KEN “PROFESSOR” PHILMORE
Ken Philmore one of the premier steel-pan soloists in the world, was born in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the birthplace of “The Steel Pan”- the only musical instrument invented in the twentieth century. His fascination with the steel pan began when he was only four years old.
In 1989, Professor was honored as the most outstanding musical arranger by the ruling steel pan association, Pan Trinbago. In New York, he received a special award for his contribution to music by then Mayor Koch. Following his successes in Los Angeles and numerous standing ovations at Madison Square Garden in New York, Professor was invited by Mercer Ellington to join the prestigious Duke Ellington Orchestra for their tours to Europe and North America. On their album, “Music is My Mistress”, Ken was featured soloist on the selection “Queenie Pie Reggae”. Outstanding live performances continued unabated – Washington DC Pan Jazz Festival, St. Croix Jazz Festival, Atlanta Jazz Festival, Barbados Jazz Festivals, Tobago Jazz Festivals, Guyana Music Festival, Boston Symphony Hall and August 2012, Joy Of Jazz Festival South Africa.
Ken was privileged to be the first Trinidadian and Tobago artist to be featured on B.E.T. Jazz Central, where Vanessa Rubin and the legendary Lou Rawls interviewed him. The “Professor” is now a musical giant in his homeland, the US and Europe. Apart from Trinidad and Tobago, he currently arranges music for steel bands in New York and the United Kingdom. Young pannists and arrangers try to imitate his style. His impact on the pan has been nothing short of phenomenal and there are audiences yet to be exposed to his unique combination of dexterity and soothing runs on his “steel piano”, as he calls it.
SPUR OF THE MOMENT
Spur Of The Moment has, over the past two decades, bucked the odds, transcended the usual ups and downs and inspired thousands of fans across the world with a vibe that continues to define the upscale urban contemporary jazz experience. In addition to thousands of D.C. metro area club dates, concert hall performances and headlining festival dates (including the world renowned Capital Jazz Fest) throughout the mid-Atlantic region, they have appeared on the nationally syndicated radio hit The Tom Joyner Morning Show.
Spur of the Moment has enjoyed great success with their three studio releases, including their 1995 debut (later remastered and re-released in 2006) Spurradict, whose two singles, “Anytime, Anyplace” and “I Wanna Thank You” were Top 5 airplay hits on D.C.’s top urban adult station WHUR 96.3FM; and 2000’s Out Of The Shadows, which included the #1 WHUR radio single “In My Corner.” Propelled by the massive airplay success of their critically acclaimed release Urban Renewal, Spur of the Moment is gearing up for dates across the U.S. throughout 2012. Both Will Downing and Maysa have become huge fans of Spur of the Moment after working with the band over the years. Maysa adds, “They embody all the goodness of today's music...smooth melodies, beautiful instrumentation, and a lot of soul...they will prove to the world with this release that the good guys always win!”