Kinsman Dazz

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Soul funk band

Formed in 1976, growing out of the Cleveland - Ohio jazz fusion band, Bell Telefunk, composed of lead guitarist - songwriter Michael Calhoun, percussionist Kenny Pettus, drummer Isaac Wiley, Jr. his brother, bassist Michael Wiley, vocalist Ron Thatch and the band Mother Braintree.
The group became known as Kinsman Dazz, named after both the street and the lounge where they worked as the house band: Sonny Jones' Kinsman Grill Lounge.
The group adopted its name before the song "Dazz" became an R&B hit for Atlanta's Brick in 1976.
Kinsman Dazz was signed to 20th Century Fox Records by Joe Lewis in 1978.
The group went to Los Angeles to record for producer Marvin Gaye.
Owing to illness, Gaye had to back out of the duties.
Harris requested and got Philip Bailey, the vocalist of Earth, Wind & Fire, to produce the group's first album, "Kinsman Dazz".
Bailey would co-produce the second album, "Dazz", and had a major input into the group's vocal arrangements.
They released their first single, "I Might As Well Forget About Loving You", in late 1978.
"Catchin' Up On Love" followed in 1979. Kinsman Dazz became the Dazz Band in 1980.
Separately, 20th Century Fox Records was closed and the Dazz Band was signed to Motown.

Members :

Wayne Preston (alto sax and background vocals)
Les Thaler (trumpet)
Ed Myers III (trombone)
Bobby Harris (tenor and soprano sax)
Michael Wiley (bass)
Michael Calhoun (lead guitar and solos)
Isaac Wiley Jr (drums and background vocals)
Reggie Stewart (electric and acoustic guitars)
Kenny Pettus (lead and background vocals)

Other members of Bell Telefunk and Mother Brain Tree, included:

Jole Jackson (guitar)
Kenny Brown (bass)
Carlos Martinas (percussion)
Johnny Poindexter (keyboards)
Sim Dobie Londen (drums)
Pierre DeMudd (trumpet and vocals)
Eric Fearman (guitar)
Kevin Frederick (keyboards)
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Albums

GP-671 Kinsman Dazz - Kinsman Dazz album art Kinsman Dazz Kinsman Dazz (Album) 20th Century Fox Records GP-671 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
T-594 Kinsman Dazz - Dazz album art Kinsman Dazz Dazz (Album) 20th Century Fox Records T-594 US 1979 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

TC-2390 Kinsman Dazz - I Might As Well Forget About Loving You album art Kinsman Dazz I Might As Well Forget About Loving You (Single) 20th Century Fox Records TC-2390 US 1978 Sell This Version
103396 Kinsman Dazz - Get Down With The Feelin' album art Kinsman Dazz Get Down With The Feelin' (Single) 20th Century Fox Records 103396 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
TC-2453 Kinsman Dazz - I Searched Around album art Kinsman Dazz I Searched Around 20th Century Fox Records TC-2453 US 1979 Sell This Version
none Kinsman Dazz - Keep On Rockin' / I Searched Around album art Kinsman Dazz Keep On Rockin' / I Searched Around (Single) 20th Century Fox Records none US 1979 Sell This Version
TC-2432 Kinsman Dazz - Dancin Free / Keep On Rockin album art Kinsman Dazz Dancin Free / Keep On Rockin 20th Century Fox Records TC-2432 Spain 1979 Sell This Version
TC-2435-DJ Kinsman Dazz - Catchin' Up On Love / I Searched Around album art Kinsman Dazz Catchin' Up On Love / I Searched Around (Single) 20th Century Fox Records TC-2435-DJ US 1979 Sell This Version

Compilations

422-810 312-1 Kinsman Dazz - Kinsman Dazz Band album art Kinsman Dazz Band* Kinsman Dazz Band(LP, Comp) Casablanca 422-810 312-1 US 1983 Sell This Version
EXP2CD12 Kinsman Dazz - Kinsman Dazz / Dazz album art Kinsman Dazz Kinsman Dazz / Dazz(CD, Album, Comp) Expansion EXP2CD12 UK 2012 Sell This Version