Andrae Murchison and Huxsie Scott featured with The Good Times All Stars, Bill Peterson, Delbert Felix, Kebbi Williams and Ulysses Owens Jr.
ANDRAE MURCHISON – BIO
Trombonist, composer, bandleader, and poet Andrae Murchison is a native of Savannah, Georgia, where he first discovered music through church with his grandparents and mother.
Focusing on delivering a message of grace and truth, his music remains faithful to his spiritual foundation and navigates through the roots of negro spirituals, the body of soul of R&B, and branches out of jazz improvisation, harmony, and rhythm. Murchison earned degrees from Oberlin Conservatory (BA) and Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music (MM) where he was mentored by Robin Eubanks and Steve Turre. Murchison toured the world serving as trombonist with The Skatalites, Abdullah Ibrahim and Ekaya, and The Duke Ellington Orchestra.
He has worked with Roy Hargrove, The Count Basie Orchestra, Ravi Coltrane, Monty Alexander, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and leads his own ensemble, Murch Church.
HUXSIE SCOTT BIO
A native of Savannah, Georgia, Huxsie Scott is regarded as one of the greatest jazz/blues artists ever to live and perform in the Savannah Coastal Area. Huxsie began her career as a jazz vocalist in 1973. She has performed with many of the area’s premier jazz ensembles and symphony orchestras and was a featured opener for such jazz greats as the late Lionel Hampton and McCoy Tyner. She was the original vocalist for the Savannah Jazz Orchestra and worked as the featured vocalist for jazz great and savannah resident, bassist Ben Tucker. In 1987 Huxsie came full circle and went back to her roots, singing Gospel and Inspirational music. She has recorded four full Gospel projects, an album of Johnny Mercer music and a self titled album of her favorite standards. Huxsie has been a featured vocalist at the Savannah Theatre since they opened in August of 2002. She is also a staff member in the music ministry at Overcoming By Faith Church. She is the proud mother of twin daughters and a son, the grandmother of eleven and great grandmother of one.
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BILL PETERSON is Professor of Music in Jazz Studies and Music Theory/Composition at Florida State University where he teaches jazz piano, jazz arranging and jazz combo. He holds the M.M. degree from the Eastman School of Music and the B.M. from the University of Cincinnati. He has released his own jazz trio recording on Summit Records and has also recorded on the Unity label. He has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Blue Note Jazz club NYC, Paraguay International Jazz Festival and Savannah Music Festival. He has been a clinician and performer at the University of Miami, University of Denver, the Lafayette Jazz Workshop (California), the University of Alabama, and Eastern New Mexico University.
DELBERT FELIX – BIO
DELBERT FELIX grew up on St. Helena Island enthralled by his mother’s smooth dancing to records by Sam Cooke, Charles Brown and Johnny Ace.
Years later, the man who grew up to be the original bassist in the Branford Marsalis Quartet, said his late mother, Ann Felix, “first opened my eyes to feel music, to kind of do a dance with the bass, to help me feel the rhythm and pulse of the music we are playing.”
Delbert’s father, Wesley Felix, was the music teacher and band leader at St. Helena High School. By age 5 or 6, all three Felix children were taking piano lessons from Wilhelmina Barnwell.
Young Delbert also was shaped by the music at Brick Baptist Church and what he called the more raw gospel at other churches around St. Helena, where clapping substituted for drums.
Felix always felt the thump of the bass, and at age 8 was given an electric bass guitar by Jonathan Francis.
He also played horns, marched with the Beaufort High School band and then the famous Marching 100 at Florida A&M University, where he learned constant repetition is required to reach perfection.
Felix took the influences of Lowcountry musicians — Nathaniel Drake, Earl Davis, “Cool” John Ferguson, Steve Best and Bill Barnwell — with him to chilly Boston where he studied at the Berklee College of Music. He took it with him to the U.S. Navy, where he played music around the world and taught in its musical school.
He has performed with Sting, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Cole and all the Marsalis brothers, among others.
Now he’s home, living on Hilton Head Island, and performing with the Delbert Felix Trio.
KEBBI WILLIAMS – BIO
Grammy award winning tenor saxophonist Kebbi Williams is one of contemporary music’s whirlwind improvisers. The imaginative multi-instrumentalist/ composer/producer/arranger/teacher resists categorization. His innovative sound dives, blends and jumpstarts all music genres. Kebbi bends it to his will with his robust, distinct blasts. His playing and compositions create a sound that is uniquely and undeniably his own. Avant-garde jazz, hip-hop, Afro-beat, gospel, electronica, classical and fiery rock are all loops that Kebbi interweaves with passion and edge.
The Atlanta native received both an undergraduate degree and Master’s in Jazz Studies from prestigious Howard University. At the age of 22, he won the Jazz Instrumental Soloist Category (college division) award from Downbeat Magazine. Kebbi launched his professional career as a much in demand studio and touring musician. Outkast, the legendary Donald Byrd, Cee-lo Green, Mos Def, drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts, Bilal, Oteil Burbridge, Me’Shell Ndegeocello, Russell Gunn, Julie Dexter and iconic Betty Carter are among the elite musicians and vocalists who jumped off of Kebbi’s unique horn. He is also an original member and presently touring for the sixth year with the Tedeschi Trucks Band (with whom he won the Grammy in 2012 in the Blues Album category.)
“Kebbi Williams is a truly unique soul. His ability to step away from the norm and willingness to think outside the box makes him one of the most adventurous and creative saxophonists around. His playing is as free as his spirit and it’s inspiring to see him continue to chart his own path.” Maurice Brown: Trumpeter/Grammy Award winner.
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A drummer who The New York Times has said “take[s] a back seat to no one,” performer, producer and educator, Ulysses Owens Jr. goes the limit in the jazz world and beyond. Claiming four successful albums of his own, Owens has also gained special attention for his performances on GRAMMY Award-winning albums by Kurt Elling and the Christian McBride Big Band, in addition to five Grammy nominated albums. Both Jazziz and Rolling Stone Magazines picked his most recent album Songs of Freedom, as a Top Ten Album for 2019.
The Ulysses Owens Jr. Trio started a few years ago as Ulysses met Liston Gregory III and Jose Villalpando were enrolled in their Sophomore year at the University of North Florida in Jax Florida. Ulysses began hiring them for various events at his organization “Don’t Miss A Beat,” and various tours around the country and world. Now he host a weekly jam at Wildcrafter’s Jax every Sunday and this trio has been honing in on their approach and sound, and Ulysses states that both Liston and Jose are some of the most dynamic musicians of their generation.