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Prime Cut: Bio

Prime Cut Band is a contemporary jazz/R&B group that plays a variety of styles of music from Country to Reggae.


Prime Cut has five members: Kent Suggs on bass, Andre’ Holman on drums, Audie Smith on keyboards and Debbie Barnes on background vocals and Frank Phillips on Lead vocals.


Kent Suggs is a world traveled musician that comfortably plays and instructs students in Blues, Jazz and Christian instrumental and vocal music. He been playing on Beale street sense age 15, performing with Memphis musicians such as Joyce Cobb, Herman Green, Calvin and Phineas Newborn, Nokie Taylor, Isaac Hayes, and Rufus & Carla Thomas. Kent spent some time in Las Vegas working and traveling with acts like Gladys Knight, The Drifters, Ink Spots, Low Rawls, and Little Anthony and the Imperials. Currently, in addition to being the Bass player for Prime Cut Band he’s a music director at the Firehouse Community Arts Academy.


Andre’ Holman has performed with Ruby Wilson, Marlin Branch and Monday’s Child and Joyce Cobb.


Audie Smith is known for playing at his parent’s restaurant, Marmalade Restaurant, as well as Folks Folly and the French Quarter. Audie also spent 6 years performing around New York with local acts, opening for performers such as Roy Ayers and the Main Ingredients. In Memphis, Audie has backed performers like Denise LaSalle and J. Black Foot of The Soul Children. Audie Smith is currently playing solo piano at Char Restaurant every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.


Deborah Barnes was a group member of Ray Charles and the Rayettes' from 1976 to 1978. She shared the stage with the Spinners, Dionne Warwick, Margie Joseph, Eddie Floyd, William Bell, Charlie Rich, Gladys Knight, and Carla Thomas.



Frankie Phillips started singing at a early age. He won his first singing contest at the young age of nine. Frank has song with the Smoke Rings and the Brothers We.