Vibe,) which is currently holding tight to the number two position on the Smooth Jazz
Charts, guitarist Chris Standring has once again assembled a triad of top talent for
the third annual Soul Express tour. Joining Standring for these evenings of funk,
soul and R&B will be saxophonist Everette Harp and vocalist Phil Perry, for a series
of dates that will begin with a July 11 show at the Riverfront Jazz and Blues Festival
in Omaha, and which will conclude on September 27 at Santa Fe Station in Las Vegas.
Standring, who the London Times has cited as "one of the most talented jazz
guitarists," introduced the Soul Express bill in 2006, when he took the tour out with
Jody Whatley and Jeff Lorber. The 2007 Soul Express line up featured Whatley and
Love and Paragraphs, which was released in April of 2008, features guest performances
from both Lorber and Harp, and maintains the seductive vibe that is the trademark of
every Soul Express live performance throughout its ten tracks. Smooth Jazz Therapy
called the CD "one of the sensations of the year," and Smooth Jazz News praised it for
its "catchy hooks and sublime electric guitar "
In addition to his upcoming shows with Soul Express, Standring will tour in the US and
UK throughout the year in support of the CD’s release.
Saxophonist Everette Harp’s most recent CD, My Inspiration, was released on Shanachie
Records in 2007, and reached the #2 spot on the Contemporary Jazz charts. Powerhouse
R&B vocalist Phil Perry, who has enjoyed dual success as a sideman for such artists as
Anita Baker and Dave Koz and as a solo artist, is set to release a new CD in July of
For information on Chris Standring, visit his website, www.chrisstandring.com. The
Soul Express website, with links to Harp’s and Perry’s personal sites, is
www.soulexpress.us. A full itinerary follows.
July 11 Omaha, NE Riverfront Jazz and Blues Festival
August 24 Gardena, CA Gardena Jazz Festival
September 5 West Ben,d, WI Ziegler Kettle Moraine Jazz Festival
September 12 Detroit, MI Millenium Centre
September 27 Las Vegas, NV Santa Fe Station
For additional information, jpegs or to set up an interview with Chris Standring,