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Sean Carney

Posted by JazzyLee on 17th March 2014 in Artists

Sean_Carney“Sean Carney is the real deal…echoes of T Bone Walker and Pee Wee Crayton permeate his tasty guitar solos, while his songwriting and singing reveal an artist of depth and class. He has played our festival twice in the past 5 years, to exceptional crowd response.”

 Cam Hayden

Batdorf and Stanley

Posted by JazzyLee on 22nd February 2014 in Artists



Acoustic Guitars and Rolling Stones Songs

James Lee Stanley and John Batdorf have both been part of the Southern California music scene since its early ’70s heyday. Stanley’s enduring career began with a publishing deal with famed producer Bones Howe. His self-titled solo debut was released on RCA in the seventies, and in 1980 Stanley formed his own label, Beachwood Recordings, on which he’s released over 50 titles including 22 solo projects. His Freelance Human Being CD was hailed as a masterpiece and is listed as one of the Top 200 CDs of All Time by Fi Magazine. Stanley also released four CDs in tandem with Peter Tork.

Batdorf’s first brush with fame was with a band that was almost signed by Atlantic. His acoustic rock duo Batdorf and Rodney was later signed to that label by Chairman Ahmet Ertegun, and John will always remember auditioning for Ertegun in one room at the Beverly Hills Hotel at the same time the industry legend was signing the Rolling Stones in another. The B&R duo were also signed by David Geffen to Asylum and by Clive Davis to Arista. Batdorf was also in the band Silver, and has a career as a film and television composer. Together, they brainstormed on all things Stones for close to a year before the first All Wood And Stones release. Their instincts and talents fused beautifully on the project. Another 8 years of working together led to All Wood And Stones II. A sense of discovery is evident in arrangements that respect the original song structures at the same time that they open them up to new possibilities. Far beyond merely “unplugged,” All Wood And Stones is unprecedented. And undeniably a pleasure.


Paint It Black • Ruby Tuesday • Satisfaction Under My Thumb • Let’s Spend the Night Together Mother’s Little Helper • Backstreet Girl Last Time • Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby 19th Nervous Breakdown • As Tears Go By Honky Tonk Women • Miss You Get Off My Cloud • Jumpin’ Jack Flash Play With Fire • Before They Make Me Run Sympathy For The Devil • Tumblin’ Dice Wild Horses • Time Is On My Side



Edna Gundersen,USA TODAY, writes (excerpted from the article “Tributes can be the sincerest form of flattery”): Singer/guitarist/composers John Batdorf and James Lee Stanley stripped down Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby?, Under My Thumb and nine other Rolling Stones tunes into acoustic skeletons, confounding logic by rendering a subdued version of Let’s Spend the Night Together with former Monkee Peter Tork on guitar into a stirring affair. Batdorf and Stanley have turned the rock grooves inside out, adopted stylish arrangements and made no attempt to ape the originals, unveiling the elegance of the melodies and allowing radically new interpretations of songs long tattooed in boomer DNA. Paint it fresh.

Andy Robinson, in the “On Review” section of the Taylor Guitar Magazine Wood & Steel writes : If you’re not a Stones fan, the performances on All Wood and Stones cleverly frame the songs of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and draw you into them in a way that the original recordings might not. (Apparently, the folks at XM Satellite radio agree; in November 2004, they featured cuts from All Wood and Stones on four different programs.) My hat is off to John Batdorf and James Lee Stanley; this is one very cool album.

Mike Marrone, Host and Musical Director of The Loft on XM Radio, writes: Forget any preconceptions, just listen to this album. Our audiences are going crazy for All Wood and Stones. It is already in contention for our favorite recording of the year.

Barnes Newberry, DJ, [Highway 61 Revisited],writes: Boy, what a fine album you and John did! It is excellent. I love it and can’t get it off the cd player. When I aired Paint It Black this Saturday, the phones lit up. I think you’ve landed a winner here, brother!

Robert A. Lindquist, Publisher/Editor-In-Chief, Singer Magazine: The Voice of the Independent Musician and Songwriter, writes: To get the arrangements this right and this tight, Batdorf and Stanley took each song apart and basically started from scratch. The lyrics and melody lines are still very recognizable, but it’s almost as if the songs were written for them in the first place. It’s unpretentious and very genuine. If there’s ever an award for “Cover Song Collection of the Year,” this would be a shoo-in.

The supporting cast includes Timothy B. Schmidt, Laura Hall, Peter Tork and others.

Exquisite acoustic renditions of classic Rolling Stones songs

John Batdorf and James Lee Stanley have shared the stage with:

America Poco Doobie Brothers Hall and Oats Chicago Blood Sweat and Tears Jefferson Airplane Dave Mason Jackson Browne David Wilcox Al Stewart Bonnie Raitt Nicolette Larson Bill Cosby Youngbloods Jesse Colin Young Robin Williams Steven Wright Janis Ian Carly Simon Kris Kristofferson John Prine Boz Scaggs Peter Tork Earth Wind and Fire Eric Anderson Curtis Mayfield Billy Crystal Kenny Rankin Kenny Loggins Seals and Crofts Loggins and Messina Dan Fogelberg Van Morrison ELO Stevie Wonder Sly and the Family Stone Bee Gees …and many many more

Places John Batdorf and James Lee Stanley have performed include:

Universal Amphitheater Great American Music Hall Fox Warfield Theatre Carnegie Hall Cape Cod Melody Tent Freight and Salvage Troubadour The Point Bottom Line Symphony Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Atlanta Chastain Park Ash Grove Omni Theatre Chrysler Hall Oscar Meyer Theatre Summerfest Chicagofest Paramount, Seattle Paramount, Portland Eddies Attic Freight Room Tampa Theatre American Theatre Front Row Theatre Kent Stage Denver Opera House Felt Forum Los Angeles Coliseum Royce Hall Blossom Center Fine Line …and many many more
the free John Batdorf Apple application is now available to download!
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Robert Sanae

Posted by JazzyLee on 18th February 2014 in Artists

A native Daytonian, Robert Sanae, born Robert Jones, is a product of a rich musical heritage and accomplished Dayton musicians, with his father, Robert Jones Kuumba, being an original member and the Robert-Sanaepercussionist for the acclaimed Ohio Players and his cousin Dean Hummons being a member of the popular bands ‘Sun’ and ‘Dayton’.

Robert was inspired groomed and nurtured by his grandmother, Ollie Tyler Brame, and her passion for music, as a pianist and organist for her church. He was also reared in a household where his parents unwittingly exposed he and his three sisters to a diverse range of music which indelibly has had its affect and influence on him to this very day. Robert began his professional career as the youngest member of the R&B Group ‘Zapp’ featuring Roger Troutman, where he was a trumpeter, Keyboardist, vocalist and also learned numerous other skills, including audio engineering and editing.

During his tenure with the Troutman organization, Roberts’ performance credits encompassed five albums out of the Troutman camp, which included ‘Zapp IV’ and its hit track “Computer Love”, Robert composed and arranged the horn parts for several tracks as well as singing background and some small lead vocals on that project; Roger Troutman’s solo project, ‘The Human Body’; Shirley Murdock’s Debut album ‘As We Lay’; Sugarfoot’s solo Project ‘Kiss’. While touring Robert was a valuable addition to the show and was featured throughout, creating choreographed routines and performing gymnastic stunts.

After ending his tenure with the Troutman organization, Robert moved to California to further his career as a writer, composer, artist as well as a producer and later moved to New Orleans, La., was uprooted by hurricane Katrina which forced him to move back to his hometown of Dayton, Ohio.

RobertSanae-IndigoBlueOver the years Robert has created an extensive catalog of productions ranging from R&B, Hip Hop, Neo-Soul, Pop, Adult Contemporary Smooth/Contemporary Jazz and Rock and continues to develop as a producer/composer/musician, aspiring to soon be one of the most sought after producer /composer in the industry today.

Hear tracks from the new release, follow this link:

The Crater Creek Project-Indigo Blue

For Booking Inquiries Contact: !
Robert Sanae
Platinum Strive Music Group LLC
P.O. Box 60721 Dayton, Ohio 45406
Phone: 937-369-6035




Tony Monaco / Fareed Haque Trio

Posted by JazzyLee on 12th January 2014 in Artists


Tony MonacoTony Monaco may be the best organ player you have yet to hear of flying stealth while playing arguably some of the hottest B-3 around. Mentored by the legendary Jimmy Smith in what is considered the more classic style, Monaco does not swing, smolder or smoke. Tony Monaco burns is the most fitting!

CriticalJazz Review 2012




Tony Monaco may be the best organ player you have yet to hear of flying stealth while playing arguably some of the hottest B-3 around. Mentored by the legendary Jimmy Smith in what is considered the more classic style, Monaco does not swing, smolder or smoke. “Tony Monaco burns is this most fitting!” CriticalJazz Review2012. Tony Monaco began his keyboard life at age eight. When he was twelve, his destiny as a jazz organist was sealed when he first heard Jimmy Smith. An enthusiastic student, Tony began working in Jazz clubs as a teenager in his native Columbus, Ohio, guided by local organ gurus Hank Marr and Don Patterson. Four years later, Jimmy Smith invited Tony to come play at his club in California, a peak lifetime experience for Tony.


In April 2000, Tony met fellow jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco, who offered to produce a debut CD for him. This collaboration resulted in the critically acclaimed “Burnin Grooves”. The international success of the recording served as the catalyst for regional and national tours. Tony has since released 8 International releases and toured around the globe many times. Tony also toured and recorded with Pat Martino for over two years! As an ardent student of the organ, it’s no surprise that Tony is an accomplished teacher as well. In addition to private students, classes and clinics, Tony has produced a series of instructional DVDs titled “Playing Jazz Hammond” that have become indispensable for many serious students of the organ. Tony continues to expand his catalogue and has created He developed a system of giving lessons one on one online and gives lessons to students around the globe! Presently, Tony maintains a very busy schedule that includes festival appearances , clinics, and workshops !

Fareed Haque








Greg Fundis



Danny Clay

Posted by JazzyLee on 12th December 2013 in Artists


Danny Clay is progressively living the dream. Having been discovered by a chance meeting with Nephew Tommy, from the Steve Harvey Morning Show, Danny Clay was given the chance to perform a medley of songs from the late-great Luther Vandross on The Steve Harvey Morning Show on an on-the-air talent show now known as “Radio Star.” After performing a series of songs for 45min, and as a result of the overwhelming response of the Steve Harvey Morning Show listeners, Danny Clay was invited to become the Opening Act for one of The Original Kings of Comedy, Steve Harvey during the “Tear Your Mouth Out” comedy tour. Subsequent to touring with Steve Harvey, Danny Clay has performed on shows DannyClayCDCover1[1]with such R&B elites such as Ne-Yo, Avant, Musiq Soulchild, and John Legend.


In December 2009, Danny Clay was invited by the iconic stage and film producer, director Tyler Perry to become a cast-member of Tyler Perry’s ‘Madea’s Big Happy Family’. The play starred Tyler Perry as the incomparable ‘Madea’, N.A.A.C.P. Award – winning actress Cassi Davis, and Palmer Williams, Jr, from Tyler Perry’s House of Payne playing the roles of the enigmatic ‘Aunt Bam’ and the drug-addicted ‘Monroe’, respectively. The play also starred Chaundra Currelly-Young, and Cheryl ‘Pepsi’ Riley. Danny Clay played the emasculated, bumbling auto mechanic ‘Harold Jones’, married to the dominating ‘Tammy Jones’, played by the talented Crissy Collins. The play toured nationally in nearly every major market. Tyler Perry blessed Danny Clay to be the finale’ of the stage-play, performing the Luther Vandross classic, “If Only For One Night”.

Danny Clay has now embarked on achieving his dream to also become a recording artist with his first single from the CMG Music Label entitled, “Foolish Pride”. Having been given a second chance at life from such set-backs as substance abuse and incarceration, Danny Clay is becoming the man God intended for him to be, and this time Danny Clay is not taking any of it for granted. The future looks very good for Danny Clay. He appreciates the love and support of his growing fan-base, friends, and family. Stay tuned to the next miracle for Danny Clay.

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