Who is Robert Sanae?
Dayton native, Robert Sanae, born Robert Jones, is a product of a rich musical heritage with relatives who were accomplished musicians of groups such as ‘Sun’ and ‘Dayton’, and his father an original member of the acclaimed Ohio Players. Robert is a multi-genre producer, composer, writer as well as a multi-instrumentalist. Robert began his professional career as a member of the R&B Group ‘Zapp’ featuring Roger Troutman, where he was a trumpeter, keyboardist, vocalist where he learned numerous other skills, including audio engineering and editing. With the Troutman organization, his credits encompassed five albums out of the Troutman camp, which included ‘Zapp IV’ and its hit track “Computer Love,” Robert composed and arranged the horn parts for several tracks as well as singing background and some small lead vocals on that project; Roger Troutman’s solo project, ‘The Human Body’; Shirley Murdock’s Debut album ‘As We Lay’ and Sugarfoot’s solo Project ‘Kiss.’ His story is not unlike so many other musicians/artists throughout the world that have navigated the vast music abyss along with trying to make a living via a life in music. He came to the realization some time ago that he must accept who he is to the core and not attempt to ignore the gift bestowed upon him by his creator. After ending his tenure with the Troutman organization, Robert moved to California to further his career as a writer, composer, artist as well as a producer and later moved to New Orleans, La. Over the years Robert has created an extensive catalog of productions ranging from R&B, Hip Hop, Neo-Soul, Pop, Adult Contemporary Smooth/Contemporary Jazz and Rock and continues to develop as a producer/composer/musician, aspiring to become a master producer/composer. This coming Saturday, May 11 you will be able to sample some of Sanae’s expertise at Jazz Central in Dayton, when he and some of his friends will introduce his latest venture called “Prelude to Carter Creek – Indigo Blue.” Sanae reaches out to a broad audience, while injecting the highest level of musicianship into every note, phrase and song. I’ve seen Sanae perform on trumpet, keyboard and bass, although a credible player on all instruments, his main forte, in my opinion is the composition and the blending of sounds. What comes out is the real McCoy, a truly new version of an old art form.
My near term recommendations for some good upcoming entertainment: this Thursday it’s High School Jazz night at the Dayton Art Institute, Friday it’s the Spring Edition of Urban Nights in downtown Dayton and Saturday check out Robert Sanae at Jazz Central. Life is short, get out and hear some good live Jazz!
Here are some (not all) of the upcoming jazz events for the next couple of weeks:
Today Wednesday, May 8 – Swing Dance with Lizz & Rex Review is at The Dayton Event Connection and The Blue Wisp Big Band performs at the Wisp inCincinnati.
Thursday May 9 – It’s High School Jazz Night at the Dayton Art Institute when Bill Burn and the Centerville High School Jazz 1, Jazz Combo 1 and Student Combo called “The Odyssey” play a wide range of contemporary and straight ahead jazz.
Friday May 10 – It’s the Spring Edition of Urban Nights all over downtown Dayton, the Oregon District and Wright Dunbar who has LYD and Chris Bowman on their Jazz Stage.
Saturday May 11 – Marion Meadows and Deron Bell are at the Artium Hotel and Conference Center in Cincinnati and Robert Sanae is doing a Prelude to CarterCreek called Indigo Blue at Jazz Central in Dayton.
Sunday May 12 – The Jam Session w/ Kenny Baccus continues at Dayton’s Jazz Central and Mother’s Day Brunch with Dwight Lenox is at North PointConference Center in Columbus.
Monday May 13 – The John Taylor Trio is at Brio Tuscan Grille in Beavercreek and Vaughn Wiester’s Famous Jazz Orchestra is at the Clintonville Woman’s Club in Columbus.
Tuesday May 14 – The Part St. Tavern is having a Jazz Jam and Tony Monaco is at the Rumba Café both in Columbus.
Wednesday May 15 –Todd Hepburn is at Arnold’s Bar & Grill in Cincinnati and Paul Hines & 57 Special is the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis, IN.
Thursday May 16 – The Generations Big Band is at Jazz Central in Dayton and Dave Greer’s Classic Jazz Stompers is at The Tropics in Kettering, OH.
Friday May 17 – Shawn Stanley Trio is at Carvers Steaks & Chops in Centerville and Jamey Aebersold Quartet is at fhe Blue Wisp in Cincinnati.
Saturday May 18 – The Bobby Floyd Trio is at Boudin’s Bistro & Jazz Club in Columbus and the Jazz of the Month Club presents the Rick VanMatre Quintet at the Cincinnati Public Library Atrium in Cincinnati OH.
Sunday May 19 – The Vernon Hairston Trio w/Tia is at Hollywood Casino Columbus and there’s a Jazz Jam at Victory’s in Columbus.
Monday May 20 – Mark Flugge, Derek Dicenzo & Jimmy Castoe are at Due Amici in Columbus and the Monday Night Big Band is at Blue Wisp in Cincinnati.
Tuesday May 21 – Ed Moss & the Society Jazz Orchestra is at the Schwartz Point Jazz Club in Cincinnati.
More info and jazz listings can be found at JazzAdvocate.com