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Hi Jazz fans,
Just wanted to do a little extra to make sure that all of you are aware of how special this Monday night at Savoy (7/21/14) is going to be! Pittsburgh area native, Ralph Lalama will be in town that night to do a special show with Roger Humphries and his trio. Also, scheduled to sit in for a set with Mr. Lalama is one of the prodigies from Elevations, George Heid lll. Ralph is well known in historic jazz circles and has played with many legends. Also, Ralph and Roger are no strangers to one another and the music they make together is nothing short of spectacular! So, mark the date, if you love legendary jazz, you need to be at Savoy this coming Monday (7/21/14) to hear this amazing artist.
Here is what has been written about Mr. Lalama:
“A solid fixture of the New York jazz scene and respected world-wide, Ralph Lalama embodies the best of the jazz sound ideal – great time, great swing, expressed through great melodic ideas. Everything he says and plays comes out of his deep connection and appreciation for “the Beat.” Jazz critic Zan Stewart put it succinctly: “Lalama is a grand, modern-minded storyteller…a first-class jazz soloist.” He excels in a chord-less trio format with his amazing command of the harmonic progressions articulated through his horn. But on top of being a great jazz soloist, Lalama is equally a solid veteran of jazz ensembles and orchestras. Over his impressive career starting with Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, and the Mel Lewis Orchestra – now the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra – he has honed the craft of sonic blending.
Lalama is a three-time Grammy winner through his work in the Joe Lovano Nonet and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. He has nine CDs out as a leader and is on more than sixty recordings as a sideman. He has received praise from the likes of critics Gary Giddins, Stanley Crouch, Ben Ratliff, Ira Gitler and Stuart Troup, among others. His latest release as a leader is the 2012 “Bop Juice: Ralph Lalama Trio, Live at Smalls.”
Ralph Lalama’s playing reveals an enormous depth of musical heart and knowledge. With his muscular, free-wheeling sound and masterful ability to tell a story through his horn, one understands why he so thoroughly connects with musicians, students and listeners alike.”
That's it! You don't want to miss it! See you at Savoy!
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