Keefe Marzell/ Vintage Band

Keefe Marzell/ Vintage Band

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Keefe Marzell and Vintage insist that the music they create have two crucial elements -- a spiritual connection and a high emotional content. On their debut album, DRAWN WINDOWS, they play smooth jazz like it is seldom heard by fusing it with an eclectic mix of various styles.

Biography

KEEFE MARZELL AND VINTAGE

Keefe Marzell and Vintage insist that the music they create have two crucial elements -- a spiritual connection and a high emotional content. On their debut album, DRAWN WINDOWS, they play smooth jazz like it is seldom heard by fusing it with an eclectic mix of various styles including funk, R&B, hip-hop, fusion and gospel.

“The group is called Vintage,” explains Marzell, “because underneath the smooth jazz melodies, all of our music has an old-school funk feel. Everything we do is groove-based – not just rhythmic, but groovin’. In addition to that, most of the musicians on the album have played with contemporary Christian acts and gospel artists as well as in church, so there is a lot of spirituality in this music. But no matter what our backgrounds are, we all know that to really connect with listeners we have to play with emotion. That’s what makes all the difference.”

For more information on Keefe Marzell and Vintage, go to www.keefemarzell.com. Their CD, DRAWN WINDOWS, is distributed by RED/SONY and can be purchased at record stores nationwide or online at various sales sites such as amazon.com itunes and cdbaby.com.

DRAWN WINDOWS is Marzell’s vision. He played drums and keyboards, produced, arranged and engineered the album along with co-writing most of the material. Marzell’s background includes playing drums on tours with such top smooth jazz artists as Bob James, Kirk Whalum and Marion Meadows; R&B act New Birth; and Christian groups such as Edwin Hawkins, Commissioned, and The Clark Sisters.

On DRAWN WINDOWS, Marzell surrounded himself with top musicians. The other half of the Vintage rhythm section is bassist Terome “T-Bone” Hannon (Jewel, The Judds, Amy Grant, The Boys Choir of Harlem), who played with Marzell regularly for the past two decades (including their own wild’n’funky R&B group, Raw), but who died of a brain aneurysm the day after they finished recording DRAWN WINDOWS. The album ends with a tribute to him, “Goodbye Terome,” a studio jam featuring his bass playing. The other core member of Vintage is keyboardist Marcus Abernathy (The Winans, Tim Bowman, Virtue). In 1996, when Marzell was hired as the musical director to put together a touring band for the group Commissioned, he brought in Hannon and Abernathy. During that two-year tour, the three musicians began writing their own music and developing the sound that became Vintage.

Marzell was born in Chicago and lived there until he was seven-years-old when his family moved to Detroit. His father also was a drummer. Keefe grew up listening to church music first, jazz second (The Jazz Crusaders, Jimmy Smith) and then R&B/rock (Stevie Wonder, Isaac Hayes, Santana, Buddy Miles). As Marzell got a little older, he was influenced by George Clinton’s Parliament/Funkadelic, Jean-Luc Ponty (“his drummer Rayford Griffin was one of my early idols”), John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra with Narada Michael Walden, and Mint Condition.

“Vintage is a loose grouping of great musicians that came together for this recording and can perform live too,” Marzell says. “Despite the fact that we all have played many types of music during our careers, none of us are specifically singers, so we picked the smooth jazz genre because it is primarily instrumental music and there is a history of R&B and funk incorporated into it. We believe we bring our own particular twist to the whole thing. We start with a deep groove, and then the songs develop through spirituality and emotion.”

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Discography

Drawn Windows CD
Keefe Marzell
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Category Jazz, R&B, Contemporary R&B
Label Vintage /Sony
Orig Year 2006
Catalog# 7914
Discs 1
Street Date May 30, 2006
Studio/Live Studio
Mono/Stereo Stereo

Available: Amazon.com, iTunes, CD Universal, Rapsody, Yahoo, BestBuy, Circuitcity online, etc.
Radio play over #133 markets, Internet streaming

Track Listing

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1. More Is Pleasure
2. Now & Forever
3. Love Thinking Of U
4. Vintage
5. Never Learn 2 Swim
6. Drawn Windows
7. New Jazz Swing
8. Through The Night
9. Enter Slowly
10. Goodbye Terome
11. Vintage (My Prospective)

Set List

1. We gonna funk you up (intro)
2. Enter Slowly
3. Now & Forever
4. Love Thinking Of U
5. Never Learn 2 Swim
6. Drawn Windows
7. New Jazz Swing
8. Through The Night
9. Goodbye Terome
10. More Is Pleasure
11. Vintage (My Prospective)