Next Level

Velvet Note 2019


“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.” –  Tom Faddis with 5 Finger Review

“SUPERB jazz adventure that gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED – Contemporary Fusion Reviews

Next LeBrian Hudson - Next Level - Cover Pagevel is a contemporary jazz 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) on keys, Adam Nitti (Dave Weckl Band/Carrie Underwood/Kenny Loggins/Mike Stern) 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, peaked at #3 on Roots Music Report’s Jazz Chart, #7 on the NACC Top 30 Jazz Chart, spent 9 weeks on Jazz Week’s Top 100 Jazz Chart and hit Jazz Week’s Biggest Gainers Chart. FullSizeRenderIt has gained the interest of radio stations and listeners from all around the world including in the U.S., Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Philippines, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and many more.

In the past year, Brian Hudson and Next Level have played to sold out audiences at The Velvet Note Jazz Club in metro Atlanta and was the featured artist for the Jazz Brunch at the 2019 Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival at The Ritz Carlton Reynolds Lake Oconee.




Next Level at Velvet Note August 19, 2018

Randy Hoexter – Keys and Piano

Adam Nitti – Bass

Joe Reda – Bass

Sam Skelton – Saxophones

Dan Baraszu – Guitar

Trey Wright – Guitar

Anthony Papamichael – Guitar

Melvin Jones – Trumpet



Next Level Trio

Brian Hudson – Drums

Dan Frackenpohl – Guitar

Franher Joseph – Bass

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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 16, 2019

Next Level Trio

The Ritz Carlton Lake Oconee

Greensboro, Georgia

(Private show)

Band: Brian Hudson – Drums, Dave Frackenpohl – Guitars, Charles Mishalany – Bass


March 17, 2019

Next Level Trio

Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival

The Ritz Carlton Lodge, Lake Oconee

Band: Brian Hudson – Drums, Dave Frackenpohl – Guitars, Franher Joseph – Bass


August 19, 2018

Next Level (full band)

The Velvet Note Jazz Club

Alpharetta, GA

2 Shows at 7:00 pm (SOLD OUT) & 9:00 pm

Band: Brian Hudson – Drums; Randy Hoexter – Keyboards and Piano; Sam Skelton – Saxophones; Anthony Papamichael – Guitars; Adam Nitti – Bass