Saxophonist Richard Elliot will release his 14th solo album on June 28, but this one will be his first for the newly-launched ARTizen label, of which he is also a partner. Metro Blue features a cover of the Stylistics’ “People Make the World Go Round” and nine original songs, which are collaborations with trumpet/flugelhorn player Rick Braun.
To support the album, Elliot, Braun, Peter White and Jonathan Butler will travel the country on the “Jazz Attack” tour. Tour dates are as follows:
May 13 Sunset Station Hotel/Casino, Henderson, Nev.
May 14 Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Ariz.
May 15 Jazz Festival, Newport Beach, Calif.
May 28 KIFM Jazz Festival, San Diego, Calif.
May 29 Tower Theatre, Fresno, Calif.
May 30 Ritz Carlton Hotel, Half Moon Bay, Calif.
May 31 Whitaker Center, Harrisburg, Pa.
June 2 Keswick Theatre, Glenside, Pa.
June 3 Kanawha Plaza, Richmond, Va.
June 4 North Fork Theatre, Westbury, N.Y.
June 5 Capital Jazz Festival, Fairfax, Va.
June 6 Carolina Theare, Durham, N.C.
June 9 Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, Fla.
June 16 Potawatomi Casino, Milwaukee, Wis.
June 17 Skyline Stage @ Navy Pier, Chicago, Ill.
June 18 Skyline Stage @ Navy Pier, Chicago, Ill.
June 21 Playhouse Square Center, Cleveland, Ohio
June 22 Roberts Orpheum Theatre, Saint Louis, Mo.
June 23 Fraze Pavilion, Kettering, Ohio
June 24 WVMV-FM Smooth Jazz Festival, Southfield, Mich.
June 25 Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga, N.Y.
June 26 Jazz Festival, Hampton, Va.
July 2 Rodney Strong Vineyard, Healdsburg, Calif.
July 16 Brookside Park, Pasadena, Calif.
Aug. 5 Radisson Hotel, Sacramento, Calif.
Aug. 6 Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville, Wash.
Elliot began his career backing Motown legends such as Smokey Robinson and the Temptations and then spent five years with Tower of Power. Elliot also has an entrepreneurial streak, demonstrated in his Internet multimedia company PacificNet and his partnership with Braun, manager Steve Chapman and Al Evers to create the ARTizen Music Group.
Written By: Katherine Silkaitis ~ Jazztimes.com