Barrister Productions presents the "Jazzittude Series" featuring the emotionally
charged vocals of Ms. Toni Redd and guest saxophonist, Jeff Sparks, coming to
the DuSable Museum of African American History
Chicago, IL on Sept. 19, 2015 for 1 show at 7:00 pm.
Come and hear Toni perform her new single, "Treat Me Like A Lover"!!
Get your tickets now before they sell out!!
TONI REDD started singing at the young age of 12. She was entered into a city wide talent show in Atlanta Ga at the age of 14. She went on to win the best female vocalist award and trophy against 12 other girls whom were all older. This is when Toni’s father, Thomas J. Walker (soon to be manager) realized Toni had a gift of music in her life. Toni went on to study, play guitar and began writing her own compositions…
Songstress Toni Redd is an internationally known Award Winning Powerhouse Performer and Recording Artist. Toni is The Winner of 2 Black Women in Jazz Awards, for Best Jazz Artist in 2014 and Best Music Video for “Close to Me” from her 3rd solo project, “ Catching The REDD Eye” Produced by Morris Pleasure, ( former musical director for Earth Wind & Fire and former keyboardist for Michael Jackson). She is also the winner of The 2011 Los Angeles based Coffee Talk Jazz Radio Award for Best R&B Vocalist 2011, voted by over 10,000 listeners and The Coors Light Award for Best Jazz Vocalist in The State of TX in 1996.
Though regarded as a smooth R & B singer, Redd is an intense vocalist whose style is infused with R&B, Traditional and Contemporary Smooth Jazz with Classical Soul; these elements combined create her unique and distinct powerful ambience. Her vocal capabilities are so rich that a reviewer with the Atlanta Journal Constitution concluded that, “When Toni Redd performs, It is always a musical treat.” Additional reviews state that, “Her vocals are sultry and emotional, from the heart are exactly where her vocals come from. A strong personality with interesting life experiences, she shares these through her lyrics on a real level” – Just Soul Magazine. (UK Based)
Toni discovered a love for music growing up in her native Atlanta Georgia. Music was always a driving force in her family. As a child, she studied the guitar and developed an interest in singing. She studied English and joined The Glee Club at Spelman College. Toni parlayed this interest into songwriting and performing, a dream that has afforded her the ability to record and perform around the world.
In her illustrious career, she has had the honor of performing and sharing concert billings with Najee, Gerald Albright, Jonathan Butler, The Rippingtons, Marion Meadows, Morris Day & The Time, Pieces of A Dream, Alex Bugnon, Angela Bofill, Rick Braun, The Ohio Players, Everette Harp, The Yellowjackets, Gerald Alston, Stanley Jordan, Brian Bromberg, Steve Cole, The Temptations, Warren Hill, Oleta Adams, The Stylistics, Walter Beasley, Kim Waters, and the list goes on and on..
Toni is a routinely featured artist at various jazz festivals from the Maui Music Jazz Festival in Hawaii to the Atlanta Jazz Festival.
Toni is also a gifted songwriter whose recording credits include her international debut CD “Straight From The Heart”, her critically acclaimed sophomore project entitled, “N” The Key of Redd”, and her newly released UK Soul Top 10 Charting CD “Catching The Redd Eye”, all of which continue to receive rave reviews”. She is also featured on Bob Baldwin’s “New Urban Jazz.com” CD and the featured vocalist on the Bob Baldwin’s Tribute to Thom Bell CD, “Betcha by Golly Wow”.
Ms. Redd is an all-around performer and actress whose voice can be heard on National Commercial Jingles, and acting credits include the independent film “Losing Grace, The Tyler Perry film, “A Good Man is Hard to Find” and touring with the stage play “A Good Man is Still Hard to Find”. Additionally, Toni’s live performances mesmerize and captivates her audiences with high intensity and erupting energy.
When it comes to fusing jazz music with smooth sounds of R&B, combined with hand clapping gospel, funk, and soul music, Jeff Sparks has mastered the technique. The result is a sound with mass appeal that brings listeners together regardless of age, color or creed that truly makes Sparks not only a standout musician but also a true crowd pleaser. His desire goes far beyond delivering basic entertainment - his objective is to keep his listeners in the palm of his hand and he does just that every time he picks up his sax.
Born and raised in Chicago – Jeff Sparks first took an interest in music at age 10. A graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, he learned his craft among some of the most talented and gifted musicians in the industry, like Cyrus Chestnut (piano), Walter Beasley (saxophone), Jeff Watts (drummer for Branford Marsalis), Lalah Hathaway and Freddie Fox (guitarist for Chaka Khan). Influenced by John Valentino - saxophonist for the R&B group The Whispers - Sparks developed a passion for entertaining crowds when just a young musician. That same passion continues to fuel his performances today and help to develop an instant and lasting connection with his audiences. Sparks has been utilizing his tremendous talent for the last 20 years to reach audiences where it counts—on a heart and soul level.
One of Sparks’ musical objectives is to deliver music that captures music lovers of all age groups and backgrounds and he has consistently proven, year after year, that he knows how to move a crowd. Throughout the years, music has undergone many changes, but Sparks continues to be at the forefront of the music scene, effortlessly and seamlessly blending contemporary and classical jazz with other popular music styles. He is known for transporting his listeners to a place that allows them to focus on the beauty of the moment, free from outside influences and distractions. Every note, melody and tempo soothes the mind and the soul.