Jazz Weekend in Dallas - 'Forty Fingers Concert'

Top Quote When the spotlights beam on 4 pianos, 8 hands, 40 fingers and 352 keys, the concert hall is sure to rock with SHAUN MARTIN, XAVIER JACKSON, CALEB SEAN and CLIFTON WILLIAMS as they tip, tap and glide up and down the keyboard, giving Dallas' audience a memorable night of entertainment performing classical, jazz, pop, hip-hop, Broadway, R&B and gospel music. This is a must witness event! End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) March 09, 2017 - DALLAS, TEXAS - Gifted musicians Shaun Martin, Xavier Jackson, Clifton Williams and Caleb Sean are the featured artists in "Forty Fingers Concert," where the four will play on four separate pianos in an awesome display of unimaginable talent, skill and showmanship at The Black Academy of Arts and Letters (TBAAL).

    The Jazz Weekend in Dallas: Forty Fingers Concert showcase highlights the talents of four very versatile men, who are known nationally and internationally for their work producing, composing and playing several instruments, will be together for one night only, 8 p.m., Saturday, March 18 on the Naomi Bruton Main Stage of the Dallas Convention Center Theater Complex, 1309 Canton Street, Dallas, Texas 75201. Hosted by TBAAL Board of Directors.

    "These gentlemen are among the best musicians and entertainers in the industry and three of them are home-grown," said Curtis King, founder and president of The Black Academy of Arts and Letters. "Each of them has performed individually at TBAAL over the years. We saw that they also had great chemistry with each other. We developed the 'Forty Fingers' concept based on their combined abilities to play classical, jazz, pop, hip-hop, Broadway, R&B and gospel music."

    SHAUN MARTIN, who serves as Minister of Worship and Music at Friendship - West Baptist Church, is a four-time Grammy Award winner for his gospel and contemporary R&B albums. He's worked, written or toured with artists Kirk Franklin, Snarky Puppy, Erykah Badu, Chaka Kahn, Fred Hammond, God's Property, Kim Burrell, Yolanda Adams, Timberland, The Weekend, Lalah Hathaway and Tamela Mann, among others. His production credits include: Mama's Gun (Erykah Badu), Guru's Jazzamatazz Streetsoul (Erykah Badu, Guru) Hero (Kirk Franklin), Fight Of My Life (Kirk Franklin), Hello Fear (Kirk Franklin), Here Right Now (Tasha Page- Lockhart), Fast Forward (The Walls Group), I Will Trust (Fred Hammond), United Tenors- (Fred Hammond, Dave Hollister, Eric Roberson, Bryan Courtney-Wilson), and Take Me To The King (Tamela Mann).

    XAVIER JACKSON has shared stages with such artists as Lenny Williams, Shirley Murdock, Lalah Hathaway, K-Ci and JoJo, and Bobby Brown. He currently tours with legendary blues musician Lucky Peterson. Jackson's named mentors include: Darrell "Delite" Allamby, Paul Jackson, Lucky Peterson, and Curtis King. His debut CD was "Me & My Ole Lady,"

    CLIFTON WILLIAMS, a native of Washington D.C, is an accomplished pianist and songwriter. He graduated from the Berklee College of Music, where he earned a dual degree in Music Education and Contemporary Writing and Production. Some of his recent performances have included touring with the Official Blues Brothers Revue and with the world-renowned Harlem Gospel Choir, both nationally and internationally. Establishing his songwriting career with a bang, Williams has penned the current official Amateur Night at The Apollo theme song. Williams is also a 2014 grand prize winner in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for his penned song, "I've Never Seen It" in the gospel category.

    CALEB SEAN has performed with several major artists such as Michael Buble', Erykah Badu, Chrisette Michelle, Gerald Albright, Rahsaan Patterson, Anthony Evans, and Stanley Clarke. He has also appeared on the nationally syndicated ABC television network show "Good Morning Texas" and the Trinity Broadcast Network (TBN). Not only an award-winning musician, recently, he has produced and written songs for artists like Beyonce', Jay-Z & Kanye West, Talib Kweli, Lecrae, and Little Brother. He has worked alongside Grammy-award-winning super-producers S1 and Rodney "Dark Child" Jerkins.

    Weekend activities include a noon, Saturday, March 18, 2017 Jazz Appreciation Educational Youth Workshop, where youth have this once-in-a-lifetime experience to sit at the feet of the four pianists for a one-on-one educational conversation. The fee is pay as you can; reservations are requested.

    Concert tickets can be purchased by calling TBAAL Box Office at 214.743.2400, or through Ticketmaster 800.745.3000 and Ticketmaster.com. Group discounts tickets are available. Please call Audience Development at 214-743-2506.

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