Biography of Walter Duane Parham II
Saxophonist Duane Parham is one of the Motor City’s most beloved jazz artists. He is recognized as an innovator and top performer in Smooth Jazz, R&B and Gospel Music. Born and raised in Detroit, MI, Duane’s latest project, “Motor City Sax Appeal: My Tribute to the Motown Legends”delivers a Mo-Jazz tribute to Motown Records with guest appearances from some of the label’s most legendary performers. Duane, one of the Executive Producers on this project is joined by other talented producers such as Pat Lewis, Carl “Butch” Small and Maurice Whitsett.
As an artist, Duane has amassed several accolades acknowledging his talent and civic contributions. He is the recipient of three Mayoral Proclamations of Achievement from Mayors Coleman A. Young and Dennis W. Archer of Detroit along with Mayor Martha G. Scott of Highland Park, MI for his accomplishments in the development of Music Arts and his outstanding contribution to the progress of both communities.
He also received the Spirit of Detroit Award for producing and arranging “Dream Detroit,” a song co-written with the late Detroit Councilwoman Kay Everett. Most recently, Duane was inducted into the “Detroit Legends of Jazz Hall of Fame.” He holds the distinction of being the youngest person to join this elite fraternity at the time of his induction.
As a performer, Duane has opened for noted motivational speakers Les Brown and Iyanla Vanzant, R&B and Soul singers Anita Baker, Martha Reeves, Freda Payne and Spider Turner. Duane has also performed alongside gospel greats Michael Matthews, The Clark Sisters, the legendary Shirley Caesar and Rance Allen.
Parham extended his voice worldwide as a radio Internet DJ on EAMT RADIO /www.eamtradio.com every Sunday 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. E.S.T.
Duane’s talents reach beyond just making music. He has written, produced, directed and performed in the musical drama, “ALONE IN THIS WORLD” a play focusing on the strength of family, the perils of drug abuse, and the spiritual uplifting from Gospel and Jazz music in the church.
Along with his many artistic pursuits, Duane still finds time to share his gifts with young people who are looking to develop their musical talents. Duane has taught music at Marygrove College at the Continuing Education Kid’s College Department, where he showcased local talent. He also taught music at St. Ambrose Academy Middle School in Detroit, MI.
True to his gospel roots, Duane serves as a saxophonist at Greater New Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, and formally served at Transforming Love Community Church, for 8 years where he serves as the Minister of Music.
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Dr. Mamie Smith is an author, talk show host, vocal music teacher, business woman and inspirational speaker. She writes on numerous social media sites and has established her own social network, Unfolding of a Rose.Com and blog, Open Thought.
Dr. Smith can be heard worldwide on numerous online radio stations as an “Expert in Helping Others Overcome the Loss of a Child/Loved One.” Her knowledge, wisdom and experience . . . uplift, comfort and guide listeners to a pathway of peace.
Smith is the author of three books:
The Unfolding of a Rose, Medicine: A Daily Dose of Spirituality and recently published An American Story: My Family and Yours. Five ebooks bear her name, knowledge and viewpoint on many topics.
As a business owner, Smith was President and Co-owner of Rio Boutique, an upscale women and children clothing store in downtown Detroit for 22 years. Recently, she became a talk show host on EAMTRADIO with “Talk to the Author with the Famous Dr. Mamie Smith”–a show that reaches across America and shares heartfelt stories of numerous authors.
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