Erly Thornton
  • 52, Male
  • Orlando
  • United States
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Introducing an artist that transcends the genre of Jazz: Erly Thornton! Erly's music does not toe the line of the popular jazz of today but goes beyond, weaving R&B, Funk, and vocals into something that is hard to classify.

Teaming up with Veit Renn, Renn Music Productions, the producer of Jennifer Hudson's first album, was the opportunity that allowed Erly the chance of a lifetime: To finally bring his music to the world.


THE REVIEWS OF THE CD HAVE BEEN PHENOMENAL! Thanks So Much! to everyone who has taken the time to pick up some of these really good tunes for their listening pleasure. In fact most people tell me once it goes in the the CD changer, it NEVER comes out!

To Listen to all of the songs on the album and order it, go to

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Erly Thornton's new release, "My Life", reminds us of the good things in life; the times when we focus on ourselves and those important to us; a time when we forget about our problems and get lost in the music that touches our soul. Drawing from his musical experiences, he created tracks using strong bass and drums like the R&B of his youth, adding funky jazz licks over the top. Erly wanted to encompass the various grooves he had come to know and in collaboration with producer, Veit Renn included Latin & R&B flavored tracks such as “Mura De Cozumel”, “Free”, “Embarkation” and more. This collection of old school beats, fresh licks and melodies became “My Life” detailing the emotional experiences that we ALL have on a daily basis. Erly Thornton has provided you with a rare gift. The opportunity to refocus on life and the best it has to offer with just a push of a button. –Enjoy

ARTIST: Erly Thornton, Saxophonist/Songwriter

RELEASE: “My Life”

LABEL: Groove Elation Records, LLC. 199, 3564 Avalon Park Blvd East, Suite 1, Orlando, Florida 32828

RELEASE DATE: February 23, 2008

CATEGORY: Jazz/Smooth Jazz/R&B

MANAGEMENT: 407-442-2671 ext 102

BOOKING: Angie Cowan 407-442-2671 ext 101

MARKETING: 407-442-2671 ext 101

DISTRIBUTION: iTunes, Amazon Mp3, CDBaby, Napster, Rhapsody, Groupie Tunes, eMusic, Lala, CD Freedom, Nimbit, Tradebit, Improdicon, Buy Music, Pay Play, Great Indie Music, Audio Lunchbox, Music Is Here, Pocketgroup and selected retail outlets.

About Erly Thornton

Playing the saxophone has always been emotionally intense for Erly Thornton. Each performance is a connection that this artist and his audience mutually enjoy! Born in Nashville into a family that had artistic talent on both sides, mother being a painter and father being a trumpet player, he had no choice but to experience a double dose of creativity from birth. Starting on the sax in the 5th grade, Erly was asked to play in front of “the boys”, his father’s musician friends, every weekend to the music of Ray Charles.

His improvisational style started there. Erly began studying the music in his room to learn every lick he could from jazz artists such as Herb Alpert, Grover Washington Jr., David Sanborn, Najee, George Howard, Brecker Brother Band, and others, learning their works by memory. But he also felt the R&B and Funk of groups like Cameo, EWF, Zapp, Stevie Wonder, Prince, and The Time contributing to his multi-faceted style.

During the late 80’s Erly started college and began playing professionally for the first time in the Nashville area. In addition to performing Nashville, Erly performed in the surrounding areas of Knoxville, Chattanooga and even spent some time on World Famous Beale Street in Memphis.

Graduating from Tennessee State University in Electrical Engineering, in the 90’s Erly moved to Orlando where he began working in this field. However, leaving music behind turned out to be impossible. Very soon Erly was performing in Central Florida with several groups as well as a solo act. The unexpected breakup of one of the most successful of his Jazz groups thus far, B.One, prompted him to pursue a solo career in earnest.

Erly began writing in 2004, composing many of the songs on his first solo release. Drawing from his past he initially decided to create music using the strong bass and drums of the R&B of his youth, creating funky Jazz licks over the top. The effort was initially titled “The Old School Beat” with the songs “Call It A Day”, “JJ’s Bounce” and “Grooveelatious”. In collaboration with Veit Renn of Renn Music Productions created songs such as “Free”, “Embarkation”. With the project finally completed to his satisfaction, Erly performed tracks from “My Life” at his CD Release Party at The Beacon of Thornton Park in Orlando in March of 2008.

How did you hear about the Jazz Network? Please give full name of contact
Billy Hall and Brad Catron
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I can be reached a number of places:

I maintain a MySpace site at: ErlyThorntonJazz

You can play and rank my music at at Broadjam/ErlyThornton

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Thanks! --Erly

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At 5:01am on January 12, 2011, Petra Caramela said…

At 6:06pm on September 21, 2010, ONYX MERMAID said…

At 7:54am on July 27, 2010, Petra Caramela said…
Hi Erly! Check out my new cd:
Have fun!
At 9:43am on January 29, 2010, dirk amrein said…
At 1:01pm on February 4, 2009, Jaijai Jackson said…
Erly where y'at?
At 2:42am on December 26, 2008, dirk amrein said…
At 12:22am on September 25, 2008, Shashona said…
Yes, Australia is a great place to be. I am loving it. Its so nice not to freeze my toes in Canada haha How did the vote go darl?
At 4:39am on September 23, 2008, Jocelyn Brown said…
Hi Erly,
Just to say your new album MY LIFE is wonderful and I have a joy taking it with me on the road and folks asking me "who is that???" And of course I tell them!! I have not had the pleasure of hearing you before,but thanks to Jaljal and Jazz Network you have become a favorite of mine,especially your title song MY LIFE !!!! May God bless you and your family!!
Much Respect
Jocelyn Brown
At 11:40pm on September 18, 2008, Artluv said…
Done deal
At 5:20pm on September 18, 2008, Waberi said…
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