• 6/25/2015 – URBAN JAZZ COALITION ~ Opening night! June 25

    Known as one of the hottest live performance ensembles on the contemporary jazz scene, creating a major buzz on the national jazz circuit, and electrifying audiences across North America URBAN JAZZ COALITION will open the Branford Jazz 2015 summer concert series. The series will commence on Thursday, June 25th, starting at 6:30 p.m. on the Branford Town Green as announced by the Town of Branford, in conjunction with the Branford Recreation Department and the Branford Festival.

    “UJC” has performed their energetic blend of Soulful Jazz/ R&B at many of the nation’s most prominent festivals and concert venues including The Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Jazz Fest West, The Capital Jazz Fest, The Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, and numerous other prestigious concert venues.

    Jazz Times Magazine’s award winning columnist, Brian Soergel, described the “UJC” sound as “flush with rhythmic grooves, funky bass lines, and beautiful melodies.”

    Urban Jazz Coalition has made a strong impression with traditional and internet radio stations allowing their last four releases, “Gravitate”, “A New Day”, “Down To Get Up”, and “Long Street” to each achieve “Top 50” status on international airplay charts, and to generate worldwide physical and digital distribution of the group’s music catalog.

    UJC’s music has also been featured in network television programming, international film soundtracks, McDonald’s regional advertising campaigns, and as part of an eclectic group of artists on a Gospel/Jazz compilation project released by Capitol/EMI Records.

    In addition to the notoriety “UJC” has earned as a self-contained group, they have also become one of the most in-demand back up groups in the smooth jazz genre, having performed as sidemen for a number of top smooth jazz artists including Peter White, Nick Colionne, Jeff Lorber, Paul Taylor, Chuck Loeb, Marion Meadows, Brian Simpson, Marcus Anderson, “Shilts”, Jackiem Joyner, Cindy Bradley, Tom Braxton, Ken Navarro, Althea Rene’, Oli Silk, Nils, Jessy “J”, and U-Nam.

    When asked why this group has generated so much excitement in smooth jazz circles, Radio & Records chart columnist Carol Archer was quoted as follows…

    “A lot of artists aspire to sound as tight and as funky as The Urban Jazz Coalition,

    But these gentlemen really do pull it off!

    With the success of the band’s previous CD projects, and the positive buzz generated by their legacy of energetic live performances, “UJC” definitely has the momentum.

    “Playing at this year’s Branford Jazz Concert Series on the Green is certainly an honor for us,” said Rainey. “We are always happy to give back to the North East area and the New England area. The region has always been supportive and good to us over the years. Anytime you get the chance to come back to the area is a thrill.”