Bio

                       

Christian "Big New York" de Mesones

Christian made his debut on the national stage in 2006 performing at the Capital Jazz Festival.  His band, Groove Skool, was chosen from 50 entries to compete against new and upcoming artists such as Ken Ford, Matt Marshak and Ragan Whiteside. Groove Skool went on to release "Limited Edition", which yielded a top 10 most requested song, "Latin Jive".

Groove Skool played a sold out show at Blues Alley, as well as large outdoor events such as the Lake Arbor Jazz Festival and the 2nd Street Festival in Richmond, Virginia,  both with crowds of over 6 thousand people.   But his biggest crowd experienced to date was when he performed with Big Patt & Legion, who opened  for Roberta Flack on Browns Island in 2000, breaking records with a whopping thirty thousand plus music fans in attendance.

Christian has released two singles independently: "Good Old Days" in 2015 and "Latin Jive Redux" in 2017.  Latin Jive Redux, a remix of the Groove Skool song, went to number 55 on Billboard and number 1 in the UK. It has remained in the top 10 for over a year on both the Moth FM/UK and 96.8 the Oasis in the USA.

Today, with his new project, "BIG NEW YORK & the Smooth Jazz All-Starz", Christian continues to wow audiences with his personal vision.  When asked to explain that vision, he said, "Everyone gets a spotlight in this band.  I like to create excitement sonically, and that means mixing it up so the listening audience can get it's money's worth."

The lineup of musicians that Christian has booked and performed with under the "Smooth Jazz All-Starz" banner includes a who's who of Billboard charting artists in smooth jazz:

 

LINDSEY WEBSTER 

KEITH SLATTERY 

DREW DAVIDSEN 

WILLIE BRADLEY

DANNY KUSZ 

DAVID BACH

CEDRIC GIVENS

GARY PALMER

ROB ZINN

TONY CRADDOCK, JR.

& LORI WILLIAMS (Groove Skool)