If you enjoy listening to the sounds of smooth jazz with a touch of soul – a hint of funk – and large amounts of love, then Dallas born pianist, composer, and producer Derek Dabbs has the sound for you! Add his name to the “A” list of smooth jazz artists, as he has developed a sound that is instantly recognizable. It is Derek playing the piano unforgettable solo on Shirley Brown’s gold selling single “Why You Wanna Love Me Like That”.
He has shared the stage with many top R&B and Funk ensembles — James Brown, Jonathan Butler, Lucky Peterson, Little Milton, The Bar-Kays, Ike Turner, Shirley Brown, and J. Blackfoot to name a few. In addition to his prolific piano style; that has been compared to pianist greats Joe Sample, and Ramsey Lewis. Derek is also making a name for himself as a composer, writing and producing songs for jazz vocalist Dee Dee Alexander, jazz guitarist Herb Jones, the Smooth Side rapper Biyoo of Heart Coore Records, and vocalist L.A. Wynters
Dabbs is a seasoned veteran destined to influence the next era of smooth jazz with his stellar piano style that crosses over radio formats and stylistic barriers. A fan once said: “He just makes you feel all fuzzy and warm inside.” Derek’s sound touches EVERYONE. Derek will be an artist who will take center stage in this millennium!