Cleveland Ohio 1975: Michael J. Calhoun, Kenny Pettus and The Wiley Brothers.. (Isaac and Michael) formed a Funk Soul band ” Ebony Sweat” and later “Bell Telephunk. “ (A band Isaac joined after “Ebony Sweat ” disbanded) along with new acquaintance, Bobby Harris. The Group eventually evolved into “Kinsman Dazz” and later “Dazz Band”. Michael J. Calhoun, Kenny Pettus, Isaac & Michael Wiley along with Bobby Harris are the founding fathers of the Grammy Award-Winning Dazz Band. Managers William (Sonny) Jones, Joe Simone and Ray Calabrese were the driving forces and mentors of the band. Kinsman Dazz signed with Twentieth Century Fox Records where the band was mentored by the likes of Marvin Gaye, Phillip Bailey, Ralph Johnson and Tommy Vicari.. …. They moved to Motown Records where the band had the experience of working with Reggie Andrews and other great producers that were part of the Motown stable. While Mike’s guitar playing and Kenny’s singing has always stood out, they were also two of the primary songwriters for the Dazz Band. They wrote hits like “Invitation to Love”, co-wrote “Knock Knock”, “Shake it Up” and “Freaky Loving” and continued to pump out quality material over the next few years. In 2018 Michael and Kenny are still building on the legacy they helped create…. Their latest single ” SoulJam” is a funky party song reminiscent of the throwback soul hits like “Function at the Junction ” and “Stone Soul Picnic” while capitalizing on the ultra smooth R&B style “Bruno Mars” has brought back in Vogue.
Current Members include: Michael J. Calhoun, Kenny Pettus, George Pearson, Eugene Wilson, Daniel Spearman, Rick Marks, Joseph Payne, Ollie Bohannon, Danny Wilson, Moe Betta Beatz. “SoulJam” Produced by: Michael J. Calhoun, Bernard Pettus & KDB Allstars