Archive for May 12th, 2012

Zdany Chisholm – Genesis

Atlanta based saxophonist/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist /producer Zdany Chisholm is a native of Tampa, Florida. He began his melodic life as a tot beating on pot and pans in his mother’s kitchen. Inspired by his musical family, he has played his way from the kitchen floor, to churches, all throughout Europe. Every show was an opportunity to exploit his musical talents and further the development of his passion. Zdany is known mostly for his soulful and heart-felt sound and performances.

A graduate of Florida A&M University and a former member of the Marching 100, Zdany has performed for the mayor, other dignitaries, and the capital city residents with many great musicians, including his own band, Minor7even. He has performed at many weddings, parties, and charity events, like the Big Bend Back to School Community Experience, the Lincoln Center Health Awareness Block Party, MusicFest: Sounds of Hope – sponsored by the Refuge House for Victims of Domestic Violence, Jazz for Justice, a celebratory gala for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and a 2008 Inauguration Gala for President Obama.

He has received numerous awards, nominations and accolades for his outstanding leadership, dedication and superior musicianship in his craft. He was a recipient of the much acclaimed John Phillip Sousa Award and the Gospel Music Workshop of America Award for Musicianship to name a couple. “Only what you do for Christ will last,” the humble man quotes his mother.

Zdany’s musical influences are great in number and are not genre specific. He believes that everyone from the greats to the not-so greats has a voice and something can be learned. However, he does have his list of inspirational favorites.

Zdany is currently the Saxophonist for Cody Chestnutt, whose music blends elements of rock, funk, soul, blues, and hip hop. Zdany recently performed at the legendary 2011 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, sharing the stage with Larry Graham with Graham Central Station, and Bootsy Collins. Although he has been featured on several CD projects, Zdany’s debut album entitled “Genesis,” highlight his diverse musical and producing interest. The album offers a little something for everyone and will keep you moving and grooving at the same time. Genesis is just arrived at CDBaby.