Essance Project

Location: Chicago, IL

Category: Cover Band, Live Band

Genre: R&B Jazz, Oldies, Acid Jazz, Pop

Available for: Weddings, Private Parties, Corporate Functions, Festivals, Community Events, Conventions, Birthday Parties, Dinner Dances, Banquets, Christmas Parties, Graduations, College Events.

Performing Since: 2005

Pay Range: Upon Request for Services

Influences: Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, Average White Band, Kool and Gang, George Benson, Grover Washington, James Brown, Earth Wind and Fire, Aretha Franklin, Sade, Anita Baker, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Johnny Taylor, Exodus Quartet, Jazz Crusaders, Stanley Clarke, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Paul Hardcastle & Jazz Masters, Ronnie Jordan, etc.


Maurice Howell - Drums
Mike Smith- Keyboards
Keith Bennett - Bass Guitar
Mike Boheniak - Lead Guitar
Ray Haynes - Rhythm Guitar
Derrick “Ringo” Hayes - Percussions

The “Essance” for something new was conceptualized shortly after the turn of the century. As the ingredients were brought together mix and remixed the heat of the desire for something authentic gave rise to what is now known as the Essance Project Band. A compilation of 6 accomplished musicans from various musical backgrounds and bands. The band was formed July 2005. The musicians in the band have twenty plus years in the music industry, have collaborated with musicians and writers such as: Neil Simon, Stanley Clarke, Maurice Starr Sonny Williams, Michael Coleman, Grey Tyson (Temptations) Iajza, Chicago’s Own, Essence II Band and V.Holmes & Motown Production.

Some members of the band also have performed at such well-known Chicago venues as the DuSable Museum of African-American History, the House of Blues, the Funky Buddha Lounge and at the annual Taste of Chicago in Grant Park, Buddy Guys and the Wild Hair etc. Others have performed in and traveled to Las Vegas, California and other exciting locales
Other band members have studied at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago with members of Earth, Wind and Fire.
The Essance Project Band is on the cutting edge of a musicial movement bringing back traditional, soul stirring performance with up-to-date flavor. The group members have deep roots in the traditions of R&B, Oldies (1970’s and 80’s) Classic and Smooth Jazz and Motown Classics and Contemporary Sounds-and deliver with high energy. The Essance Project Band is sure to please the most discerning musical palate and leave it craving more.


Ain'tNo Sunshine - Bill Withers
Baby Cakes - Bob James
Bumpin on Sunset - Wes Montgomery
Can't Hide Love - Earth,Wind&Fire
Come on Up - BrianCulbertson
Everybody Knows That - Jeff Lorber
FindYour Way Back Into MyLife - Kem
Good Morning Heartache - Billie Holiday
Groove Gumbo - ExodusQuartet
Jam Session - Miles Davis
Joy&Pain - Maze
Just Cruzing -Stanley Clarke
Just My Imagination - Temptations
Inner City Blues - MarvinGaye
Love Calls - Kem
Mr.Magic - Grover Washington Jr.
Pass The Peas -James Brown
Phat City - Paul Brown
Pick Up The Pieces - AWB
School BoyCrush - AWB
Superstrut - Deodato
Simply Beautiful - Queen Latifah/Al Green
Skin Tight - OhioPlayers
Summer - Pieces of A Dream
Summer Madness - Kool&TheGang
Summertime - John Coltrane
The World is a Ghetto - War
Your Love is King - Sade

Location: Chicago, IL
Founded: 2005
Number Members: -1
Will travel: 50 miles
Gigs how often: 5-6 per month
Rates: $500 - $2000 2-3 sets
Genre(s): Funk, Jazz, Motown, Soul / R&B
Venue(s): Clubs, Festivals / Street Fairs, Corporate Events, Holiday parties, Private parties, Special Occasions  
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