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Memphis, Tennessee, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2019 | INDIE

Memphis, Tennessee, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2019
Band Jazz R&B




"Justus Brothers bring a Memphis glow to contemporary jazz!"

With a bona fide musical pedigree, The Justus Brothers have individually been an integral part of the Memphis scene for over three decades. Their credits run the gamut from Booker T to ZZ Top, Solomon Burke to Neil Young, Little Milton to Mavis Staples, Al Green to Isaac Hayes…and the beat goes on! Their emergence on Memphis recordings has been a training ground for the spirited combination of soul, gospel and grooves that define this genre.

On the self-titled debut, this quintet ... refine a hybrid of soul and Contemporary jazz with verve and polish.

The band is fiercely cohesive. The Justus Brothers have arrived in style! - Audiophile Audition

"album review"

The debut album from The Justus Brothers came out and suddenly the world was a better place.

For this 9-track CD from the all-star group of stellar Memphis musicians who have joined together to explore new horizons in contemporary jazz is, quite easily, one of the most uplifting and colorful new releases I've personally heard in the past few years.

The new album from Memphis International Records underscores the unparalleled musicianship of the group that includes Niko Lyras (guitar), Pat Register (sax), Jason Clark (keyboards), Steve Potts (drums) and Dave Smith (bass). - Exclusive Magazine

"album review"

From infectious funky melodies to elegant and silky smooth, this album is filled with world-class instrumental emotion. Check out their fresh treatment of Booker T's "Chinese Checkers" or the classy arrangement of two Sting classics "Fragile/Fields of Gold," and you will know immediately that the Justus Brothers are in a league of their own. -


The Justus Brothers (Memphis International Records)



Jason Clark, Niko Lyras, Steve Potts, Pat Register, Dave Smith: The core members of Justus Brothers, the new contemporary jazz supergroup from Memphis.

Go ahead — Google their names. You'll be awestruck.

Having played together all over the world for decades, these guys have a fraternal bond that creates amazing music and amazing moments for the audience. Joined by stellar guest artists such as percussionist Billy Ramirez and Memphis horn ace Scott Thompson, they are determined to break new ground in 2019, with an album of jazzy, funk-fusion original tunes and a few choice covers, plus a slate of live performances.

A brief overview Justus Brothers' credentials:

Steve Potts (drums): Greg Allman, Booker T & the MGs. Al Green, Neil Young, CSNY, Paul Rodgers, Wynonna Judd, Cyndi Lauper, The Blues Brothers, winner of five NARAS Premier Player Awards

Dave Smith (bass): Buddy Guy, Al Green, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, Keo Kotke, John Mayall, Luther Allison, Solomon Burke, Kat Power, Dave Stewart, Ike Turner, Little Milton, Rick Derringer, winner of five NARAS Premier Player Awards

Niko Lyras (guitar): B.B. King, Albert Collins, Luther Allison, Bobby Blue Bland, John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Eddy Clearwater, Z.Z. Top, Al Green, The Barkays, Keb Mo, Mavis Staples, Little Milton, Ike Turner, Pinetop Perkins, Victor Wooten, Booker T & the MGs, 666 Mafia, Tony Joe White, Kirk Whalum, two Felix Awards and a Juno Award (Canada), Film Critics’ Choice Award (U.S.), four Addy Awards (TN), two NARAS Premier Player Awards, two Grammy nominations 

Pat Register (sax): Isaac Hayes, Mavis Staples, Rufus Thomas, The Barkays, The Memphis Horns, Jeff Golub, Miles Jaye, Kirk Whalum, Howard Hewett

Jason Clark (keyboards): Kirk Whalum, Martina McBride, Foreigner, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Dave Stewart, Vanessa Amorosi, The Tennessee Mass Choir, Ana Popovic, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, one Grammy nomination

Sophisticated, fun, ingenious, professional in every sense: Justus Brothers showcases some of Memphis' best musicians at the peak of their talent.

Band Members