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Urban Jazz Coalition

Urban Jazz CoalitionThe Urban Jazz Coalition plays a unique blend of smooth R&B jazz. The emotionally charged saxophone work of Ben Sherburne with Lee Savory on trumpet / flugelhorn is underscored by Brandon Howard’s lush multi-layered keyboards. The rhythm section of bassist Phil Raney, drummer Jim Bridges, Joe Gothard on guitar/vocals and world class percussionist Hector Maldonado, kicks out a multitude of funky, jazz-inflected grooves. Their repertoire includes their own compositions as well as many fan favorite hits from other well known artists.

Urban Jazz Coalition has built a strong regional following thru their energizing live performances at clubs, concerts and festivals, and as an opening act for a variety of top national smooth jazz artists including Spyro Gyra, Rick Braun, Larry Carlton, The Rippingtons, Roy Ayers, Pieces of a Dream, Will Downing, Vesta Williams, Ken Navarro, Jonathan Butler, and Al Jarreau.

“San Juan Nights,” Urban Jazz Coalition’s lead single from their Spring 2001 release Into the Night, achieved the #53 position on the Gavin Smooth Jazz Radio Chart and has received substantial airplay at Smooth Jazz format radio stations including WSJZ (New Orleans), WJZV (Richmond), KWJZ (Seattle) on the popular “Traditions & Trends” with Dianna Rose, WJZA/WJZK (Columbus), and Urban-format radio stations such as KPRS (Kansas City), on “The Jeff Charney Show.” “San Juan Nights” has also been featured on the BET On Jazz Cable Network’s popular cooking show, “The Midnight Gourmet,” featuring Nick Tolbert, as well as on nationally syndicated talk-radio, on “The Tom Pope Show.”

UJC’s new 2002 release, “Contempo” (Jazziz Omnimedia), is now receiving extensive national airplay and is listed on the 12/20/02 Jazz Week-Album Airplay Chartbound List, has placed on the Music Choice Digital Radio “Top 10,” and has risen to #45 on the SmoothJazz.com Chart.

Urban Jazz Coalition was named winner of the Scantland Broadcasting/Mercedes-Benz 2001 Silver Cup competition, as judged by Jazziz magazine’s Michael Fagien and Russ Freeman of The Rippingtons.

Hear what industry professionals are saying about this exciting contemporary jazz group:

“This is a nice CD! UJC’s songs have memorable hooks & nice rhythms. Head bopping and pleasing to listen to… you’ll like it!” – Jeff Charney, KPRS 103.3 (Kansas City, Mo.)

“When they did ‘Birdland’ it reminded us of Spyro Gyra, back in the old days.” – Jay Beckenstein & Tom Schuman, Spyro Gyra.