For over 35 years, Spyro Gyra has maintained a strong position at the forefront of modern jazz. Their debut album 1979’s Morning Dance included the title track that became a Top 40 single and proved to be the band’s breakout single. To this day, the Calypso-inspired track is still in heavy rotation on contemporary jazz stations nationwide. Soon after their acclaimed first release, the band initiated a heavy touring schedule that has been in perpetual motion ever since.
Their 2001 album In Modern Times, an album that spent 64 weeks on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart, peaked at the #2 position. Two years later, the band released Original Cinema, followed by The Deep End in 2004. Both albums spent a considerable amount of time on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts. 2006’s Wrapped in a Dream cemented the band’s position as heavyweight contenders in the contemporary jazz arena, earning a Grammy nomination and wide critical acclaim.
Spyro Gyra continued this momentum into 2007, releasing Good To Go-Go, an album that captures a more live groove with the help of new drummer Bonny B. Good To Go-Go scored two Grammy nominations in December 2007: Best Pop Instrumental Album and Best Pop Instrumental Performance (the latter nomination for the track “Simple Pleasures”). In 2009, Spyro Gyra added the album, Down the Wire, to its voluminous discography and earned the group a Grammy nod for Best Pop Instrumental Album.
Their most recent release 2011’s A Foreign Affair debuted at #2 on Billboard’s jazz charts. Spyro Gyra continues to remain an exciting and dynamic instrumental group, constantly pushing and exploring the boundaries of contemporary jazz.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 – 6:00 pm Two cruises, 6 & 9 p.m.
Spirit of New York, Chelsea Piers, Pier 61, New York, New York 10011