Marlon Martinez and the Marlonious Jazz Orchestra featuring Josie James
July 2, 2019 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Feinstein's at Vitellos, 4349 Tujunga Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604
"Hailing from Los Angeles, Marlon Martinez is a young virtuoso bassist and composer emerging at the center of the resurgent LA and New York jazz scenes. Marlon has demonstrated his virtuosity while touring with a wide range of artists, including Stewart Copeland, Quatuor Ebène, and Mike Garson. Discovered by Stanley Clarke, he has impressed legends such as George Duke, Burt Bacharach, Ellis Marsalis, Lenny White and Ron Carter. Classically trained and a graduate of the Colburn Conservatory of Music, Marlon has performed with Gustavo Dudamel, Valery Gergiev, the San Diego Symphony and more. He is a powerful performer and personality who captivates his audiences internationally.
Marlon’s blazing big band, the Marlonius Jazz Orchestra (MJO), features some of LA’s finest young artists and soloists, and is a vehicle for his creative energy as a composer. His compositions are dynamic and soulful, with a fresh juxtaposition of tradition and originality - à la Quincy Jones, Charles Mingus, Thad Jones and Duke Ellington. Tonight’s show will honor the legendary Billy Strayhorn. The MJO will also feature Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and recording artist Josie James, who is from the original George Duke Band and currently on a world tour as featured vocalist for Burt Bacharach.
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The Novel Jazz Septet plays Ellington/Strayhorn
July 18, 2019 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Old Town Public Library, 46 Middle St, Old Town, ME 04468, USA
Novel Jazz features the music of the iconic Duke Ellington and his equally iconic musical collaborator, Billy Strayhorn. The band is a Maine-based group, now in their 15th year of concerts around Maine and New England; its mission is to share the music and stories of two giants of jazz who wrote some 3000 compositions over their musical careers, two percent of which represents the well-known standards and 98 percent of which most have never heard.
Novel Jazz will perform standard tunes from the Ellington/Strayhorn repertoire plus newly arranged compositions that they have unearthed in the Ellington Archives of the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington D.C., some of which have not been heard in decades. The band has rearranged these pieces for the septet, dusted them off and given them a 21st century sound, all of their own.
Bring your blankets and chairs to Riverfront Park at 6:30 p.m. for an evening of great music. Please remember the park is a tobacco free zone.