Tivon Pennicott and Chris Hazleton's Boogaloo 7
Originally from Marietta Georgia, and a University of Miami Alum, Tivon Pennicott moved to New York in 2009 and has since established himself as a talented young leader. Tivon has received 3 Grammies and is the 2nd place winner in the prestigious Thelonius Monk Competition. He enjoys collaborating with a variety of bandleaders in their own tours as well as their recording projects- from 2-time Grammy winner Gregory Porter, appearing on his albums "Be Good", "Liquid Spirit", & "Take Me to the Alley", to 2-time Grammy Award Winner, Esperanza Spalding, appearing on her crossover success, "Radio Music Society". He tours with Gregory Porter, the masterful drummer Al Foster, Roy Hargrove's RH Factor, Roy Hargrove Big Band, jazz songstress Nellie Mckay, R&B crooner Joe Thomas and central figures in the contemporary jazz scene, like Ari Hoenig, E.J. Strickland, as well as many more.
Tivon’s own endeavors as a leader showcase his tenacity as a player, while also providing a forum for his audacious compositions. His unique style incorporates his masterful attention to rhythm, tasteful melodic lines, and his deep understanding of the importance of the groove. His maturity as a player extends far beyond his years, facilitating music that is refreshing, insightful, and deliciously exciting. Pick up his debut album "Lover of Nature" via CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon etc.
Organ player Chris Hazleton is a native of Kansas City. His flagship ensemble, Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7, was assembled in 2013. This seven piece unit focuses on funky, rhythmic soul-jazz that harkens back to the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, a time when Lou Donaldson, Jimmy McGriff, Charles Earland, Grant Green, Lonnie Smith, and a host of others packed dance floors and venues along the “Chitlin Circuit”. The Boogaloo 7 has released two 45rpm 7-inch vinyl singles on Sunflower Soul Records, a label established by Hazelton in 2014 that produces soulful, all-analog recordings. This band has quickly become one of Kansas City’s hottest jazz attractions.