5th and York

5th and York

 Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
BandJazzR&B

We are are fresh off releasing our first national single (Maputo) and have a new project coming out later in the year. We are a 7 piece smooth jazz/fusion and R&B band from Charlotte, NC and our influences include Spyro Gyra and The Yellow Jackets. Our recent gigs include opening the Charlotte Uptown Jazz Festival ,multiple TV appearances and We have enjoyed an exciting l year of having our second single played on national radio programs both syndicated

Biography

The hugely popular Charlotte, North Carolina band 5th and York is rebranding urban smooth jazz with their newly released CD "All IN" the follow up to their debut album "Nascentum". The groups saxophonist and co-founder Derwin Friday is the jazzy core of group who has been playing in different Top 40, R&B, and cover bands with bassist Dewarren Tate for over ten years; Fridays cousin, guitarist Derrick Friday, is a rocker who adds powerful electricity to their infectious melodies and driving grooves. Keyboardist and musical director George Mason is a renowned musician in several different genres of music including gospel and hip-hop. Drummer Johnny Gillard lays down the rhythmic foundation for the band and is a contemporary jazz natural who is coveted by many bands throughout the area for his uncanny ability to, as Derwin says, keep time like a human metronome, and lead vocalist Tra Sauls, has shared the stage with various gospel and R&B stars, including Glen Jones and Genuwine.
5th and York - named after a street corner on the outskirts of Charlotte - is bringing fresh new sounds to the music scene as each member brings a unique style, background and musical ingenuity to the mix. A mix so popular that they are regularly asked to open for legendary artists like Frankie Beverly & Maze, Earth, Wind & Fire, Chicago, and R&B greats Anthony Hamilton and the late Gerald Levert. Listen to 5th and York and in an instant you will understand why this sensational band is on the rise to their own legendary status.