INSTRUMENTS : 6-Piece Ensemble (Bass, Vocals, Drums, Percussion, Guitar, Sax, Keys)
BAND MEMBERS :
George Franklin - Bass (GTF Founder)
Ron Otis - Drummer (Earl Klugh, Bob James, Aretha Franklin, Kem)
Juan Escovedo - Percussionist (E Family)
Richard Livoni - Guitarist (Owner & Engineer of Blitz Recording Studio)
John Rekevics - Saxophonist (The Temptations, Fattburger, Natalie Cole)
John Cain - Keyboards & Vocalist, Composer
COLLEAGUES : Bob James, Earl Klugh, Al Turner, Tom Braxton, Evan Thomas Blues Band, 2nd Planet Band
• BLUE NOTE - Napa CA
2 performances - JAN + AUG 2019.
"Everyone loved the performances and they sold very well! Would definitely like to bring you guys back when you're ready..." ~Blue Note Napa
• EARL KLUGH'S WEEKEND OF JAZZ - Colorado Springs CO
Guest Artist APR 2019 – Received 6 standing ovations!
"It was so much fun to have you all perform at Weekend of Jazz! I know the guests were so surprised and enjoyed you all so much!! Thank YOU so much for the great show!!" ~Weekend of Jazz
• THE IMPULSE ROOM - Walnut Creek CA
2017 to Present
AIRPLAY & CHARTS :
- Currently holding strong on ALL SmoothJazz.com Album and Listener Charts since 2018.
- SmoothJazz.com Top 100 Global Listener Chart : "Ever Since We Met" #10, "Cross Paths" #12, "Someone Like You" #22, and "Gonna Love You More" #54!
- Billboard's Smooth Jazz Most Added (May 2018)
- Smooth Groove Radio w/Ron Holloway
- GrooveSuite.com w/ Don Walker
- Jazz-City Internet Radio - Sunday Brunch with the Music Diva with Lynn Tucker (UK)
- Groove Jazz Music w/Jo Khool
- Smooth Groove Radio "The Vibe" with Ronald Holloway
- Jazz Juice Radio with Steve Stevie (UK)
- Real Music FM - Sapphire's Music, London
- JazzCo Radio - Melbourne's Smooth Jazz Network
- WUSB 90.1FM w/George Rudolph - New York
- "The Groove" Contemporary Jazz Show
- Jazz Bay Radio Live 365 w/Ron Ryder
"A decade after first dazzling the Smooth Jazz world with their combined talents on the hit debut ALWAYS… Bay Area married couple George and Tracy Franklin – collectively known as GTF, a powerhouse ensemble, deliver an intoxicating mix of soul-sensual ballads and tight urban jazz with an edgy funk twist on their chart-dominating, sophomore release,CROSS PATHS. Iconic jazz great, Bob James, joins in on the fun and exuberance...While the deeper joys emerge from George’s lush bass lead and vocal stylings,Tracy’s background vocals and the explosive energy of band members, drummer Ron Otis (Earl Klugh, Kem, Aretha Franklin), percussionist Juan Escovedo (of the legendary Escovedo family) as well as GTFers John Rekevics, Richard “Blitz” Livoni and John Cain." ~Jonathan Widran