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 up and coming 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 went on to sell out at Blues Alley and played large outdoor events such as the Lake Arbor Jazz Festival in Mitchellville, Maryland, and the 2nd Street Festival in Richmond, Virginia, both with crowds of over six thousand in attendance. His largest crowd experienced to date was opening for Roberta Flack on Browns Island in 2000, with a record-breaking 30,000+ music fans in attendance.
Christian has released three singles independently, beginning with "Good Old Days" in 2015. “Latin Jive Redux,” a 2017 remix of the Groove Skool song “Latin Jive”, went to #55 on Billboard and #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. His 2018 release "Spirit " has climbed up to #12 with a bullet on the Smooth Jazz Media Base chart.
Christian's last Project, Big New York & the Smooth Jazz All-Starz, wowed audiences with his very specific personal vision. Said de Mesones, when asked about that vision, "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 its money's worth." Christian continues to evolve musically and made his solo debut to a sold out crowd at Blues Alley in July 2019, celebrating the release of his new funk and Latin-inspired album, "They Call Me Big New York".
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:
TONY CRADDOCK, JR.
& LORI WILLIAMS (Groove Skool)