Archive for the ‘Contemporary Jazz’ Category

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 7:30PM

Diana Krall

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 7:30PM

Boz Scaggs / Michael McDonald

Sunday, August 13, 2017 7:30PM

Jill Scott

Thursday, September 7, 2017 7:30PM

George Benson / Kenny G
Breezin & Breathless Tour

Friday, September 15 7:30PM

Donald Fagen and The Nightflyers

The Mountain Winery, 14831 Pierce Rd, Saratoga, California 95070 (San Jose)

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Monday, May 1, 2017 at 10:15 pm

Spyro Gyra, owing its odd name to the green alga spirogyra, was founded in 1974 by saxophonist Jay Beckenstein and keyboardist Jeremy Wall. Indeed, they were first known simply as “Tuesday Night Jazz Jams,” a forum wherein Beckenstein and Wall were joined by a rotating cast of characters. Tuesday just happened to be the night when most musicians weren’t playing other gigs to pay their bills. Around 1974, the group was beginning to gel and cultivate a following. A club owner who wanted to advertise an upcoming appearance by the band asked Beckenstein for the group’s name. The saxophonist told him “Spirogyra,” a word he learned in a college biology course. The owner misspelled the word as Spyro Gyra, and the band fell into place, featuring Beckenstein, Wall, Jim Kurzdorfer, and Tom Walsh. Not long afterward, the group added keyboardist Tom Schuman (with Wall dropping out 1978). Today, Spyro Gyra consists of Beckenstein, Schuman, Scott Ambush (bass), Julio Fernandez (guitar) und Lionel Cordew (drums). Their music combines R&B, elements of pop and Caribbean music with jazz. Over the last 40+ years, they have performed over five thousand shows, released over thirty albums selling over ten million albums, but they didn’t make music for commercial purposes. When Beckenstein and Wall first started jamming back in Buffalo, they just did it because it was a blast, pure and simple. They made lyrical, jazzy music for a few folks at the club, developed a high energy live gig, one thing led to another, and suddenly, instrumental music was never quite the same. The fun was suddenly not just theirs, but the others as well. “I’ve always felt that music, and particularly instrumental music, has this non-literal quality that lets people travel to a place where there are no words. There’s this beauty in music that’s not connected to sentences”, says Beckenstein.

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The 15th annual Pipers’ Holiday Festival features a variety of music and activities, including Alexander Zonjic at 6pm – Free event! – Afterglow performances from 8-11pm at downtown restaurants and clubs include Jessy J at Public House and Paul Brown at 129 Lounge.

Saturday, November 19, 2016 – 3:00 pm

Loranger Square, E 1st St at Washington St, Monroe, Michigan 48161

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Earl Klugh’s 7th annual Weekend of Jazz features: vocalist Michael McDonald, Pop-swing group Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, Gerald Albright & Jonathan Butler, Jeff Lorber Fusion with Sonny Emory, Ron Jenkins and Patrick Lamb, Vocalist Ariana Savalas, The East Coast Party Band, Al Turner.

Saturday, November 12, 2016 – 4:00 pm

Kiawah Island Resort, 1 Sanctuary Beach Dr, Kiawah Island, South Carolina 29455

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Eric Essix & The Move Trio

September 24, 2016 9:00 PM

St James Live, 3220 Butner Rd SW #240, Atlanta, Georgia 30331

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New in 2016, Vail kicks off the summer season with Vail SummerFest, a celebration of the diverse events and programs that Vail has to offer throughout the summer months. On Friday, June 24th, residents and visitors alike are invited to learn about these programs and organizations, complete with live music, activities, and food and drink.

The Vail Summerfest features a variety of activities, including performances from Nelson Rangell at 4:00 pm and from Marcus Miller at 6:30 pm.

Friday, June 24, 2016 – 4:00 pm

Vail, Colorado 81657