Bio

Bio

The L.A. Collective is an exciting, contemporary jazz group that was formed several years ago as a backup band for several artists on the Dave Koz Cruise. The L.A. Collective’s personnel includes guitarist Adam Hawley, drummer Tony Moore, keyboardist Greg Manning, and bass player Darryl Williams. This talented group of players has continued to impress Southern California audiences and enthusiastic fans for years. Their success comes directly from their diverse musical talents, coupled with their combined energy on stage. The ability to switch effortlessly from one style to another comes from their shared love for many different styles of music, along with an intense passion and dedication to that music. There is a raw energy to their sound, which is a blend of jazz, funk, Latin, and soul. The L.A. Collective always puts on an amazing live show. They have performed at The Moreno Valley Jazz Festival, The Market Creek Jazz Festival, and various other venues throughout California where they continue to put on arresting performances. 

The group is certainly no stranger to the music scene, as they have been honing their skills for over a decade. They have recorded and toured with some of the biggest names in the music industry.

The L.A. Collective continues to wow their audiences and entertain music lovers everywhere. It takes only one listen to fall in love with their infectious sound, their show-stopping stage presence, and their intoxicating, unforgettable performances!

Darryl Williams has toured and performed with Jeff Golub, Euge Groove, Peter White, Michael Lington, Paul Brown, Gerald Albright, Richard Elliot; Chaka Khan, Mindi Abair, Jeff Lorber, Jonathan Fritzen, Four80East, Gloria Gaynor, Ronnie Foster, Brian Simpson, and many more. In 2008, Williams released his solo album entitled That Was Then, which received high accolades from several top smooth jazz writers and DJs. Williams is scheduled to release a new CD in early 2017.

Adam Hawley has performed and/or recorded with: Dave Koz, Brian Culbertson, Jennifer Lopez, The Backstreet Boys, Lalah Hathaway, Joss Stone, Natalie Cole, Manhattan Transfer and many more. He has appeared on American Idol, The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel, Kelly & Michael and Sirius XM Radio. His debut album Just the Beginning was released on Kalimba Records (The record label of Earth, Wind and Fire founder Maurice White) and features appearances from Euge Groove, Gerald Albright, Brian Culbertson and many more. The first single 35th St. ft Eric Darius has spent five weeks at #1 on Billboard on four weeks on the Smooth Jazz Countdown. His current single “Joy Ride” is also a Top 5 Billboard Hit.

Greg Manning, for almost a decade, was on the road with 2-time Grammy-nominated Jonathan Butler as his musical director. Manning also performed with Brian McKnight, Mindi Abair, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright, Chanté Moore, Eric Marienthal, Richard Elliot, and more. In 2014, Maurice White signed Greg Manning to his new label Kalimba Music. The CD Dance With You was released on July 8, 2014, and received critical acclaim. Manning’s singles from 2013-2014 include “Dance With You” (2013) and won Song of the Year on Smooth Jazz Top 20 & made Billboard Top 5; “Groove Me” (2013) made Billboard Top 20; and “Cruisin’ Down The Road” (2014) made Billboard Top 10.

Tony Moore has toured and/or recorded with the following: Bobby Caldwell, George Benson, Jeff Lorber, Gerald Albright, Randy Crawford, Robben Ford, Diane Schuur, Wayne Henderson & The Jazz Crusaders; The Isley Brothers, Kenny Lattimore, Richard Elliot, Euge Groove, Jonathan Butler, Norman Brown, Jessy J, Rick Braun; Howard Hewett, Jeff Golub, Phil Perry, Paul Brown, Paul Taylor, Shirley Caesar, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, and Peabo Bryson just to name a few. Moore’s other prominent studio credits include Gladys Knight’s Grammy-winning One Voice; Herb Alpert’s Grammy-winning Steppin’ Out, Dreamgirls: Music for the Motion Picture Soundtrack: One For The Money; Music for the Motion Picture Soundtrack Katharine McPhee’s Unbroken; Shirley Caesar’s I Remember Mama and Lorber’s Heard That. 

Costa Rica // LA Collective Album Mix
  1. Costa Rica // LA Collective Album Mix
  2. Sugar and Spice // LA Collective Album Mix
  3. I Don’t Mind ft Euge Groove // Just the Beginning
  4. 35th St ft Eric Darius // Just the Beginning
  5. Dance With You // Dance With You
  6. Goodbye // LA Collective Album Mix