Althea Rene & Phil Denny - Sensual Flute & Hot Saxophone

Althea Rene & Phil Denny - Sensual Flute & Hot Saxophone

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She was born December 25th in Detroit, Michigan and began her musical journey at the tender age four. She studied classical music while attending Howard University in Washington D.C. and later gained further musical inspiration from the accomplishments of Yusef Lateef, Ian Anderson, and her father, one of Motown's original Funk Brothers, Dezie McCullers. She has since developed her own creative style.

For more than 10 years she was employed as a Wayne County Deputy Sheriff (Detroit, Michigan). Today, she is a full-time performing/recording artist and some regard her as a "master of her craft" and one of the world's most exciting solo improvisational flutists.

In May 2013, she released her fifth project "In The Flow". Collaborating with Grammy award winning producer Michael Broening, (producer for legendary icons George Benson and Paul McCartney) she cowrote the title track. That single became her biggest hit and reached number one ranking on both the Billboard Chart and the Smooth Jazz Chart. Althea Rene made history by becoming the first flute player in the history of Billboard Chart to reach the number one spot.

In April 2015, Althea Rene recorded her first live project. She and her rhythm section annihilated the stage of the beautiful Detroit Public Library with a free concert. Music fans from all over Michigan enjoyed a scorching hot performance. A compilation of some of her greatest hits, “Live in Detroit” is arguably her strongest work to date.
MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

• “In The Flow” is the first flute featured single ranked #1 in the history of Billboard Music Chart.
• Hit single "In The Flow" is listed #14 on the Top 100 Chart of 2013.
• Both singles “Sunday Cruise” and “Free” have ranked on Billboard Music Chart Top 20.

The Phil Denny surge has become a topic of conversation and interest among an international audience spawning loyal and borderless fanfare. Impressive artistry, presence and passion combined with a unique ability to connect with people on and off the stage have earned Denny a resume of notable achievements in just a short time and give reason to play on.

Since emerging onto the smooth jazz scene in 2012 much traction has been made by the efforts of saxophonist and businessman, Phil Denny. The four-time Billboard charting, independent artist has been described as a passionate and soulful player often captivating audiences with his smooth, sexy yet energetic style. Friends and fans alike often describe him as a people’s musician having developed and maintained a very active, loyal and ever-growing fan base even before the release of his internationally recognized 2012 debut CD, Crossover.

Denny's sophomore CD release, Upswing, offers 11-tracks infusing elements of R&B, urban vibe, uptempo pop and funk and features the hit track, Diggin' On, which scored an impressive #13 Billboard position (16 weeks on chart,) a top ten (#7) on the Mediabase chart and was also a Sirius XM Watercolors weekly #1. Additional radio singles, Soak It Up and Radio Flyer also received national and international airplay on FM and internet radio stations as well as SiriusXM. Denny’s latest release Upswing demonstrates a clear ability to raise the bar while displaying growth in artistry. Expect new, artist-defining music later this year!

Performances of note to date include an appearance at the 2012 Dubai International Jazz Festival, Headlining Jazz Under the Stars 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya, Co-headlining 2014, 2013 Arizona Jazz Festival, 2013/2014 GrandJazzFest, 2014 Inaugural Shoreline Jazz Festival, 2015/2016 Cabin Fever Jazz Festival, 2016 Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Jazz Festival and on-going appearances at the MGM Grand Detroit casino Additionally, Denny has performed as sideman to guitarist Peter White, trumpeter Rick Braun, keyboardists Gregg Karukas and Oli Silk, R&B vocalist Stokley Williams and has opened for RnR, Brian Culberston and even once jammed with Stevie Wonder.

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