Shawn Raiford, is one of the most appreciated musical talents currently rising in the Sacramento area music scene. Either playing alone or with his band, The SRE band, Mr. Raiford’s engaging ability on the alto saxophone combines his enthusiasm, showmanship, and capacity to entertain with just the right combination of popular hits and original music.
Mr. Raiford is equally comfortable commanding an audience’s attention front and center on stage as he is at enhancing any event with background music. Shawn individually tailors his set lists for each occasion. He draws from a wide range of selections from his rapidly growing repertoire of contemporary jazz, R&B, gospel, rock, and popular music selections.
From the outset of his musical career in 1999, when Shawn first picked up the saxophone for his late grandmother’s 75-year church anniversary, he has learned the art of playing before discerning audiences that appreciate live music. Since then he has worked tirelessly to perfect his crystal clear sound and develop the gift of music that lay dormant within him until it was awakened as a young adult.
Mr. Raiford was first inspired and instructed by Claude Roberson, Minister of Music at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Fairfield, Calif. During his musical journey, he has benefited from the tutelage of some very capable musicians including keyboardist Reggie Graham and saxophonists Ron Moton, Andrew Beal and Garrett Perkins. Shawn counts David Sanborn, Gerald Albright, Harold Rayford, Jermaine Mondaine, Rosie Haynes, Kenny G., and Grover Washington Jr. as a few of his many musical influences. Not content with simply remaining a one-dimensional musician, Shawn is currently learning to play piano and is studying music theory and composition at American River College in Sacramento.
Mr. Raiford leads the SRE band, which consists of 10 versatile musicians with the capability of providing just the right music for any occasion. Before he carefully selected the combination of talented musicians to create the sound he was looking for, Raiford gained invaluable experience through years of playing live with a number of bands.
Raiford has been featured at numerous venues in the Sacramento area over the years. He performs as a solo artist as well as stars with the SRE band. In addition to playing at countless private functions, the SRE Band has been the house band for Jammin’ on The Delta King the first Friday of each month in Old Sacramento. The SRE Band has also been a regular opening act for Daunte Burks’ Funny Friday Comedy Show and has been frequently invited to perform at T-Mo Entertainment events at the Guild Theatre and at other venues throughout the Sacramento area.
If you intend to include live entertainment at your next event, contact saxophonist Shawn Raiford and The SRE band before you make a final decision. Shawn Raiford guarantees to provide just the right combination of musical entertainment that will help to turn any memorable occasion into an unforgettable experience.
Shawn was awarded the “Best Live Performance” honors at the Sounds of Soul show in December 2012, has won the Hope Award twice, was awarded Best R&B band and has been Sammie nominated.