SOUNDS OF A&R
BILLBOARD and Jazz Week Chart Artist
Sounds of A & R aka S.O.A.R. is the brainchild of vocalist April May Webb and Trumpeter Randall Haywood. Partners in music and life, April and Randall have come together creating a distinct sound that fuses aspects of Swing, Cool, Hard Bop and Avant-garde.
Sounds of A & R have been making their mark in the New York scene, wowing audiences on stages such as Dizzy’s Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Birdland Jazz Club, Minton’s Playhouse and the legendary Apollo Theater. Their self-titled debut album, made the Jazz Week top 20 Chart and ended up on Jazz Week’s top 100 albums of the year 2017. The listener will be taken on an artistic journey through and array of colors in modern jazz. Pulling their inspiration from the deep love they have for one another, S.O.A.R. expresses that love through beautifully crafted compositions with fresh innovative arrangements.
Billboard Chart vocalist April May Webb, hails from Newton, Kansas. Her unique vocal approach draws from a wide range of influences such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Dinah Washington. She sings with a rustic warm tone and strong articulation. April May is the first female to graduate from The William Paterson University Jazz Education program where she studied under the leadership of the late Mulgrew Miller.
"Enter April May! A young singer who is a naturally talented as she is cultivated...She is at once, lyrical and soulful. April is definitely one to watch out for - a singer that can go in almost any direction. The future looks brighter because of the promise of April May. My Joyful expectation..!"
Florida Native, Randall Haywood is a graduate from the Juilliard School of Music. Randall utilizes the trumpet with great emotional expression. His sound continues to look towards the future, while paying homage to Fats Navarro, Clifford Brown, Clark Terry and Miles Davis. Randall became the youngest person ever to perform with the prestigious Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Randall's associations with Wynton Marsalis and Marcus Roberts have enabled him to perform with jazz legends such as: Art Farmer, Jackie McLean, Frank Foster, Milt Grayson, and Ed Thigpen.
Between April and Randall, they have performed in the North Sea Festival (Netherlands), Pori Jazz Festival (Finland), Vitoria Jazz Festival (Spain) Vienna Festival (Austria), Prague Festival (Czechoslovakia), Istanbul Jazz Festival (Turkey), Bern Jazz, Blues Festival (Switzerland), Beiteddine Art Festival (Lebanon), Newport Jazz Festival (Rhode Island), Jazz at Lincoln Center (NY), Birdland (NY), Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club (NY), The Jazz Gallery (NY) and the Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival (Maryland).
2 February 2018. The Sound Bite Restuarant. 737 9th Ave, New York NY 10019. 7-10:00pm No Cover
14 February 2018. Rooster Spin Westfield Location. 251 North Ave Garwood, NJ 07027 8-10:30pm
No Cover (908) 233-7333
22 February 2018. T.S. Monk Sextet Featuring S.O.A.R. The Bickford Theatre. 6 Normandy Heights Road Morristown, NJ. 7:30pm- 10:00pm 35.00 Tickets (973) 971-3706
9 March 2018. Bergen County Film Festival. Hackensack Performing Arts Center. 102 State St, Hackensack, NJ 07601 7:00-9:00pm
13 March 2018. Minton's Playhouse. 206 W 118th St, New York, NY 10026. 7:30-8:30pm. $10.00 Cover. www.mintonsharlem.com
27 March 2018. Minton's Playhouse. 206 W 118th St, New York, NY 10026. 9:00-10:00pm. $10.00 Cover. www.mintonsharlem.com
13 April 2018. Shanghai Jazz. 24 Main Street Madison, NJ. Reservation Recommended (973) 822-2899. No Cover.
24 March 2018. Roosterspin 120 Albany St. New Brunswick, Nj. 8:00-10:30pm. No Cover
28 April 2018. Celebrating 100 Years of Thelonious Monk featuring the T.S. Monk Sextet Feat. Sounds of A&R. 8:00pm
$28 general public; $26 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students, youth under 18 (Reserved Seating)
12 May 2018. Fort Lee Fashion Show with a LIVE Performance from Sounds of A&R. 2029 Hudson St. Fort Lee, NJ 07024. 3:00pm-4:00pm. Free Admission.
13 May 2018. Mother's Day Brunch. Pancetta 100 Frank W. Burr Blvd. Teaneck, NJ. Located in Teaneck Marriott Hotel. 4:00-6:00pm. Adults $52.00 Children ages 4-10 $26.00
26 May 2018. Hackensack Music Festival. Featuring Sounds of A&R. 102 State Street Hackensack, NJ 07601. 7:00pm. For Tickets visit. www.hacpac.org
9 June 2018. Geneva Music Festival. T.S. Monk Featuring Sounds of A&R. Smith Opera House 82 Seneca St. Geneva, NY 14456. 7:30pm
23 June 2018. Halda Music Festival. Sisters in Jazz featuring April May Webb. Bogatynia, Poland
28 June 2018. Bradley Fair Summer Jazz Concert Series. The JT Project Feat. Sounds of A&R. 2000 N. Rock Rd. Wichita, KS. 7:30pm. Admission Free.
20 July 2018. Shanghai Jazz Club. 24 Main Stree. Madison, NJ 07940. 7:00-10:00pm
2 Aug 2018. Orama 595 River Road Edgewater NJ. 7-10pm. $20.00 Cover
3 Aug 2018. T.S. Monk Feat. S.O.A.R. Jazz Forum. 1 Dixon Lane Tarry Town, NY 7:00pm & 9:00pm Shows. $30.00 Cover.
4 Aug 2018. T.S. Monk Feat. S.O.A.R. Jazz Forum 1 Dixon Lane Tarry Town, NY 7:00pm & 9:00pm Shows. $30.00 Cover
6 Aug 2018. Boardwalk Jazz Band Feat. April May Webb. Asbury Park Music Festival. 1201 Springwood Ave. Asbury Park, NJ 6:45pm-8:00pm. No Cover
CANCELLED*****6 September 2018. Orama 595 River Road Edgewater NJ. 7-10pm. $20.00 Cover ***** CANCELLED
28 September 2018. The Sound Bite Restuarant. 737 9th Ave, New York NY 10019. 7-10:00pm No Cover
6 Oct. 2018. T.S. Monk Feat. S.O.A.R. Scullers Jazz Club. 400 Soldiers Field Road Boston, MA 02134. (In the Double Tree Suites by Hilton) 8:00pm & 10:00pm Sets. Tickets: $35.00. Tickets and info at: www.scullersjazz.com
19 Oct 2018. Shanghai Jazz Club. 24 Main Street. Madison, NJ 07940. 7:00-10:00pm
24 Oct. 2018. T.S. Monk Feat. Randall Haywood. Blue Note Milano Italy. 21:00. Ticket information:
27 Oct. 2018. T.S. Monk Feat. Randall Haywood. Guinness Jazz Festival. Everyman Theatre 2:30pm Ticket information:
3 November 2018. T.S. Monk Feat. S.O.A.R. University of Pennsylvania. Zellerbach Theatre. 8:00pm. Ticket Information: www.annenbergcenter.org
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