Rob Zinn & Tony Exum Jr.
Sat · June 8, 2019
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pmThe Tin Pan
$27.50 adv / $32.50 door
This event is all ages
Seating: We assign seats in order of when you purchase your tickets. All reservations are subject to a food and drink minimum of $13 per guest. We reserve the right to seat parties together at the same table in the event of a busy show.
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Zinn, an endorser of Chicago based Phaeton Trumpets just released his sophomore album, Walk The Walk in April 2018. Produced by 2-time Grammy winner Paul Brown, Walk The Walk is an explosive collection of a multitude of styles that Zinn has performed over the years, including funk, Latin, R&B, rock, pop and urban jazz. In addition to showcasing his infectious songwriting and versatility on horns, it included guest appearances by East Coast based genre great Andrew Neu (saxophones) and West Coast great Michael Paulo (saxophones) and of course Paul Brown’s tasty guitar licks on several tracks. Songs from the album received airplay on over 125 smooth jazz stations around the world with a listening audience in 84 countries.
The title track, featuring Neu, charted top 20 on such prominent outlets as the Smooth Jazz Top 50 Album chart, Smooth Jazz Radar chart, Smooth Jazz Indie chart, Smooth Jazz Network Top 100 chart, Groove Jazz Music Chart Top 30 and the RadioWave Internet Play chart, and received “Most Added” designations on Nielsen/Billboard, the Smooth Jazz chart and Groove Jazz Music Top 30 chart. Zinn has performed at numerous jazz festivals such as the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, the Lake Arbor Jazz Festival, Berks Jazz Festival, Sandy Shore’s Jazz Weekender and the Jazz Legacy Foundation as well as venues throughout the country. When not playing with his own band, Rob often appears as a sideman with guitar player and double Grammy winner Paul Brown.
A native of Maryland who grew up and established his musical career in neighboring Delaware, Zinn brings to his solo artistry a dynamic history as an ensemble performer and popular sideman. While performing in his high school jazz band and in the college jazz band at the University of Delaware, he “cut his teeth” and began his professional career with a prominent 15-piece swing band. Playing with them from the ages of 17 to 25, he performed hundreds of gigs throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware at top venues, big band society dances and numerous special occasions.
Zinn then joined the horn section of the heavily booked 7-piece dance party band Group Therapy, which performed heavy jazz and funk (from Tower of Power to The Brecker Brothers) everywhere from outdoor concerts and country clubs to state fairs and 800-1000 seat venues, opening for, among others, legendary acts like The Spinners, Kool & The Gang, Tower of Power and Average White Band. During his stint with this ensemble, Zinn expanded his repertoire to include lead and harmony vocals, keyboards and percussion.
While playing regularly with the swing band and Group Therapy, Zinn also gigged with Just Friends, a hip big band that played, among others, the music of Buddy Rich, Hank Levy and Maynard Ferguson; and the Brian Pastor Big Band, which performed hip big band music by everyone from Buddy Rich to contemporary master and multiple Grammy winner Gordon Goodwin.
Zinn later exercised his blues chops with Rockett 88 and with The Jimmy Pritchard Band, which represented the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation and competed in the annual Memphis based competition, the International Blues Challenge. Performing with both groups at various blues festivals gave the trumpeter a taste of what he is now enjoying as a leader in his own right. Over the past few years, he has reconnected and performed with Group Therapy, in addition to being part of a seven-piece band dedicated to the music of Frank Sinatra and participating in numerous tribute shows (The Beatles, George Harrison, Bruce Springsteen) at World Café Live and The Queen in Wilmington. Zinn has also played at the venue’s annual Shine the Light shows, which feature tributes to single years in pop music and raises money for music programs for underprivileged students.
Though there were no professional musicians in his immediate family, Zinn’s grandfather was a semi-pro trumpeter, so it made sense for him to carry on in that tradition when he began playing at age 9. His parents were big music lovers, and he grew up surrounded by the traditional sounds of Andy Williams, Jack Jones, Frank Sinatra, Herb Alpert, Al Hirt and Johnny Mathis. His two older sisters introduced him to the Beatles and later on his own he discovered Steely Dan, Tower of Power, Chicago, Maynard Ferguson and Chuck Mangione, while also playing along to Herb Alpert records. He added flugelhorn to his arsenal when he was a 3-time selection to the all-state jazz band in high school.
With all of those musical experiences paving the way, Zinn is excited about the fresh opportunities coming his way that will allow him to continue performing his own music for a rapidly growing fan base. “It is amazing to be able to take these ideas rolling around in my head, commit them to a demo, and then be part of the process of bringing a fresh composition to life with amazing musicians,” he says. “The most gratifying thing, though, is playing my songs live. It’s great being a working musician interpreting other people’s compositions, but there’s nothing like making meaningful connections with my own music. I want people to feel something when I play, feel the emotion in what I’m expressing – whether it’s through the melody, chords or performance – and to create a special moment in time for them. That’s the ultimate for me.”
Thomas “Tony” Exum, Jr. was born in Colorado Springs, CO. He spent much of his childhood travelling from Germany, Mississippi, New Orleans, and Phoenix due to his military upbringing. As a child, as early as age 3, Tony’s interest in “grown up” music was extensive. His mother put in to sleep with the sounds of Grover Washington, Jr. For Christmas, at the age of 6, for example, Tony received Earth Wind and Fire and Parliament-Funkadelic albums, but by then, he was already a huge fan of Slave, the Jacksons, Prince, the Time, and Bootsy. He not only could recite the words to his favorite tunes, but could also identify any instrument! At the age of 11, Tony picked up a saxophone given to him by his uncle Larry Francis, Jr., a U.S. Army musician stationed in Ft. Carson, CO, for the first time and soon developed a love for it. He developed a passion for the sounds he could create with the saxophone, even battling chronic asthma; and this is where his journey began. “I knew I would be a musician of some sort. Drums, guitar maybe. The saxophone intrigued me and quickly became the way my heart wanted to express itself musically.” says Tony Exum, Jr. After high school, Exum attended the highly acclaimed, prestigious Lamont School of Music, University of Denver, and believes that this is truly where his career began. In his developing years, Tony utilized his gifting by performing in stage plays, clubs, on demos with local artists and as a sideman across the state of Colorado. He very quickly became a widely sought-after musician performing live more than 100 times a year. Tony credits the success he gained in the early years to constant practice and hard work. He shared the stage with likes of the Temptations, the Four Tops, the Chi-Lites, the Manhattans and WAR– just to name a few. In 2008, Tony took a leap of faith, began his solo career, traveled extensively with local backing bands he performed with and managed, and became a fixture in Denver’s famed venue, Live@ Jacks (formerly Jazz @ Jacks) where he continues to perform regularly. In 2010, he released his first album, “Finally.” Tony marks this release as one that catapulted him into the National scene. The next few years, the year 2011 specifically, not only grounded Tony, but molded and shaped his professional career. He began performing nationally at jazz venues like the famed Blues Alley in Washington DC, 2011 Sedona Jazz on the Rocks Festival, 2011 JW Marriott Jazz Festival, Spaghettini-Seal Beach, Ca and many others. This led to Exum receiving the 2011 International Breakout Star Award by the Los Angeles based CoffeeTalkJazz magazine and radio. In 2012, Tony released his sophomore album, “The One.” He co-wrote 11 of the 14 tracks, and it was this release that further developed him as a musician and writer collaborating with likes of national jazz artists Tim Bowman, Marcus Anderson (Prince, Cee-Lo), Julian Vaughn, and Nicholas Cole As Ronald Jackson, host of thesmoothejazzride.com, says: “Tony Exum’s sophomore effort contains much of the vibe and groove that brought his fans to his side in the first place: A combination of danceable jams, sensuously slow and appealing R&B’ish seductions, and an even punchier delivery on other tracks, if you can imagine that!” After this release, Tony began sharing stages with Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Kelly Price, Troop, Marion Meadows, Najee, Nick Colionne, Gerald Albright, Eric Darius, Dave Hollister, Norman Connors, Pamela Williams, Silk, Keke Wyatt, Donell Jones and more. His national appearances have since doubled with performances at the 2015 Atlanta Smooth Music Festival, St James Live-Atlanta, Humphrey’s Backstage Live-San Diego, House of Blues-Houston, and the 2017 Jazz at the Creek Festival in San Diego among many others. Audiences are attracted to Exum’s effortless command of the stage and his ability to project his unrestrained passion of the art of saxophone.
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