• 2012 Horn Player of the Year

Saxophonist Duane Parham is one of 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, Michigan, Duane’s latest project, “Motor City Sax Appeal: My Tribute to the Motown Legends” delivers a Mo-Jazz tribute to Motown Records.

As an artist, Duane has amassed many accolades acknowledging his talent and civic contributions. He is the recipient of five Mayoral Proclamations of Achievement from Mayors Coleman A. Young, Dennis W. Archer and Dave Bing 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.

Duane also received the Spirit of Detroit Award from the Honorable Mayor Dave Bing for producing and arranging “Dream Detroit” and his documentary entitled “The Unsung Musicians of Motown Empire.