“Forte is a jazz band in a class unto itself. They play with such “enthusiasm” and “heart”…the dynamics of which simply take you away!”
Keisha Blackwell Greene, Gospel Recording Artist

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“When hosting an annual lawn party of 600 people with huge diversity in age and taste in music, I’ve gotta have a group who gets it right! Forte’s blend of ageless mesmerizing jazz that connects Cannonball, Coltrane, Turentine, and Fathead with contemporary Kirk, Dave, and Kenny combined with the magic vocals of heart-piercing soul, is just what my party needs. They’re the only group to have been invited back!”
Leonard “Butch” Powell
President, Powell and Reese Management Consultants
Owner, Powell’s Marina
Host, Summer Madness Jam

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“Patrons, Brian Pinner and Forte put on a premier and electrifying performance…at Mary Helen’s. Mary Helen describes it as spiritual. Customers were mesmerized. You would have thought we were in church because of how spiritual the sound of the sax became. Some customers simply couldn’t sit down anymore”

“Brian walked around the room and played the sax until the crowd was on their feet. Mary Helen called it an indescribable experience.”

“They also feature a vocalist who adds another dimension to the group’s performance.”
Management and Staff
Mary Helen’s Southern and Creole Cuisine Restaurant
Hampton, VA

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“Brian Pinner….the baddest sax player on the planet”
Kimba Clemmons, Actor
Director, Hampton Roads School of Performing Arts

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“Thank you so much for sponsoring a fundraiser (concert) to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Great job! We really appreciated your support”
Peggy Hughes, Chief Development Officer
American Red Cross

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“Dominion’s “Strong Men and Women” program attendees have enjoyed the talents of Forte for about five years now. Forte’s music adds to the celebration of African-American achievements. Attendees always look forward to hearing this wonderful group. Since three of the members of the group are employees of Dominion it makes us exceptionally proud that they are part of our Dominion Family”
Brenda A. Jones, Coordinator
Dominion Strong Men and Women Program

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"Your dedication and enthusiasm were one of the highlights of the festival."
Office of the Commander
Department of the Army (Transportation Center)


 
 
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