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Press Release

Soul Jazz Live Music Festival


Press Contact: Kharisma Bettis



Soul Jazz Live Festival expanding over three days in the city of Albany, NY at the Crowne Plaza Desmond, where musicians and bands from various genres will come together and provide four concerts, spanning over ten hours of live music.The festival is expected to draw about 500 guests and will be held the weekend of April 22-24, 2022.


Headliners for the premier music festival curated by the I Love My Artist Foundation include:Trombonist, Jeff Bradshaw—known as a soul-jazz and hip hop/funk innovator, Jeff has performed alongside music industry greats Michael Jackson, Earth Wind and Fire, Patti LaBelle and Maysa to name a few. The Artist of the Violin, Brook Alford, brings a deep soulful sound with creative flow to the violin. Brook has opened and recorded with greats such as The Whispers, Najee, Will Downing, Marion Meadows and Alex Bugnon. Alyson Williams—no stranger to hit singles, Alyson has had several; her single “Just Call My Name,” was a hit on the Billboard R & B charts reaching #4 and continues to receive airplay. Saxophonist Reggie Hines, an ASCAP Award Winning and Grammy Nominated songwriter, producer and international recording artist, Reggie has performed at countless festivals around the world including Montreaux Jazz Festival, St. Lucia Jazz Festival, and the Essence Music Festival.Composer|Bassist|Producer|Arranger, Rishon Odel has toured with Brian Culbertson and Najee. Odel has also recorded with Cissy Houston, Marvin Winans, Riley Richard, Phil Perry, Melissa Morgan, and Donnie McClurkin. Melonie Daniels—Vocalist, Vocal Director, Arranger and Worship Leader, served a 12-year tenure as Chief Background Vocalist to Mariah Carey. She continues to work with a broad spectrum of vocalists and musicians.


Other Artists to take the festival stage:

James Biscuit Rouse

Barbara Tucker

Peter Collins

Comedian Talent


Festival patrons will enjoy a variety of events and activities, Daytime Empowerment Experiences, Wellness and Therapeutic sessions and Panels with leaders and influencers. Evening activities include live concerts and after events. SJL, will also include a benefit gala to raise funds to continue the support of disadvantaged creatives as well as support the educational interest and training for young artists.


For more information and complete line up and activities, visit the official website of SJL at

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