Tuesday, November 20, 2012

International Jazz Artist, Albare iTD, to Perform Two Miami Shows to Showcase New Release

US East Coast Tour to 
Include South Beach Shows

Australian Jazz Guitarist 
 in support of his new album 

November 29 & 30, 2012  9pm-midnight
The Van Dyke Upstairs in South Beach
846 Lincoln Rd., 
Miami Beach, FL 33139 
thevandykecafe.com   (305)534-3600 

"He sounds like a positive blend of the late Wes Montgomery and an early George Benson. Airy and light melodic improvisations and the themes reflect an inner harmony of boundless grace."  - Jazzpodium (Germany)

Australian jazz guitarist Albare will be coming through South Florida on his East Coast tour in support of his new album, Long Way, which features such great musicians as Antonio Sanchez (drums), George Garzone (tenor sax), Leo Genovese (piano) and Albare’s longtime musical collaborator Evripidis Evripidous (bass).  Released October 9th, Long Way is already receiving a very positive reception on national jazz radio and press.

Albare’s touring band, which he calls iTD (for International Travel Diary), also features Hendrick Meurkens, plus two of his Australian mates, Phil Rex (bass) and Phil Turcio (piano), along with the Venezuelan drummer Pablo Bencid.  They will be appearing at The Van Dyke in South Beach for two nights: Thursday, November 29th and Friday November 30th, at 9 PM and 10:30 PM.

Born in Morocco, raised in France and Israel, Albare emigrated to Australia at the age of 27 where he first made his mark as a major player in the burgeoning ‘acid jazz’ scene, recording a string of albums under the Festival label.   Returning to his true love, instrumental jazz, Albare (the nom de guerre of Albert Dadon) soon became a popular artist on the Australian jazz scene.

Not content with just being a player, Albare also became a major force in the development of jazz in Australia.  As chairman and artistic director of the Melbourne Jazz Festival for many years, he had the opportunity to present concerts with some of greatest artists in the world, such as Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, Chick Corea, Gary Burton and McCoy Tyner, and this too informed his musical sensibility.  He also founded and chairs the board of the The Australian Jazz Awards. In 2008 he received an Order of Australia (AM) for service to the arts, particularly for his work with the Melbourne Jazz Festival.

Albare’s latest album, Long Way, on the prestigious German jazz label, Enja Records, embodies Albare’s sound: energetic improvisational jazz, romantic lyricism, with hints of his African, Middle Eastern and African heritage.  Produced by Enja Records’ president Matthias Winckelman in Brooklyn’s Studio One, there are moments of pure magic, as five players get together to spend the afternoon and express themselves.  In concert, Albare iTD brings that same sense of freedom and musicality to their show.  Jazz-lovers who attend these two evenings at The Van Dyke are in for a rare treat.

Some very impressive jazz musicians from Australia have passed through South Florida lately: saxophonist Troy Roberts, drummer Dan Susnjer, and now Albare iTD!  For two nights we’ll have another opportunity to enjoy another of Australia’s great players.  Please give this guitarist from Down Under a warm South Florida welcome. 

Albare will be joining Tracy Fields on WLRN’s Evenin’ Jazz show on Wednesday, November 28th at 10 PM – 91.3 FM streaming live on wlrn.org

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