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An all-star line-up of contemporary jazz artists will take San Diego’s Balboa Theater stage to launch the 2011 Oasis Contemporary Jazz Awards Weekend on Thursday, March 10, 2011.

The theme of the Opening Night concert will be “Night of Tribute” with musical respect paid to saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr. and bassist Wayman Tisdale. Event co-producer Chris White has announced Gerald Albright, Jonathan Butler, Jeff Golub, Tom Scott, Gerald Veasley, and others will perform. Jason Miles will produce and lead the Washington tribute set and Tom Braxton will lead and arrange the tribute to Tisdale.

Jason Miles has received world wide recognition for his innovative projects which have included two tributes to Grover Washington Jr. He recently played a fourteen show stand at The Tokyo and Nagoya Blue Notes featuring the music of the late saxophonist. Miles is also the producer and executive producer of “Grover LIVE”, a just released CD recorded by Washington at an upstate New York performance in 1997. Washington died December 17, 1999, after suffering a heart attack in the Green Room of CBS Studios in New York City. He had just taped four songs for The Saturday Early Show.

Washington is considered one of the founders of the Urban/Contemporary jazz genre, having made some of the genre’s most memorable hits, including “Mr. Magic”, “Black Frost”, and the Grammy winning “Just the Two of Us”. He is also remembered for his take on the Dave Brubeck classic “Take Five”, and for his version of Young-Holt Unlimited’s “Soulful Strut”.

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Since 1989, the legendary Scullers Jazz Club has presented the biggest names in straight ahead, Latin and Contemporary Jazz, as well as Blues, Soul, R & B, Cabaret and World Music.

Scullers Jazz Club has hosted some of the very best musical artists in the business including; Harry Connick Jr., Chris Botti, Jamie Cullam, David Sanborn, Michael Bublé, Arturo Sandoval, Tony Bennett, Wynton Marsalis and Dave Koz to name a few.

Led by Jazz impresario Fred Taylor, the 200-seat Scullers Jazz Club has become a true Boston landmark. Offering spectacular views of the Boston skyline and the Charles River, Scullers serves as the perfect backdrop for World-Class Entertainment you won’t see anywhere else in Boston.

Ken Navarro”s contribution to Contemporary and Mainstream Jazz goes beyond his personal artistry. Ken has produced successful albums for Narada/EMI recording artist Eric Darius as well as saxophonist Randy Villars and pianist Jay Rowe to name a few. As founder of Positive Music Records, Ken is responsible for launching and furthering the recording careers of saxophonist Brandon Fields, guitarists Grant Geissman, Thom Rotella and Pat Kelley, and keyboardists Gregg Karukas, Jay Rowe and Marcus Johnson. Ken’s vision of a musician’s record label has enhanced the genre with over 35 new artists and seventy releases!

Friday, August 27, 2010
8:00pm – 10:00pm
Scullers Jazz Club at the Doubletree Guest Suites
400 Soldiers Field Road
East Boston, MA

Top charting & award winning contemporary jazz guitarist and composer Ken Navarro is recognized as one of today’s leading musicians. His impressive discography of 19 top charting albums showcase his appeal to a wide range of listeners with inspiring compositions and superb guitar performances.

Ken maintains an active schedule of concert appearances as part of his quartet, the Ken Navarro Group. Highlights of his tour schedule have included appearances at Chene Park in Detroit, Blues Alley in Washington D.C., the World Trade Center site in New York, the Carter Barron Amphitheater in Washington, D.C., Merriweather Post Pavillion in MD, Jacksonville Jazz Fest, Clearwater Jazz Holiday, the Pleasure Island Jazz Fest, the Venetian Festival, the Winter Park Arts Festival, The Thornton Winery, The Spirit Festival in Kansas City and concerts where the group has shared the stage with artists such as Spyro Gyra, Chuck Mangione, Najee, Chris Botti, Eric Marienthal, The Rippingtons, Joe Sample, Jean Luc Ponty, Stanley Clarke/Larry Carlton, George Howard, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Fattburger, Marion Meadows, Keiko Matsui, Nelson Rangell, David Benoit, Alex Bugnon, Boney James and many others.

For his newest tour schedule follow the next link.

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