TONY EXUM, JR. BRINGS TO MIND THE SOULFULNESS OF A DAVID SANBORN, THE SULTRY SOUNDS OF THE LATE GREAT GROVER WASHINGTON, JR. AND SILKY SMOOTHNESS OF THE LATE GEORGE HOWARD.
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The Smooth Jazz Ride's Review

Tony Exum, Jr., Dee Lucas, and Phaze II
Blues Alley
Washington, DC
Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Tonight was a tremendous way for some jazz lovers to start the new year by attending the special tribute concert for late jazz greats Art Porter Jr. and George Howard, both of whom departed this life too soon.
The entertainment for this evening’s outstanding performance was given by saxophonists Tony Exum Jr. and Dee Lucas, with support from the local DC/MD/VA super group Phaze II. I believe all three will enjoy national stardom in short order.

Opening the musical set, both Dee and Tony performed an original piece from their own individual previously released CDs — “Rebirth of the Smooth” and “Finally,” respectively. Their smooth delivery quickly helped the audience warm from the frigid temperature outside and get this party started.

The musical selections from both Porter’s and Howard’s impressive collections were very clever and expressive and kept the crowd involved the entire night. This was obvious from observing the audience’s swaying, snapping of the fingers, head boppin,’ and clapping to the driving beats.

If your intentions in coming to Blues Alley were just to relax this evening, this was not the right show as the jamming energy thoroughly permeated the air and the artists rocked each selection.

The electricity included cover songs like Porter’s “Inside Myself,” “Lay Your Hands On Me,” “Lake Side Drive,” and the awesomely funky “Flight Time.” Also included were tunes like Howard’s “Hop Scotch,” the groovin’ “Dancing in the Sun,” “When Summer Comes,” and the beautiful “Cross Your Mind” (the latter further enhanced by the vocals of Vince Chapman Jr.). These songs are jazz classics and, combining Phaze II’s stylish backing, they were truly delivered.

Both of the saxophonists seemed to truly capture the styles of the icons they honored. Although I never personally had a chance to see either Porter or Howard perform, it was easy to envision that energy via the interpretations by Exum and Lucas, and am I ever grateful for that experience.

Phaze II — featuring Adrian Norton on bass guitar, Sam Marshall on drums, Kevin Powe on lead guitar, Steve Perkins on percussions, Trenton Thomas on keyboards, and vocalist Vince Chapman Jr. — always has that certain flair when performing that makes one wonder: Is it really that much fun and that easy? The DC metro area has known the Phaze II sound for quite awhile. The band is long overdue for the national spotlight..

Try to make a note of all three of these acts because they won’t stay off the national radar for long. What a way to bring in the new year. — Derrick Hooks

COFFEE TALK JAZZ RADIO AWARD WINNER

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Tony Exum, Jr.!
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PERFORMANCES

CATALINA ISLAND
JAZZTRAX FESTIVAL
AVALON, CA.

1ST ANNUAL COLORADO JAZZ AND R&B FESTIVAL
CLEMENT PARK
LITTLETON, CO.

SEDONA JAZZ ON
THE ROCKS FESTIVAL
SEDONA, AZ.

BLUES ALLEY
WASHINGTON, DC.

JW MARRIOTT DESERT RIDGE JAZZ FESTIVAL, PHOENIX, AZ.

Tony helping his friends with a music video in Old Colorado City, CO., shot by Steven Walsh.

Tony on Fox News.