Posts Tagged ‘Contemporary Jazz’

Renowned and revered the world over as one of the greatest saxophone players of all time, David Sanborn is an artist whose music has inspired countless other musicians while creating a body of work that spans the genres of rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, pop, and jazz. A naturally gifted performer, Sanborn has helped define the saxophone’s modern sound while influencing a generation.

It was also in 1975 that Sanborn released his first solo album, Taking Off. While Sanborn continued working with other performers such as Paul Simon and James Taylor in the coming years, he also continued flexing his considerable muscles as a solo artist, eventually scoring massive popular hits with Hideaway (1980), the Grammy-winning album Voyeur(1981), and Backstreet (1983), the last of which proved to be a major hit in the world of contemporary jazz. He won his second of six career Grammy Awards in 1986 for Double Vision (with Bob James), and in the late 1980s he hosted the classic television program Night Music.

Throughout the ’90s, ’00s, and into the present, Sanborn has continued to tour and record, having amassed a wide and enthusiastic fan base around the world. Recent albums like Dreaming Girl (2008), Here & Gone (2008), and Only Everything (2010) reflect the essence of an artist at peace with his own sound and development, yet still hungry – eager to explore the possibilities of his instrument and his abilities.

February 19 -24, 2019 – Two Shows 8:00 PM and 10:30 PM

Blue Note, 131 West 3rd St, New York, NY 10012

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Spyro Gyra Live in Atlanta with special guest Jeff Lorber

Saturday, November 10, 2018 – 8:00 PM

Sandy Springs Performing Art Center Byers Theatre, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs, GA 30328

The Basie Summer Jazz Fest features:

Lizz Wright 4:00 pm

Bob James Trio 5:30 pm

Lee Ritenour + Dave Grusin 8:00 pm

Michael Franks 9:45 pm

Saturday, June 02, 2018 – 4:00 pm

Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth St, Red Bank, New Jersey 07701 (Middletown)

Friday, April 06, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Saturday, April 07, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero W, Oakland, California 94607

Sunday, January 07, 2018 8:00 PM

Sun Valley Opera House, 1 Sun Valley RD, Sun Valley, ID 83353

Incognito with Special Guest Spyro Gyra

Saturday, October 14, 2017 – 7:00 pm

Flagstar Strand Theatre, 12 N Saginaw St, Pontiac, Michigan 48342

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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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