The Sound of the

Suite Jazz Series

The Suite Jazz Series Band

What we play is life.

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The Band

The Suite Jazz Series’ jazz band is an eclectic group of talents including Rodney Edge on piano, Chris Harris on guitar, Aaron Clay on bass, and Louis “Styx” Newsom. Come experience the best jazz band in Atlanta live every Thursday at the Suite Jazz Series.

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PianoRodney Edge

Rodney Edge’s musical gifts were first noticed at age 2 when he started playing drums. By age 5, he had trained himself and developed the ability to play acoustic guitar while listening to the radio. Piano and bass guitar abilities soon followed at ages 7 and 9.

He has shared the stage in support of various artists such as Tim Bowman, Marion Meadows, Nancy C. Wilson, Ben Tankard, John P. Kee, Al B. Sure, Keith Sweat, Kelly Price, Miki Howard, Fanatic, Ken Ford, Joey Sommerville, Bishop Ralph Donnie Graves, Luther Barnes, Cedric and Lejeune Thompson, Stanley Brown, William Murphy III, Bishop Paul S. Morton, and Kurt Carr.

Rodney would later obtain his M.B.A. while continuing to build a solid musical history. His latest projects include serving as music director/producer and co-writer for several
independent new artists.

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GuitarChris Harris

Chris is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. He’s been playing guitar since he was 11 years old. Chris has many influences including Eddie Van Halen, Pat Metheny, Norman Brown, Brett Garsed and Bach. Chris attributes the aforementioned as an inspiration for his versatility in techniques and style.

Chris has performed with TLC, John Michael Montgomery, Steve Cropper, Stanley Jordan, Sonny Emory, Pieces of a Dream, Marion Meadows, Karen Briggs, Mike Phillips and Jerod Lawson. Chris has published recordings with Melissa Young and Sonny Emory.

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DrummerLouis “Styx“ Newsom

Louis was born in Toledo, Ohio and began his drum playing at the very early age of 2. His father was also a drummer and attributes his musicianship to his father stating “I came out of the womb playing the drums.” Louis’ influences are Rickey Lawson, Dave Weckl, Dennis Chambers and Vinney Kelly Colaiuta.

Louis has toured with Dwele, Johnny Gill, Gladys Knight, Rahsaan Pataterson, Kindred Family Soul, Slum Village. Styx album credits include Dwele’s 2010 release W.ants, W.orld, W.omen.

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BassAaron Clay

Aaron Clay was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. He attended North Carolina A&T College on a full music scholarship from 1992  to 1995, there he lead a 40 piece trumpet section in the A&T marching band.

In 1995 Aaron moved to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue a music career and expand on his main instrument…the bass guitar. Since then, Aaron has toured with Ceelo Green, Kelis, Flo-Rda, OutKast, Blu Cantrell, Tamia, Rachelle Ferelle, Goodie Mob, Kenny Lattimore, Tyler Perry and many more. Album recordings with numerous artist and producers such as Omarion, Ceelo, Jazze Pha, LA Reid, Grammy award winning Tricky Stewart, Lloyd, The Dream, and Dallas Austin.

Aaron is currently endorsed with Roscoe guitars, Yamaha, Reunion Blues Cases and Empire.

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