An Evening of Smooth Jazz with Tim Bowman w/ special guests Randy Scott and Phaze II - 7/30/19

An Evening of Smooth Jazz with Tim Bowman w/ special guests Randy Scott and Phaze II - 7/30/19

Tuesday, July 30 2019 6pm Doors / 8pm Start

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Tue Jul 30 2019

An Evening of Smooth Jazz with Tim Bowman w/ special guests Randy Scott and Phaze II - 7/30/19

at City Winery Washington DC

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6pm
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8pm

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Renowned, chart-topping guitarist Tim Bowman has a way of making melding smooth jazz, gospel, soul and blues seem effortless as evidenced throughout his more than 30 years in music, including his 2017, seventh studio album, Into the Blue, on I.M. Records / Purpose Jazz. The Detroit native, who grew up playing guitar in church, attended the College of Creative Studies, and served as the musical director for gospel luminaries the Winans before embarking on his solo career in 1987, continues to carve a niche for himself.

“I like the romantic music, the more bluesy styles, the smooth grooves,” Bowman says, “but what I wanted to do on this album is put all of those on one record, have something for everybody.”

Bowman succeeds in his mission and has scored his fifth No.1 single with “City Lights,” Into the Blue’s debut single, a feel good, smooth jazz instrumental that showcases his intricate strumming technique. The set also includes other smooth jazz standouts, “Seaside Drive,” originally released in 2013, and a soulful cover of Charlie Wilson’s Grammy-nominated single “You Are.”

“Amazing Grace Party,” featuring Jonathan DuBose Jr. and Tim Bowman Jr., is another favorite. While there have been multitudes of varying renditions of Christian hymn “Amazing Grace,” first published in 1779, Bowman’s blues-meets-funk version is truly a uniquely, infectious production that segues into the Negro spiritual “Wade in the Water” before transforming into a full on contemporary gospel jam session. Bowman was determined to bring his vision of the song to life. After recording the other tracks, he called upon his traveling band to help him complete the song. “We went into the studio and three hours later, we had it,” he explains.

Tim Bowman Jr.’s vocals on “Amazing Grace Party” fell into place more easily. “He’s just a versatile singer,” Bowman says of his son, who completed his recordings while visiting his house. “I told him, ‘You need to go down to the studio and listen to the song,’” Bowman recalls. “Forty-five minutes later, he called me and that’s what he had.” 

Incorporating a special element of funk was also something important to Bowman, hence the song “Detroit Funk,” a collaboration from the newly formed group TMC that includes Bowman, former Pleasure guitarist Marlon McClain, and Cordell Walton, musical director for Charlie Wilson.

Conceptually, the album’s biggest takeaway is the reoccurring theme of affection captured throughout the collection in the prominent use of the spanish guitar and endearing ballads sung by perfectly suited featured vocalists Stokley (“All I Need is Love”) and Angela Johnson (“My Heart To You”).

“All I Need is Love,” in particular, is a captivating, love song very personal to Bowman. “I wanted to have a song that says how I feel about my life and my wife,” he says. “I just wanted to tell the story about what really matters. To me, it’s not about being rich or poor, successful or not. The bottom line is love.” Bowman’s spanish guitar was an obvious choice for the ballads. “When I pick up that nylon string guitar, the first thing that comes to mind is romance,” he adds, citing his performance on Into the Blue songs “Tan Hermosa (So Beautiful)” and “Love Forever More.” “It’s just more of a melodic, romantic instrument to me because of the tone of it.”

Bowman has been an astute student of music since childhood. He began playing the guitar at 11 years old at Michigan’s International Gospel Center. At 18, he won a two year scholarship to the College of Creatives Studies where learned jazz theory. Years after his sister Vickie married into the Winans family, Bowman was invited to join the group during a concert, resulting in him becoming a member of the band and eventually the music director.

Following his desire to pursue a solo career, Bowman left the Winans in 1987 and released his debut album, Love, Joy, Peace, in 1996, on Diamante, reaching No. 19 on the Gavin Smooth Jazz chart and No. 2 on Radio & Record Magazine’s album chart. He released two more critically-acclaimed albums on Diamante, 1998’s Paradise and 2000’s Smile. In 2004, he experienced a breakthrough with his fourth album, This Is What I Hear, on Liquid 8 Records. His song “Summer Groove” earned him his first No. 1 record and made him a smooth jazz all-star. By 2007, he secured a spot on the “Guitars and Saxes Tour” alongside Jeff Golub, Gerald Albright and Kirk Whalum

Whalum, Najee, Jeff Lorber, Randy Scott, Darren Rahn and Tim Bowman Jr. appeared on Bowman’s self-titled fifth album released in 2008. He reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Smooth Jazz chart with “Sweet Sundays” and also enjoyed success with singles “High Def” and Najee collaboration “Rapture.” 

The Collection, a compilation of some of Bowman’s best work, debuted in 2010 and featured three new songs. “Let It Shine” marked his third No. 1 song, topping the Billboard Smooth Jazz Singles chart. “Seaside Drive,” which appears on Into the Blue, became Bowman’s fourth No. 1 song in 2013.

While Bowman is grateful for his accomplishments, he says his goal has always been to create music that genuinely connects with people. “I’ve always tried to make music that people could get lost into,” he says. “I wanted to take a ride and tell a story and hope every melody is a melody that they can take home and whistle, something that grabs them and doesn’t let them go.” 

Over the course of his 20-plus years as a solo artist, Bowman continues to accomplish this feat again and again. There’s surely more to come.





Randy Scott is a professional musician, record producer and composer. He has performed and/or recorded with Michael Powell (writer and producer for Anita Baker, Patti Labelle, Randy Crawford and others), J. Moss & Paul Allen (writers and producers for Boys II Men, Brittany Spears, N'Sync and others), Hiroshima, Nancy Wilson, Grover Washington, Jr., Fred Hammond, The Clark Sisters, Rance Allen, Dietrich Haddon, Men of Standard, Kirk Franklin, Norman Brown, Kirk Whalum, Bob James, Marion Meadows and many other artists on almost every major recording label. As a three-time winner of nationally televised, It's Showtime At The Apollo, $10,000 winner of The Hennesy Jazz Search and protégé of his friend and mentor, the late Grover Washington, Jr., Randy Scott is ready to take his place among the music industry's elite. Randy was requested by the White House to play for former U.S. President, William J. Clinton, and was awarded the NAACP 2001 Walter Francis White Service Award. His 4th CD entitled, "Breathe" remained in the top 40 nationally for five months, and is being sold by most major retailers and record stores nationally, as well as online through iTunes and Amazon.com. In 2008, Randy produced four songs on Vickie Winans' CD, "Woman To Woman". He also worked on her current single, "How I Got Over", which debuted at #1 on Billboard a few months ago. Randy also produced a CD for jazz guitarist, Tim Bowman, which went #1 record nationally on the Smooth Jazz Charts and Billboard. His success as a record producer ultimately led to his signing a new record deal with Trippin-n-Rhythm Records, which is distributed by Sony. Randy performed as their new artist in Dubai recently, and plans to do a return performance there soon. Randy has been awarded two Gold records, two Platinum records and one Multi-platinum record for his work on a Gospel Wow compilation CD and recordings with Grammy award winner, Kirk Franklin.J-dos 

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.