Christian de Mesones
In 2006, de Mesones’ smooth jazz band Groove Skool was invited to play the Capital Jazz, one of the largest jazz festivals in the country. The band released “Limited Edition”, which has received international radio play, and has yielded a top 10 most requested song, “Latin Jive”, on the radio.radio.es network in Mallorca, Spain. Groove Skool sold out its debut at the legendary Blues Alley Supper Club in Washington, DC, and regularly garnered standing room only crowds at K2 Restaurant and Lounge in Woodbridge. When the band played the 2nd Street Festival in Richmond, VA, they graced the cover of the Sunday Richmond Times-Dispatch. They also played the Lake Arbor Jazz Festival in Maryland, both with crowds of over 6,000. Their first New York City appearance was streamed live from S.O.B.’s (Sounds of Brazil), where they shared the stage with national recording artist Drew Davidsen.
In 2008, Christian created “Bass Symphony: Celebrating the Gift of Music through the Spirit of Youth”. This non-profit event showcased middle and high school students performing all original compositions arranged for 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 12-string electric and upright basses. The concert was featured in the Old Bridge Observer newspaper.
Christian's next collaborative project, Big New York & the Smooth Jazz All-Starz, wowed audiences with his very specific personal vision. Said de Mesones, when asked about that vision, "Everyone gets a spotlight in this band. I like to create excitement sonically, and that means mixing it up, so the listening audience can get its money's worth." Big New York Shows featured a solid group of regulars and rotated a stellar line-up of some of the best talent in Smooth Jazz. Regular lineups included Elliot Levine, Mike Gamble, Curtis McCain, Carl Anderson, Rob Maletick, Nia Simmons, and Eddie Baccus, Jr., while featured guests included national recording artists Lindsay Webster, Willie Bradley, Drew Davidsen, and Rob Zinn, just to name a few. The group ended 2015, 2016, and 2017 with its annual Christmas show, “Smooth & Funky Christmas”, at Bethesda Blues and Jazz and Maryland Live! Casino.
Coming full circle, Christian has returned to his roots, focusing on the deeply personal Latin, funk, and rock influences that shaped his love for musical composition. He spent 2018 performing locally and composing and recording additional material to round out his long-awaited, debut solo release, “They Call Me Big New York”. Christian has been independently releasing singles since 2015, beginning with “Good Old Days”. “Latin Jive Redux”, a 2017 remix of the Groove Skool song “Latin Jive”, went to #55 on Billboard and #1 in the UK. It remained in the top 10 for over a year on both the Moth FM/UK and 96.8 the Oasis in the USA. His 2018 release “Spirit” climbed up to #12 with a bullet on the Smooth Jazz Media Base chart and fueled his desire to present this and other material as an album. Christian’s musical evolution was on full display as he made his solo debut to a sold-out crowd at Blues Alley in July 2019, celebrating the upcoming release of "They Call Me Big New York". “Throb!”, a local fan favorite from the album, was released as a single in 2019, and 2020 began with the release of “Big Tall Wish”, which quickly climbed the charts and paved the way for the release of the full album, available now.
Christian de Mesones’s tracks