Thursday, December 7, 2017

Nate Najar's Annual Jazz Holiday Concerts in St. Pete and Sarasota AND a New Holiday CD Release

Get in the Spirit of the 
Holidays with 
Nate Najar and Friends!

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2017 at 7:30pm
253 5th Ave N
St. Petersburg FL 33701  (727) 822-3590


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2017 at 8pm
7333 Scotland Way
Sarasota, FL 34238 

Nate Najar (guitar)
Jeff Rupert (sax), John Lamb (bass), 
James Suggs (trumpet), Mark Feinman (drums),
Chuck Redd (vibes) and
Betty Fox - appearing at Palladium only (vocals)

The band will swing through both jazz and holiday favorite – choice cuts from Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s adaptation of the Nutcracker Suite, and selections from Najar’s brand new Woodward Avenue Records release Christmas In December. Guitarist Najar is emerging as one of this decade’s finest modern jazz exponents. He is a player who uses a distinctive technique to convey his artistic prowess; not many artists play acoustic classical guitar with right hand classical technique, yet it is the perfect choice for Najar’s comprehensive approach. Not restricted to single notes or chords, Najar seamlessly weaves melody, harmony and rhythmic freedom. The result is music that is swinging, emotional, inventive and interesting. Najar continues to perform at major venues and festivals across the globe.

Chuck Redd is well known internationally as a performer on drums and vibraphone. He began recording and touring the world when he joined the Charlie Byrd Trio at age 21. He also became a member of the Great Guitars (Barney Kessel, Byrd and Herb Ellis.) To his credit are 25 European tours and six tours of Japan, with the Barney Kessel Trio, Ken Peplowski and the Benny Goodman Tribute Orchestra, Terry Gibbs and Conte Candoli. Redd was featured vibraphonist with the Mel Torme All-Star Jazz Quintet from 1991 until 1996. While appearing in New York with Torme, Ira Gitler of Jazz Times said: “Redd’s vibes were equally notable for vigor and melodiousness.”

Saxophonist Jeff Rupert is a YAMAHA performing artist. Performing and recording credits include associations with Diane Schuur, Mel Tormé, Kevin Mahogany, Ernestine Anderson, and Benny Carter’s Grammy winning Harlem Renaissance. Rupert toured for fifteen years with Sam Rivers; four albums ensued, and from 1997- 2002 he toured and recorded with Maynard Ferguson. Performance venues include the Blue Note, Birdland, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Tokyo Forum, the Taiwan’s National Concert Hall of Taipei, and jazz festivals in Europe, Israel, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Rupert’s latest release Imagination, is a collaboration with pianist Richard Drexler.

With an extensive background in gospel and a lifelong passion for soul music, vocalist Betty Fox (appearing at Palladium only) has come a long way from her southern roots to headlining festivals and captivating thousands with her raw swagger and unwavering talent. After honing her craft for 20 years, her debut album Too Far Gone put her on the international map as a songwriter and vocalist, and had the critics, from American Blues Scene Magazine to Blues Revue Magazine, singing her praises! Her 2015 sophomore album Slow Burn, received rave reviews from Blues DJ’s, critics, and enthusiasts around the world!
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