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Sound Bites Grill Comes to Life for Tenth Anniversary Celebration – Sedona.Biz

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Sedona News: Sound Bites Grill in Sedona celebrates its tenth anniversary this weekend by jazzing it up with Groove Jazz masters JJ Sansaverino and Will Donato. Will Donato will perform with Steve Oliver on Friday, June 3 from 7-9 p.m. and JJ Sansaverino on Saturday, June 4 from 7-9 p.m.

What better way to celebrate Sound Bites’ decade of providing some of Northern Arizona’s best music than with a jazz extravaganza?

These three jazz musicians inspire aficionados with a captivating show of high-energy Groove Jazz, and they’re ready to put on a show of a lifetime in the Sound Bites Celebrity Showroom.

Donato is considered one of the most dynamic performers in music, with the ability to bond and connect with his audience.

Saxophonist, composer and producer, Donato has played with some of the best known musicians of the groove and smooth jazz genre.

He played with Al McKay of Earth Wind and FireRichard Elliot, Bruce Conte tower of powerSteve Reid of The Ripingtonsand other jazz notables like Brian Simpson, Steve Oliver, Gregg Karukas and Nick Colonne.

He has also worked in the pop music genre, including with Gerald Levert, Wynonna Judd, Toni Childs and superstar Richard Marx.

He was nominated by Coachella Valley Weekly for their annual CV Music Awards in the categories “Best Jazz Instrumentalist” and “Best Instrumental Performance” and recorded numerous albums and chart-topping hits.

Joining Donato on stage Friday night June 3 will be jazz impresario Steve Oliver. Chase Huna, Slim Man, Lamar Gaines and Joel Reeves will also be on stage. Don’t be surprised if JJ Sansaverino joins you!

Steve Oliver’s career spans over 25 years in music, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter and producer, Oliver is still heard every day on contemporary and smooth jazz radio stations around the world.

JJ Sansavarino

His career has produced several No. 1 hits on the Billboard charts and countless radio staples over nearly two decades – including with his latest album “Unified” (2020) – a collaboration with keyboardist Brian Simpson that reached #1 on the Billboard and Amazon jazz sales charts.

Steve has been a touring member of Acoustic Alchemy, played countless club dates and headlined festivals around the world. He has also co-written and produced tracks with Grammy-winning pianist Omar Akram and many smooth jazz notables, including Vincent Ingala, Brian Simpson and Paul Taylor.

With his 2019 full album “Illuminate”. A follow-up to 2016’s acclaimed vocal project “Pictures & Frames” (recorded with the legendary Vinnie Colaiuta on drums and Leland Sklar on bass at Hollywood’s famed Capitol Studios), Illuminate is a record deeply rooted in contemporary jazz guitar melodies. and Steve’s trademark wordless vocals.

The jazz continues on Saturday June 4 with Groove Jazz guitarist JJ Sansaverino. JJ met owners Michele and Steve Sullins 12 years ago and have performed at the restaurant several times during their 10 years of operation.

Sansaverino, with a smash hit at Billboard No. 1 titled “Style & Elegance” and numerous highly acclaimed albums and singles recorded during his meteoric rise in the music world, brings to the table an act that any reggae lover , jazz and R&B can groove to and revel in.

His masterful guitar playing and creative prowess mesmerizes audiences and sets the mood for a night of grooves, snaps and dances.

Funk, Jazz, R&B, sweet and bluesy melodies, JJ masters them all with his unique style and moving delivery.

JJ will be releasing his new album on June 3 titled “Soul & Energy” at Sound Bites! Energy is part of JJ’s DNA…..if you’ve ever met him, his soul is beautiful and his energy is on fire!!!

He’s spent the last year touring the country promoting his ‘Cocktails & Jazz’ album, which he wrote during covid. JJ is on his way to national recognition and a top-selling CD.

He graduated from the Berklee School of Music, having shared the stage with Maceo Parker, Victor Bailey, Gerald Albright, Randy Brecker, Shaggy, Ricky Lawson, Sean Paul, Rick Braun, the Marley family.

He even performed for Sir Paul McCartney’s wedding in 2002, an accomplishment any musician worth his salt would give anything to live for.

JJ spent much of his career traveling the world with Maxi Priest, which he still does. He will play with Lamar Gaines. Fred Boswell, Dylan Thomas and John White.

So get ready for a jazz “overdose” this weekend at Sound Bites Grill!

Sound Bites Grill is located in the Shops at Piñon Point, next to the Hyatt in Sedona. For more information and tickets, please visit or call 928 282 2713 Tickets can be purchased through the website.

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