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“Producer Maurice Lynch was putting together a Harlem jazz review and was referred to me by a mutual friend,” says Alyson. “After we completed the show, he offered two songs for me to record – ‘Summer Nights In Harlem’ and ‘The Romance Of You’. I loved both tunes and offered to cut them with top-notch veterans in the music industry – keyboardist Ray Chew (musical director for ABC-TV’s Dancing With The Stars), longtime sax man Kirk Whalum as well as Grammy Award-winning bassist Christian McBride.”
Summer Nights in Harlem
Enjoy Harlem’s First Lady of Jazz Alyson Williams as she explores her jazz roots and takes you on an exhilarating ride called “Summer Nights in Harlem”. Producer & Songwriter Maurice Lynch joins a cavalcade of musicians; Maestro Ray Chew, The Grammy Award Winning Christian McBride Trio with Christian McBride, Christian Sands and Ulysses Owens Jr. Also featuring Kirk Whalum, Ron Blake and “King” Solomon Hicks. These classic and historical recordings should be a part of every Jazz Lovers library
Longtime R&B/soul singer, entrepreneur and radio personality Alyson Williams unveils her latest release, the single “Summer Nights In Harlem”. The veteran singer brings a jazzy, mature, grown-folks vibe to “Summer Nights In Harlem” as well as sweet sultriness to the accompanying “flip-side”, the ballad, “The Romance Of You”. It’s the sound Ms. Williams has been known for, dating back to her years when she was the first R&B singer signed to Russell Simmons’ Def Jam Records during the 1980s. When not recording or performing live, Ms. Williams hosts the weekly radio show, Love Notes with Alyson Williams – In The Chill Zone, on the Harlem-based WHCR-FM in New York City. She’s interviewed a range of guests from Grammy award winners Chaka Khan to the Manhattan Transfer. In addition, Ms. Williams is the founder of A Woman’s Prerogative production company, which allows her to develop musical stage works, produce concert series and create treatments for future television projects.