March 26-28, 2020 | 17th Annual!
Colorado Springs CO
Reserve Now! 844-810-8205
Al Turner, Ron Otis, and Tom Braxton’s love of creating music and performing with each other led to the formation of their own super-group, A.R.T. Each are members of GRAMMYÒ Award-Winning guitarist Earl Klugh’s touring and recording band. Just as their name implies, the three masters not only create great music in their own right – but when together, something extra special emanates – ART is created for all to enjoy!
Bass guitar impresario, Al “The Burner” Turner has played professionally since the early ’80s. Recording and working with Earl Klugh since 1994, he is also the musical director for Earl Klugh and KEM. Al has recorded with artists including Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Earl Klugh, Oleta Adams, Nancy Wilson, Bob James, Randy Crawford, Ron Isley, Patti LaBelle, and Gladys Knight. Anita Baker proclaims, “The Burner holds it down. Locks it up right and tight.” and R&B Superstar KEM calls Al Turner, “the baddest bass player in the world.” Turner maintains an unbelievable schedule, touring with Bob James, Oleta Adams, KEM and Klugh. Al’s nationally successful fifth CD is This Is. His artistry exceeds category and has been featured in many television and radio commercials.
Ron Otis grew in Detroit Michigan and at the age of five discovered drums and never looked back. By 16, Ron was playing in local clubs around the Detroit area. He has been working and recording with Earl Klugh since 1994 and has also performed and recorded with the very best in the music world including Nancy Wilson, Aretha Franklin, KEM, Bob James, Keith Washington, and R&B singer Tyrese. Ron maintains a busy touring schedule performing with Earl, KEM, and Bob James while making time for his session work. With a desire to try music writing and producing, Ron released his debut album Up Front in 2009. He wrote or co-wrote 8 of the 9 songs on the album. Ron again displays his writing, producing and playing chops with his CD, Stay in Your Lane which travels the musical road map featuring wonderful original Contemporary Jazz and R & B tinged vocal tunes along with a great re-imagination of the Marvin Gaye classic “I Want You.”
Tom Braxton’s distinct, melodic sound has been thrilling audiences of all ages from coast to coast and abroad for nearly two decades. SmoothJazz.com calls Braxton “one of the most respected and loved sax men in smooth jazz.” His nine studio albums have hit numerous jazz charts including Billboard, RadioWave, and Amazon.com and can be heard nationwide. Tom toured with Wayman Tisdale for 17 years, also serving as musical director. He has also actively toured with Earl Klugh for the past seven years. Braxton has shared the stage with many great artists including Dave Koz, Rick Braun, Bob James, George Duke, Kirk Whalum, Jonathan Butler, Jeff Golub, Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross, and many more. He has been featured by JAZZIZ, Smooth Jazz News, CBS’s The Saturday Early Show and Daystar Television Network. Tom’s latest release, The Other Side, is a collaborative project with label mate Robert Sanae.