Randy Corinthian contains traces of Jazz DNA
By Staff writer
Music connoisseurs know that, despite the genre, all popular music contains traces of Jazz DNA. To fully understand and appreciate music, the best musicians and artists have studied the origin of Jazz and how it has shaped the sounds of all musical styles that followed. As music has taken on a new form with today’s listeners, there are a few artists who continue to hold on to their Jazz roots.
One such musician, Randy Corinthian, a South Florida native with roots in the Caribbean, is determined to create a following in South Florida that appreciates the original sounds of Jazz, and the many derivatives thereof.
Corinthian, a saxophonist, got his first feel for music as an adolescent while attending Lauderhill Middle School. “I picked up the saxophone in the sixth grade as a part of a nine-week wheel, which was designed to expose students to a variety of elective courses throughout the school year. I never made it to the other elective classes”, states Corinthian. It was love at first sight, and his affair with the saxophone grew tremendously. Corinthian recalls, “There was something very natural about being a musician, and playing the saxophone felt especially natural to me”.
During his matriculation at Dillard High School, Corinthian began to study under the direction of Leroy “Daddy” Gibbs. As a part of the program, students were required to learn the history of music and how music shapes culture. As a student, he studied Jazz saxophonists such as Cannonball Adderley, Charlie Parker, Grover Washington, John Coltrane, Gerald Albright, and Kenny Garrett. Corinthian asserts that these saxophonists have had a tremendous influence on his maturation and musical style, as he has spent countless hours listening to and studying their music.
After high school, Corinthian attended Florida A&M University, receiving a scholarship to study music. While there, Corinthian was a member of the Incomparable “Marching 100” under the direction of the late Dr. William P. Foster. “Those were some of the best years of my life as a blooming musician,” recalls Corinthian. “I must have logged at least 10,000 hours, learning to play the saxophone and sharpening my skills as a musician, and a performer.”
South Florida has a rich culture that includes music, but the appreciation for Jazz has somehow gotten lost. In spite of this, Corinthian’s love for Jazz is unwavering, and he is committed to staying true to his love. “I have often considered just packing up and relocating to New Orleans, New York, Chicago, or even Los Angeles. However, I am optimistic about the potential here, in South Florida. I believe I can help transform or reactivate an audience that will embrace and appreciate Jazz as the predecessor of all American popular music.”
As CEO of RC Music Group, Corinthian manages a great deal of responsibility. He’s a musician, music producer and songwriter, educator, events coordinator, and a rising community activist. In addition, he acts as Talent Coordinator, serving as the booking agent for Fort Lauderdale’s Midtown Jazz Mingler & Culinary Festival. This festival, featuring exceptional musical performances from many local and regional artists is held at Joseph C. Carter Park ,1450 W. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The festival runs from February to September, and happens every 2nd Saturday of each month from 4pm to 9pm. Corinthian, is the “featured” performer, is scheduled to perform live as he kicks off the festival’s opening show on Saturday Feb. 9, 2013. Admission is free, and everyone is invited!
As a producer and songwriter, Corinthian has enjoyed some national/international success. His music has been featured on MTV, VH1, The Black Family Channel, and BET Networks. His original compositions have aired in programming for MTV’s “Making The Band”, Rock Dinner, Jersey Shore and True Life. He has also produced several original songs for Robert Townsend and The Black Family Channel. Several of his compositions have been featured on shows including, “Spoken” hosted by Jessica Care Moore, Lisa Knight and The Round Table, and Straight Up.
As a musician, producer and songwriter, and educator, Corinthian’s repertoire solidifies him as a reputable source in the music industry and sets the stage for even greater things to come. His soulful sounds are sure to be an inspiration to a diverse and sophisticated audience as he continues to excel to new heights. In fact, his highly anticipated debut album “Bittersweet” is scheduled for release on January 23, 2013. It will be available for purchase with many of the major online retailers, including iTunes & Amazon.
To book Randy Corinthian, please call (954) 324-7299, or email email@example.com. He can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and ReverbNation – http://www.reverbnation.com/randycorinthian.