Fourplay is one of the pioneers of Smooth Jazz, having formed in 1990, when the genre was in it's infancy. Bassist Nathan East, Guitarist Larry Carlton, keyboardist Bob James, and drummer Harvey Mason have received a slew of awards, including a Congressional Record from the United States Congress, House of Representatives recognizing them as a distinguished member of the music industry. Fourplay is the only group in history to be recognized as such by Congress.

Fourplay released their self-titled debut album in 1991, selling over a million records and staying in the #1 position on Billboard's charts for 33 weeks. Their second album, "Between the Sheets", reached #1, went gold, and received a Grammy nomination. Guitarist, Lee Ritenour left the band in the mid 90's and was replaced by Larry Carlton. With 10 CD's under their belts, Fourplay is releasing their new CD, "Energy", next month. The positive energy flowing between Fourplay and into the audience is an excellent way to describe these four very talented musicians.

We caught up to Fouplay at Rodney Strong Vineyards in Healdsburg, California.
July 5, 2008
Rodney Strong Vineyards, Healdsburg, CA
Rodney Strong Vineyards, located in the Wine Country is hosting their 18th Annual Smooth Jazz series. Relax with some wine in the California sun.
Rob Singleton, morning DJ on KJZY
Fourplay Tour 2008
8/27/08 Mann Center For The Performing Arts Philadelphia, PA
8/30/08 Tokyo Jazz Festival
International Forum
Tokyo, Japan
10/15/08 The Forum Harrisburg, PA
10/17/08 Rehoboth Beach Autumn Jazz Festival
Rehoboth Beach Convention Center
Rehoboth Beach, DE
10/18/08 Lancaster PAC Lancaster, CA
10/19/08 Centennial Hall at UA***cancelled*** Tucson, AZ
11/07/08 Adrienne Arsht PAC Miami, FL
11/14/08 Town Hall New York City, NY
11/15/08 Ford Community PAC Dearborn, MI
11/29/08 Riviera Maya Jazz Festival
Quintana Roo, MEXICO
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