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Saxophonist Darren Rahn is one of the most versatile and unique young artists in contemporary jazz. As one of the smooth jazz genre´s hottest producers, Darren has dominated the Billboard and R&R Charts over the past few years. He recently had three consecutive #1 productions on the coveted R&R smooth jazz charts, holding the #1 position with three different artists (Dave Koz, Eric Darius, Tim Bowman) from September all the way through the end of 2008. That´s 14 consecutive weeks at #1. You've heard his production and saxophone on several Wayman Tisdale hits including "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now", "Get Down On It", Lets Do It Again and "Way Up".
Darren had 4 songs at the same time in the top ten on the Radio and Records Monitored Smooth Jazz Chart - the definitive and most respected radio chart in the nation:
- Dave Koz "Life In The Fast Lane"
- Eric Darius "Goin' All Out"
- Wayman Tisdale "Throwin' It Down"
- Tim Bowman "Sweet Sundays"
After producing a slew of #1 and top five hits as a producer, Darren achieves #1 on Billboard as a solo artist with the radio single "Talk of the town" from the 2009 album "Talk of the Town".
RME products were extensively used on all of these current top ten hits including the two #1 tunes that Darren also mixed (Dave Koz, Eric Darius).
Darren Rahn's own CD "Once In A Lifetime" is filled with soulful vibes and displays a very refined sense of artistry. Once in a Lifetime features some of the most respected musicians in the industry including Dave Koz, Wayman Tisdale, Jeff Lorber and Mel Brown.
More about Darren:
Born in British Columbia, Canada, he spent his childhood immersed in music. He picked up the saxophone at the age of 12 and has been playing ever since. After high school he devoted himself to the study of classical and jazz saxophone earning a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from Adams State College (Alamosa, CO) and a Master's degree in Saxophone Performance and Jazz Pedagogy from the esteemed University of Northern Colorado. While at the University of Northern Colorado, Darren studied with renowned classical saxophonist Roger Greenberg and acclaimed jazz educator Gene Aitken. During this time, he was also the recipient of several prestigious Downbeat Magazine awards as one of the top university saxophonist soloists in the United States. After college, Rahn immediately focused on his career as a performer and producer.
A seasoned performer, Darren has played at some of the most respected venues in the contemporary jazz including his headline performance at the 2006 Jazztrax Catalina Island Jazz Festival. This young saxophonist has produced, recorded and performed with an impressive roster of notable artists including Dave Koz, Jeff Lorber, Wayman Tisdale, Kirk Whalum, Bob James, Jonathan Butler, Brian Culbertson, Tim Bowman, Jeffrey Osborne, Phil Perry, Eric Darius, Kim Waters, Gregg Karukas, Brian Simpson, Jay Soto, Dave Sereny, Nate Harasim and many others.
With his new album "Talk of the Town" (February 17th, 2009) Darren is stepping out front again as a well established artist in his own right - bringing together an All-Star-Cast for his new release. "Talk of The Town" features the industry´s top session players and includes thoughtful collaborations with Bob James, Jeff Lorber, Wayman Tisdale, Tim Bowman and others. The album went number 1 in the Billboard Smooth Jazz Songs
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