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Giacomo Gates with the Jimmy Masters Trio at the Sandler Center for the Arts

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Giacomo Gates sings in a calm baritone, delivering songs easily, but there's more to just singing a song. Mixing the lyrics with vocalese, singing his lyrics to otherwise instrumental improvised parts, Gates tells a story full of emotion that can be seen on his face and heard in his voice. Closing your eyes and listening to ...

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Joscho Stephan and Sven Jungbeck at The Roads Bistro

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Two of the leading proponents of gypsy jazz made a special appearance at The Roads Bistro recently, Joscho Stephan and Sven Jungbeck. Stephan is a German guitarist known for his interpretations of classical, jazz and pop standards in the style of gypsy jazz. Heavily influenced by the legendary Django Reinhardt, Stephan has garnered a world wide ...

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David Ambrosio's Civil Disobedience at The Roads Bistro

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The Roads Bistro--a new restaurant / listening room--has recently opened in Virginia Beach, VA. Located in a strip mall across the street from the Tidewater Community College, one would be surprised to learn it's the current home of some of the best food and best jazz in the area. Owner, Michael Baldwin, has defied the odds ...

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Justin Kauflin and Thomas Fonnesbaek at the Governor's School for the Arts

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At a young age Justin Kauflin's musical interest was in classical violin and piano but upon becoming totally blind by age 11 (he was born with a condition called proliferative exudative retinopathy) Kauflin switched his interest to jazz piano. Growing up in Virginia Beach, Va Kauflin was lucky enough to have two outstanding teachers in Liz ...

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Dominique Eade with the John Toomey Trio at the Attucks Jazz Club

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Dominique Eade has been teaching at The New England Conservatory for over 30 years. Her students have included Roberta Gambarini, Michael Mayo and Aoife O'Donovan. Well known in jazz circles for her scatting, improvising, delivery, Eade is neither showy nor pretentious. She is more concerned with the music and the story than with the small vocal ...

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Lori Williams with the Jimmy Masters Trio at the Sandler Center

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Bassist Jimmy Masters has hosted and curated the TowneBank jazz series (formerly the Miller Jazz Series) at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts since its inception in 2017. Running from June to September, the series has offered a different theme each month played in a cabaret style setting. The 2023 season began a couple of ...

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Sergio Mendes at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts

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The audience at the Sandler Center was on its feet cheering as the familiar sound of “Magalenha" filled the room and the cheering grew even louder as the band's leader, Sergio Mendes, took his place behind the keyboard. For 60 years Mendes has been the voice of Bossa Nova, Samba and Latin Jazz, and ever since ...

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Sol Roots Band Performs At Flat Iron Crossroads With Guest Bobby Blackhat

Sol Roots Band Performs At Flat Iron Crossroads With Guest Bobby Blackhat

Sol Roots Band brings a powerful blend of funk, jazz, blues, rock, and more to the Tidewater Virginia area on Saturday August 12. The Sol Roots band also will add special guest, blues personality Bobby BlackHat, for their upcoming performance at the Flat Iron Crossroads summer concert series. The Sol Roots band performs a blend of ...

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Bria Skonberg Quartet Plays The Perry Pavilion

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When the city of Chilliwack, British Columbia comes up in a conversation ( if it ever does), one's first thought does not turn to jazz. Now it should because jazz vocalist/trumpet player Bria Skonberg comes from that small Canadian city. Called the “shining hope of hot jazz," Skonberg has appeared on over 25 albums either as ...

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Janis Siegel with The Jimmy Masters Trio at the Sandler Center

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In 1972 Tim Hauser, Laurel Masse, Alan Paul and Janis Siegel created a four part vocal group called The Manhattan Transfer. Cheryl Bentyne replaced Masse in 1979 and the group remained intact until October 2014 with the passing of Hauser. Trist Curless replaced Hauser and the four vocalist have been recording and traveling ever since. The ...


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