Alfonzo Blackwell

Alfonzo Blackwell

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Alfonzo Blackwell blasted on the contemporary jazz scene in 1995 with his debut CD release, “Let’s Imagine”. He broke the mold upon his arrival. He garnered great success and critical acclaim with all of his CD projects while delivering his unique musical style with Top 10 radio hits!

Biography

Alfonzo Blackwell Artist Biography “Dance to This”

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Pure distilled greatness was packaged for your listening pleasure with the seventh CD release from contemporary jazz maverick, Alfonzo Blackwell. “Dance To This” is the latest masterpiece released through Utopia Records, Inc.

Alfonzo Blackwell is an illustrious and magnetic music veteran. Veterans in the music industry such as Alfonzo Blackwell, transcend all boundaries. Not only do they stay ahead of the curve, they shape the curve.

Just pop in the CD and press PLAY. Alfonzo masterfully invites you in on his electrifying and seductive grooves. The opening/title track, “Dance To This” exudes melodic and infectious blends of stomp your feet soul and powerful alto sax bravado punch. The next track, “Back It Up” (Featuring Utopia Records label mate Rebecca Buxton on Baritone Saxophone) is in the vain of what his uptempo music has been from the start – the distinguished blend of hot contemporary jazz and urban rhythms inspired dance format. This format; unique only to Alfonzo Blackwell is ushering listeners to clap your hands and snap your fingers. This is can’t-sit-down contemporary jazz at its finest.

Alfonzo slows it down, on “Inside My Heart”. On this passionate ballad, his soprano glides seamlessly throughout the track like a butterfly. The control of his horn is crisp with haunting classical proficiency. “This Is Real” is a mid-tempo (instant classic) track that has in-your-face contemporary jazz and pop appeal. The blissful melody is superb. “Take A Look” will get you up and dancing to the droning drum lines that lace its tracks.
"Take A Look" is destined to be a Contemporary Jazz Classic which features another new and stellar talent from Utopia Records - Shana Kaye. Shana Floats & Dazzles the groove with her flute on this track. The distinctive winning formula for great music is to make everyone feel good; well, this tune does just that. The remaining tracks, in its entire splendor are savvy and sophisticated as well. Alfonzo Blackwell delivers impeccably with brilliant writing, production and stellar performances on his latest CD project, “Dance To This.” His genius resonates eloquently on each and every track.

Alfonzo blasted on the contemporary jazz scene in 1995 with his debut CD release, “Let’s Imagine”. He broke the mold upon his arrival. He garnered great success and critical acclaim with all of his CD projects while delivering his unique musical style. Top 10 radio hits including “Alfonzo’s Love Theme”, “Herminia”, “Passion” and “Funky Shuffle” contribute to his many accomplishments. Alfonzo’s music videos have struck an indelible chord with such original content; he received recognition with Billboard Award nominations. He also composes themes for movies as well as television, having co-written the theme song to the internationally successful television show, “Baywatch Nights” where he was featured every week with David Hasselhoff. Among honing his craft of playing alto, soprano and tenor saxophones, he is a well accomplished bass, drum, guitar and piano player. He has graced the stage and performed with numerous music greats which includes Gladys Knight, The Whispers and Roy Ayers to name a few. He also performs with contemporary soul artists such as Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans and Brian McKnight.

As a child he taught himself to play the piano by ear at the tender age of six. Destined for greatness, this Queens, New York native was accepted at the prestigious (Fame) Performing Arts High School in NYC and then continued his advance studies at Queens College and Five Towns College in Long Island, NY.

Undoubtedly, Alfonzo Blackwell is one amongst the elite music industry veterans. He is a maverick in every way. His music, sophistication, passion and style are forever young and fresh…he’s forever timeless.

Lyrics

Missing You

Written By: Alfonzo Blackwell

Missing You

Verse I

When I Think Of You
I Feel
Just How Much
I Truly Miss You
As The Time Goes By
I See
Just How Much
I Truly Need You

Verse II

Without You
I Can’t Go On
Baby
Can’t You Feel Me?
And I Need You
To Get Me Through
My Days
Don’t You Miss Me Too?

Chorus

You Use To Brighten My Days
And Light Up My Life
And Now
I’m Missing You

You Use To Brighten My Days
And Light Up My Life
And Now
I’m Missing You

Verse III

And If You Love Me Too
You Should
Just Show Me
You Truly Miss Me
Don’t Take Your Love
Away From Me
Just Show Me
You Truly Need Me

Verse IV

Without You
I Can’t Go On
Baby
Can’t You Feel Me?
And I Need You
Just To Get Me Through
My Days
Don’t You Miss Me Too?

Bridge

With A Love Like Ours
You Just Can’t Let Go, No
We’re Gonna Make It, Yeah
And Until The End Of Time
I’ll Be Waiting For You
We Gotta Make It
Together, Together

Chorus

I'm Free

Written By: Nicki Barone

I’m Free

Verse I

Everyday
I’m Blinded By The Need
Taking Two Steps
And I Am Begging Baby Please
I Don’t Know How
And I Don’t Know When
The Feeling Comes Around
I’m Fallin’ Down Again

Verse II

Everyday
I’m Hoping And I Pray
That I Will See The Signs
And That I Will Find The Way
You Don’t Know
The Thoughts That Fill My Head
You Don’t See Me Crying
Before I Go To Bed

Chorus

And I’m Free Yeah
Doing What I Want
And I’m Free Yeah
I Will Not Fall Apart
And I’m Free Yeah
I’m Doing What I Want
And I’m Free Yeah
It’s Time For Me To Start

Verse III

Everyday
Where Do I Begin
If You Don’t Know Where To Start
Now Then It’s Never Gonna End
All Those Nights
And All Those Days
Where Did You Run To
Every Time You Went Away

Verse IV

Everyday
Trying To Decide
What To Do
Cause Your Loves A Lie
I’m Alright
In My Head
I Won’t Take Your Lying
My Love For You Is Dead

Chorus

Bridge

Pardon This Heartache
You Make My Heart Ache
Pardon This Heartache
You Make My Heart Ache

Chorus

Discography

2008 - "DANCE TO THIS"

Pure distilled greatness was packaged for your listening pleasure with the seventh CD release from contemporary jazz maverick, Alfonzo Blackwell. "Dance To This" is his latest masterpiece. The distinguished blend of hot contemporary jazz and urban rhythms inspired dance format. This format; unique only to Alfonzo Blackwell is ushering listeners to clap your hands and snap your fingers. This is can't-sit-down contemporary jazz at its finest.

2004 - "SAX YOU DOWN"
Ranked Top 10 on Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart

This is musical pioneer, Alfonzo Blackwell’s sixth CD. This masterpiece is a blatant theme of the new sound for the Smooth jazz genre. Alfonzo has taken jazz to a whole new level by producing a double-disc set, that electrifies your heart and soul. New Jazz order on the 1st disc, for your listening pleasure while New Jazz order meets Hip-Hop and R&B on the 2nd disc. There's something for everyone as Mr. Blackwell pleases the soulful senses...

2001 - "REFLECTIONS"
Ranked Top 5 on Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart

Alfonzo has done it again with "Reflections", and this time his music displays more diversity and maturity. Alfonzo has seasoned this project with lots of flava, proving that jazz isn't just for chillin' (Joy). Jazz is also for dancin' (Funky Shuffle). You will be inspired by each track on this illustrious CD.

2000 - "THE TIME IS NOW"
Ranked Top 10 on Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart

On Alfonzo Blackwell's fourth album, "The Time Is Now", the multi-faceted saxman does more than just celebrate a diversity that ranges from in the pocket smooth jazz to a swinging bebop ode to his chief influence, John Coltrane.

1998 - "BODY OF SOUL"
Ranked Top 10 on Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart

Soulful jazz...Reaching beyond smooth jazz, Alfonzo has created a masterpiece that reaches deep into the body of one's soul. Blackwell's music is very mellow AND refreshing. Listeners will discover that it "Feels Good" to experience love and "Passion"!

1996 - "ALFONZO BLACKWELL"
Ranked Top 5 on Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart. Billboard Music Video Award Nominee for "A Little Bit of Sax" music video.

Displaying a contemporary lyrical technique steeped in the great jazz tradition, Alfonzo Blackwell wields his saxophone like Shakespeare wielded words. On his sophomore release Alfonzo Blackwell, the New York jazzman applies his unique blend of soul and contemporary jazz that is infused with passion and fire.

1995 - "LET'S IMAGINE..."
Debut Ranked Top 5 on Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart. Billboard Music Video Award Nominee for "Love No Limit" music video.

When Alfonzo Blackwell invites his audience to "Let's Imagine", he is the perfect host of sensuous, soothing rhythms that take your mind and body to a place of romance and celebration! This project uniquely combines instrumentalists and vocalists in mellow and upbeat tunes that will blow your mind! The tunes captivate your imagination because the music stimulates passions that are REAL and not imagined. As Blackwell allows you to venture beyond your imagination, he also creates an insatiable appetite for love and passion that make you want to come back for more...

Set List

2 sets of 1 hour each - Total 120 minutes of an AMAZING & UNFORGETTABLE PERFORMANCE.