Shawn Raiford – Saxual 1

1 - Mason's Dinner PicShawn “The Saxual One” Raiford, is one of the most appreciated musical talents currently rising in the Sacramento area music scene. Either playing alone or with his band, “Saxual Chocolate,” Raiford’s engaging ability on the alto saxophone combines his enthusiasm, showmanship, and capacity to entertain with just the right combination of popular hits and original music.

Raiford is equally comfortable commanding an audience’s attention front and center on stage as he is at enhancing any event with background music. “The Saxual One” individually tailors his set lists for each occasion. He draws from a wide range of selections from his rapidly growing repertoire of contemporary jazz, R&B, gospel, rock, and popular music selections.

  •     A Woman's Worth
  •     Tyrone
  •     My Funny Valentine
  •     Nobody's Supposed To Be Here
  •     You Don't Know My Name
  •     Everything Must Change
  •     I Wish
  •     I Wanna Know
  •     Boogie Oogie Oogie
  •     Emotional Rollercoaster

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Raiford was first inspired and instructed by Claude Roberson, Minister of Music at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Fairfield, Calif. During his musical journey, Raiford has benefited from the tutelage of some very capable musicians including keyboardist Reggie Graham and saxophonists Andrew Beal and Garrett Perkins. “The Saxual One” counts David Sanborn, Gerald Albright, Harold Rayford, Jermiane Mondaine, Rosie Haynes, Kenny G., and Grover Washington Jr. as a few of his many musical influences. Not content with simply remaining a one-dimensional musician, Raiford is currently learning to play piano and is studying music theory and composition at American River College in Sacramento.

Shawn currently presents some of the greatest local talents in his monthly show “Jammin’ on the Delta King“, with co-sponsors Wise Words with OneGone and Liquid Chocolate Media & Design, the first Friday over every month.

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