Brandon Willis – Impact

Brandon Willis is a 25 year old saxophonist from Newcastle, Washington that brings a soulful sound and charismatic persona to the northwest jazz scene. Under the tutelage of nationally acclaimed saxophonist Darren Motamedy, Brandon has played for years in the Seattle area. Six months before he was born, his parents attended a jazz concert by local smooth jazz artist Darren Motamedy. Sixteen years later in 2008, Brandon was performing alongside Motamedy at local jazz clubs as he pursues a career in music.

A recent graduate of the University of Washington with a B.A. in Political Science, his eagerly anticipated debut album titled First Time was released in 2012. Developed with the likes of pianist/arranger Eugene Bien, Kenny G’s touring guitarist John Raymond, and keyboardist Donyea Goodman, Brandon aims to re-vitalize contemporary jazz with his abundant instrumental talent.

Produced by Grammy nominated producer Nate Harasim, Brandon’s sophomore album Impact is the latest in contemporary jazz from Detroit based label M1 Records. Appearances by L.A. guitarist Nils and Detroit bassist Takashi Iio coupled with Willis’ sax take this fresh, vibrant, contemporary jazz track to new heights! Impact is now available for purchase on iTunes!

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