Limited Edition Entertainment is a full-service booking agency dedicated to merging exclusive talents with indies. With more than nine years experience in the industry and ten years in management we are equipped to help you succeed. Our mantra is bridging the gap from venue to venue.

 

OUR MISSION

Passionately committed to creating unparalleled and unforgettable live concert experiences.

OUR VISION

Mastering the art of surprise in live concert collaborations, Limited Edition Entertainment (LEE) strives to strategically pair artists that we all know and love with artists that we love but who may or may not be so well known. At Limited Edition Entertainment, our goal is to merge the artists' fanbase, strengthen the "indie" artists' credibility and relationships with venue talent buyers and leave the audience craving more.

 
 

ARTISTS

Gray Scale Whale

A body of fluid, focused sound refined from a sea of raw, relentless energy: GrayScale Whale takes its players and listeners on a sonic voyage. Seamlessly transitioning between highs and lows, the group performs energetic, eclectic, and tastefully spontaneous modern fusion. Their sound is a colorful patchwork of influences incorporating the intense groove of Snarky Puppy, artful dexterity of Weather Report, and compositional theming of Béla Fleck & the Flecktones. Holding the patchwork together are the deep roots of American jazz, to which the band stays true through improvisation and exploration of instrumental textures. The colors of the band’s sound act in tandem and balance; for every bright yellow outburst of excitement, there is a deep blue moment of introspection, and for every hue that the listener is familiar with, a brand-new shade shines through that drives the sound into another direction. For each performance there is a fresh experience, and no two ever are the same.

Eddie Baccus, Jr.

After 15 years of recording and touring with famed urban jazz ensemble Pieces of a Dream from 1995 to 2010, saxophonist Eddie Baccus Jr. stepped out on a lush, soulful and funky "Journey To Love", a song he and a fellow Clevelander and songwriter Alvin Frazier wrote which Eddie exclaims, "Alvin made the cake and I put the icing on it!" Though it has been extraordinarily well received, yet never mass produced, Eddie has been considering releasing it, with Alvin as a bonus on his new project 'Living the Dream'. Baccus is excited about a remixed and remastered version of a collection of songs he has been working on for sometime now, which also features three new songs. The Cleveland born and raised, Virginia-based artist will be releasing the album whose title perfectly reflects Baccus’ life and career as he reflects on the last 20 years and looks forward to the future: 'Living The Dream'.

Baccus is currently putting the finishing touches on the new album, which will feature jazz greats like keyboardist Russell Ferrante of the Yellowjackets, fellow saxmen Eric Marienthal and Elan Trotman, blues guitarist Robben Ford and a special guest appearance by father, organist Eddie Baccus, Sr., whose legendary resume includes stints with jazz legends Sonny Stitt, a young George Benson and Gene Ammons. Some of the new production touches Baccus has put on the new recording 'Living the Dream' include live drums throughout and live horns (featuring trombonist and horn arranger Greg Boyer, who has played with Prince, P Junk and Chuck Brown) on the Grover Washington, Jr. dedication “You’ll Be Remembered Always.” Brand new tracks include the nostalgic pop song “How Deep is Your Love featuring Frank McComb”, the old school R&B tune “A Night To Remember” and a soon to be determined contemporary R&B hit.

Like his hero Grover Washington Jr., Baccus Jr. switches artfully between soprano, alto and tenor, and on 'Living the Dream' is also playing baritone sax and EWI. Since leaving Pieces of a Dream, he has been recording and performing live with his band Straight to the Point, a powerful group of musicians who live in the Beltway region (Maryland and Northern Virginia) and are“the best guys I’ve ever played with in my life.” His music is driven by the simple desire to connect with the audience: “I always want to make music that is fun but that is also timeless and heartfelt. The story of the song "Journey To Love"sums up how I feel perfectly. Alvin Frazier & I wrote it five or six years ago and the first time I played it for an audience was on tour in Mozambique with Pieces. I hadn’t even recorded it yet the people there clapped along and were moved by it so deeply. That’s exactly what I want to achieve each time I perform, to touch people through my music and make a difference in their lives with songs that move the soul. I’m so happy to have the opportunity to share my music  with the world and those who haven’t heard it, because I have put my heart and soul into all of it.”

Elijah Bland

Elijah Bland is not your average man, and certainly not your average artist.  The multi-talented actor, singer, songwriter, producer, musician and entrepreneur embodies a presence and style matched by few in his generation.  His musical sensibility reflects a range of inspiration, from the sensual musicality of Prince, to the funky twang of Bill Withers, to the spiritual soul of Al Green, to the bold essence of Isaac Hayes.  Some have even drawn comparisons to the vocal tonality of Michael Jackson. With his latest single, entitled “The One”, Bland delivers an uplifting ballad that many listeners are calling an instant wedding classic.

 

Featured on international media platforms including The Quiet Storm with Lenny Green, The Michael Baisden Show and Arise Entertainment 360, Bland has captured the attention of music lovers around the world, connecting with the hearts of women and the minds of men.  His music is currently in rotation on commercial and satellite R&B/Soul radio stations, including Music Choice and Sirius XM.  Bland's sultry single, "For The Record", also garnered national attention with a year-long tour, including live performances in over 30 major U.S. markets. 

The independent release of his full-length album, Soulcentric, garnered immediate international acclaim with the singles “Talk To Me” (Elijah’s national radio debut on the Michael Baisden Show) and “Necessary” (nominated for Best R&B Song in the Independent Music Awards) creating a substantial buzz during the rise of social media.  Perhaps the most powerful selection from the Soulcentric catalogue, however, is the uplifting women’s anthem “Wash The Mirror (Love Yourself)” which inspired the launch of the worldwide #LoveYourself Campaign.  Fueled by the age-old notion that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the mission of this campaign is to encourage and inspire future generations of women to develop a positive relationship with their own self-image, promoting positive self-esteem through the universal language of music.

 

This charismatic performer has headlined on the Capital Jazz SuperCruise and shared the stage with some of the world’s most beloved Jazz and Soul artists including the late, great George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Gerald Albright, Will Downing, Lalah Hathaway, Dwele, Boney James, Yolanda Adams, and Eric Roberson. On stage, he leads his band with vocal and instrumental prowess, exuding an energy that invigorates the world of entertainment.  Beyond his musical endeavors, Bland has also proven himself as a gifted actor in film, television, theatre and voiceovers.  He also made his directorial debut with the official music video for “The One.”

 

In his quest for artistic excellence across all platforms, Elijah aims to deliver a consistent message of passion, purpose, faith, and love.  It is through this mission that he continues to uplift and inspire current and future generations, making the Elijah Bland brand one we will never forget.

Chantae Cann

Chantae Cann is the charismatic influence with a voice that transcends through time.
With the release of her debut album & "Journey to Golden" in March 2016 at #1 on
the iTunes Jazz Charts and #7 on the Jazz Billboard Charts, Chantae’s solo career has
started off on a promising note. Chantae Cann’s second studio album (Sol Empowered)
released on October 13, 2017 earned the #8 spot on the Jazz Billboard Charts.
 
Influences like Bobby McFerrin, Haitus Kyote, Chaka Khan and countless others help
shape the sounds that you hear throughout her music. Chantae’s music blends the
exploratory sounds of Jazz with the feel good vibes of Soul, which makes for a mixture
that is quite enticing. It is her heart’s desire to simply inspire, uplift and encourage the
lives of others through music.


Sol Empowered  finds the artist in a positive space, as Ms. Cann states she has most
recently been inspired in the areas of knowing, valuing and appreciating her own self-
worth, and she desires to motivate others to do the same.


Sol Empowered  further solidifies Chantae’s signature sound while referencing the
comforting sounds from her first album, Journey To Golden. Lyrically, this is a love
letter from Chantae to her listeners with an in depth look at her evolution as an artist,
and most importantly who she has come to be as a person.
Sol Empowered  is

intentional and deliberate, yet free-spirited.  


Collaborations with Tarriona Tank Ball from Tank and the Bangas, Grammy award-
winning band Snarky Puppy, and PJ Morton of Maroon 5 and Morton Records make up
an impressive lineup of features.  


Chantae is not a novice to the industry. She has been blessed to travel the world as a
background vocalist (10+ years) with P.J. M
orton, Gramps Morgan, and most notably
India Arie. She’s had the tremendous honor of collaborating with artists/bands such as,
Snarky Puppy, Jonathan McReynolds and The Foreign Exchange.

The title of Andre Cavor’s 2017 debut album Road Trip turned out to be an inspiring, self-fulfilling prophecy, setting the multi-talented Cleveland based saxophonist on an incredible journey that has established him as one of contemporary urban jazz’s most acclaimed and innovative independent artists.

 

Produced by Darren Rahn, fellow saxophonist and renowned artist who has worked his studio magic for genre greats like Kirk Whalum, Jonathan Butler, Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Jeff Lorber and the late Wayman Tisdale, Road Trip is that rare visionary project that achieved transcendent success while defying the conventional industry wisdom that tells artists they must limit themselves stylistically. The collection finds Andre unabashedly sharing his lifelong love for pop, jazz, R&B and gospel music, drawing from a lifetime of musical influences and experiences to create a passionate, high-energy masterwork that truly comes from the soul.

 

Fans across the U.S. and beyond agree, as the first single, the Andre-penned title track “Road Trip,” has received substantial airplay everywhere from Las Vegas, Panama City, Cleveland and Houston to Birmingham, Seattle, Boston and over in the UK. The track hit #13 on the Billboard Smooth Jazz Songs chart – an incredible achievement for an indie artist with his first commercial release – and #4 on the Smooth Jazz Network Top 20 chart. It was also received substantial spins on XM Sirus Radio’s Watercolors channel. In addition, famed Cleveland line dance instructor Robert Johnson, Jr. created a “Road Trip” line dance that became a sensation in numerous cities. When Andre attended a line dance convention in Las Vegas, he witnessed 1000 people performing the dance simultaneously. Road Trip’s second single “Ready or Not” was released in April 2018 for radio airplay.

 

Andre received major critical acclaim as well, making the 2017 Top 10 Critic’s Picks Year End list in Jazz Magazine and earning the praise of Ronald Jackson of the influential taste-making website The Smooth Jazz Ride. Jackson wrote: “(Andre’s) emotional power, his drive and the substance of his strong material is not only satisfying to the ear but most inspirational. Few express their passion via their instrument better than he does. The album, a very melodic gem, does a wonderful job of bringing the two genres together with love and insight. There are grooves meant to move the feet and head and there are tracks to move the spirit…and there are tracks that do both simultaneously.”

 

Andre laid the foundation for Road Trip with hundreds of performances as leader of The Cavor Music Group, which has been a mainstay on the Cleveland music scene since 2007. The band is known for infusing fresh, explosive energy into vocal and instrumental classics from the 80’s through 2019 and spicing up their set list with dynamic originals. Featuring 10 of the most acclaimed musical talents in the city – five band members, four vocalists and a hip-hop artist – The Cavor Music Group performs a grooving mix of R&B, smooth jazz, hip-hop, reggae, pop, blues, rock and gospel. Since the release of Road Trip, Andre has headlined shows featuring his own material with several members of The Cavor Music Group at Cleveland hotspots like Nighttown, Take 5 Jazz Lounge, and Blu Jazz in Akron, OH, Margaritaville in Hollywood, FL and Martini Blue in Houston, where he sold out four show over two nights in February 2018. Andre has also opened shows in Cleveland, OH for top R&B vocalists Will Downing in October 2017, Glenn Jones in November 2017, Marvin Sapp in July 2018, Gerald Albright in October 2018, and Regina Belle (in Miramar, FL). He is scheduled to perform at The Martini Blu Wine & Jazz Festival in Galveston, TX in March 2019, The Vrroom Jazz Fest in Durham, NC in October 2019, and The Rob Johnson Jr's Friends & Family Norwegian Cruise in December 2019.

 

Andre is currently working on his follow-up album, Re-invention, tentatively set for release towards the middle  of 2019. Produced by Leon Turner, longtime Musical Director and producer for Gladys Knight and recent NAACP Award winner, the collection will feature many fresh Andre originals in addition to his takes on classics by Debarge    (“A Dream”), Herbie Hancock (“Watermelon Man”) and gospel great Walter Hawkins (“Be Grateful”).

Andre Cavor

George Freeman, Jr.

As a musical director, George Freeman is well versed in selecting players, communicating concepts and orchestrating powerful shows. His solo full-length debut, Make It Happen, reveals a musical crossroads of jazz, pop, R&B, gospel and neo-soul. Slow burning grooves underscore supple melodies, articulate arpeggios and dynamic keyboard dexterity as the keyboardist, producer and bandleader who plays behind a celebrated roster of musical luminaries steps into the spotlight to showcase his own artistry. Songs from Make It Happen, like “Tengo Un Amor”, “Two Step” and others currently play on both national and international jazz radio and internet stations. In 2015, George’s first single release from the album “Night Lights” placed 26th on the Billboard Smooth Jazz National Airplay Chart, and stayed on the chart for nine weeks.

Dee Lucas

Atlanta-based and contemporary jazz saxophonist Dee Lucas has been steadily growing his brand and fan base beginning with Remembrance in 2004, a tribute to the late saxophone legend George Howard. Thereafter, it has been a steady showcase of unique stylings with Something to Ride 2 (2007), Standing Room Only (2010), Rebirth of the Smooth (2012), The Smooth Factor (2014), and Going Deeper (2016).

 

Now, his latest project The EP Collection…..Volume 1: The Sweet Spot (2017) serves as a reminder to the contemporary jazz world that sax man Dee Lucas is here to stay.

 

As a runner-up in the 2007 Capital Jazz Festival Competition, Dee Lucas has opened for plethora of artists such as Boney James, Norman Brown, Ronnie Laws, Nneena Freelon, Hugh Masakela, Greg Karukas, Peter White, Nick Colionne, Peabo Bryson, and Michael Franks just to name a few. He has performed at several jazz festivals such as The Arizona Jazz Festival, The Jacksonville Jazz Festival, The Atlanta Jazz Festival, The Savannah Jazz Festival, Music City Jazz Festival, and Berks Jazz Festival.

 

The Alabama native Lucas had always loved music, but he didn’t pick up the saxophone until he was 28 years old. As a kid, he grew up listening to many genres of music. Instead, he chose to pursue sports and then eventually attended and graduated from college with a degree in Marketing with a minor in Computer Information Systems. He moved to Atlanta in 1989 and spent a couple of years getting settled in which he finally gave in to the urge to pick up the horn for the first time. He knew immediately that the years of musical education at home would pay off.

 

Dee often visited local jazz clubs to get a feel for the pulse of the live scene. “Listening to some of the talented sax players around the city was education enough to build a thirst to go home and mimic what they did,” says Dee. “With the combination of listening to a wealth of music on CDs while going to see local cats like Darian Emory, Antonio Allen, Sam Skelton, Jimmy Brown (Brick), and trumpeters Melvin Miller and Milkshake, that was truly enough to develop a personal vote of confidence and a sense of hunger.”

 

In 1997, Lucas got his start as a musician playing as a sideman in a local band called Between 9&7. The band recorded a CD which was a moderate regional hit. Although he got performances, both rhythm and solos, Lucas felt it was time to develop his own ensemble to demand more challenges within himself as both an artist and entrepreneur. So, on New Year’s Eve of 1999, Lucas formed his own contemporary jazz trio called Xpressions. They produced and recorded a CD titled Footprints, which gained notoriety in regional markets. The record contained the classic hit “People Make the World Go Round”. All of the compositions were produced and arranged by long-time friend and keyboardist Karey Davis and assisted by the sax man himself.

 

Driven and not to be complacent, Lucas conjured another challenge, which would be his ultimate goal: solo artist. “I recalled going to my keyboardist, Karey Davis, to discuss my interest as a solo artist, and I wanted him to produce my debut record, which would be a tribute to one of my musical influences, the late George Howard,” Lucas reminisces. “Karey approved with no problem. It really worked out, because his long-term goal was to focus on production. So, in a sense, we were both happy about the idea and now had future musical commitments with each other.” In 2004, Dee Lucas’s entrepreneur skills had surfaced, and his newly-formed record label, Mo Better Recordings, was conceived. 

Autumn Nicholas

Autumn Nicholas was born and raised in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  She is a vocalist, guitarist, and award-winning songwriter whose sound is an eclectic mix of genres, from acoustic pop to soulful funk. Autumn has won the North and South Carolina Singer/Songwriter Awards, been a featured artist in writers-rounds along the East Coast and opened for performers such as The Temptations, Ed McCain and Collective Soul. With humility, passion and grace she aims to transform the music world on stage and off. Autumn is beginning to explore new avenues of expression, composing and producing her own instrumental pieces for contemporary dance company, OM Grown Dancers. 

Ashleigh Smith

“My sound is not so much straight-ahead jazz,” Ashleigh Smith claims. “It’s very R&B and funk infused. That’s a part of my upbringing and I love that about my singing.” The 27-year-old Dallas-based singer and songwriter was reflecting on what set her apart from other singers at the 2014 Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition of which she won. “I noticed it more when I was competing against other people. You are what you listen to.”

Raised in a nurturing, musically enriched household with her two sisters in LaGrange, Georgia, Smith seemed destined to become a musician. Her mother, Deborah Smith sang constantly even though she’s physical therapist by trade, while her father, Edwin Smith, is a pianist and former school band director. Smith also had a grandfather who played jazz saxophone; a grandmother who played classical piano and sang; and an uncle who played jazz trumpet. At the tender age of four, Smith began singing along records that her father played. “I would just imitate everything. When I heard Ella Fitzgerald’s ‘How High the Moon,’ that was it for me,” Smith fondly recalls.

But Smith also absorbed the sounds of Stevie Wonder, Prince, Bill Withers, and Sting during her early years. Those touchstones and several others echo on her August 19, 2016 Concord debut, Sunkissed, produced by Chris Dunn and Nigel Rivers. “I listen to a lot of new stuff but I really dig a lot of old stuff,” she says. “I wanted that side of me to be a part of the album. I believe in that older R&B and pop music and the time when real instruments were used. And while some of those old recordings with singers weren’t always perfect, they were beautiful. The mistakes are what made them beautiful.”

In choosing which covers to include on Sunkissed, she was mindful of exploring fresher terrain. That explains her winning renditions of Hall & Oats’ 1975 classic, “Sara Smile” and Chrisette Michele’s 2007 soul ballad, “Love Is You.” Other none originals include a R&B-inflected makeover of the Beatles’ 1968 gem, “Blackbird,” and mesmerizing a capella version of “Pure Imagination,” which features Smith harmonizing with herself via various overdubs.

Those covers are juxtaposed with enticing originals, many of which Smith co-wrote with bassist Nigel Rivers or guitarist Joel Cross. As a songwriter, Smith explores themes of romantic heartache (“Best Friends,” “Into the Blue,” and “Brokenhearted Girl”), self-empowerment (“Sunkissed”), and universal love (“The World Is Calling”).

Before Smith won the 2014 Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition, she studied classical music at Georgia’s Columbus State University on a full-ride scholarship. After attending a jazz camp at the prestigious University of North Texas, she transferred.

It was there that she met Rivers, Cross, and the cadre of other musicians, including percussionists AJ Flores and Greg Beck; pianists Shelton Summons and Sergio Pamies; and drummers Cedric Moore III, Marcus Jones, and Cleon Edwards.  “The album features no big names,” Smith says. “I don’t think I tried for it to be that way. But I wanted people who have already been an integral part of my musical development. It was only natural for me that they would be on the first album because they played a big part into the making of who I am as a musician.”

Music teacher Rosanna Eckert also played a pivotal role in Smith’s musical development at the University of North Texas. The singer shows her respect to her mentor by including Eckert’s gorgeous composition, “Beautiful and True.” “Rosanna was one of my first teachers and biggest mentors there,” Smith says. “She’s a phenomenal singer, pianist and teacher. I wanted Rosanna to write a song because she knows my voice very well. I love her ease of lyrical expression. I love how fluid her lyrical thoughts are and how well they match her musical thoughts.”

Smith was already recording an EP before she won the 2014 Sarah Vaughan International Vocal Competition. She says the process of finding her voice and material was organic. “When it came to writing, my voice is what just came out,” Smith remembers. “I was very picky in choosing the musicians to help bring that out. I’m very big on authenticity. Everything was very organic – even up to the week of recording. That’s exactly what I wanted.”

Kenny Wesley

“…the voice of an angel with the skill of Billie Holiday”
-Mira Sorvino, Academy Award-winning actress

“…the most exciting artist since Prince.”€
-Natan Press, The Deli

He is a songwriter, pianist, vocalist with a range spanning more than four octaves, and a linguist who speaks five languages. His name is Kenny Wesley. With three acclaimed projects, numerous accolades, collaborations, compilation features, and high-profile performances under his belt, including a win as a finalist (and sole U.S. representative) for the 2013 Montreux Jazz Festival’s Shure Vocal Competition, Kenny has firmly placed his stamp on the burgeoning modern music movement.

His songs, fusing elements of electronic, jazz, funk, classical, folk and gospel, have been prominently featured on radio, film and TV – including the FOX series So You Think You Can Dance.  A welcomed guest to festivals and legendary venues across the globe such as SXSW, The Kennedy Center, Southport Weekender, Jazz Cafe London, Blues Alley, A-Trane, Montreux Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scotts, The White House, National Cherry Blossom Festival, Jazz à Vienne, The Blue Note, Bohemian Caverns, and The Apollo Theatre Cafe, he has shared the stage with numerous artists and musicians including Maysa (Incognito), the B52s, Vinx, Rachelle Ferrell, Kurt Elling, Sheila Jordan, Jean-Paul Bourelly, Giacomo Gates, Vikter Duplaix, Leela James, Charnett Moffett, Frédéric Yonnet (Prince, Stevie Wonder), Mino Cinélu (Miles Davis, Weather Report), Federico Peña (Marcus Miller, Meshell Ndegeocello), Stephanie Mills, Regina Belle, Zo!, Carmen Rodgers, Phonte (Little Brother, The Foreign Exchange), Alice Smith, Eric Roberson, Kindred and The Family Soul, N’Dambi and Syleena Johnson.

Deon Yates holds a Master’s in Communications and Public Relations and is a featured lecturer on Media Writing and Design, Video and Storytelling and the History of Jazz Music in Detroit. A longtime innovative presence on his hometown’s jazz scene and two-time Emmy Award nominee (2001 & 2015), he brings a fresh and unique perspective on the subjects. With numerous accolades under his belt including Runner Up in the 2009 Capital Jazz Challenge, the number 1 most added single on Billboard in October 2015, GHP Radio Award for Best Smooth Jazz Male Artist in 2014, being featured on the U.S. Smooth Jazz Compilation CD “Jazz Infusion Vol. 1” in 2010 and endorsement by Sax Dakota, Theo Wanne – this is just the start of the curriculum for the multi-talented composer and saxophonist.

 

Years before he performed as a special guest in concerts and recordings with contemporary jazz and R&B greats like Nick Colione, Brian Simpson, Nils, Maysa, Marion Meadows, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Ronnie Laws, Comedian Sinbad, Gerald Veasley, Kem and Dwele, he was working with legendary groups like The Floaters, The Contours and various incarnations of The Temptations. Yates also played keyboards for various blues bands, including Danny Blue and has played flute for the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra. In addition, Family Circle Productions, the event company he runs with his wife, offers media services for small businesses and emerging artists and produces concerts of which a portion of the proceeds go to a variety of charities, including domestic violence, homeless shelters and local food banks.

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