.
Tickets: $15 (purchase on Eventbrite)
Outgoing. Tenacious. Loyal. Those are just three words one would use to capture the essence of David Edwards. A native of Kansas City, Kansas, he’s been deemed a musical genius. He has always had a vivid interest in music. From a very young age, he was captivated by the melodic lines, rhythmic beats and the pulsating vocals of artists like Lauryn Hill, Karen Clark Sheard, and John P. Kee. It would prove to be an interest that would provoke Edwards to stay on a musical course and find his voice. His divine path ultimately led him to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. From there, he would continue finding his voice while living his dream in Memphis, Tennessee — a city known for its eclectic mix of blues, gospel, rock, pop, and soul music.
In July 2011, Edwards obtained his Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of Phoenix. At the present, he is making an impact on young scholars as the Music and Voice Instructor at KIPP: Memphis Collegiate Middle School. For the past seven years, Edwards has lead the charge as the Praise and Worship Leader at the historic Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church in Memphis each week, creating an atmosphere for the people of God to draw closer to His presence. Edwards is an advocate for the youth and a connoisseur of music. He aspires to open his own school for gifted and talented students in the area of music.
Not forsaking his own musical career ambitions, Edwards’ musical talents have afforded him the opportunity to share the stage with some of the most amazing figures in the Gospel Music industry today, such as multiple award winning artists, Maurette Brown Clark, Dorinda Clark Cole, Smokie Norful, Donnie McClurkin and Vashawn Mitchell.
About Strictly Jazz:
Strictly Jazz Entertainment is committed to cultivating a growing community in the knowledge and appreciation of jazz. We facilitate dialogue and collaboration between the devoted supporters of jazz and the brand new constituents – those new to the genre – for the furthering of the jazz community. We provide a bridge between leading artists and a community that typically does not embrace jazz by promoting concerts in various venues to generate an atmosphere that is viable for the absorption of pure jazz.