Archive for July 15, 2011

Fraze Pavilion is southwestern Ohio’s premiere outdoor entertainment venue, celebrating its 20th season since Marvin Hamlisch christened the 4300-seat amphitheater in 1991.

Each summer several artists make their Fraze debut and 2010 was no exception. We welcomed Goo Goo Dolls, Gregg Allman, Straight No Chaser, Kris Kristofferson, Bachman & Turner, Cheap Trick, Blondie, Maroon 5, Kris Allen and Billy Idol.

The 2011 Festival of the Vine headlines Jazz Attack featuring Rick Braun, Gerald Albright and Peter White with Fourplay!

Rick Braun is the trumpeter, composer and producer on his stylistically eclectic, envelope-pushing album, All It Takes. Braun and saxman Richard Elliot teamed up for RnR in 2007. The duet project hit #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart immediately upon its release, and its catchy title track single was an instant smash, staying at #1 on the Contemporary Jazz airplay chart for over two months. Braun has performed at Fraze Pavilion more than any other artist in the 20-year history of the venue. Come see why this artist is a Fraze favorite!

Gerald Albright has earned the reputation of the “musician’s musician.” His self-produced music features him on bass guitar, keyboard, flute, drum programming and background vocals. Albright’s contemporary and straight-ahead collections have established the Los Angeles-based musician as one of the most prominent artists in the jazz world. Albright was one of ten featured saxophonists who performed at President Clinton’s inauguration. Whether he is playing contemporary or straight-ahead jazz, Albright stands in a class all by himself. He was recently nominated in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category for the 2010 Grammy Awards for his album Pushing the Envelope. His unique round sound is percussive yet soulful. He has the ability to surprise the audience with something out of the ordinary. Albright gives his audience what they come for – a great show!

For nearly 20 years, Peter White has made the acoustic guitar a dynamic and expressive voice in the soundscape of contemporary jazz. Since his first recordings in the early 1990s, he has infused pop standards, and his own original material with a sense of innovation and energy that rivals the abilities of many of his electric guitar counterparts. In a career that spans two decades and a dozen solo recordings, he continues to surprise seasoned fans and newcomers alike with his willingness to push the preconceived parameters of his instrument to new places. Peter was recently nominated in three categories of the Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards 2011 – Guitarist of the Year, Song of the Year for “Bright” and Artist of the Decade! Congratulations Peter!

Great musicianship is the cornerstone of Fourplay, along with inspired melodies and arrangements. The number of awards, honors and appellations they’ve garnered in the years since their inception in 1991 attests to that. Both Fourplay’s eponymous first release and follow-up, Between The Sheets, have been certified gold and both captured the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Charts. Their third album, Elixir, was named both best Contemporary Jazz Album in the Jazziz Readers Poll and Jazz Album Of The Year at the Soul Train Awards. Between The Sheets and Elixir also received Grammy nominations for Best Contemporary Jazz Performance. Fourplay now consists of members Bob James, Nathan East, Chuck Loeb, and Harvey Mason. Loeb makes his highly anticipated debut with the quartet on Let’s Touch The Sky, the band’s new recording. The infusion of new blood into the Fourplay lineup creates an opportunity to bring an even higher level of energy and inspiration into a band that is already known for taking chances and pushing the limits of contemporary jazz, which may be why they recently received four nominations for the Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards 2011!

Saturday, August 13, 2011 – 1:00 pm
Fraze Pavilion & Lincoln Park Civic Commons, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd, Kettering, Ohio 45402