The London Arrington Experience

The London Arrington Experience

BandJazzAcoustic

DIRTY JAZZ!! Jazz standards and originals soulfully sang with hip hop beats infused!! R&B and Soul tunes with Jazzy arrangements!! We can swing with the best and get funky with the best too!! Think... Harry Connick/Marvin Gaye with The Roots behind them!!

Biography

The vocal techniques of Nat King Cole, the tonal fluidity of Johnny Hartman, the ability to personalize a composition like Louis Armstrong, the soulful inflections of Marvin Gaye, and the ability to delicately dance around the notes of a melody like Sarah Vaughn are all goals that London continuously strives for. Also, like Jay-Z, his ever-evolving state of mind to lace chord progressions and intricate beats with meaningful and provocative lyrics that are infused with the experiences and life lessons about the maturation of a young hustler who has evolved into a spiritual businessman will always be present in his music. The desire to make the listener feel the composition as if the lyrics are autobiographical is what London’s goal is each time he sings. The willingness to ride the ebb and flow of a composition’s chord progressions into the uncharted land of improvisation is an adventure that he will readily set sail for every time the tune leaves the dock on a musical expedition. That exploration is what he lives for. London has created an energetic hybrid of Jazz, Soul, Funk, and Hip Hop beats that keeps the crowd listening, singing along, grooving, and moving from start to finish!!

Playing the trombone during his formative years gave London the affinity for the warm, strong, and soothing tones that are present when he sings. The richness of a well played trombone is the benchmark that this vocalist strives for with each note that is heard by the audience. His fascination with Marvin Gaye’s infatuation with being a crooner has made him delve into soulful interpretations of classic jazz standards while still maintaining the classic framework of those compositions as would Johnny Hartman, Nat King Cole or Frank Sinatra. His playfulness and his ability to connect with the audience give you the same feeling that one may get while watching footage of Louis Armstrong during one of his performances. He creates such a companionable atmosphere and the audience seems to become friends with him and the music by the end of the show.

Being under the guidance and tutelage of composer/musician/vocalist Wycliffe Gordon has afforded this vocalist a wealth of knowledge and opportunity. London Arrington has performed with some of the top musicians in the world. His experiences with veteran and acclaimed musicians like Gordon, Reginald Veal, Herlin Riley, Marcus Printup, Scotty Barnhart, Chris Crenshaw, Winard Harper, Alvin Atkinson, and several other musicians from Jazz at Lincoln Center orchestra and around the world have given him the knowledge and confidence that is needed to lead the band, as well as, the humility to follow that same band to a musical utopia. London’s goals are to strive for the level of excellence that his influences achieved, ultimately find his own style and interpretation of the classic jazz and pop standards, and compose originals that will stand the tests of time. His mission is to preserve the integrity and elegance of jazz and to make the music comfortable and entertaining for those who are visiting the art form for the first time. Welcome to the music…
Welcome to A. London Arrington.

Discography

Bluesback Recording: Between Lenox and 7th
Co-produced by Wycliffe Gordon and London Arrington
Tracks being played: That's How I Roll, You've Changed, and Dear God are being played on Atlanta's WCLK and various satellite and internet stations

Set List

We perform 45 minute sets that will include originals and funky remixes of Jazz, Pop, and R&B standards like:
DON'T GET AROUND MUCH ANYMORE
MY FUNNY VALENTINE
WHAT YOU WON'T DO FOR LOVE
USE ME UP
SUNNY/ IF YOU WANT ME TO STAY/ JUST FRIENDS MEDLEY
SO WHAT
OUR LOVE IS HERE TO STAY
EASY LIKE SUNDAY MORNING
BEFORE I LET GO