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, 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).
4 January 2019. The Sound Bite Restuarant. 737 9th Ave, New York NY 10019. 7-10:00pm No Cover
5 January 2019. APAP Showcase 2019. New York Hilton 1335 Avenue of The Americas at 54th Street NY, NY 10019. Morgan Suite. 4:20-4:55pm.
23 January 2019. Waterside Jazz Wednesdays. Waterside Restaurant and Catering. 7800 River RD North Bergen, NJ 07047. 7:00pm-11:00pm Click the link below for tickets. NO TICKETS AT THE DOOR.
15 February 2019. T.S. Monk Feat. S.O.A.R. Jazz Forum. 1 Dixon Lane Tarry Town, NY 7:00pm & 9:30pm Shows. $30.00 Cover.
16 February 2019. T.S. Monk Feat. S.O.A.R. Jazz Forum 1 Dixon Lane Tarry Town, NY 7:00pm & 9:30pm Shows. $30.00 Cover
10 March 2019. Sounds of A&R Live at African American History Celebration. Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church. 716 Watchung Ave. Plainfield, NJ 3:00-5:00pm. Free Admission
15 March 2019. Bergen County Film Festival Gala. TBA
17 May 2019. Shanghai Jazz Club. 24 Main Street Madison, NJ. 7:00pm-10:00pm. Reservations Recommended. (973) 822-2899
7 June 2019. Geneva Music Festival. Club 86. 86 Ave. E Geneva, NY 14456. 7:00pm. For Tickets visit: www.genevamusicfestival.com
8 June 2019. Geneva Music Festival. Smith Opera House. 82 Seneca St. Geneva, NY 14456. 7:30pm. For Ticket Visit: www.genevamusicfestival.com
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