Saxophonist Jackiem Joyner is far from complacent and staid in his sound and style. Known best for masterfully performing alto and soprano saxophone, Joyner has played alongside Grammy-nominated saxophonist Gerald Albright and internationally renowned keyboardist Keiko Matsui.
Joyner’s latest album, “Evolve,” marks a return to the contemporary jazz-urban instrumentals for which he achieved notoriety. Joyner was named Debut Artist of the Year for his 2007 debut, “Babysoul,” by Smooth Jazz News. His sophomore set, “Lil’ Man Soul,” registered a pair of number one Billboard hits with “I’m Waiting For You” reigning for 12 weeks and winning Song of the Year honors at the 2009 American Smooth Jazz Awards. Two singles from Joyner’s self-titled third record climbed into Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Songs top three. 2012’s “Church Boy” landed on Billboard’s Jazz Albums and Top Gospel Albums charts.
Mix a little country and Cajun with a touch of rock and roll and blues, and you’ll get a sense of the funky Louisiana flavor Amanda Shaw serves up every time her high heels step onto a stage. This immensely talented fiddler and singer, renowned for her sincere sensibility and sassy sense of style, has released five critically acclaimed EPs and albums and become a mainstay of the Louisiana festival circuit.
Since emerging in 2011 with a unique hybrid of jazz, hip-hop neo-soul, rock and R&B, the Katz Downstairz have become a household name in their native city of Jacksonville. Their years of experience and discipline show when they take the stage as evidenced by an ever-growing legion of fans.
A local favorite and longtime friend of the Zoo, Danny Morris and his band have travelled all over North America to play venues of all sorts and sizes. Morris is the former guitarist of the Nighthawks and shared the stage with numerous artists before he formed his own band with bassist Mike Tolnay and drummer Frank Hetzler. The band incorporates ska, jazz, flamenco, samba and ‘50s rock into their surf rock sound.
“Never watered down!” Whisky Six has quickly become a South Florida favorite. Their modern country music selections are engaging and fun, throwing in classics from Cash, Strait, Yoakam and others. Making up the band are members Tony Adair, Mike Betters, Colgan Bryan, Ron Cooper, Gary Golob and Marcelo Nascimento.
A young musician from Georgia, Jeff Bynum is now making waves in Florida by combining vocals, guitar, percussion, violin and bass in his set. Bynum has been praised as a musical steamroller and a multi-instrumentalist, blending styles from Shostakovich to Daft Punk. He is a former member of Big City Sunrise and is now focusing on his singer/songwriter career.
A fixture of the Space Coast music scene, Cover Story performs exciting pop and rock hits from the ’90s, ’00s and today.
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