My New CD Is Out 

Well, after almost a year of production, my newest body of work is out and I'm officially excited. This one is a tribute to the legends Walter and Edwin Hawkins and their nephew Joel Smith who was a phenomenal bassist and drummer and who also recorded and played with me. 

This endeavor was produced one of the most prolific producers and keyboardists David E. Jackson of Dave's Hand Productions. He along with the Hawkins musical associates Carl Wheeler and David Jackson and Willis Hickerson, Jr. on organ and keys, Jerry Jordan, Jr. holding the bass down, Jonathan Dubose, Jr and John "Jubu" Smith on guitars and Corey Baugh (one of Joel's hand picked replacements) on drums and the electrifying talents of Peter Michael Escovedo on percussion rounded out with the lush string arrangements of Marcus MaCauley and The MaCauley Orchestra brought this endeavor to life while being recorded and mixed the legendary David Luke at Opus Studios in Berkeley. The vocalists were some familiar voices of the Hawkins and some up and coming background sensations. MaryCatherine Cross, Brenda Roy and Patrick Sturgis were mainstays of the Hawkins and I brought in Sangin Sara and her background group "3 Da Hard Way" to round out the vocal session. 

On this endeavor, you'll hear many Hawkins favorites from over the years in a contemporary setting but still maintaining the integrity and authenticity of the Hawkins sound right down to the original horn section lines written by Tower of Power lead trumpet player Greg Adams and some additional horn parts by Claytoven Richardson. As always, this is a live band setting where everyone played/sang together in one room keeping that live groove alive.

Please take the time to purchase it here or through any major digital music site.

Musically yours,

Stabe 

 

It's been a while. 

Hello all,

I know it's been awhile since I've been through here to say hello to everyone and post any thing. It's my goal to be better about that going forward.

I'm still out playing music and am currently in the studio working on a new body of work to be released in the early spring. I've decided to step away as an Artist?Producer and leave the production part to the incomparable David Jackson of Daves Hand Productions. This is a "Special" project that I'll speak more about as the release date draws nearer but it is a different rode for me in many ways and I can't wait for you to hear it.

The band and I are still doing 1st Sunday Jazz Mass at St. Augustines Episcopal Church here in Oakland. We love the church, the people and the opportunity to share music that you may not hear in a "traditional" church setting. Aside from the congregants, it also has its own built in audience that is growing monthly. I cordially invite you to come out and experience the warm and welcoming service. It starts at 10AM EVERY 1st Sunday. To date, it is the longest running Jazz Mass in the city of Oakland and we are honored to be a part of this rich heritage.

Be sure to check back here frequently as new dates and events are always popping up.

The band is available for Festivals, Cruises, Corporate Events as well as private parties and if you like to book us, please use the booking tab in the contact links.

With Love & Gratitude,

Stabe

 

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