Classically trained at the International School of Classical Guitar, Marc Antoine first became known to urban jazz audiences when he toured with Basia in 1988. After several years recording and performing what was then known as “acid jazz,” he endeared himself to a generation of contemporary jazz fans with his first solo album, Classical Soul. He later scored numerous airplay hits from the albums which have established him as a mainstay in the genre. Since emerging as a force in contemporary jazz in the mid-90s with a trademark sound captured in the title of his debut album, Marc Antoine has shared his joyous musical wanderlust on a discography infused with extraordinary exotic journeys. After living and recording some of his most acclaimed recordings while in Spain, he now shares the lighthearted spirit of his exciting new life on his highly anticipated Woodward Avenue Records debut, an homage to his new hometown of Laguna Beach. Though he began a handful of the nine tracks at his home studio in Madrid, Antoine – who plays nylon string, steel string, electric guitar, keyboards and percussion – was excited and freshly inspired by the musicians he invited to play on this project. Fans will be delighted to know that Antoine has never felt more energized, musically and in his life.
Alex Bugnon has been a prolific, energetic force on the contemporary music scene for almost three decades. A renowned musician, composer and bandleader, Bugnon hales from the picturesque town of Caux, Switzerland near the site of the world famous Jazz Festival. His exposure to a diversity of musical styles here in the U.S., from R&B to gospel along with jazz and funk, began to shape and influence his personal sound. His first album, Love Season, catapulted the virtual unknown to prominence and set him on his musical course. The album rocketed to number 2 on the R&B charts, was nominated for best jazz album at the Soul Train Awards, and earning him Black Radio Exclusive’s, Best New Artist Award. His award-winning third album, 107 Degrees in the Shade received another Soul Train Award. Over almost 3 decades, Alex Bugnon has built a strong and loyal fan base across the country and around the world. His tour schedule has never eased, even breaking the great Dizzy Gillespie’s record of appearances at Washington, D.C.’s Blues Alley. A great concert to see in the intimate setting of the King Center Studio Theatre.