Next Level

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Next Level is a jazz/fusion and funk band formed by drummer and studio musician Brian Hudson. The debut album, which was released worldwide on August 18, 2017, features an all-star group of musicians including Randy Hoexter (Randy Hoexter Group/Mike Stern/Dave Weckl) on keys, Adam Nitti (Dave Weckl Band/Carrie Underwood/Kenny Loggins) on bass, Joe Reda (Earl Klugh/Larry Carlton) on bass, Sam Skelton (Quincy Jones/Barry Manilow/Brian Bromberg) on saxophones, Melvin Jones (Tyler Perry/Joe Gransden Big Band) on trumpet and jazz guitarist Trey Wright (Squat).

Since its release on August 18, Next Level, hit #7 on the NACC Top 30 Jazz Chart and peaked at #3 on Roots Music Report’s Jazz Chart. FullSizeRenderIt has gained the interest of radio stations and listeners from all around the world including in the U.S., Argentina, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Philippines, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and many more.



Randy Hoexter, Adam Nitti, Sam Skelton, Dan Baraszu, Joe Reda, Trey Wright and Melvin Jones

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Next Level, available worldwide at iTunes, Amazon, Apple Music, CD Baby, etc.  Next Level blends jazz, jazz/fusion, funk and Latin with a contemporary jazz underpinning.

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5 Finger Review by Tom Faddis – “Each player has chops to burn, but this band plays with a depth of conviction and soul, it is clearly something that sets them miles apart from many fusion bands out there these days.”

Lemon Wire by Dodie Miller-Gould – “The release is a must-listen for new and veteran jazz fans.”

Jazz Weekly by George W. Harris – “Optimistic, and a fresh breath of air for a genre that is sadly overlooked these days.”

Contemporary Fusion Reviews by Dick Metcalf – “debut CD’s seldom contain a full set of tunes that are ALL “picks”… just listen to the full-body on one of my favorite jazz pieces (yet) in 2017, “Seventy Eight.”

The Vinyl Anachronist by Marc Phillips – “This collection of originals from Hudson and keyboard player Randy Hoexter is bristling with pure energy and excitement, and the whole album is executed with such precision that you’ll understand why these two gentlemen are so dedicated to this genre. Hudson is no wallflower, either–his drumming is up front and center, always full of complex rhythms and textures. From an audiophile point of view, his work is a tutorial on dynamic contrast.” 


October 29, 2017

The Velvet Note

4075 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta, GA

2 Shows:

7:00 PM (SOLD OUT)

9:00 PM (Tickets available)



Brian Hudson – Drums

Randy Hoexter – Keyboards and Piano

Adam Nitti – Bass

Sam Skelton – Saxophones

Dan Baraszu – Guitar