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

  • Jan 17 Sat

    06:00 PM

    Cliff House Restaurant - Tacoma, WA

    Brandon gives a solo performance at the new and improved Cliff House restaurant in Tacoma, WA.  7:00 - 10:00 pm.   

  • Jan 18 Sun

    09:00 PM

    Blue Martini Lounge - Bellevue, WA

    Brandon performs with smooth jazz keyboardist Carl Ratcliffe at the Blue Martini Lounge in Bellevue, WA for the Peace King Celebration for Martin Luther King Jr!  9:00 - 10:30 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.   

  • Apr 03 Fri

    07:00 PM

    Cliff House Restaurant - Tacoma, WA

    Brandon performs solo at Tacoma's iconic Cliff House Restaurant.  7-10 pm. No cover, all ages. 

  • May 08 Fri

    08:00 PM

    Pogahca - Issaquah, WA

    Join Brandon and his trio at Pogacha of Issaquah on Friday, April 8 for a night of smooth jazz! 

  • May 16 Sat

    07:00 PM

    Cliff House Restaurant - Tacoma, WA

    Brandon performs solo at Tacoma's iconic Cliff House Restaurant. 7 - 10 pm. No cover, all ages.

  • May 21 Thu

    06:30 PM

    Chihuly Garden Glass Museum - Seattle, WA

    Private event. 

  • May 21 Thu

    07:00 PM

    Chihuly Glass Museum - Seattle, WA

    PRIVATE EVENT.

  • May 29 Fri

    07:00 PM

    Museum of Flight - Seattle, WA

    PRIVATE EVENT. 

  • Jun 06 Sat

    07:00 PM

    Cliff House Restaurant - Tacoma, WA

    Brandon performs solo at Tacoma's iconic Cliff House Restaurant.  7-10 pm. No cover, all ages. 

  • Jun 18 Thu

    05:00 PM

    Bremerton Naval Base - Bremerton, WA

    PRIVATE EVENT. 

  • Jul 10 Fri

    05:00 PM

    Joint Base Lewis McChord - Dupont, WA

    PRIVATE EVENT. 

  • Jul 18 Sat

    08:00 PM

    Jazz on the Houser - Renton, WA

    Brandon performs for the Emergency Feeding Program benefit featuring Michael Powers, Josephine Howell and more!

  • Aug 08 Sat

    06:00 PM

    Darren Motamedy & Brandon Willis - Renton Landing, WA

    Darren Motamedy, Brandon Willis, and Akim the Dream share their talents at the Landing. Afterwards please join us for drinks and autograph signing and friendship!

  • Aug 29 Sat

    07:00 PM

    Cliff House Restaurant - Tacoma, WA

    Brandon performs solo at Tacoma's iconic cliff house restaurant, complete with a scenic view of Commencement Bay. Come out and enjoy some great smooth jazz!

  • Sep 03 Thu

    07:30 PM

    Shuga Jazz Bistro - Renton, WA

    Brandon performs with his all-star trio with Charles Jones on electric guitar and Akim Finch on percussion. Come on out for great food and awesome live smooth jazz! 7:30 - 10:30 pm. 

  • Sep 18 Fri

    06:00 PM

    Seattle Central Senior Center - Seattle, WA

    Join Brandon and his smooth jazz trio at the "Green Dolphin" jazz night at the Seattle Central Senior Center on Jackson St. in Seattle, WA. 

  • Sep 19 Sat

    07:00 PM

    Cliff House Restaurant - Tacoma, WA

    Brandon performs solo at Tacoma's iconic Cliff House Restaurant, complete with scenic views of Commencement Bay. Come enjoy some great smooth jazz!

  • Sep 23 Wed

    08:00 PM

    Four Seasons Hotel - Seattle, WA

  • Sep 26 Sat

    06:00 PM

    Sheraton Hotel - Seattle, WA

    Private performance.

  • Sep 27 Sun

    08:00 PM

    Sheraton Hotel - Seattle, WA

  • Oct 10 Sat

    07:00 PM

    Cliff House Restaurant - Tacoma, WA

  • 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.

  • 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 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)

  • Sep 12 Tue

    05:30 PM

    Space Needle - 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

Music

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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