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NATIONAL RECORDING ARTIST TONY EXUM JR.

As a live performer, Exum’s smile and sense of humor effortlessly connects him with his audience. He exudes the unique chemistry of passionately seductive soul, flirtatious solos reminiscent of old school R&B, all while bringing his captive audience to their feet as he teases them with (instrumental) battles with fellow band members. Exum commands the stage as if he owns it, while remaining humble, and always willing to share the stage with other industry greats.
 
Tony credits the success he gained in the early years to the “greats” he shared the stage with like: the Temptations, the Four Tops, Nelson Rangell, Chi-lites, and War – just to name a few.

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TONY EXUM JR. ULTIMATE SONG LIST

Originals
Finally (Debut CD 2010)
Finally
Sweet Conversations
4 on the Floor
Give It To me
T.E. Heartbreak
Don’t Worry About a Thang
Thinking of You
Seven

The One (2012)
T-Time (featuring Marcus Anderson)
Rite There
The One
Can You Stand the Rain (New Edition Cover)
In Your Arms
I Found Her
Movement
Should I Trust
Love’s Alright
Your Touch
You and I
What’s Her Name
Lovely Conversation featuring Tim Bowman
Your Eyes Your Lips Your Smile

5 (forthcoming EP 2016)

1. She’s Bad
2. Dance Close featuring David P. Stevens
3. Black Coffee
4. Overhaul
5. In Your Arms (remix)

Covers 
Standards:
Stolen Moments (Oliver Nelson)
Red Clay (Freddie Hubbard)
What Am I Here For (Ellington)
Footprints (Wayne Shorter)
Mercy Mercy Mercy (Adderly)
So What (Miles Davis)
Blue Trane (Coltrane)
Take Five (Brubeck)
Summertime (Gershwin)
Naima (Trane)
Take the “A” Train (Ellington)
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore (Ellington)
Killer Joe (Jones)
All Blues (Miles Davis)
Blue Bossa (Dorham)
Mr. PC (Trane)
Blue Bossa (Dorham)
Cantaloupe Island (Hancock)
Record me’ (Dorham)
Now’s the Time (Bird)
Work Song (Adderly)

Covers:
Outstanding (Gap Band)
Rock With You (Michael Jackson)
Run For Cover- David Sanborn
Chicago Song- David Sanborn
Maputo- David Sanborn
Mr. Magic- Grover Washington, Jr
Winelight
Let It Flow
Strawberry Moon
Come Morning
East River Drive
A Secret Place
Friend and Strangers (Ronnie Lawas)
Always There
Ascension (Maxwell)
What’s Going on (Gaye)
Inner City Blues (Gaye)
Mercy, Mercy Me (Gaye)
How Sweet It is (Gaye)
Superstition (Wonder)
Higher Ground (Wonder)
Master Blaster (Wonder)
Rocket Love (Wonder)
Can You Stand the Rain (New Edition)
September (Earth Wind and Fire)
Can’t Hide Love (Earth Wind and Fire)
That’s the Way of the World (EWF)
Lady (D’Angelo)
SDMF (D’Angelo)
Feel Like Makin Love (Roberta flack arr D’Angelo)
This Place Hotel (The Jacksons)
I Can’t Help It (Michael Jackson)
Yearnin for you Love (Gap Band)
My Girl (Temptations)
So Beautiful (Musiq)
Say Yes (Floetry)
Flight Time (Art Porter)
Lay Your Hands On Me (Art Porter)
Lakeshore Drive (Art Porter)
Happy Feelings (Maze featuring Frankie Beverly)
Before I Let Go “ “
Golden Time of Day “ “
We Are One “ “
Chameleon (Herbie Hancock)
Motown Medley
Just Friends (Musiq Soulchild)
Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Tears for Fears)
Late Nights Early Mornings (Marsha Ambrosius)
Good Times (Walter Beasley)
Don’t You Know (Luther Vandross)
Give Me the Reason (Luther Vandross)
A House is not a Home (Luther Vandross)
Between the Sheets (Isley Brothers)
World is a Ghetto (War)
People Make the World Go Round (Stylistics)

 

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

  • Indy Music Award

SEE WHAT CLIENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT TONY EXUM JR.

“She was accompanied by a flavorful sax player Thomas Tony Exum Jr. who played each note like his rent was due.”
Galaxy
Connecting Tha Dotz

 

“It’s not often that you experience such a tranquil seductive sound that offers originality with a touch of similarity. I stated assimilation because Tony has managed to combine the familiar sounds of George Howard, break it down, and create a mind blowing masterpiece that combines the style of a legend with the new artisty of saxful blist. The song entitled “Don’t Worry Bout a Thang” is beyond stimulating. Every warm blooded woman can retreat with confidence in this sultry song. Every song on this cd is absolutely perfect. The reason for the title of my review “Assimilation to Perfection”; The cd keeps the ground roots of smooth jazz but adds originality with soulful sounds of perfection. How beautiful is this. A Masterpiece! ”
DeAnna Phillips,
CDBABY

 

“Refreshingly funky yet measured and controlled in that soulful and driven kind of way that is so reflective of much of today’s–and even a lot of yesterday’s–smooth jazz, sax man Tony Exum Jr. steps forward to toss in his own pizzazz in the form of a quality debut production entitled Finally (a very telling title indeed). While compared in some ways to the late great Grover Washington, the late great George Howard, and the young, gifted Jackiem Joyner, the artist certainly carries enough firepower to ignite his own identity with no problem whatsoever.”
Ronald Jackson,
The Smooth Jazz Ride

 

“Tony Exum Jr. is our featured artist for August. Eclectic, fantastic & electric (i.e. diverse, amazing, & hot) Love ‘Give It To Me’. Tony also has an artist page with us in addition to being a part of our Smooth Playlist! Listen here at www.ussmoothjazz.com”
US Smooth Jazz

 

“If the ’80s crossover indulgences of Kenny G helped give smooth jazz a bad name, Tony Exum Jr.’s music serves as an overdue opportunity for redemption. A devotee of artists like Grover Washington and Dexter Gordon, the Springs’ premier saxophonist is slowly and steadily gathering attention in the outside world”
Bill Forman
Colorado Springs Independent

 

Comparisons to Grover Washington, Jr., George Howard, David Sanborn can’t be helped and show up in mentions of Exum everywhere you look online, but I’ll also add my own as well. If you like the heavier funky side of jazz, you know, not just the high soaring soft melodic sax overlays you get with a lot of straight tenor-sax type jazz, think of more funkiness ala the Yellow Jackets, or maybe up-tempo Spyro Gyra songs like Heliopolis or Jubilee but with some monster bass and drums underneath. Or if you’re old enough, maybe think Tom Scott and the L.A. Express.”
Butch Leitz
The Soundboard

 

 

 

TONY EXUM JR. STAGE PLOT & INPUT LIST