Trumpeter Rick Braun and saxophonist Richard Elliot have announced that they will tour in 2008 to support their collaboration CD, RnR, whose title track has been one of the top singles of the year by remaining No. 1 for 10 weeks. At this point, Braun and Elliot will begin their tour at the brand-new Yoshi’s Jazz Club in San Francisco on Feb. 7, where they will perform for four nights. Ten other cities are included so far, with more likely to be added. The tour will continue through September at least, with a show scheduled Sept. 28 in Oceanside, California. Saxophonist Eric Darius will open the show on Feb. 14 in Phoenix.
The CD “RnR,” released in August, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart. The same week, it reached the top of the smooth jazz charts, where it has remained every week since, except for one week. The CD was released by the ARTizen Music Group, which Braun and Elliot co-founded.
"One of the things we wanted to do was make a record obviously that was accessible to people, that people didn’t feel that it was too much of a left turn," says Elliot. "But at the same time, we wanted to take a few chances and stretch a little bit. One thing we definitely wanted was to have a spontaneity in this record, and almost a kind of a live spark to it, but not taking away from sort of the polish. Trying to get all those things at the same time is not always an easy thing to do, but I think the approach that we took is what gave us all those elements."Posted by Brian Soergel at November 21, 2007 7:18 PM