Engage | Event

Alive After Five presents Dean James

December 09, 2022 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Enjoy the casual elegance of the Knoxville Museum of Art for this vivacious Friday night tradition. Once a month, the KMA is transformed, as the world-class art museum becomes a center of entertainment, a melding of art, music, and nightlife. AA5 showcases incredible, diverse musical talent from all over the Southeastern United States. Kick off your weekend with musicians and entertainers as they take the stage with a backdrop of awe-inspiring art from East Tennessee and beyond!   JOIN THE FACEBOOK GROUP

When it comes to one of the most distinctive sounds in what we call today’s Smoothjazz genre, Dean James comes to mind front and center. The sultry, soulful & smooth sound of his Alto & Soprano sax continues to leave a lasting impression on his most devoted as well as new listeners. With James 5th Cd “GroovySax” in the making along with his soon-to-be-released single entitled “DJ’s Groove”, James is sure to reach the masses drawing his audience closer while guaranteed to pull at their heartstrings.

Born & raised in the City by the Bay, at the age of 15, James developed his love for music by listening to musicians who graced the radio well before Smoothjazz came to existence. Grover Washington Jr., Ronnie Laws & David Sanborn played an intricate part in James’ approach to contemporary jazz but was also influenced by musicians such as Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis.

Pursuing his passion, James attended the Berklee College of music to further his music education, where he received his formal training as well as jazz & classical studies. After attending Berklee, James moved to Los Angeles in hopes of contributing his talents as a sideman and becoming a part of the music community. James has performed with numerous Artists within the Gospel and R&B arena before coming to his own, signing with Ichiban Records as a solo Artist. James, known for his hit single “Market Street,” is currently celebrating its 20 years on the Smoothjazz airwaves.

The single “DJ’s Groove” delivers an intense, in-your-face, up-tempo groove that keeps you mesmerized from beginning to end, with James displaying his ability to take control of the melody.

“GroovySax” is a compilation of arrangements with many different elements, including jazz, R&B, Latin jazz & funk. All were written, arranged, and produced by James, with the exception of multi-talented musician, writer, and producer Cory James at the driver’s seat producing the first single of this long-awaited Cd.   www.deanjamesjazz.com

Doors open at 5:30pm. Music begins at 6:30pm.
Cash bar. Food will also be available for purchase from a local vendor. 

Street-level galleries remain open until 8pm and attendees can view the beautiful exhibitions on view.
The KMA Gift Shop is open to guests until 6pm and offers a variety of exciting and unique gifts for everyone.

Members: $20
Non-Members: $25

Members with AA5 pass: FREE
Kids under 12: FREE



Sponsored by Cherokee Distributing Company.

Ticket sales are final and non-refundable. Masks are welcome but not required.

This project is supported, in whole or in part, by the federal award number SLFRP5534 awarded to the State of Tennessee by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.