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Dr. Kenneth Dickerson
Talented, Dynamic, Excellent, the members of the musical group Collaboration personify a sense of purpose and vision that will propel them into the realm of success and stardom. If you’re looking for the same old tired and whiny saxophone driven sound too prevalent in this smooth jazz driven era, then look elsewhere. This group has put the “soul” back into jazz with its sexy and supple sound.
Drummer Kenneth Dickerson and saxophonist Tracy Cutler founded this awesome band while they were students at Cardozo High School in Washington, DC. After graduating high school Dickerson and Cutler continued to study and hone their craft at the University of the District of Columbia majoring in jazz studies.
Band members include: keyboardist Glenn Douglas (past winner of the DC Talent Search competition for instrumental soloist) who calls Billy Preston and Joe Sample his musical influences; bass player Mark Russell who calls Marcus Miller his inspiration and lead vocalist Lori Williams, whose influences are Anita Baker, Rachelle Farrell and Dianne Reeves.
Collaboration has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the music industry including Layla Hathaway, Phil Perry, Johnnie Gill, Norman Brown, Peabo Bryson, the Manhattans, Pieces of A Dream, Betty Carter, Lee Ritenour, Stanley Turrentine, War, the Delphonics and the late great Phyllis Hyman. They awed crowds at the Lou Rawls Parade of Stars, 1997 Democratic National Convention, The Presidential Inaugural Ball (1997) for Bill Clinton & (2008) President Barack Obama, The National Urban League, The Capital City Jazz Festival, The Jazz Company at Walt Disney World and the Darryl Green Youth Life Foundation Gala. Recently, Collaboration played to international packed concerts in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo Brazil, while also recording tracks for their upcoming project. Collaboration will be featured in 2016 on the Bravo Channel on the Housewives of Potomac. A take off on the many Housewives reality shows swiping the country.
They have also served as backup band for singes Patty Labelle, Eric Benet and Miles Jaye. These impresarios have also been featured on Black Entertainment Television’s Bet on Jazz Series as an up and coming new talent. BET also featured Collaboration along with Vesta Williams in a national television advertisement. Unafraid to cross into all facets of the music industry, this versatile group has done broadcast music production including writing themes for Video Soul, Unreal, Caribbean Rhythm, BET Talk, BET Tonight, Comic View and Lead Story. Performing a mixed repertoire of jazz, R&B, popular, traditional and inspirational music, these emerging titans of music choose not to limit themselves to any one form of music so that they can accommodate a variety of audiences.
From the pleasingly contemplative sounds of the piano on the song “The COLORS OF FALL” to the sultry ocean swept melody of “Spiritual Union”, their current CD, BECAUSE OF YOU quiets the yearning for soulful sexy music and elicits visions of peace and harmony. So, enjoy the tranquility of the “soul” in your music. Enjoy COLLABORATION.
4203 Illinois Ave. N.W. Washington, DC 20011