Brian "Breeze" Cayolle


Saxophonist/clarinet master/singer/songwriter, Brian "Breeze" Cayolle is soulful, strong, and deeply rooted in the jazz, blues, R&B, and rock 'n roll traditions of his native New Orleans and his adopted home of Memphis. His talents have taken him around the world, igniting crowds to standing ovations from the Montreux Jazz Festival to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. After his New Orleans home was devastated by Hurricane Katrina, Breeze relocated to Memphis, and Memphis has loved having him! He can perform as a solo artist or in a duo, a trio, or a full band, and he can handle any style of music with consummate professionalism. Breeze studied music at the University of New Orleans and honed his craft in the clubs of the Crescent City. He performed with many of New Orleans' finest artists, including Rock 'n Roll Hall of Famer Allen Toussaint, who made Breeze a fixture in his band. For Toussaint, Breeze played clarinet and both tenor and baritone sax in live concerts and studio sessions. A glance at Breeze's musical achievements reveals a road map of American music: touring the world with Toussaint and Elvis Costello; opening for Stevie Ray Vaughn, Roy Buchanan, and Leon Russell; playing blues with Gatemouth Brown and Marva Wright; touring with zydeco king C.J. Chenier; appearing in HBO's Treme and the film What's Love Got To Do With It; appearing on Late Night with Conan O'Brien; swinging as a member of Dr. John's horn section; backing an all-star lineup featuring Bonnie Raitt, Ruth Brown, Sam Moore, and Billy Joel at the Newport R&B Festival; jamming with Fats Domino at New Orleans' famed Tipitina's; presenting his original music at the Essence Music Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival; and so much more... He's released three albums: Soul Time, State of My Heart, and The Gentle Breeze. His mastery of saxophone and clarinet are enhanced by his artistry as a songwriter and sultry vocalist.

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