Jazz and R&B stars Gerald Albright and Kirk Whalum come together for a special benefit performance in support of Diabetes Initiative 2011, a program of The HealthCare Connection. One of the biggest stars of R&B, contemporary and straight-ahead jazz, Gerald Albright has a reputation as a "musician's musician." During the '80s, Albright became a highly requested session musician, playing on albums by such artists as Anita Baker, Ray Parker, Lola Folana, Atlantic Starr, Olivia Newton-John, the Temptations and Maurice White. He toured extensively with Les McCann, Jeff Lorber, Teena Marie, the Winans, Marlena Shaw, Quincy Jones, and Whitney Houston. He's also had hit solo albums, been nominated for Grammy Awards and played his saxophone at President Bill Clinton's inauguration ceremony. Soulful, passionate and stirring are the words most often used to describe Kirk Whalum's music. Forged from his Memphis gospel roots and his 1980s initiation into the thriving Houston nightclub scene, Kirk's big, rich tenor sound is unmistakably his. After moving to Los Angeles, Kirk became an in-demand session player for such top artists as Barbara Streisand, Al Jarreau, Luther Vandross, Larry Carlton, Quincy Jones and Whitney Houston. He's had more than 25 solo recordings to date, and is the recipient of numerous awards and acknowledgements for his musical excellence including three Dove Award nominations, an NAACP Image Award nomination, 11 Grammy nominations and two Stellar Awards -- Gospel music's highest honor.
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