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April 18, 2014

Saxophonist to be featured at B Side

Jazz saxophonist Derrick James will perform with a quartet at the B Side Ballroom in Clinton Plaza in Oneonta at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The 44-year-old native New Yorker is the son of a gospel singer and grandson of a jazz trombonist. At 9 years old, he began to play the saxophone. He attended Berklee College of Music, Long Island University and the University of Miami. 

He has performed with Chaka Khan, Billy Cobham, Prince, Donna Summer, Whitney Houston and Brad Mehldau. He has also performed on The Rosie O’Donnell Show and Good Morning America. James has also appeared at many jazz and music festivals such as the Montreaux Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival and the Ebony Music Festival.

The quartet includes Charles Eubanks on piano, Sadiq Adbushahid on drums and Chris Wolf-Gould on bass. Eubanks started his career as a studio musician for Motown in the 1960s. He moved to New York City in the 1970s. He has performed with many jazz greats including Dewey Redman, Woody Shaw and Art Blakey. He has recently moved to the Oneonta region.

After recording in Detroit on various Motown tunes, Abdushahid moved to New York City where he played with jazz greats such as Milt Jackson, Ornette Coleman, Kenny Barron and Pharoah Sanders. 

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