A few years ago, on Sunday afternoons between the hours of 3 pm and 5 pm, a group of guys with various levels of proficiency would show up for what was called Sunday Jazz Jam at the Sam Ash Music store in Atlanta to play and learn various styles of jazz music. After a while, several of the musicians were not content with just playing on Sunday afternoons. Many of them hinted at the idea of one day putting together a band to play this interesting montage of music on a more regular basis.
On February 12, 2016, The Atlanta Jazz Players were formed. It was during a Valentine's Day event where the group played music for a small audience and was well received. There was a collective feeling among the musicians that this group could one day become something greater. Originally, the name “Men of Distinction” was tossed around, and then it came…the name, The Atlanta Jazz Players. It defines our signature style and sound.
Over these last three years, the band’s personnel has transformed tremendously. The core musicians now include Vic Morton, bandleader/drummer; Ray Akers, Band Coach, and keyboards; Maurice Fisher, keyboards; Vince Hankins, bassist/guitarist; Robert Miller, Mike King, guitarist; Ryan Jackson, trumpet; Don Moors, vibes; Evonnee Mitchell, violinist; Alex Medrano, cello; Dahmeneekah Mitchell, vocalist.
Our extended family of musicians also include Walter Stewart, guitarist; Jacob Selvaggi, saxophonist; Rob Herrington, guitarist, and Myles Tate III, keyboardist/music producer.
Although we are a fairly new musical group, each of us is not new to music and its effect on its listeners. Our goal is always to provide fantastic entertainment and excitement to our audience. It is our passion to inspire and enlighten our listeners with our unique style and approach to the Jazz genre.
- Screen name:
- Member since:
- Sep 28 2019
- Active within 24 hours
- Level of commitment:
- Very Committed
- Years together:
- Gigs played:
- 10 to 50
- Tend to practice:
- 1 time per week
- 59 years
Ewf, John Coltrane, Don Moors, Stevie Wonder, Kool, and the Gang, Herbie Hancock, and the list goes on.
Members Of Band
The core musicians include
Vic Morton, bandleader/drummer;
Ray Akers, Band coach/keyboards;
Maurice Fisher, keyboards;
Mike King, bassist/guitarist;
Robert Miller, guitarist;
Vince Hankins, bassist
Don Moors, vibes;
Evonnee Mitchell, violinist;
Alex Medrano, Cello
Ryan Jackson, Trumpet
Dahmeneekah Mitchell, vocalist.
Our extended family of musicians also include Walter Stewart, guitarist; Jacob Selvaggi, saxophonist; Rob Herrington, guitarist,
Penny Warner, Vocalist; Myles Tate III, composer and keyboardist/Dallas, Texas.
Here's footage from our performance at City Winery this past June. The song is called Summer Song was written by the vibe player Mr. Don Moors.
Sound Board, speakers, monitors, keyboards, drums, vibes, guitars, bass, amps, lights, etc.
Summer Song Year: 1981 Album: Don Moors and Then Some Genre: Jazz
This is a tune written by Don Moors. He allowed us the wonderful priviledge to play this along with him at the City Winery Atlanta.
We will be playing an evening of jazz and other genres on November 16th, 2019 at 7pm at the Patricia C. Vaughn Cultural Arts Center.