The Duane Parham Sax Appeal
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The Duane Parham Sax Appeal

Detroit, MI | Established. Jan 01, 1980 | INDIE | AFM

Detroit, MI | INDIE | AFM
Established on Jan, 1980
Band Jazz R&B


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Duane Parham's Discography & Other Productions

Motor City Sax Appeal, Executive Producer, Writer & Arranger, 2012
Soul Serenade, Executive Producer, Writer & Arranger, 1997
Alone In This World, Producer & Lyricist, 1997
Martin’s Dream Writer & Producer. Set to the original music entitled “Martin’s Dream” which was licensed by the estate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 1997
Dream Detroit (Song) Produced and Arranged, played on local radio station 1997

Associate Minister of Music
St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Detroit MI, 2012-Present
Greater New Mt. Moriah Church, Detroit MI, 1999- Present
Transforming Love Community Church, Detroit MI, 2000-2006
Brown’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 1999—2005

Performances (Selected List)
TV Talk Show Host & Performer, Jam Sessions 2011---Present
Featured Saxophonist, Heaven on Earth Tea Room 2009---Present 
Baker’s Key Board Lounge, “HOT SAX”, Detroit MI 02/2011 
Concert at Motor City Casino 12/2011
Musical at the African American Museum “LM productions Presents Celebration of Detroit” 12/2011
Musical Drama “Alone in this World”, produced, wrote, directed & performed 12/2011
Concert at the Riverwalk Hotel 10/2011
“Helping Make Strides Against Breast Cancer” 10/2011
Dirty Dog Jazz Café 2011, Grosse Pointe, MI 8/2011
Juneteenth Celebration at St. Joseph Park, Lansing MI 6/2011
Hotel St. Regis “SAX APPEAL”, Detroit MI 4/2011
“Pre-Mother’s Day Hat & Glove Tea”, Holy Temple Church 4/2011
Baker’s Key Board Lounge, “HOT SAX”, Detroit MI 10/2010
Opened for the legendary George Duke at the 15th Annual Trenton Jazz Festival along with Saxophonist Euge Groove and Guitarist Tim Bowman. 7/2010
Opened the Metro Jazz Festival in Warren, Michigan along with fellow jazz saxophonist Nelson Rangell, Mindi Abair and Spyro Gyra. 7/2010
TV Show Dorinda Clark-Cole (TCT) Network 2010
Performed with Freddie Jackson at the Summer Love Concert at the Detroit Opera House 6/2008
Key Note Musician with the Key Note Speaker Ruby Dee at the “Save Our Sons and Daughter” Annual Event 1990

Formed own record label entitled “Saxville Avenue Records” 1997
Music instructor at Marygrove College Continuing Education and Kid’s College Department. Showcased local talent by supervision of videotaping of performances to equip artists with a professional critique process. 1997

Founded Entertainment Arts Society, which is a non-profit music performing and fine arts Development Society, focusing on the youth of Metropolitan Detroit. Positive Motivation Through Puppetry (P.M.T.P) 1990

AWARDS/HONORS (Selected List) 

8 / 2012 D.J. Host of a Worldwide Radio Station Kats Entertainment Radio
8 / 2012 Certificate of Appreciation, City of Detroit, Mayor Dennis Archer
8 / 2012 The 4th Annual Black Music Awards Horn Player of The Year
7 / 2012 Detroit City Council, Testimonial for “The Unsung Musicians of The Motown Empire” Documentary

1 / 2012 Detroit City Council, Testimonial for CD “Motor City Sax Appeal”
5/2011 Henry Ford High School, Certificate of Appreciation for guest 
speaker at Career Day.
10/2000 Detroit Black Music Award for “Best Jazz Band”
10/1999 Detroit City Council, Testimonial for “Musical Skills and Service” 

3/1998 Certificate of Honor from Wayne County Commissioner 

2/1998 Detroit City Council, Testimonial for “Jazz Performance Skills”

7/1997 State of Michigan, “Legends of Jazz Hall of Fame Inductee”

5/1997 Certificate of Appreciation, City of Detroit, Mayor Dennis Archer

5/1997 Distinguished Service Award, Office of the County Clerk Wayne

12/1997 Spirit of Detroit Award For Exceptional Achievement 

11/1994 Certificate of Congratulations for “Martin’s Dream Project”, WJZZ Radio, Detroit MI

Dale Carnegie Course, Effective Speaking and Human Relations 1999
Shaw College, Highland Park, MI (Attended 1½ years) 1971-1972
Cooley High School, Detroit MI, Graduated 1969.



The Duane Parham Sax Appeal Band features Saxophonist Duane Parham. The genres are Smooth Jazz and R&B.  The five-piece self-contained band consists of a 4-piece rhythm section that also sings lead vocals.  The instrumentation is keyboards, guitar, drums, bass and saxophone.

 BIO of Duane Parham:

Jazz Festival Information


The key
performer is Saxophonist Duane Parham. 
However, five members of the band that will accompany him are: Jeff Stanton – Keyboards, Paul Stewart –
Bass, Andre Bell Jr. – Drums, Brent Stanley – Guitar.
 All members, along with key performer Saxophonist Duane Parham, make-up The Duane Parham Sax Appeal, and have
been in existence since 1997.


Bio & History of
Key Performer – Duane Parham

Saxophonist Duane
Parham is one of Motor City’s most beloved jazz artists. He is recognized
as an innovator and top performer in Smooth Jazz, R&B and Gospel
Music. Born and raised in Detroit, MI, Duane’s latest project, “Motor City
Sax Appeal: My Tribute to the Motown Legends” delivers a Mo-Jazz tribute to Motown
Records with guest appearances from some of the label’s most legendary
performers. Guest appearances by The Four Tops, The Miracles, The Contours,
“The Original Vandellas”, Pat Lewis, Carolyn Crawford
, and five time Grammy award winner
Michael J. Powell give this CD an authentic Motown mix that blends wonderfully
with Duane’s Mo-Jazz style. 

Duane, is one of the Executive Producers on his project, he is joined by other
talented producers such as Pat Lewis, Carl “Butch” Small and Maurice
Duane takes an active role in contributing to the legacy of
Jazz in Detroit with his Saxville Avenue Record label.  Saxville has
released several productions, including Duane’s recent CD entitled “Martin’s

As an artist, Duane has amassed several accolades acknowledging his talent and
civic contributions. He is the recipient of five Mayoral Proclamations of
Achievement from Mayors Coleman A. Young, Dennis W. Archer and Dave Bing of
Detroit along with Mayor Martha G. Scott of Highland Park, MI for his
accomplishments in the development of Music Arts and his outstanding
contribution to the progress of both communities.

Duane also received the Spirit of Detroit Award from the Honorable Mayor Dave
Bing for producing and arranging “Dream Detroit” and his documentary entitled
“The Unsung Musicians of Motown Empire.”

As a performer, Duane Parham has opened for noted Motivational Speakers Les
Brown and Iyanla Vanzant, R&B and Soul singers Anita Baker, Martha Reeves,
Freda Payne and Spider Turner
.  Duane has also performed alongside
gospel greats Michael Matthews, The Clark Sisters, the legendary Shirley Caesar and
Rance Allen.

In July 2010, Duane opened for the legendary George Duke at the 15th Annual
Trenton Jazz Festival along with Saxophonist Euge Groove and Guitarist Tim
Also in July, 2010, Duane opened the Metro Jazz Festival in
Warren, Michigan along with fellow jazz saxophonists Nelson Rangell, Mindi Abair and
Spyro Gyra.

Duane’s talents reach beyond just making music.  He has written, produced,
directed and performed in the musical drama, “Alone in This World” a play
focusing on the strength of family, the perils of drug abuse, and the spiritual
uplifting from Gospel and Jazz music in the church.

Along with his many artistic pursuits, Duane still finds time to share his
gifts with young people who are looking to develop their musical talents. 
Duane has taught music at Marygrove College in the Continuing Education Kid’s
College Department, where he showcased local talent.  He also taught music
at St. Ambrose Academy Middle School in Detroit, MI.

 Recently, Duane Parham produced and directed a documentary of
the horn players who created the “motown sound” with Barry Gordy, entitled The Unsung Musicians of the Motown Empire.  This documentary has been shown in major
libraries across the Detroit Metropolitan area. 
Since its inception, the documentary has led to the formulation of an
organization called The Unsung Musicians
of Motown (UMME). 
Members of this
group are family members of the legendary Motown horn players and will continue
the legacy of the Motown sound and its founders.