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Together We Can Make It

by James Saxsmo Gates

Known for dynamic live performances and blazing hot music, James Saxsmo Gates is known for his excellence equally in smooth jazz and traditional jazz, featuring fellow Berklee College of music Classmate Freddie Fox, this song is Hotter than July..
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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James Saxsmo Gates
“Together We Can Make It” (featuring Freddie Fox)

“Together We Can Make It”, is the blazing hot new single and the title of soon to be released album by jazz man extraordinaire, James Saxsmo Gates. Known as a dynamic entertainer, with exciting and high energy live performances. Saxsmo’s new single is grooving, upbeat, dynamic and showcases his skill as an arranger, composer and featured performer. Co-written and produced by young smooth jazz producer and bass phenom, Brandon Lane (Walter Beasley, Bill McGee), “Together We Can Make” hits hard from the very first note and grooves hard until the final fade.

Joining James Saxsmo Gates as a featured performer on “Together We Can Make It”, is his Berklee College of Music Colleague and fantastic smooth jazz guitarist, Freddie Fox. Together they make this song an undeniable hit single that has all of the elements, and the right groove to move all the way to the top of the charts. Saxsmo is not a newcomer to smooth jazz. His last single “Detailed” with Walter Beasley soared up the smooth jazz charts and solidified Saxsmo as a world class performer. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, with a Masters in Jazz Studies from North Carolina Central University, Saxsmo is well known as one of the young lions of jazz, having performed with Art Blakey, Billy Childs, Larry Carlton, Dizzy Gillispie, Walter Bishop, Jr., Walter Davis, Jr., Alan Dawson, Cyrus Chestnut, Alex Bugnon, Patrice Rushen, Chris Botti and Billy Kilson, Fred Wesley and many others. Holding down the rhythm groove on “Together We Can Make It” is Grammy Winning drummer, Virginia Native and close friend Nate Smith (Dave Holland).

Professor James Saxsmo Gates, is currently the Director of the Dr. Billy Taylor Jazz Studies program at Virginia State University and is a sought after performer, clinician and adjudicator for Jazz programs all over the country and abroad. Having recently traveled to Japan as a clinician and performer with world class drummer, Billy Kilson (Chris Botti), James Saxsmo Gates will be hitting the road in 2017 in support of his project “Together We Can Make It”.


Together We Can Make It
(Written by: James Saxsmo Gates and Brandon D. Lane)
Saxsmo Music Publishing - BMI

Recorded at:
Winlane Studios, Mechanicsville, VA - Brandon Lane, Recording, Mixinging, Mastering Engineer
Bunker Studios, Brooklyn NY - Nolan Thies, Recording Engineer (Drums)
In Your Ear Studios, Richmond, VA - Carlos Chafin, Recording Engineer (Horns)
804jazz Studios, Richmond, VA - Bill McGee, Editing

Featured Performer:
James Saxsmo Gates, Alto Sax
(James Saxsmo Gates plays Cannonball Saxophones)
Freddie Fox, Solo Guitar
Freddie Fox appears Courtesy of "Foxhole Records", plays "GHS Strings", and "Freedom Guitars".
Rhythm Section:
Brandon Lane, Bass, Synthesizer, Percussion, Piano
Freddie Fox, Lead Guitar
Hannon Lane, Rhythm Guitar
Tom Reaves, Scratch Guitar
Nate Smith, Drums
(Nate Smith plays Ludwig Drums, Zildjian Cymbals and Vater Sticks)

Horn Section:
Kevin Simpson, Tenor Sax
Dexter Moses, Alto Sax
James Saxsmo Gates, Alto Sax - (James Saxsmo Gates plays Cannonball Saxophones)
Victor Haskins, Trumpet
Reggie McCoy, Trombone

Production and Credits:
Brandon Lane - Producer
James Saxsmo Gates - Co-Producer:
James Saxsmo Gates, Benita Johnson, Bill McGee - Executive Producers

Horns filmed by: Quinton Jones
Photography and Documentary Project Filmed/Video: Karl Giles
Kids participated in the video filming: Mia Cobb and Tzar Pierre
Special Recognition:
Bill McGee, CEO The 804 Music Group - 804jazz Record label
B. J. Brown, Robert Payne and the Richmond Jazz Society

Booking Agent/Management: Benita Johnson - (804) 357-3981
Artist: James Saxsmo Gates - (804) 426-6305
Label: Bill McGee - (804) 467-2707

Release Number: 804Jazz – 0817
UPC: 800927081720
ISRC: QMNRQ1708001



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