Archive for March 6, 2012

Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront is co-sponsoring with 95.7 R&B, one of the best jazz events in Downtown Suffolk to benefit the Gladys Gatlin Foundations support of women veterans. Join us for a night of smooth jazz at this beautiful hotel located on the Nansemond River. Back-to-Back Keys with Alex Bugnon and Jeff Lorber with saxophonist, James “Saxsmo” Gates!

Bugnon studied at the Paris Conservatory and the Mozart Academy in Salzburg. At age nineteen, Bugnon moved to the U.S. and attended the prestigious Berklee School of Music. His recording career began with his 1989 debut album “Love Season” which reached the pop charts and the Top 40 of the R&B charts as did his follow-up “Head Over Heels.” Bugnon is one of the most fluent performers on stage, and has won two Soul Train Awards..

Gates is a graduate of the venerable Berklee School of Music and with a masters degree in jazz studies from North Carolina Central. He earned both degrees on full scholarships. Gates is a protege of Billy Kilson,Terri Lynn Carrington, Walter Beasley, Alex Bugnon, Branford Marsalis, and many others. When it comes to the language of jazz, James “Saxsmo” Gates is one of America’s most fluent speakers of the language, that his junior CD “It’s Time” was nominated for a Grammy 2008! Gates is an assistant professor heading the jazz studies curriculum at Virginia State University, and he’s working on another CD, “Gates Wide Open.”

Lorber continues to soar more than three decades after his earliest recordings, and has come full circle. His current recording, “Now Is The Time,” was released in June 2010, on Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group. The album delves back into his early catalog and reinvents some of the most compelling compositions from the Jeff Lorber Fusion heyday. As a result, Lorber once again makes a bold statement in the evolution of jazz, and has released another recording on January 31, 2012 entitled “Galaxy.”

Hilton Garden Inn Suffolk Riverfront Hotel, 100 E Constance Rd, Suffolk, Virginia 23434

Saturday, March 24, 2012 – 7:00 pm