IMPACT

Bio

Brandon Willis is a 25 year old saxophonist from Newcastle, Washington that brings a soulful sound and charismatic persona to the northwest jazz scene. Under the tutelage of nationally acclaimed saxophonist Darren Motamedy, Brandon has played for years in the Seattle area. Six months before he was born, his parents attended a jazz concert by local smooth jazz artist Darren Motamedy. Sixteen years later in 2008, Brandon was performing alongside Motamedy at local jazz clubs as he pursues a career in music.
A recent graduate of the University of Washington with a B.A. in Political Science, his eagerly anticipated debut album titled “First Time” is now available. Developed with the likes of pianist/arranger Eugene Bien, Kenny G’s touring guitarist John Raymond, and keyboardist Donyea Goodman, Brandon aims to re-vitalize contemporary jazz with his abundant instrumental talent.

In November of 2012, Brandon was presented with the opportunity to open for Grammy nominated saxophonist Gerald Albright & Grammy winning guitarist Norman Brown at Seattle University; a performance that he calls one of his most inspired to date. Click on the Video tab to watch an excerpt from the concert. 

Following the successful debut of Brandon Willis’s album “First Time”, he spent the next few years playing shows around the U.S preparing for his second album. In a genre saturated with sax players Brandon took the next step by finding a producer | songwriter capable of making him stand out from the crowd. He found GRAMMY® nominee, producer and label owner Nate Harasim. They quickly began working on the “Brandon Willis | Harasim” sound, prevalent on the new single “IMPACT” and make an “IMPACT” it does. With Harasim’s production and Willis’s sax playing, a #1 hit isn't far off. Brandon signed with M1 Records in late 2016 after showing President Nate Harasim and Vice President Sandy McGraw a promising outlook on the “New” contemporary jazz sound.

They are currently preparing for Brandon’s March 2017 album release with live performances being booked , and a national radio tour being scheduled. An old school boots on the ground approach to the music, performance and artistry is set to make a big “IMPACT” in a genre that needs fresh, energetic, young talent.

Brandon frequently performs at venues in the Seattle area, and also performs at private events. To inquire about booking Brandon for your event, please contact him via the "Contact" tab. 

News

Shows

  • Feb 19 Fri

    06:00 PM

    Seattle Central Area Senior Center - Seattle, WA

    Trio performance at the Seattle Central Area Senior center. 

  • Mar 15 Tue

    06:00 PM

    Sheraton Hotel - Seattle, WA

    Private performance. 

  • Mar 27 Sun

    05:00 PM

    Private Event

  • Apr 07 Thu

    06:00 PM

    Renaissance Hotel - Seattle, WA

  • Apr 09 Sat

    07:00 PM

    Cliff House Restaurant - Tacoma, WA

    Brandon performs solo at the Cliff House Restaurant in Tacoma, WA.  7:00 - 10:00 pm. 

  • Apr 21 Thu

    05:00 PM

    Private Event

  • Jun 26 Sun

    04:00 PM

    Taste of Tacoma - Tacoma, WA

    Brandon performs with his trio at the Taste of Tacoma in the Rose Garden at Point Defiance Park.  3:00 - 4:00pm 

  • Jul 10 Sun

    05:30 PM

    Capitol Cider Lounge - Seattle, WA

    Brandon performs with his trio at the Capitol Cider Lounge in Seattle, WA.  5:30 - 8:00pm. 

  • Jul 16 Sat

    12:00 PM

    Bite of Seattle - Seattle, WA

    Brandon performs with his trio at the 2016 Bite of Seattle!  12:00 - 1:00pm. 

  • Oct 17 Mon

    06:00 PM

    Columbia Tower Club - Seattle, WA

    Columbia Tower Club in Seattle, WA. Private performance. No admission. 

  • Oct 19 Wed

    06:00 PM

    Sheraton Hotel - Seattle, WA

    Sheraton Hotel in Seattle, WA. Private performance. No admission.

  • Oct 23 Sun

    05:30 PM

    Capitol Cider - Seattle, WA

    Brandon performs with his trio at Capitol Cider in Seattle, WA.  5:30 - 8:30 pm. 818 E. Pike St. Seattle, WA 98122  

  • Nov 03 Thu

    06:00 PM

    Private Residence - Kent, WA

    Brandon performs a private event. No admission.

  • Nov 25 Fri

    07:00 PM

    Bleu Note Restaurant and Lounge - Lakewood, WA

    Brandon performs a solo show at the new Bleu Note Restaurant and Lounge in Lakewood, WA. Come out for some great food and awesome music! 7:00 - 10:00 pm

  • Dec 15 Thu

    06:00 PM

    Fairmont Olympic Hotel - Seattle, WA

    Private performance. No admission.

  • Mar 17 Fri

    06:00 PM

    Antioch Adoptions Benefit Event @ Bellevue Westin Hotel - Bellevue, WA

    Private event.

  • Apr 09 Sun

    07:00 PM

    Bleu Note Restaurant and Lounge - Lakewood, WA

    Brandon performs at the brand new premier location in the south sound for live music, the Blue Note Restaurant and Lounge in Lakewood, WA. 7:00 - 10:00 pm.

  • Apr 22 Sat

    06:00 PM

    Private Event

    Private residential party. No admission.

  • May 11 Thu

    06:00 PM

    Bleu Note Restaurant and Lounge - Lakewood, WA

    Join Brandon for an evening of smooth jazz on Thursday nights at the Bleu Note's "Ladies Night"!

  • May 21 Sun

    06:00 PM

    Fairmont Olympic Hotel - Seattle, WA

    Private performance. No admission.

  • May 25 Thu

    06:00 PM

    Bleu Note Restaurant and Lounge - Lakewood, WA

    Join Brandon for an evening of smooth jazz on Thursday nights at the Bleu Note's "Ladies Night"! 6:00 - 9:00 PM

  • Jun 03 Sat

    08:00 PM

    Spaghettini - Seal Beach, California

    Nils CD Release Featuring: Brandon Willis Brandon will be accompanying legendary L.A. based guitarist NILS for his upcoming show at Spaghettini in Seal Beach, CA! Spaghettini3005 Old Ranch ParkwaySeal Beach, CA 90740 Show starts at 8:00 PM

  • Jun 08 Thu

    06:00 PM

    Bleu Note Restaurant and Lounge - Lakewood, WA

    Join Brandon for "Ladies Night"! An evening of smooth jazz on Thursday nights! 6:00 - 9:00 PM

  • Jun 16 Fri

    06:00 PM

    Green Dolphin Lounge (Seattle Central Area Senior Center) - Seattle, WA

    Brandon performs with his trio at "The Central" in Seattle, WA. 6:00 - 9:00 pm

  • Jun 22 Thu

    06:00 PM

    Bleu Note Restaurant and Lounge - Lakewood, WA

    Join Brandon for an evening of smooth jazz at the Blue Note's "Ladies' Night" on Thursdays! 6:00 - 9:00 PM

  • Jun 24 Sat

    07:00 PM

    Freedom Park Summer Series - Charlotte, North Carolina

    Nils Featuring Brandon Willis perform live! 

  • Jul 01 Sat

    08:00 PM

    The Perfect Note - Hoover, Alabama

    Brandon performs live at the Perfect Note in Hoover, Alabama!  

  • Aug 08 Tue

    06:00 PM

    Bleu Note Restaurant and Lounge - Lakewood, WA

    Brandon performs solo for "Ladies Night" at Lakewood's premier location for live music!

  • Aug 20 Sun

    07:00 PM

    Grand Rapids Jazz Festival - Grand Rapids, Michigan

    Nils and Nate Harasim Featuring Brandon Willis! GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation is West Michigan’s only free, weekend-long jazz festival! The 6th annual festival is Aug. 19 and 20, 2017, at Rosa Parks Circle, a central location in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. (Details coming soon)

  • Aug 25 Fri

    06:00 PM

    Bleu Note Restaurant and Lounge - Lakewood, WA

    Brandon plays new content from his upcoming album "IMPACT" at Lakewood's premier restaurant and lounge for live music!

  • Sep 02 Sat

    06:00 PM

    Private Performance

    Brandon performs for a private client in their residence. No admission.

  • Sep 07 Thu

    06:00 PM

    Bleu Note Restaurant and Lounge - Lakewood, WA

    Join Brandon for a night showcasing brand new music from his soon-to-be-released studio album, "IMPACT"!  6:00 - 9:00 pm. No cover.

  • Sep 12 Tue

    05:30 PM

    Chihuly Glasshouse - Seattle, WA

    Private performance. No admission.

  • Oct 12 Thu

    06:00 PM

    Bleu Note Restaurant and Lounge - Lakewood, WA

    Join Brandon for a live solo performance at the Northwest's new premier location for local live music, The Bleu Note Restaurant and Lounge in Lakewood, WA.  6:00 - 9:00 PM. No cover charge.

  • Nov 04 Sat

    08:00 PM

    Hard Rock Cafe - Seattle, WA

    "M.U.S.I.C" (Musicians United Songwriters In Collaboration) is the beginning of a series of quarterly events that include music, spoken word and art in the Puget Sound. KLYNTEL R&B/Soul & Fusion Jazz Band performing music from their long awaited studio recording “Klyntelligence” BRANDON WILLIS Jazz Musician & Artist who’s new studi recording “IMPACT” is available now featuring the 2nd single “All I Need” available now on Amazon & ITunes ORUSTUS ADE Spoken Word Artist performing new material from his highly anticipated release “EXISTENCE” a compilation of vocal jazz & speakeasy SPECIAL GUEST: DWIGHT TRIBLE who’s worked with John Beasley, jazz legend & great John Coltrane & is no stranger to Seattle as he was a part of the “3 Brave Souls” with legendary drummer Ronald Bruner & Beasley at Jazz Alley. The Idea is to collaborate with Songwriters and Musicians in Soul, R&B, Jazz and The Spoken Word community. An area we feel is way under represented especially for it's musicianship.   8:00 PM - 12:30 AM. 

  • Nov 11 Sat

    07:00 PM

    Emergency Feeding Program - Renton, WA

    Brandon performs at "Sounds of the Sound" with renowned Seattle soul singer Josephine Howell and other guests. Proceeds benefit the Emergency Feeding Program.

  • Nov 17 Fri

    07:00 PM

    Westin Hotel's Cypress Lounge - Bellevue, WA

    Brandon performs with jazz and spoken word vocalist Miz Floes and her band in the lounge of the Westin Hotel's "Cypress Lounge" in Bellevue, WA. 

  • Dec 12 Tue

    06:30 PM

    Live @ Aloft Series - Aloft Hotel - Redmond, WA

    Join Brandon and his trio for a showcase of contemporary jazz at the new Aloft Hotel in Redmond, WA! Brandon will be performing material from his hit 2017 album "IMPACT" and holiday favorites as well. 6:30 - 8:00 pm.

  • Dec 15 Fri

    06:00 PM

    Bell Harbor Conference Center - Seattle, WA

    Private corporate holiday performance. No admission.

  • Nov 02 Fri

    07:00 PM

    Bleu Note Restaurant and Lounge - Lakewood, WA

    Join Brandon and Akim "The Dream" Finch at the Bleu Note! Brandon will be performing NEW music from his newly released CD "Impact"! 7:00 - 9:00 pm.

  • Nov 18 Sun

    07:00 PM

    The Rainier Club - Seattle, WA

    Private performance. No admisison.

  • Jan 06 Sat

    07:00 PM

    Billy Baroo's Bar & Grill - Tukwila, WA

    Brandon performs solo at Billy Baroo's Bar and Grill on the Foster's Golf Links in Tukwila, WA. 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

  • Jan 18 Thu

    06:00 PM

    Bleu Note Restaurant & Lounge - Lakewood, WA

  • Jan 26 Fri

    06:00 PM

    Hyatt Regency - Bellevue, WA

    Private performance. No admission.

  • Feb 03 Sat

    07:00 PM

    Vintage Vino and Espresso - Maple Valley, WA

    Join Brandon for a solo performance at Vintage Vino and Espresso in Maple Valley, WA.  7:00 - 9:00 PM. 

  • Feb 15 Thu

    06:00 PM

    Bleu Note Restaurant & Lounge - Lakewood, WA

    Join Brandon for a solo performance at the Bleu Note! 6:00 - 9:00 pm. No cover.

  • Feb 16 Fri

    06:00 PM

    Seattle Central Area Senior Center - Seattle, WA

    Join Brandon and his trio for a night of smooth jazz featuring music from his new album, "Impact" all in support of the Seattle Central Area Senior Center. 6:00 - 9:00 pm. 

  • Mar 01 Thu

    06:00 PM

    Bleu Note Restaurant & Lounge - Lakewood, WA

    Brandon gives an energetic duo performance at the south sound's new premier location for live music, The Bleu Note! 6:00 - 9:00 pm.

  • Apr 05 Thu

    06:00 PM

    Bleu Note Restaurant & Lounge - Lakewood, WA

    Brandon performs with percussionist Akim "The Dream" Finch at the south sounds premier location for live music. 6:00 - 9:00 pm. No cover.

  • Apr 07 Sat

    07:00 PM

    Billy Baroo's Bar & Grill - Tukwila, WA

    Brandon performs solo at Billy Baroo's Bar and Grill at the Foster's Golf Club in Tukwila, WA. 7:00 - 10:00 pm. No cover.

  • Apr 12 Thu

    06:00 PM

    Chihuly Garden of Glass - Seattle, WA

  • Apr 28 Sat

    07:00 PM

    50th Anniversary Seattle Chapter Black Panther Gala - Seattle, WA

    Brandon performs with "Lady A" at the Seattle Chapter 50th Black Panther Party Celebration for a night of dancing and fun.

  • May 05 Sat

    06:00 PM

    Pogacha - Issaquah, WA

    Brandon performs with percussionist Akim Finch at Pogacha in Issaquah for an intimate night of smooth jazz. 6:00 - 9:00 pm.

  • May 07 Mon

    11:00 AM

    C. Davis Texas BBQ - BECU (Tukwila, WA)

    Brandon performs with percussionist Akim Finch at BECU in Tukwila, WA for C. Davis' Texas BBQ.

  • May 10 Thu

    06:00 PM

    Bleu Note Restaurant & Lounge - Lakewood, WA

    Brandon performs with percussionist Akim "The Dream" Finch @ the south sound's premier location for live music. 6:00 - 9:00 pm.

  • May 16 Wed

    09:00 PM

    The Westin Hotel - Seattle, WA

    Brandon performs at a private event. No admission.

  • Jun 09 Sat

    07:00 PM

    Billy Baroo's Bar & Grill - Tukwila, WA

    Brandon performs a solo show at Billy Baroo's on the Foster's Golf Course in Tukwila, WA.

  • Jun 15 Fri

    06:00 PM

    Bleu Note Restaurant & Lounge - Lakewood, WA

    The Bleu Note's first annual Juneteenth celebration featuring an array of the Northwest's best artists. Details TBD, stay tuned.

  • Jun 23 Sat

    01:00 PM

    Taste of Tacoma - Tacoma, WA

    Brandon performs with bassist E. Pruitt at the Groupon Taste of Tacoma at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, WA. Showtime: 1:00 pm. Details TBD.

  • Jul 21 Sat

    01:00 PM

    Bite of Seattle - Seattle, WA

    Brandon performs with bassist E. Pruitt at the Groupon Bite of Seattle. Showtime: 1:00 pm. Details TBD.

  • Sep 08 Sat

    06:00 PM

    Rainier Performing Arts Center - Seattle, WA

    Brandon performs new songs off of his new CD "IMPACT" with his band at the Rainier Performing Arts Center! Details TBA

  • Sep 19 Wed

    06:00 PM

    Pogacha of Issaquah - Issaquah, WA

    Join Brandon and Akim "The Dream" Finch at Pogacha of Issaquah for "Wine Down Wednesday"! An evening of some of the Northwest's best wines and smooth jazz. 6:00 - 9:00 pm.

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Contact

To contact Brandon regarding booking, submit an inquiry via the Information Request section. To connect with Brandon via social media, click the Facebook and Twitter icons on the lower left corner of the page.

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