Phaze II featuring Avon Dews - 5/21/19Tuesday, May 21 2019 6pm Doors / 7:30pm Start
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Phaze II featuring Avon Dews - 5/21/19
at City Winery Washington DC
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“Over the years, Washingtonians have been fortunate to witness with pride the extraordinary number of outstanding jazz groups that have sprung forth from our area. We have another bright star to get excited about, PHAZE II.” Bob Jenkins, Smooth Jazz 105.9.
Since 1997, PHAZE II has been providing Smooth and Funky Jazz sounds on the local music scene in the Washington, DC area, by honing its craft of delivering quality music to their listeners. PHAZE II has embarked on a journey to show the world the many talents that this jazz band has to offer.
In 2001, PHAZE II released its first CD entitled, Options, which Smooth Jazz 105.9 radio personality, Al Santos, described as a very credible debut CD. The Options CD embraced creativity, powerful producing, collaboration, and above all, the musical gift that each band member offers. Backtalk, the sophomore CD released in 2004, has unique style and versatile sounds that range from Latin Jazz to R&B. A stirring rendition of R&B artist, Musiq Soulchild’s Half Crazy, will surely put you in a mellow mood.
Determined to broaden their vision, PHAZE II entered the 13th Annual Capital Jazz Festival 2005 Capital Jazz Challenge Competition. This competition was sponsored by Washington DC’s Smooth Jazz 105.9 and Baltimore, Maryland’s Smooth Jazz 104.3. The final competition consisted of 6 bands chosen from 600 competition entries. Phaze II was chosen the winners of the competition received a monetary contribution and had the opportunity to open the next day on the Capital Jazz Festival’s main stage.
PHAZE II has since performed at the Capital Jazz Festival for the past seven years with other national acts at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. This jazz ensemble has also been fortunate to back up various national artists such as; Jackiem Joyner, Marcus Anderson, Ken Navarro, Jimmy Sommers, Althea Renee, Paul Taylor, Jeff Golub, BK Jackson, Cindy Bradley, Bob Baldwin, Shelby Brown, Tony Exum Jr, Frank McComb, Lynn Fiddmont, Kevin Whalum and Lin Roundtree just to name a few. Phaze II has now become a very sought after band for artist when they come to perform in the Washington, DC area.
Avon Dews is a jazz harmonica player from Washington, DC. Avon is a self-taught musician who started playing around with the harmonica out of curiosity and found that with a little practice the instrument made beautiful music. Avon has expanded his musical career by performing at numerous prestigious events and venues-Arena Stage At The Mead Center for American Theater, John F. Kennedy Center/Millennium Stage, American Market at the National Harbor, Feel the Heritage Festivals in Arlington, Virginia, Maryland Special Olympics benefit, various Scholarship/Fundraisers. Avon has also performed at the 2015 Cherry Blossom Festival, the 2015 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California in which he performed with the jazz group Phaze II, Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, Westminster Presbyterian Church's Blue Monday series, Carter Barron Amphitheater for the DC Blues Society's 28th annual Blues Festival, a guest performer at the 4th annual 2016 Jazz Legacy Foundation Gala Jam session at the Hampton Road Convention Center, Weddings and a host of local and out of town venues. In July of 2016 Avon has released his debut CD entitled, "Introducing... Avon Dews Volume 1" and is now working on his second schedule to be released early 2020. He has also been invited by the Music Department of Howard University to be the guest harmonica artist at the 2017 Chrome Noir Harmonica Summit. You will be amazed and entertained how this self-taught harmonica player with a style that is classic, cool, jazzy with a little old school and a touch of funk keep his fans wanting more.