e’Sean Jones & KNMDK live featuring special guests the Gabriel Brass Band.
Visionary Detroit saxophonist, composer, and bandleader, De’Sean Jones has already done more in his 20s than most musicians hope to accomplish by age 50.
His music combines the new and the classic sides of jazz which includes Funk, Hip Hop, Bebop and Soul. All tastefully worked in. After participating in the DSO’s Civic Jazz program and graduating from Detroit’s High School for the Performing Arts, Jones studied at Michigan State under Rodney Whitaker. He then attended the prestigious Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
His mentors include the great trumpeter/educator, Marcus Belgrave and the late, highly regarded Detroit saxophonist, Donald Walden. He also mentored with electronic music pioneer Mike Banks, creator of Detroit’s world-renowned Underground Resistance, who he’s played with for several years now.
Jones said, “I feel very fortunate and blessed. This city’s mentorship extends beyond the music. They give advice on life matters; they’re life coaches. When I’m out there playing, I’m actually representing all of the people who have endorsed me.”
The Gabriel Brass Band is a family tradition that has been passed down for six generations. Beginning with patriarch Narcisse Gabriel, a bass player whom migrated to New Orleans from Santo Domingo in 1856.
Cousins Dameon Gabriel (trumpet), Larry Gabriel (banjo and grand marshal), Marcel Gabriel (bass drum), Darryl Johnson (grand marshal), and a few friends have picked up the baton, continuing the exciting fun-filled brass band second line tradition in the metro Detroit area.
The Gabriel Brass Band honors rich history of New Orleans music while delivering a joyful sound that excites the modern ear.
This Motor City music family maintains a living connection to New Orleans family members Charlie Gabriel (Preservation Hall Jazz Band) and Louis Ford maintaining our roots back home in the Crescent City as they all move musically into the future.
The show will be opened by the Cliff Bell’s Resident Duo (piano & bass), from 9:30 to 10:30). Two exciting young Detroit players!