Tony Exum, Jr
The music of Tony Exum Jr encapsulates the smooth sultry sounds of Grover Washington, the soulfulness of Gerald Albright, the sweet ness of George Howard and the funkiness of David Sanborn all in one. Smooth saxophone with an aggressive, funk laced, lyrical approach accessible to all who listen.
As one of the most talented musicians in the Rocky Mountain region Tony Exum, Jr. brings to mind the soulfulness of a David Sanborn, the sultry sounds of the late great Grover Washington, Jr. and silky smoothness of the late George Howard. Not a carbon copy of these greats but a distillation of those influences that formulates a unique approach to the saxophone and thus creating a voice of his own. Tony hails from Colorado Springs, CO and was raised between Biloxi, MS., New Orleans, LA, and Germany by his mother, an accountant and stepfather, an Air Force ATC instructor. His musical interests were sparked by his uncle Larry Francis, Jr., a saxophonist in the Ft Carson, CO. army bands and his mothers vast record collection containing the sounds of jazz such as Jeff Lorber, the aforementioned saxophone of Washington, Sanborn and Howard, Charlie Parker, Ronnie Laws, Najee, the list goes on and on. At age 18, Exum began studying music at the prestigious Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver under world renowned saxophonist M. Lynn Baker, M.A. These days at D.U. brought the world of music and the challenges and achievements that found Exum discovering the vast world of music and the possibilities within. As a professional Exum joined Ft. Collins, CO based band Meadowlark Jivin and toured with them for 7 years recording two CDs in the process. Throughout this time he performed with and opened up for such notable acts like The Temptations, the Four Tops, the Chi-Lites, the Manhattans, WAR, Dennis Edwards and the Temptations Review, Lenny Williams (formerly of Tower of Power), Chelli Minucci and Special EFX, Dotsero, Pamela Williams, Nelson Rangell, and Miki Howard, Soul School, Encompass just to name a few. With a resume this diverse and almost 17 years of live performing experience Tony Exum, Jr. is NOT your average saxophonist or musician for that matter. He is a sign of things to come and promises to bring a fresh voice to the world of jazz. As Independent Records, a Colorado Springs, CO music retailer of 27 years describes, Exums display of stellar sax playing just might need a bigger spotlight.. Music fans needs not to be concerned because like Grover Washington Jrs 1982 hit record suggests .The Best Is Yet to Come
"Sweet Conversations" CD Single previously released 2005 AP Records. Now available on soundclick.com at www.soundclick.com/tonyexumjr
Sweet Conversations is currently receiving airplay on Denver-based internet station www.fm5280.com
"What If" Collaboration with AP Records recording artist "Encompass" Released January 2009. Available on iTunes (www.iTunes.com) or www.ap-records.org. Also receiving airplay on www.fm5280.com
New Single "4 On Tha Floor" now on rotation at 91.5 KUNV FM on smooth jazz show "Pamela's Place" Also streaming on Revelations Peak Radio-www.live365.com/stations/revelationspkradio
2 to 3 sets. 45 minutes to 1 hour in duration. Augmentation to set list can be discussed and negoitated on a per gig/per client basis.
4 On Tha Floor
Don't Worry Bout a Thang
Give It To Me
Winelight-Grover Washington, Jr.
Hydra-Grover Washington, Jr.
Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)-Maxwell
Anniversary-Tony Toni Tone (Band arrangement)
On the One-Gerald Albright
Outstanding (Live) Gap Band
Love Will Follow-George Howard
Shadows-Jeff Lorber Fusion
Wake Me When Its Over-David Sanborn
Deja Vu (Band Arrangement)-Beyonce'
Cause Ended as Lovers (guitar feature)-Jimmy Page version
Frankenstein-Edgar Winter Group(Marcus Miller arrangement)
The Vibe-Dayve Stewart
Can't Hide Love-EWF
Run For Cover-David Sanborn
Its Alright with Me-Eric Darius
Bonita Applebaum Tribe Called Quest(org arr based Hidden Beach UnWrapped Vol. 1-vers.)