Saxophonist Shilts, a longtime member of the British smooth jazz group Down to the Bone, has left the band after 11 years to concentrate on his solo career. His last two shows with the band will be in June at the Capitol Jazz Festival in Washington, D.C., and in August at the Long Beach Jazz Festival in California.
In addition to his solo shows, however, Shilts is now touring with the eccentric Detroit group Was (Not Was). The band, which formed in 1979, is touring with Shilts and its original lineup including Don Was, David Was, Harry Bowens and Sweat Pea Atkinson. Shilts was suggested to the group by current Was (Not Was) member Randy Jacobs, a guitarist who like Shilts has performed many times in trumpeter Rick Braun�s band.
Meanwhile, Shilts will release a new album in June for ARTizen Music Group, the record label founded by Braun and Richard Elliot. It�ll be his followup to 2006�s HeadBoppin.