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Andre Delano has demonstrated his amazing ability to woo a crowd with his saxophone time and time again. His live
performances are energetic and dynamic with an incredible sensual undertone that is quite surreal.
Andre began playing the saxophone when he was 8 and by the time he was 18 he had more credentials on his resume’
than your average touring musician. He received his training at East St. Louis, Illinois’ prestigious Lincoln High School, the
alma mater of legendary jazz trumpeter Miles Davis, and had performed with numerous famed musicians such as:
Wynton Marsalis, Clark Terry, and Bunky Green, among others. “Our jazz program was really incredible,” Andre says
about their regimen that required practicing one hour before school and five hours after school every day. “We won every
competition, including Down Beat magazine’s national competition. In my three years at Lincoln, we never lost. We were
number one at everything.” That experience prepared Andre for his career as a noted saxophonist who would go on to
record, perform and travel with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Maxwell, Donnie Osmond, Usher, Christina Aguilera,
Bobby Womack, Jeff Lorber, Chieli Minucci, Doc Powell, and Bobby Lyle.
Andre’s solo career began with the 2005 release of “Full Circle,” that catapulted him into an instant favorite amongst
smooth jazz fans everywhere. The album was a mainstay on the Smoothjazz.com charts with the singles “Night Riders”
that was remixed by the Grammy® Nominated Producer, Jeff Lorber and “Foot Steps” that featured Earth, Wind and
Fires‘original guitarist Al McKay. The first track “Funkborne” was licensed through the Global Hue Agency and featured
in a national Diamler Chrysler Jeep commercial. The critics raved: Music Connection Magazine wrote, “Full Circle is
rhythmically explosive and mega-soulful…a cool mix with a romantic chill…” The Los Angeles Times said, “Delano plays
with a flair and inventiveness…. He is clearly ready for his own solo career.”
Andre followed in 2006 with a Christmas release entitled “First Christmas” that features one original song and nine
Christmas cover songs including “Jingle Bells,” “O Come all Ye Faithful” and “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas” which
charted on Smoothjazz.com for two consecutive years since the release. The title track “First Christmas” is a vocal song
that Andre wrote and sings for his baby daughter.
In 2008 Andre released the highly anticipated CD “My So Fine.” It was a collection of 14 original songs with a mix of
vocals and instrumentals that can turn any evening with a slight romantic spark into a night of hot passionate fire. The CD
starts with the hot Latin flavored “Sista Caliente.” Andre teams with Arranger-Producer Sir Gant (Anita Baker, Peabo
Bryson, Madonna) on the reggae induced “Once My Love.” Delano showcases his beautiful vocal skills on the title track
“My So Fine” as well as “The Da Da Song,” which is very reminiscent of Motown’s Jr. Walker and the All Stars. “That
Much (I Love U)” also has an old school feel that puts you in the mind of Al Green and Ronald Isley. The song that
Andre calls a “lyrical vow”, “I Do,” is certain to become the next timeless wedding song.
Since 2008, Andre has been promoting his CDs via national spot dates, writing music for third projects and in 2011 ended
his three year run as the touring saxophonist/background singer for Grammy® award winning singer/writer, Lionel Richie.
On June 14, 2011 Andre was named LAMN Jam Urban artist of the year and received a valuable and
comprehensive artist development prize. According to LAMN, Andre Delano is "the man on a mission to bring back the
saxophone who blew away the judges with his soulful sax..."
Andre's new CD "Life as I see it" is set to be released in 2014…and promotions have already begun with the release of
four viral singles: “S'posed to be,” “Fall-n N Love Again,” “Energy” and “S.E.X. (Sax Ecstasy eXemplified).” All
have charted as #1 downloaded singles on CDBaby.com. “I am definitely going deeper to my artistry with "Life as I see
it"…..very personal stuff…,” states Andre. “What a fun exploration. I hope you will join me on my excursion.”