Taking his jazz compositions to clubs in the Unites States and abroad and rocking mainstream tunes before an audience of millions, Jacob Deaton has picked his way to becoming a multi-genre artist that is worth noting. The versatile guitarist enjoyed new success in 2014, buoyed by new compositions and live performances showcasing his skills across multiple styles. The Atlanta-based artist is fresh off a tour in Ireland and a semifinal appearance on NBC’s AMERICA’S GOT TALENT with headman Jonah Smith. With that momentum in the books, all that’s left is what a promising 2015 has in store. “This past year has been a banner year for many reasons,” Deaton says. “I’ve had the opportunity to play a historic venue in Radio City Music Hall several times to 14 million people nationally and internationally. I’ve worked for some of my favorite songwriters alive today, and have toured overseas with my own music and connected with fans in other countries. I’m humbled by the opportunities. And I’m ready for more in 2015.” Deaton’s ongoing stint with Smith, a Los Angeles-based blues-rocker, follows a bevy of appearances with some of the top jazz artists today. The Atlanta-based artist’s stage credits also include Grammy-winners Derek Trucks and Oteil and Kofi Burbridge, James Brown alum Pee Wee Eliis, Colonel Bruce Hampton, Russell Gunn, and Grant Green, Jr. His recent success has broadened his portfolio — and the records that came before, “Tribulation” (2012) and “My Home” (2014), helped establish him as a selfless bandleader and one of the most inventive and sound guitarists on the rise today. “Playing musical prospector searching for that gold nugget can be a daunting task. Deaton makes it easy,” Jazz Times says. Most importantly, he’s making it exciting. Jacob Deaton: Guitar; Bobby Selvaggio: Sax; Sam Blakeslee: Trombone; Dan Fernandez: Drums; Dan Pappalardo: Bass.
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