RALEIGH, N.C. -- Ben Tankard, the prolific, chart-topping smooth-jazz pianist who has been dubbed the "Godfather of Gospel Jazz," heads to Raleigh, N.C., on Nov. 2-3 for a long-awaited concert at The Prime Smokehouse.
Tankard and his group will perform two shows (at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.) on both Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $20.
The Nashville, Tenn.-resident’s visit to the Tarheel State coincides with the release of his latest project, Ben Tankard/Full Tank, which has been nominated by the Soul Train Music Awards for "Best Contemporary Jazz Artist" as well as a Stellar Award for "Best Urban Contemporary Performance."
But this latest round of accolades is nothing new for the contemporary jazz giant, whose Full Tank is in its 20th week on the Smoothjazz.com Top 50 Radio Chart. (The recording features music from legendary producer-songwriters Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and phenomenal performances by saxophonist Gerald Albright, guitarist Tim Bowman and vocal powerhouses Mark Kibble of Take 6 and three-time Grammy nominee Cynthia Jones.
A solid musician in his own right, Tankard is also renowned for his prowess as a producer. After all, he is the one who helped thrust an up-and-coming Yolanda Adams onto the national music scene, signing her to his independent Tribute Records in 1990 and releasing Through The Storm. His eclectic mix of R&B, gospel and smooth jazz has made Tankard a regular visitor to the upper echelons of the respective music charts. Over the past two decades, Tankard himself has netted three Grammy nominations, eight Dove Award nominations, 12 Stellar Awards (including “Best Instrumental Album” 2010).
For more information, call The Prime Smokehouse (2800 Rock Quarry Road in Raleigh, N.C. 27610) at 919-832-8685.
The Prime Smokehouse
207 E. Thomas St.
Rocky Mount, NC 27801