BroadSound performs as a 10 piece band consisting of keyboards, bass, drums, guitar, 3 lead vocalists (2 males and one female) and 3 horn players (Trumpet, Saxophone and Trombone), The keyboardist and drummer also sing adding an additional female and male vocalist. One male vocalist doubles on percussion and the other on trumpet. BroadSound is also available for smaller events as an 8 piece band (with Saxophone only), providing a variety of music ranging from current top 40 hits of today, to Big Band Jazz, Latin and classic oldies. Whether it’s a wedding, corporate event or anniversary, BroadSound is the perfect choice.
Aaron is a professor of music at Georgetown University where he teaches jazz theory & improvisation, directs the Georgetown University Jazz Ensemble, Pep Band and produces the Georgetown University Jazz Festival. Aaron has performed in most major musical venues in Washington DC including Blues Alley, The Kennedy Center, Arena Stage and The Howard Theater. He has performed with artists, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Lalah Hathaway, The Temptations, Pattie LaBelle, George Duke and Kirk Whalum to name a few.
Alison Carney (Lead vocalist) is a singer, songwriter, fashion designer, and an educator. She is a former member of the R&B group Envogue and has performed with artists Dwele, Sy Smith and Grammy nominated artist Raheem DeVaughn. She is also the former lead vocalist and co writer for the R&B group Yamama’Nym where she performed across the country and in Asia.
Singer songwriter, bassist and percussionist Jean Francis Varre is a terrific Trilingual vocalist who speaks French, English and Spanish. He has performed with artists Lucy Brown of Atlantic Records, European sensation Omar and Latin Grammy nominee Gonzalo Grau & La Clave performing English and Latin music across the country.
Stephanie Thomas (Pianst & Vocalist) is a singer-songwriter, director and workshop clinician. She received her Bachelors degree in Music from The College of William and Mary, where she concentrated in both classical and jazz piano, and was afforded the opportunity to perform at the SoundScape Music Festival in Pavia, Italy.
Jonathan Laine Jonathan Laine is fantastic drummer and producer who has performed with the likes of David Foster, Aretha Franklin, El DeBarge, Erykah Badu, Common, Steve Coleman, Angie Stone, Meshell N'Degeocello, Dwele, Louie Bellson and Charlie Byrd. Jon has also produced albums for local artists and his own solo projects. He is currently music directors for the annual J Dilla tribute and fundraiser held in Washington DC and Virginia Music Adventures big band and combo groups.
Wardell Howell is a bass player from Washington,dc. He has been blessed to travel the world, from New York to Kuwait working with a variety of local, national and international musicians. He plays many styles of music and is very well versed in them. Right now he's working with several local groups based in the Washington, dc area and is currently the bassist for Zion Church of Woodbridge.
Saxophonist, composer, educator and music songwriter/producer, Antonio Parker received his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies and his Master’s in Composition and Arranging from Howard University. He acquired a second bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of the District of Columbia. Antonio’s achievements include serving as a USIA (United States Information Agency) Jazz Ambassador to Africa, where he performed and conducted jazz workshops in Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Zaire, Congo, Morocco, and Tunisia. He has toured and performed in Japan, London, Scotland, Paris, Spain, Canada and Austria. He has also performed at the pyramids in Egypt with Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. Antonio has recorded and/or shared the stage with many well-known artists and entertainers, including Go-Go legend Chuck Brown, The Blackbyrds, The O’Jays, Peabo Bryson, Ruben Studdard, Betty Carter, Illinois Jaquet, Jean Carne, and Christian McBride. His 2002 debut CD, “The Exchange,” was well received and his most recent recording, the 2-disc “Steppin’ Out” Live @ HR-57 (released in 2012 on his Airegin Label), documents his constant growth as a jazz performer, composer, and bandleader.
Trombonist Julian Ayers hails from Washington DC and has lived in Maryland for over 30 years. Mr. Ayers developed a love for music in high school. He earned a Bachelors and Masters degree in Trombone Performance from Duquesne University.
"Mr. Ayers proudly serves in the US Armed Forces as a military musician with the United States Army Band in Arlington, VA. As an active freelance musician, Julian has been a member of Broadsound for the past 3 years and has played in the brass section for several Top 40 Bands to include Backbeat, Nightlife, Onyx, and Odyssey. He has also performed with many regional orchestras and chamber ensembles".
When not performing, Mr. Ayers enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, bowling, and baseball.