Adrian Crutchfield

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Last Show: Sunday 28 th May 2023

PizzaExpress Live (Holborn)

Adrian Crutchfield received his first saxophone at age four onstage with Kenny G, has earned praise from Dave Koz and performed and recorded with Prince during the last four years of the legend’s life. The multi-talented musician’s genre fluid credits include Bette Midler, Lionel Richie, Anthony Hamilton and Young Jeezy. Yet all those fantastic associations are mere prelude to what he’s doing as a solo Smooth Jazz artist. Five years after LEAP, he’s back with LOVER, a richly soulful and sonically adventurous album that’s as alternately sassy, sultry, tenderly intimate and romantic as its title indicates. While we can definitely hear the Koz and Kenny influences, Crutchfield continues to fashion a sound all his own on tunes that include Latin and hip-hop as well as a lovely Kayla Waters piano solo.

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Saxophonist Adrian Crutchfield is known around the world forcreating and performing music in a variety of genres such as jazz,funk, hip-hop, rock, and more.

Adrian’s star began shining at the age of four when he receivedhis first saxophone during a concert in Roanoke, VA fromacclaimed jazz artist Kenny G; who noticed Adrian’s interest fromthe audience, stopped the show, and invited him to the stage,playing a childish melody, and finally bestowing the sax to youngAdrian.Known as the last horn-man to perform and record (2012-2016)with Prince and the New Power Generation; Adrian is featured onmany of Prince’s final masterpieces including the 2017 Grammy-Nominated Hit-N-Run Phase 2.

Adrian has also had the privilege of performing with many oftoday’s brightest stars such as Lionel Richie, Bette Midler, CeeloGreen, R&B icon Anthony Hamilton, Fantasia Barrino, KC andJoJo, and with hip hop superstar Young Jeezy. In jazz Mr.Crutchfield has been featured by names such as BrianCulbertson, Kim Waters, Mike Philips, Alex Bugnon, Jeff Lorber,and Branford Marsalis; and with legendary groups such asFourplay and The Gap Band featuring Charlie Wilson.

Praised by saxophonist Dave Koz as a favorite and most highlyanticipated up and coming artist; this saxophone aficionado is oneof his generations most prolific and lauded musicians.