CARLOS CANNON, an R&B and smooth urban jazz saxophonist has stepped up his game. With the released of his third CD album, titled, Steppin’ Up The Game, released in March 2010, it has been getting awesome reviews. When one listen to it, it is a must have CD album in your collection up great music. The Steppin' Up The Game album is full of surprises. A 12-song album mostly written by the artist. It consists of R&B and smooth urban jazz songs, soulful vocals coupled with urban sax sound, up-tempo jamming’ beats, dance music, sweet ballads and Chicago’s favorite Stepper’s tunes. Mostly requested songs are; To the left, to the right, Loves Ganna Last, Reasons (EWF), Up and Down, Happy People (R. Kelly), As we lay, I'm your Everyman, Roll with it, etc. There is something special about this album. It is Hot! Carlos Cannon has truly stepped up his game with his third CD album of "Steppin' Up The Game." He has set a standard in the forefront of R&B and smooth urban jazz.
From his first CD to his third CD album, Carlos Cannon has shown the growth of his stylistic playing ability to his excellent song writing skills. The sax-man, Carlos Cannon and his new CD album, Steppin' Up The Game, has increased his placement among the top smooth urban jazz artists. Lookout for the Carlos Cannon Band in Concert near you.
At the age of 12, Carlos Cannon started playing the bass guitar in neighborhood bands and in high school. Inspired by the late Grover Washington Jr., Carlos Cannon eagerly picked up the alto saxophone and became the first chair player in the Paul Robeson high school jazz band in Chicago. Carlos Cannon went on to major in music performance at Illinois State University where he formed his own jazz band and took first place in the state jazz band competition. He later transferred to Roosevelt University and continued his musical studies. During his musical development, he became the great saxophonist, producer and songwriter that he is today. He credits Grover Washington, Jr., Gerald Albright, Boney James, David Sandborn, and Kenny G. among his musical influences.
In 1997, Carlos Cannon released his debut CD titled. "In The Name of Love." In 2001, Carlos was signed to Orpheus Music and the CD was re-released under a new title by Orpheus Music, "Carlos Cannon, Chicago's Finest." It was said that it topped #23 on Billboard magazine charts. Orpheus Music sold it rights and later Mr. Cannon was dropped from the new company. In 2003, the sax-man, Mr. Cannon released his second CD album, "Thinking Of You," and in 2005 the title changed to "Tak'N It Smooth.” Right after releasing his second CD, Carlos noticed the music industry was saturated with smooth jazz albums. He stated that he needed something different. In 2010, Carlos Cannon released his third CD album "Steppin' Up The Game." This is truly a difference CD album then the music industry have heard. This CD has hit songs after hit songs through out the entire album.
He is a native Chicagoan, who has been making his mark throughout the states and around the Chicago area for more than a two decades as a professional soloist & contemporary jazz artist. His newly released CD, "Steppin' Up The Game," released in March 2010 is one of the most requested R&B and Urban smooth jazz CD in Chicago and is reaching the attention across the states. "Steppin' Up The Game," has a total of 12-songs mostly written by the artist himself. Some of the CD's hottest picks are; "To The Left, To The Right, Loves Gonna Last, Reasons, Happy People, Up and Down, As We Lay, I'M Your EveryMan, Come Morning, Roll With It and From the Heart."
The "Steppin' Up The Game," album was produced and recorded by Carlos Cannon for Cannon Productions, Key Productions and other Chicago's recording artists and mixed at Hinge Studio in Chicago.
Cannon released his debut CD in 1997, originally titled "In The Name of Love," and later Carlos Cannon was signed to Orpheus Music. The CD title was change to "Carlos Cannon-Chicago's Finest," in 2001and it was said that it topped #23 in Billboard magazine. Orpheus Music sold it rights and later Mr. Cannon was released from the new company for irreconcilable differences. Since the release of his debut CD, in 2003, Carlos Cannon when on to release another smooth jazz album, "Thinking Of You," and later changed title the to "Tak'N It Smooth, in 2005." Due to the flooded market of smooth jazz albums that saturated the music industry. Mr. Cannon stepped up his game and in 2010 released his third album "Steppin' Up The Game."
Among the five members of the Carlos Cannon band, are professional musicians that are equally talented. His band has been together over two decades. He quotes that professionalism, hard work, staying focus and a good attitude is the key to success.
Cannon's live performances have proven to be powerful. He inherited the name "Breath Taker," because of his astonishing breath taking notes. He is known to reach out to his audience by melodically playing his saxophone with a soulful spirit that he captivates the crowd to standing ovations. Carlos is fun of magic and normally adds flair to his shows by performing magic and illusion acts.
Carlos Cannon has been called on to perform with and open shows for well known artists as Queen Latiffa, Michael Bolton, Angel Bofill, Fred Hammond, Pieces of a Dream, and Marion Meadows. In 1997, Cannon won first place in the Chicago Finlandia Vodka Jazz Talent Search. Internationally, he has earned acclaim in South Africa, Namibia and Germany. Mr. Cannon performs throughout the states and many venues in Chicago.
When he is in his home town of Chicago, Mr. Cannon performs at some of the hottest clubs in the Chicago's downtown loop area, including the BackRoom jazz club. He often performs at colleges, universities, weddings, banquets and private organizations. His musical repertoire is a collection of everything from of R&B vocals, smooth jazz, Blues, and to gospel music. He knows how to “bring it” when needed. Carlos Cannon has "Stepped Up His Game."
The Chicago’s Sun-Times says, “The Carlos Cannon Band is one of the best entertaining bands seen in a long time.” The Chicago’s Defender says “Carlos Cannon knows how to entertain; he is the best.” AbyssJazz magazine says, “Wow, Carlos Cannon incorporates magic in his musical performance, it’s awesome!”