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Genre: Jazz, Soul/Gospel

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The Art of Living

Holy, Holy, Holy


Keyan Williams – Saxophonist (Alto, Tenor, Soprano), Flute, and Keyboards.

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Keyan, born and raised in Brooklyn New York and currently reside in Arizona. Keyan started playing the sax at age 8. By the age of 16 he was playing Jazz Sax and Classical Flute and had been involved with special school music programs such as Borough wide, District wide and Statewide bands.

Keyan has never been shy to crowds, playing at various places like Carnegie Hall, and Avery Fisher Hall at an early age. Many fans of his music have conveyed to him that his saxophone style reminds them of Grover Washington Jr., and he is very humbled over the compliments. Grover Washington Jr., musically influenced Keyan, along with many other luminous jazz artists like: Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Wes Montgomery and Stanley Clarke. Over his years playing, Keyan has also had the honor of sharing the stage with Herbie Hancock, Chic Corea, and Junior Cook.

When asked about what kept his heart in the music, he stated, “My love of God has kept me doing his will. I love being Our Father’s instrument. Meeting Jazz greats like Zoot Sims, Herbie Hancock and Chic Corea has also been a great influence for me”.

Current News:

Keyan released his new CD titled "The Art of Living", August of 2006. The CD is a grooved filled production that is reminiscent of the kind of music Grover made. Keyan says, “Grover Washington Jr. is one of his favorite musicians. He was a great sax player and would give you a great show, three hours of non-stop playing. I wanted to keep that kind of drive alive – real strong grooves – to get back to what I call ‘the original smooth jazz sound.’ I think we have done that with this album. And, you will not hear me play a solo the same way twice. I play from my heart, no repetition.” Williams has created a soundtrack that mirrors his live performances. “What you hear on the CD is what you hear live!”

Music reviews:

Rachelle from ABYSS Jazz Magazine states on August 30th, 2006. Oh my... Excellent! Keyan has such a CRISP horn. Kind of like Grover Washington, but with his own sound. And for sure, it won't be long before his fans are able to distinguish style. Definitely, one of the best new smooth jazz artists I have heard this year.

Jacob Dixon from Garage Bands in Pratteln, Switzerland
December 30th, 2006 stated:

The Art of Living song on the new release "The Art of Living” Makes me feel a little homesick. This song reminds me a lot about New York, and riding down the Major Deegan Expressway in the back seat as a child. My dad played mostly soft jazz tunes while driving and I got a kick out of watching the buildings go by while listening to the music. The saxophone is obviously the main instrument in this song, and it has a nice presence. It doesn't overpower the rest of the instruments and what was played
sound really nice. Overall, a very cool song. I'm going to call my parents now.

Frank from Lancaster, California on January 1st, 2007 stated “The Water Color” song has a Kenny g type. Nice use of horns and I like the pop feel overall. Better than Kenny g if you ask me. Good beat and a strong bass. Keep it up.

Nathan states on January 1st, 2007
The Art of Living song has Bass and Sax Grooves - Just a pleasure to hear these instruments working together - they mesh together well - sound like
they've been playing together for years. The bass line has a real groove, and the sax player swings easily throughout. The drummer is also right in the spirit of this number. Glad to hear the keyboard player stand out at around 2:45. Where were you hiding?

Garage Band Reviewer from Morris Plains, New Jersey on January 1st, 2007 stated "The Art of Living" song has excellent bass and the rhythm is
very groovy. The drumming is good; it flows