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ABOUT THE SHOW
Singer/Songwriter Tony Hightower is taking up the mantle to be a bridge that ushers R&B audiences into Jazzâ€¦Real Jazz. With years of experience as a musical performer and actor with familial roots that place him firmly within the musicâ€™s firmament, Atlanta-native Hightower is still just getting started on this benevolent turn in his journey. And he is bringing a lot of young people with him.
His sophomore project, LEGACY, finds Hightower exploring Jazz vocal stylings from a dazzling prism of angles. The 10-song album moves confidently and assuredly from original compositions such as the soulful scat-laced â€œAll to the Good,â€ the seductive Brazilian bossa nova of â€œRendezvousâ€ and the tender carnal Jarreau-esque love beg â€œI Need Youâ€ to swinginâ€™ covers of Earth, Wind & Fireâ€™s classic Skip Scarborough-penned â€œCanâ€™t Hide Love,â€ a mean shuffle boogie groove through Al Greenâ€™s â€œLove and Happinessâ€ and a smoldering upright bass accompanied tiptoe through the 1929 Andy Razaf standard â€œGee, Baby, Ainâ€™t I Good To Youâ€ made further famous in 1944 by one of Hightowerâ€™s greatest and earliest Jazz vocal heroes, Nat â€œKingâ€ Cole. That oneâ€™ll make the women wiggle.
â€œI didnâ€™t have a choice about doing this music,â€ Hightower confesses. â€œMy mother, Theresa Hightower, lived her life onstage. She was a fiery and versatile vocal pro by age 16 and had me when she was 19. So, you could say Iâ€™ve been performing since the womb.â€ And though he did not know his father, Ralph Baker, well, the manâ€™s DNA pulsed within his being as Hightower inherited the percussionistâ€™s keen sense of fascinating rhythm, which led to Tonyâ€™s first pro gig at age 14 playing drums in the stage band for â€œThe Dinah Washington Storyâ€ at the 14th Street Playhouse.