CRAIG CRAWFORD PLAYERS DELIVER STANDOUT CONTEMPORARY JAZZ MIX ON THIRD CD RELEASE “I’LL BE WITH YOU” & ANNIVERSARY DVD
They are no strangers to the New York music scene – and their body of work encompasses jazz styling’s as diverse as the people that make up the great metropolis.
The velvet melodies of Brooklyn-born saxophonist Craig Crawford, a long-time resident of Queens, and leader of the one-time Dove Award & two-time Stellar Award nominated Craig Crawford Players for twenty five years – convey all that is New York City on a clear, crisp day or a rainy night. Like a craftsman who has perfected his tool, Craig masterfully weaves together a blend of inspired and moving arrangements sure to connect the heart and soul – with his Players skillfully navigating the ride.
On I’ll Be With You Craig and his crew take listeners on a musical journey not to be forgotten – featuring eight Craig Crawford originals (including the album’s title track), covers, and reinventions of traditional gospel classics. There is no mistaking Craig’s gospel roots which soulfully resonate throughout I’ll Be With You. From the stirring “I Love The Lord” to the faith-affirming “They’ll Know We Are Christians” – the man and his standards are one. Hearers are sure to find encouragement in Craig’s simplistic, yet reassuring “Yes Jesus Loves Me” – or comfort on “Friend of A Wounded Heart”.
Never afraid to bring on the funk, Craig and his players turn up the volume on the hard-hitting, “Ain’t No Party” – delivering a hard-edged jazz sound - at once unpredictable and without apology. His cover of the classic “People Make The World Go Round” is equally enticing.
The arresting sound of The Craig Crawford Players uniquely transcends musical boundaries and is evident on their 20th Anniversary DVD. Never one to cram his talent into a box, Craig and his players continue to perform for diverse audiences in New York City on BET J, JAMS, the St. Albans Jazz Festival and around the world. His influences include legendary artists of modern jazz as well as the gospel greats of our time and beyond.
In addition, Craig has written, produced or performed musical scores for HBO, NBC, VH-1, PBS, MSG, Nickelodeon and Fox Television.
I’ll Be With You & the 20th Anniversary DVD are independently produced and is available at digital on-line storefronts, (via Itunes.com, Amazon.com), at retail music stores or at www.craigcrawfordplayers.com.