Keyan released his first CD titled “The Art of Living”. The CD has a funky groove, creating sweet sensations to the listening ear.” His music has its own flavor, with a very soulful touch, which is a reminiscent of the kind of music Grover Washington Jr. made. He is currently working on completing his second CD, due to be released end of the year, 2008.
More about Keyan Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Keyan Williams now makes his home in Phoenix, Arizona. Keyan started playing the sax at age 8 and by the age of 16 he was playing Jazz Sax and Classical Flute. Keyan has never been shy to play for crowds. Many fans of his music have said that his style reminds them of Grover Washington Jr., and he is very humbled by their compliments.
Grover Washington Jr., musically influenced Keyan, along with many other jazz artists like: Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Wes Montgomery and Stanley Clarke. Keyan says, “Grover Washington Jr. is one of my favorite musicians. He would give you a great show with three hours of non-stop playing.
I wanted to keep that kind of drive alive. It’s music with really strong grooves, to get back to what I call the original smooth jazz sound”. When it comes to live performances, Keyan plays from the heart and you’ll never hear him play a solo the same way twice. He has been gracing the stage since his very early years, playing at various venues like Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall.
Keyan has had the honor of sharing the stage with Herbie Hancock, Chic Corea, and Junior Cook. These experiences helped make him the performer he is today. Keyan’s charity of choice is the Arizona chapter of the American Diabetes Association. This charity is close to Keyan’s heart given that he has lost his Grandfather and more recently, a wonderful Aunt to this terrible disease.
Recent Live Performances: Orozko Lounge/John Ascuagus Nugget Casino Reno, Nevada Phoenix Flame Basket ball Game, Phoenix, Arizona News Channel 3 TV, Good Morning Arizona SunFire African Art Gallery Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce 9th Annual Golf Tournament, Ocotillo Golf Resort United Center- Chicago Bulls National Anthem In the media Keyan was featured in the October 2006 ABYSS Jazz Magazine. Keyan was featured as the Indie-Music Artist with Indie-Music.com January 18th, 2007 with 88.1 FM at Fisk University in Nashville, TN April 11th, 2007 with 92.1 FM Smooth Jazz Reno Nevada Airplay Terrestrial Radio: 88.1 WFSK FM, 99.5 FM WSUR, KCCK FM, WSIE 88.7FM, KJZS 92.1 FM, WHCR 90.3FM, KUNV 91.5 FM, WEIB 106.3 FM TV- Cable: Keyan’s music can be heard on “Your Local on the 8's with The Weather Channel” at www.weather.com Internet Radio: Fredio Radio www.fredio.com/index.php?stationid=1&genre=Jazz New Artist Radio www.newartistradio.com/members/members/396/ Live 365 www.live365.com/stations/cruisenjazz E- Radio Biz www.e-radiobiz.com/default.asp?artid=157 Artist First www.artistfirst.com/(Switzerland) Smooth Vibes www.smoothvibes.com/swissgroove.html Atlanta Blue Sky www.atlantabluesky.com(Jazz Colors) Radio Jazz Plus www.radiojazzplus.com/ Radio Zenwaw www.radio.zenwaw.com/ Echo Radio www.echosmoothjazz.com/ Festivals: Tucson Jazz Festival Verrado Jazz Fest San Jose Jazz Festival Instrumentation 4 Piece Quartet.. Saxophonist, Keyboard, Drummer, and Bass. Optional and can be added: Guitar and Percussion Our music is also available via digital distribution with Apple iTunes, Great Indie Music, MP3-Extension, Tasty Audio, Music Is Here, Buy Music, and Pure tracks.
IRIS Distribution Company Links http://www.keyanwilliams.com Press Quotes Reviews “Oh my... Excellent! Keyan has such a CRISP horn. Kind of like Grover Washington, but with his own sound. And for sure, it won't be long before his fans are able to distinguish style.
Definitely, one of the best new smooth jazz artists I have heard this year.” “Rachelle Bivins, Abyss Jazz Magazine “The title track on the new release The Art of Living makes me feel a little homesick. This song reminds me a lot of my time in New York and riding down the Major Deegan Expressway in the back seat as a child. My dad played mostly soft jazz tunes while driving and I got a kick out of watching the buildings go by while listening to the music. The saxophone is obviously the main instrument in this song, and it has a nice presence.
It doesn't overpower the rest of the instruments and what was played sounds really nice. Overall, a very cool song. I'm going to call my parents now.” -Jacob Dixon from Pratteln, Switzerland “The Art of Living” song has excellent bass and the rhythm is very groovy. The drumming is good; it flows along with the song smoothly.
The best thing about this track is the saxophone; it’s masterfully played without a flaw and it hooks you up big time. It has a very romantic feel to it and the melody manages to chill you out. I like the way piano is introduced; it really enhances the mood of this track. BRILLIANCE!” -Morris Plains Home Phoenix, AZ Management email@example.com (Bridget Williams) 623-980-5810 Website: www.keyanwilliams.com MySpace: www.myspace.com/keyanwilliamsandtusp Read more on Last.fm.
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