Creative Soul Jazz is Looking...

President and Producer for Creative Soul Jazz (Player A, Drew Davidsen, Ronny Smith) is now looking for high level jazz musicians for upcoming projects in the Florida area.

Recently relocated to Central Florida, Creative Soul Jazz is looking for the best of the best musicians in all areas for groups and projects.

Looking to develop and grow several different groups:

1. Contemporary Jazz Group (Yellowjackets, Fourplay, Steps Ahead, Flim and the BBs). This original band will record and push out to the contemporary jazz marketplace, and gigs throughout Florida and beyond. Looking for drums, bass (acoustic and electric preferred), guitar, sax. Will do originals and some original covers.

2. Jazz Trio/Quartet. This will cover standards plus originals. Looking for drums, acoustic bass, possibly piano or guitar.

3. Steel/Latin Band. This will be a group that plays Caribbean/African inspired music in a completely new and original way. Looking for a some combination of the following: Drums/Perc (Possibly standing percussionist who can approximate drum kit sound), Steel drummer, Latin/Flamenco guitarist, Upright/Electric Bassist, Vibes. This band could do anything from island music to Latin to covers.

Audition videos are an absolute must. We are used to working with the top session musicians in Nashville (see our group PlayerA at PlayerAJazz.com.) So our bar is very high.

As a busy music production company we have been laying low for a few years as a jazz company preparing new releases, but we are looking to emerge as a jazz powerhouse label and music company in 2017.

We hope you will join us.

Find our more at http://www.CreativeSoulJazz.com

NEW RELEASE: Player A, "The Jazz in Me"

These are songs that Player A recorded originally for the record of the same name by Player A founder and keyboardist Eric Copeland. These songs reflect a more vocal side of the group.
First up is the seminal and somewhat autobiographical “The Jazz in Me” which explores Copeland’s reasons and life through jazz. Then we are treated to the vocals version of “My Steps are Ordered”, which features vocals instead of the bass-led version of “Steppin'” from the group’s release Our Own Devices.
Copeland shares another sliver from his personal life with “In Between Dreams", an island-tinged samba. “When She Returns” is a mysterious ballad that tells the story of a relationship both challenging, and completely wonderful.
Finishing the EP is a unique arrangement and composition of the hymn “Have Thine Own Way” with new verses written before using the hymn for the chorus.

NEW RELEASE: Kerensa Gray, "Take Me In"

The name is Kerensa Gray, and voice is unforgettable.

At once Ella, Etta, and Aretha, Kerensa brings power, guts, and groove to her jazzy sound.

Her new album is called "Take Me In", produced by Creative Soul Jazz President Eric Copeland, and it is a powerhouse of jazz standards in Kerensa's inimitable style.

"Wow. You start to wonder where all of the really good music went and all of a sudden you hear something – out of nowhere – that bowls you over. That’s what happened to me when I listened to Take Me In, by Kerensa Gray, an artist I’d never heard of but became a fan of before the CD was over."  - Review at Phantom Tollbooth, by Bert Seraco
20th Annual Billie Holiday Vocal Competition winner Kerensa Gray is often compared to the likes of jazz royalty - Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald and contemporaries such as Diana Krall. She has shared the stage with artists such as Stellar Award Winner Isaiah Thomas and opened for Grammy and Dove award winners CeCe Winans and Vickie Winans.
For more on this new voice in jazz, check out http://www.KerensaGray.com




David Slone, Smooth Guitar "For Love Alone"

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David’s debut album on Creative Soul Jazz is “For Love Alone”, and features great songs like the Larry Carlton title tune, as well as Jeff Beck’s “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers”, Sting’s “It’s Probably Me”, and original songs from David and producer Eric Copeland.

After years of playing locally, and as featured guitarist for several churches in the area, David decided it was time to make an album of music that he could pass down to his own children. So he collaborated with longtime friend and producer Eric Copeland, also from Lexington, but now working fulltime producing in Nashville, TN.

For more about David, check out DavidSloneGuitar.com

Ronny Smith, A New Voice in Jazz Guitar

The landscape in contemporary jazz continues to shift, but a great player will always rise to the top. Ronny Smith's newest release on Creative Soul Jazz, "Can't Stop Now", is a tour de force of strong songwriting, undeniable grooves, and of course, sterling musicianship. Ronny provides the guitar grooves and licks as well as some keyboards as well. The rest of the band is provided by Player A, the Creative Soul Jazz super group of the top jazz players in Nashville.

With a new single ready to drop on the contemporary jazz charts, and a smoking new set of tracks, Ronny is ready to let the world know about his guitar, and his music.

Find out more about Ronnie and his music at RonnySmith.com