Key Signature Premium: National Jazz Artists

We primarily receive requests from clients for local or regional artists for their events, but did you know that you can book a national performing artist for a private performance too? Depending on the event, these artists can also be a part of the live music conversation. Jazz is not a bad place to start, so consider national jazz artists Ken Ford and Michael Manson for your next event for an upscale and unique musical experience.

Ken Ford

National Country Artist Terri Clark
How often do you hear smooth jazz played on violin? That’s the instrument of choice for standout electric violinist Ken Ford. In 2018, we brought him to Romare Bearden Park for the annual Bearden Birthday Bash and he was nothing short of a hit! Ford has recorded with artists like Bruno Mars, Chaka Khan, and Erykah Badu, and performed for First Lady Michelle Obama. He was a founding member of the DeKalb Youth Pops Orchestra during his classical training, and worked his way to the position of Concert Master in the African American Philharmonic Orchestra in Atlanta.

For more information on Ken Ford, check out his bio.

Michael Manson

National Country Artist Terri Clark
In 2019, we had the pleasure of booking and producing a concert with electric bass virtuoso Michael Manson as part of the Freedom Jazz Series. Manson is a regular on the Chicago jazz circuit, and has performed alongside names like Al Jarreau and George Duke. In addition to performing, Manson writes, produces, and arranges music professionally.

For more information on Michael Manson, check out his bio.

Continue reading for more information about what Key Signature can offer when booking a national jazz artist for your next event.

What Key Signature Entertainment provides to you when booking national acts like Ken Ford and Michael Manson:

  • Representation. We find, vet, and secure the talent on behalf of the client. Our team members speak the same language as national talent agents and tour managers, and can translate things like contract terms, travel, hospitality and backline rider requests.
  • Experience. We’ve been working with artists from the local level to the national level for over 10 years.
  • Organization. Our proposals are clean and easy to review, and we can schedule out an entertainment run-of-show for you as part of our process.
  • Quality service. We run a tight ship, with friendly service and quick turnaround times that have earned us recognition as a CRVA Service Provider of the Year (2018).
Day-of logistics that Key Signature can help take off your plate:

  • On-site entertainment staffing and management.
  • Fulfilling hospitality rider requests.
  • Run-of-show schedule management.
  • Ground transportation to and from the venue.
  • Coordinating with production, backline, and other entertainment-related vendors.

Who We Are

Company Profile:

Brandon Crumpton, owner of Key Signature Entertainment, started booking live music for events over 15 years ago. He has lead the company through a growth period booking and producing entertainment to an average of over 700 events a year. Key Signature Entertainment has 2 full time employees and has developed an event staff to assist with larger, award winning events through out the season. Key Signature Entertainment was recently chosen as the 2018 Service Partner of the Year by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. This honor was voted on by key decision makers in the hospitality and events industry.

Early in his career, Brandon realized that event professionals and musicians speak a different language. He noticed that both were trying to achieve the same results, but just went about the process differently. He built Key Signature Entertainment with the goal of bridging that communication gap so that both musicians and event professionals could produce successful events effectively and efficiently.

Services offered by Key Signature Entertainment include band booking, research, vetting, and concert production. Our specialty is taking your ideas and creating a live music experience for both you and your guests to enjoy.

Key Signature Entertainment is a company of musicians who book musicians. Our motto is “Good People, Good Music”. We understand that we are in the people business first and the music business second. We’ve created an easy process to find, secure, and contract the right entertainment for your event. We understand that it can be difficult to know if the live entertainment you’re hiring is talented and professional, so let us use our expertise in music and people to secure the right fit for your event.

Call us at (704)568-1968 or visit our How to Book page to fill out the form, and we’ll have a representative contact you to help find, select and secure the right entertainment for your event.


Key Signature Entertainment
8510 McAlpine Park Dr. Ste 201
Charlotte, NC 28211