RiShon Odel is one of the most creative talents in this era. Having recently enjoyed the titles of, #1 MOST ADDED ON SMOOTHJAZZ.COM & #1 ON BILLBOARD SMOOTH JAZZ CHARTS, for his writing on the latest release by multi-Grammy award nominee Najee. In addition to appearing in such major motion pictures such as, "MARSHALL" & "BREATHE", the multi- Instrumentalist composer/producer is most known for his high energy and charisma onstage.
Odel has toured with Smooth Jazz Icon Brian Culbertson and Legendary Saxophonist NAJEE. He is the Musical Director for Canadian Pop sensation Julius Wilson. Odel is a member of the International Society of Bassists and endorses DR “Black Beauties” Strings. Odel has also traveled and recorded with a pastiche of great artists throughout his career, such as: Cissy Houston, Marvin Winans, Riley Richard, Phil Perry, Me’Lisa Morgan, Donnie McClurkin, Special Gift and (Love & Hip-Hop star) “Stevie J” Jordan... (see website for extended list)
Musical Direction, Productions, Programming, Composition, Transcribing, Mentoring, Session work, or Live ensemble. Versatile, and dependable is ready to deliver the right kind of music for You.
Walter Kemp 3oh!
In collaboration with Classically trained-Avante Garde pianist,
Walter Kemp III.
Dark Continent is a hit among hipsters, and one of the most reoccurring requests in college radio.
"YOU, ME AND FOREVER"
A seven year working relationship with Saxophone legend, Najee, has led to one of Billboard's chart-topping hits,
The song debuted on the
You, Me, & Forever CD.
ARTISTS / EMPLOYERS
PHIL PERRY, ME’LISA MORGAN, CHINESE IDOL, JAMAN,
BISHOP DESMOND TUTU, SABU ADEYOLA, JACOB MOON,
CHANTAL HENDRIX, ARIA, GLENN JONES, TONY TERRY,
REY SCOTT (sun ra arkestra), PAPA SAN, MARVIN WINANS,
DOM FAMULARO, BOBBY MILITELLO (dave brubeck quartet),
DONNIE McCLURKIN, RON WINANS, SPECIAL GIFT, B. CHASE WILLIAMS, ‘STEVIE J’ JORDAN (Love & Hip-Hop), STEVEN FORD, DAWKINS & DAWKINS, LUCKY PETERSON, THE CLARK SISTERS, KAY MORRIS, ME’LISA MORGAN, KING HERITAGE, KUZH, WILLIAM MURPHY, OUTKAST, J. MOSS,
FRANK McCOMB, KAREN CLARK-SHEARD, VY HIGGENSEN,
ORLANDO WRIGHT, THE FANTASTIC VIOLINAIRES, RICKY McKINNIE (five blind boys), The late R. W. SHAMBACH, LADIES FIRST BIG BAND, CHANTÉ MOORE, JEFF BRADSHAW, WALTER KEMP 3OH!, RAY MINGUS, GEORGE SCOTT BIG BAND, ERIC ROBERSON, ABIC, PENELOPE SAUNDERS, ALEX BUGNON, RAINA, VANESSA BELL ARMSTRONG, DERRICK BRINKLEY and so many more…..
2018 Jazz CD Release of the Year (Producer) by JazzBuffalo.org
2016 Grammy Nominee
2016 “BEST JAZZ BASSIST” runner-up by JazzBuffalo.org
2014 5-star Band by Ticketmaster.com
2014 "BEST JAZZ BASSIST" nominee by JazzBuffalo.org
2014 Juno Award Nominee
2013 5-star band by Ticketmaster.com
2012 5-star band by Ticketmaster.com
2009 "BEST CLASSICAL MUSICIAN" nominee Artvoice Awards
Chinese Idol 2015 (Arranger)
BET’s Comic View 2000 w/ Host Rickey Smiley
Variety Club Telethon ’95
Spirit of Love Broadcast 94-95 season
Marshall 2017 (Band Member)
Breathe 2014 (Band member)
Less Than Perfect 2009 (Composer)
RECORDING "HOT STEPS" @ GRC
Published on Feb 26, 2016
“Hot Steps” was recorded in front of a live studio audience @ GCR Audio in Buffalo, NY. The song was written and arranged by Bassist/Composer RiShon Odel. The song has been previously recorded in both 2006 & 2009 by NYC & Toronto based bands.
This version of the song (TBR March 19th) features the 5th Element & guest saxophonist Ryan Kilgore (lead alto saxophonist for Stevie Wonder).
Also featured on this version are keyboardist - Mark Marinaccio,
guitarist - Lord Admoz (Berklee), percussionist - Joey Gonzalez,
Tenor Saxophonist - Vince Fossitt, and always 5th Element Trombonist - Naheem Shabazz.
Recording Engineer - Justin Rose, Mixing Engineer - Michael Vealey.