Guitarist, Michael Everett Brown and Bassist, Harold Walter Brown III, the two brothers from the south side of Chicago are the founders and driving force behind the jazz/funk group Everett B. Walters. Their funky, smooth and danceable rhythms make for an outstanding live show and those same fresh grooves are carried throughout their album, Always High Reaching which features Keyboardist, Brian Simpson on the title track.
Always High Reaching is a stellar recording with a host of talented musicians including Shawn Rivera (Az-yet), Alexx Daye, Mike White-drums, Alex Alessondroni-keyboards, Alex Al- bass, Simone Sello-Guitar and Leo Crowe-Guitar. The track “And The Story Goes” was a popular European single on JAZZ FM double CD compilation, The Very Best of Smooth Jazz. After hearing this track on the compilation CD, Rendezvous recording artist, Brian Simpson decided to cover it on his hit Smooth Jazz album, It’s All Good.
From the beginning
Growing up in Chicago, the Brown brothers started their career in the Chicago Vocational Music Program but it was a neighborhood friend, Tom Washington (Tom-Tom 84), who recorded and arranged with super-group Earth, Wind and Fire that influenced them most. Tom would come by their practices and invited them to record with him and introduced them to writing & pre-production.
After high school they performed regularly around the Chicago area at community events, private events and clubs including the infamous Cotton Club, The Click and also opened for the late Bernie Mac in the early 90’s. Looking to expand their performance opportunities, Michael and Harold left Chicago and headed for Las Vegas and began playing regularly at Caesar’s Casino, the MGM Casino, Chez’s and The Hop.
Always a crowd pleaser, Everett B Walters has appeared with or opened for such notable artists as Boney James, Boyz 2 Men, After 7, Joe Sample, Rick Braun, Everette Harp, Jeff Lorber, Tom Scott, Russ Freeman and The Rippingtons and the late Bernie Mac. Everett B Walters continues to be a favorite in and around the Vegas area at various venues and several radio station events hosted by 105.7 The Oasis.
Notable Live Performances
Country Club Hills Theater, Chicago opened for Boney James, After 7 and Boys to Men
The Backyard at Green Valley Ranch, Poolside Jazz Series
Jazz At The Lakes, Las Vegas, Oasis Sunday Morning Jazz
Oasis After Work Escape at Green Valley Ranch, Las Vegas
Free Jazz at Orleans Casino, Las Vegas
Jazz Under the Stars, Las Vegas opened for Russ Freeman & The Rippingtons, Tom Scott
City of Lights Jazz Festival, Las Vegas opened for Joe Sample, Everette Harp, Rick Braun and Jeff Lorber
“I just love these guys and having their music on my Oasis Lounge jazz show” - Lynn Briggs MD, KOAS LV. 105.7, The Oasis
“Hip and definitely in-the-pocket, Always High Reaching delivers funky smooth jazz mixed with a few soulful vocal tunes. Especially compelling is “And the Story Goes”, which the Brown brothers wrote for pianist Brian Simpson and here offers a version just as tasty as his. “ - Brian Soergel, Jazz Times
"Always High Reaching is totally in the pocket urban-flavored smooth jazz that's sure to make its mark on the format, and bodes extremely well for the future of the stylish duo. Long live Everett B. Walters!!' -Scott O'Brien, SmoothJazz.Com
“I love this CD, heard about you from my friends @ Jazz Fm in the U.K. This new CD is Tight! I picked up “And the Story Goes” and immediately added to my play list... Tracks 3, 8, & 9 will be added to our current play list. Always High Reaching is a Great CD!” -Ted Hasiuk, The Jazz Cafe, Winnipeg - Manitoba, Canada
“Man, this CD has something for everybody that's Grown and Sexy...” - (Bill) Cat Lee, KOAS-105.7 The Oasis, Las Vegas, NV
"I must say- this is one of the best albums I’ve heard recently." - Peter Su, CIM Radio-Smooth Fusion, Jamaica, New York
“Everett B. Walters has a special sound, we’ve added them to each of our programs…sounds Great!” - Graham Johnson, 2CCRFM, Australia
"Always High Reaching is in the pocket!.....especially the title track ,well written and warmly inviting " ! Rick O'Dell MD ,WNUA 95.5 Chicago ILL.
Everett B Walters supports American Diabetes Association, a cause that is near and dear to their hearts because of their family’s personal experience with the disease.
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