Robert “Bobby” Harris, leader and founder of the Grammy Award Winning Dazz Band, formerly “Kinsman Dazz” was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Bobby started playing saxophone with his father Robert Harris, in jazz clubs in the 1960’s when he was 16 years old. Bobby played with many jazz greats including Roy Ayers, Freddie Hubbard and Richard “Groove” Holmes. As a songwriter, Bobby Harris has published countless song titles in his career which can be found on the two Kinsman Dazz albums and ALL fourteen Dazz Band albums including: Invitation to Love, Let the Music Play, Keep It Live, On the One For Fun, Jukebox, Hot Spot, Wild and Free, Time Traveler, Funkology, Here We Go Again, Rock the Room, Under The Streetlights, Motown Legends, and The 20th Century Millennium. In 1982, The Dazz Band won a Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Group or Duo for “Let It Whip” written and produced by Reggie Andrews who also produced The Dazz Band hits including: “Swoop”, “Joystick”, “Heartbeat”, “Hot Spot”, “Party Right Here”, and “Let It All Blow”, their biggest UK single. The Dazz Band performed their hits on popular television shows such as Soul Train, Solid Gold and American Bandstand. Their Grammy Award Winning hit single “Let It Whip” stood the test of time, and remains in recurring rotation on radio and Sirus XM Radio today. Artists continue to sample many of the Dazz Bands hits today…
Skip Martin, lead vocalist and trumpet player, has been performing with The Dazz Band for a combined total of over 20 years. Along with Bobby Harris, Skip Martin was also a part of the Grammy Award winning Dazz Band in 1982. Skip was featured as lead vocalist on many of The Dazz Band hits, including “Let It Whip” and others. Skip’s powerful tenor voice reflects a strong eclectic style combined with masterful trumpet skills making him a force to be reckoned with. Skip Martin is a MOBO Award recipient who achieved an honorary Doctorate in Music for his high level talents both vocally and through instrumentation.
During the 1990’s The Dazz Band began performing internationally as Rap and Hip Hop emerged in the music market. Audiences in Germany, France, London and Japan embraced the Funk and R & B sounds. On the Major Hits record label Bobby Harris organized the project entitled “United We Funk All Stars” which featured artists including: The Dazz Band, Charlie Wilson of The Gap Band, The Bar Kays, Confunkshun, The SOS Band, Roger Troutman and Zapp. The “United We Funk All Stars” success is credited with rejuvenating the careers of many Funk artists of the 1980’s. Today, the popularity of new music includes a resurgence of these familiar funk sounds.
The Dazz Band has continuously performed throughout the new millinneum with legendary R & B, Jazz and Funk artists such as: George Clinton, The Bar Kays, Confunkshun, Brick, The SOS Band, Zapp, The Mary Jane Girls, Tom Brown, Ronnie Laws, Jo Jo, Cameo, Morris Day and The Time, Midnight Star, Rose Royce, Atlantic Starr, The Original Lakeside, Brick, Lisa Lisa, War, Taste of Honey, Klymaxx and many more.
In 2015, Bobby Harris and Skip Martin were pleased to welcome an accomplished vocalist to the group. Singer/ actor Donny Sykes, is a native of Los Angeles, California. Donny has traveled the world performing in musical theatre and on television with legendary artists from Stevie Wonder to Tyler Perry. Donny performed in two runs with the renown Spirit Productions in “All Night Long” featuring Motown hits, and “Man in the Mirror” featuring music of the legendary “King of Pop” Michael Jackson. When he is not on stage with The Dazz Band, Donny is working with children in Los Angeles, California.