SonicBlu Project

SonicBlu Project

 Louisville, Kentucky, USA
BandJazzAdult Contemporary

SONICBLU PROJECT
Dynamic, yet unmistakeably smooth!
Like a fine wine, just gets better with time!

SONICBLU PROJECT
Versatility from smooth jazz to swing
and everything in between!

Let us play...4U!

Biography

SonicBlu Project has pleasured smooth jazz fans for over 30 years. Their mission and purpose has always been to simply play good music that moves you and makes you want to come back for more. Over the years, the duo have played individually with a variety of bands to collectively evolve into the SonicBlu Project. Today, they are one of the HOTTEST smooth jazz acts in the Kentucky and Indiana areas.

The duo originates out of Louisville, KY. They are multi-talented artists and accomplished musicians, Tony Fish (sax and vocals), and Joey Byars (synth, drums and electric bass). Together, these well-seasoned veteran artists and musical collaborators create a melodic balance and smooth blend of contemporary and traditional jazz, R&B, and soul with an occasional sprinkle of rock and hip hop that leaves you well stirred and dancing in your seats. They are passionate and love what they do, and with whom they do it with. That’s the secret to a solid sound and staying together. Simply put, they love playing music and are very dedicated to their craft. Most importantly, SonicBlu Project's goal is to always try to connect with the audience and make them feel like a part of the show. Whether playing cover tracks or original compositions, they create a positive energy that not only keeps their passion alive for playing music, but also keeps their fans and supporters wanting to come back for more.

Musical Influences –
SonicBlu Project has an incredibly broad spectrum of artists they attribute as musical influences. They are musicians who are nationally known as well as local legends. When ask to name just two artists each that made an impact on them musically Tony acknowledged David Sanborn and Grover Washington, Jr. Joey proclaimed Stanley Clarke and Jaco Pastorius.

Local and Regional Performances –
SonicBlu Project members have had the opportunity and privilege to perform at most of the nightclubs across the Kentucky and Indiana areas. Some notable venues include Joe’s Palm Room, Billy’s Place, Jim Porter’s Tavern, Club Villa Fontana, Big Hopps, The Jazz Factory, Jeff Ruby’s Restaurant, The Winery and Horseshoe Southern Indiana to name just a few. They have performed at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, The Iroquois Amphitheater, The Palace and The Brown Theater. They have also been the featured and closing act at Jazz in Central Park. They have played for sorority and fraternity organizations, The City of Louisville Summer Festivals, The Kentucky Derby Festival, The Kentucky Center and world renowned Churchill Downs. They have performed at Kentucky State University, University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville. Additionally, they have performed for private corporations and charitable organizations, as well as at weddings, family reunions and other special events.

National Performances –
SonicBlu Project members Tony Fish and Joey Byars have had the honor of sharing the stage as the opening act for a host of nationally known recording artists including, James Brown, Kiki Wyatt, Naughty by Nature, Next, Barkays, Con Funk Shun, Midnight Star and Brother’s Johnson. As members of the group 4U, they opened for Marion Meadows, Pamela Williams, Spyro Gyra, Alex Bugnon, George Howard, Ronnie Laws, Ramsey Lewis, The Rippingtons, Pieces of a Dream, Najee, Kim Waters, Bob Baldwin, Brian Culbertson, Vanessa Williams, Wayman Tisdale, Art Porter, Michael Lington and more.

The members of SonicBlu Project have also had the honor and privilege to work with, record and perform with a multitude of incredibly talented male and female vocalists both locally and nationally.

Looking to the Future –
SonicBlu Project continues to grow musically and spiritually. They continue to bring jazzy, soul stirring, finger snapping, feet tapping good music to fans of smooth jazz. They also hope that along the way, they can capture some new fans from other music genres as well. These days the duo is very focused with a driven passion for creating original compositions. Featuring some incredibly gifted musicians, they’ve taken their talents and musical skills to the next level. From these creative collaborations emerged not one, but four brand new original tracks, “Tailspin”, "All Things In Time", "Funkafish" and "Rally 4 Mr. White". This is the first of many efforts in their quest to write good quality music that touches people’s souls. Plans to record their first CD are underway, with hopes of gaining some national recognition and finally be considered as national recording artists. However, should that never happen, they are content and feel extremely blessed in knowing that over the course of their careers individually and collectively, they have loving families, they have made a lot of great music, met a lot of great people, put smiles on a lot of faces and made a lot of people feel good about themselves. Great music inspired by many special people and many special moments. The members of Son

Discography

Single -
"Funkafish"
written by Joey Byars
produced and performed by SonicBlu Project
Joey Byars - bass, keyboards & drums programming
Tony Fish - sax
O'deen A. Mays, Jr. - keyboards
Floyd Buckner - tom tom drums

Single -
"Rally 4 Mr. White"
written by Joey Byars
produced and performed by SonicBlu Project
Joey Byars - bass, keyboard & drum programming
Tony Fish - sax
O'deen A. Mays, Jr. - keyboards
Harold Williams, Jr. - guitar

Single -
"Tailspin"
written by Joey Byars
produced and performed by SonicBlu Project
Joey Byars - bass, keyboard programming
Tony Fish - sax
Frankie Raymore - keyboards
Darnell Douglas - drums
Greg Henderson - guitar
Jerry Reed - percussions

Single -
"All Things In Time"
written by Joey Byars
produced and performed by SonicBlu Project
Joey Byars - bass, keyboard & drum programming
Tony Fish - sax
Frankie Raymore - keyboards

Set List

Sets are typically 45 minutes to 1 hour. Sets typically consists of 6-8 songs.

Cover tunes include:
Shaker Song - Spyro Gyra
Get Away - Spyro Gyra
Waterfall - Kim Waters
Minnie - Mike Phillips
Heartbeat of the City - Mike Phillips
Another Goodbye - Warren Hill
Off The Hook - Michael Lington
Can't Hide Love - EWF/Wayman Tisdale
Lakeshore Drive - Art Porter
Spain - Chick Corea
Winelight - Grover Washington, Jr.
Mr. Magic - Grover Washington, Jr.
Straight to the Heart - David Sanborn
Way Back Home - Jazz Crusaders
When Love Calls - Kem
I Can't Stop Loving You - Kem
What You Won't Do For Love - Bobby Caldwell
Happy Feelings - Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
Joy & Pain - Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
Brick House - Commodores
Sex Machine - James Brown
Anytime - Brian McKnight
Just In Case - Jaheim (jazzy instrumental arr.)
No Matter - Usher (jazzy instrumental arr.)
Electric Slide
and more...

Original Compositions include:
Funkafish
Rally 4 Mr. White
Tails