Rick Parma’s Adult Jazz Concert Series kicks off with a star – studded lineup featuring international recording artists: Keyboardist Gail Jhonson, Trumpeter Willie Bradley, & Guitarist Dean Grech.
This concert will be held in the absolutely stunning Grand Lobby of the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.
Fri, January 27, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM PST
Cerritos Center for the Performing ArtsFor tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rick-parmas-adult-jazz-concert…
Born and raised in Chicago and now lives in Southern California. Rick Parma has always wanted to capture an audience with passion for music since he was 8 years old. At the age of 14 he was given his first tool to make that happen when he picked up the saxophone. Nearly twenty years later, he has developed his voice as his second tool to continue his life long dream. What’s next? Only Rick knows…
Learn more at http://www.rickparma.com/index/
The First Lady of Smooth Jazz is a distinction that Gail Denise Jhonson has worked a lifetime to achieve.
Jhonson brings all of her many talents to bear as soul-lifting spiritualist, next-gen feminist inspiration, big-picture band leader and, Philly street-corner rhythmist; building on a foundation of straight-ahead jazz, R&B, Funk and Gospel.
Gail’s impressive resume as a recording artist and touring musician includes appearances with such notables as Norman Brown, Mindi Abair, Bobby Womack, Ray Parker jr, Pink, Milli Vanilli, Morris Day (Time) & Rain Pryor. TV apearances on The Jay Leno Show, BET, several videos, Gospel Theatre, Jazz Festivals with Cindy Bradley, Peabo Bryson, Jeff Lorber, Patti Austin, Marion Meadows and so many others!
Learn more http://gailjhonson.com/
Willie Bradley is a graduate of South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC where he earned a BS Degree in Music Education and Performance. Over the course of his career, Willie has played with jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Frank Foster, Max Roach, Betty Carter and Nat Adderley. Willie came from the funk band Big Bertha and eventually formed the Willie Bradley Trio. Bradley and two other members: Cornell Young (drums) and Ted Ash (keyboards) went on to form Essential Elements and produce a successful, upscale event the first Saturday of every month in the ballroom of the Holiday Inn Bordeaux in Fayetteville, NC.
Bradley had originally met Ted years earlier when the two were part of another group called The Package Band. Cornell had played in numerous rock groups. Collectively, the trio has opened for or played with various smooth jazz and blues artists such as Fourplay, Eric Darius, Pamela Williams, Terry Cummings, Mike Phillips, Joey Sommerville, Junior Wells, Bobby Blue Bland, Gordon James, Marcus Anderson and Ryan Kilgore.
Now, Willie Bradley adds to his musical timeline, a burgeoning solo career and is working on a new album, Another Day & Time. The set, which includes ten lively horn tracks, is being co-written by Bradley and keyboardist Nicholas Cole, who also handles production on the album.
Learn more http://williebradley.net/index.html
Dean Grech always knew he wanted to make music. At the age of seven, he went to a wedding & ended up sitting at the edge of the stage all night & watching the band. Immediately after, he began hounding his parents for a guitar. With an old broken-down piano in the garage, they of course, encouraged him to take up piano. After a year of him refusing to touch the piano & more persistent hounding, he finally got his guitar.
Dean began playing at age 8. At that point, he locked himself in his room and a lifetime of dedication began. After developing his skills for a few years, he started playing professionally with local rock bands, always being the youngest in the band. By age 11, he had his first paying gig.
Today his music can be found anywhere from TV, movie sound tracks to jazz radio. “We Got Lost” the title track of his 2014 CD was one of the songs chosen for the music along with Dean as a guest artist appearing on the PBS special with – John Lowson (Grammy Award winning engineer) “ How We make Music For CD’s And Downloads”. The song “Two Strong Arms” (Dean Grech/Reggie Ashley), was featured in Dustin Lance Black’s 2011 motion picture release “ Virginia”, starring Ed Harris and Jennifer Connelly. In December 2010, Dean’s Christmas song, “What do you want for Christmas” (Grech/Ashley), rose to #1 most added song on Smooth Jazz Radio (Smooth Jazz.com), beating out Quincy Jones, Spencer Day, and Dave Koz. As a Lace product endorser, Dean can be found in the Lace Music guitar pickup demonstration videos.
Learn more http://www.deangrech.com/index.html