As a master inventor of musical hybrids, Quincy Jones has shuffled pop, soul, hip-hop, jazz, classical, African and Brazilian music into many dazzling fusions, traversing virtually every medium, including records, live performance, movies and television. Named one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century by Time Magazine, Jones’ creative magic is on full display as the Seattle Symphony and guest artists pay tribute to this musical legend.
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Conductor, arranger, curator and composer, Jules Buckley is a unique and rare breed of artist. Not yet forty, he has collaborated with some of music’s most important and credible names, trailblazing his way through a staggering discography of almost 70 albums - more than most artists achieve in a lifetime. Through his mastery of non-classical orchestral music, he has pushed the boundaries of almost all musical genres by placing them in an orchestral context, earning himself a reputation as a pioneering genre alchemist and agitator of musical convention.
With hands that eﬀortlessly glide over the keys and a voice that will carry you to the moon, Sheléa’s musical mastery makes her one of the most exhilarating up and coming artists today. While donning multiple hats of vocalist, songwriter, pianist, arranger and producer, Sheléa evokes the sultry energy of Whitney Houston and the piano chops and writing prowess of Alicia Keys.
Jonah Nilsson's life changed overnight after him and a couple long-time friends uploaded their own covers of huge pop hits like Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” and Justin Bieber’s “Baby” to Youtube. The unique funk-pop covers spread like wildfire in the music community, garnered them millions of views, and got them the attention of many acclaimed artists, namely 16x Grammy Award winning producer David Foster. David took them under his wing and signed the trio named Dirty Loops to their first record deal at Verve Records. And just like that, Jonah went from singing in his friend’s basement to becoming an international touring star.
Horace Bray is an NYC based singer-songwriter and instrumentalist. Coming from a background in jazz and improvised music, Horace has become a staple in the New York music scene, playing regularly with artists like John Splithoff, Michael Blume, and Sirintip. Over the past year, however, he began to flourish as a songwriter, preparing to step into the limelight- inspired by musicians including Sufjan Stevens, Nick Drake and The Milk Carton Kids.
Brandon Winbush is a native of Los Angeles, California and he has been singing in front of audiences since he was 4 years old. He began developing his God-given gift at an early age and as a result, he is a professional singer who is in high demand throughout the music industry. From Pop to Country to R&B to Gospel and even Rap; Brandon truly does it all exceptionally well.
Brandon is currently singing background on American Idol. He has been a background singer for the show since the first Season.
Nolan Byrd is an award-winning and critically acclaimed drummer currently based in New York City. After displaying a talent for drumming at a very early age, Nolan started pursuing a life in music. Nolan has performed at notable venues such as The Blue Note, The Apollo, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Fasching Jazz Club and Smalls.
Mike Luzecky is a diverse and highly sought bassist who has performed at a variety of venues, from pop shows at The Bomb Factory in Dallas to jazz at New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall and with symphony orchestras around the country. Other performances include appearances at the Hinterland Music Festival in Saint Charles, IA, the Fortress Festival in Fort Worth, TX and at the renowned South By Southwest Independent Music Festival in Austin, TX.
Tiffany started a passion for all types of music at a very young age. She has been influenced by many singers including Howard Smith, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Kahn, Marvin Gaye, Donnie Hathaway and many others. Her voice has been described as sweet, smooth and melodic. She not only sings, she also enjoys writing and has done vocal arrangements for different artists.
Led by Music Director Thomas Dausgaard, the Seattle Symphony unleashes the power of music, brings people together and lifts the human spirit. Recognized as one of the “most vital American orchestras” (NPR), the Seattle Symphony is internationally acclaimed for its inventive programming, community-minded initiatives and superb recordings on the Seattle Symphony Media label.
Pops Series Title Sponsor: the John & Ginny Meisenbach Foundation. Additional support for the Saturday performance is provided by Microsoft and Holland America Line.