Saxophonist Will Holton is an ambassador for the City of Buffalo on and off stage. Whether playing at Mikes Lounge for a Sunday Night Jam Session or traveling to the world renown Aretha Franklin Amphitheater for 6,000 music lovers, he represents his city, his home in a dynamic way.

Over the past 10 years his concerts have ranged from bringing Grammy Nominees such as Joseph Wooten, Melisa Morgan, Roy Ayers, Jon B., Najee and also providing a platform for up in coming artists with his “LOVE CADENZA Series.”

Now in its 5th year, Holton has brought together – this time from all over the region – his BEST array of talent. These amazing musicians – who will grace the stage of the Tralf Music Hall along with Holton on Saturday, Feb. 9 – include: Carlton Wilcox, a mainstay and musical figure of Rochester; Buffalo born gospel influenced singer and drummer D Mott Motley, a national gospel recording artist; rising singer Carel Logan who has performed at the BET AWARDS in 2018 and has written songs for national recording artists such as Eric Bellinger ; and Buffalo Music Hall of Fame inductee- trumpeter Brian Freeman.

Artist, producer, vocalist and songwriter CAREL was born with music in his DNA. The meaning of his chosen name, CAREL? Melody or song. Chosen as the AT&T Dream in Black artist for the BET Awards in 2018, he performed on stage in L.A. in front of thousands of fans. Officially an apple music artist, you can find his hits on apple iTunes. Be sure to check out his newest releases entitled “Mood,” in collaboration with Miles B, and “CAREL, A Real One.”
What should the audience expect from you at Love Cadenza ?
I’m very excited to be a part of the Love Cadenza. The audience can expect to hear some real soulful r&b vibes.
What next for Carel ?
Upcoming 2019 Essence Festival, songwriter & producer of Billboard songs. I have a new album coming out this May entitled ENKORE and will be performing at the 2019 Essence Festival.
Best career moment so far?
My musical career has allowed for many memorable moments. However it was an absolute highlight to be a performing artist on stage for the 2018 BET Experience.

BRIAN Freeman
Who are you music influences?
Mentors Freddie Hubbard, miles Davis, Louis Armstrong.
What do you love about performing?
Putting a quality band together playing at the Tralf Music Hall and seeing the smiles on people faces = PRICELESS Best career moment so far?
Going to Europe performing for the U.S. military troops.

Carlton Wilcox Live (CWL) is the perfect blend of Smooth Jazz and R&B for the sophisticated music lover. As Rochester’s own musical treasure, CWL is creating a standard of excellence in Live Entertainment. Expanding into event production and concert promotion, Carlton Wilcox Live has recently partnered with the City of Rochester and Mayor Lovely Warren to produce ROC The Park Urban Music Festival in Rochester, NY.

How does it feel to apart of Love Cadenza?
It feels great to be apart of this musical movement along with group of amazing artist.

What should the audience expect from you at Love Cadenza ?
The audience should expect a well rounded variety of soul music to touch the hearts of the lovers. We are going to keep the love going all night.
Who are you music influences?
Frank McComb, Luther Vandross, Jason Nelson and Stevie Wonder

Why create original music ?
Recording original music is like cooking for guests. You want to present your very best and still be true to the styles you like. There is no greater feeling than someone feeling your original music.

What’s next for Carlton?
I plan on finishing my EP by the end of the year. I’m also starting a music program in the City of Rochester that teaches children to do everything I do.

D’MOTT Motley
D’Mott has been surrounded by gospel music and the church all of his life. Professionally as either a drummer or a singer D’Mott has been fortunate enough to share his talents with such artists from Jacquelyn B. Copeland and Divine Nature to Earth, Wind and Fire, Will Mc Farlane and more. He is also on 2 singles on “The Scroll Movie” soundtrack featuring TD Jakes, Marvin Sapp, Noel Jones, Wess Morgan, and Al Sharpton.

What should the audience expect from you at Love Cadenza ?

How does it feel to apart of Love Cadenza?    Being an Artist, performing on this year’s “Love Cadenza” is a complete honor and privilege, considering that I am a gospel singer. I will cherish this opportunity forever. They should expect me to bring a gospel feel to an r&b experience!!!

 Who are you music influences? Most of my mentors were people directly related or connected to family and church…such as: Pastor Hamid Motley, Lamont Perry, David Moore, Stanley Roberts, Tyshone  Canada, Rev. Arlene Motley-Spells, The entire Motley family, and Rev. Walter Harris.

Why create original music ? Recording original music for me is therapeutic. I believe when I record original music, I am directly speaking to someone for the Most High.   

What next for D ‘Mott? Not sure where God is taking my career next but I am sure that it is going to be the greatest experiences musically that I have witnessed. 

WILL Holton

You have produced shows 10 years now, what do you attribute to the success of this event and other events each year?  One thing is certain about Buffalo NY music lovers they are “real listeners” and if they like you they will come out – even in the coldest weather. So I would have to say having a “good product” is definitely a start.  Branding is the other part, investing in yourself. It’s a continual process. Also,  I’m so thankful to have the support of the local news print, television and radio. 

Ten years later since the re lease of two records, three nationally published songs, 3 produced records for clients and 20+ concerts… all I can say is thanks to the artists, my bandmates, WNY & CNY and all the media outlets especially the continual support from the Buffalo News “Gusto Editor” Toni Ruberto and “Owner” of Challenger News Alnisa Banks.

You’ve helped many musicians over the years in many ways. What has that experience been like?
As I have helped others they have helped me. That’s the way I look at it weather as a branding liaison or musical guide. Tim Webb, Deshawn DRay Jackson, Delvin Payton and others have had their first secular performances through my band. Drummer Daniel Powell (dpondrums) started playing in my band when he was just 15 years old (now 34), Rod Bonner (RB3) was 14 years old (now 27) these guys have worked hard to create their own brands but before they started touring the world with Najee, Marsha Ambrosia, Eric Benet and Will Downing we played many nights of small intimate rooms.
I worked for almost a decade for my friend / Multi-Platinum recording artist saxophonist – Najee as his brand developer. Launching him on various social media platforms. I Also designed websites, promotions, album photos, and video press-kits.
I have done the same for artists here in Buffalo, NY. Branding is a passion of mine.

•Saturday February 9th, 2019 at 8 p.m.
Tralf Music Hall
•Reserved Seating starting at $25-$40 | available at Doris Records, Tralf Box Office and
•Sponsored by Oasis Care Services, WGRZ Channel 2 Buffalo, WKBW Channel 7, POWER 96.5 Buffalo, and Challenger Community News