Thu, Oct 31 -
Doors open at 6:00 PM each night.
Sun, Nov 3, 2013
First sets begin at 7:30 PM, and second sets (when applicable) begin at 9:30 PM (doors: 9:15 PM).
The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes contemporary R&B saxophonist Gerald Albright for four nights and six shows. Band members are Melvin Davis (bass), Jerohn Garnett (drums) and Arlington Jones (keys). Show times Thursday and Sunday at 7:30pm and Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Doors open at 5:30pm each night.
With two recent back-to-back GRAMMY® Award Nominations for Best Pop Instrumental Album, (2009 & 2010), Gerald Albright stands in a class all by himself. He is known for his swiftness on stage, his unique round sound which is percussive yet soulful. He has the ability to surprise the audience with something out of the ordinary. Whether he is playing contemporary or straight-ahead jazz, Albright gives his audience what they come for - a great show! Says Albright, “When I look over my history as an artist, I deem myself accessible to my audience. In all of my concerts, I love when the audience is part of my show. It is the greatest compliment to know that my fans are really ‘feeling’ the show as well as ‘watching’ the show. I love signing autographs and meeting people all over the world. I realize that these are the people that support what I do in many areas, and I take that seriously. “
Albright's contemporary and straight-ahead collections have established the Los Angeles-based musician as one of the most prominent artists. Indeed, Albright was one of the ten featured saxophonists who performed at President Clinton’s inauguration. He was also featured at the Presidential Summit, as well as several private functions for the President. Albright had sold over 1,000,000 albums in the U.S. alone. His self-produced music features him on bass guitar, keyboards, flutes, drum programming, and background vocals. Gerald has definitely earned the reputation as the “musician’s musician.”
Albright has worked with such artists as Patrice Rushen, Anita Baker, Ray Parker, Jr., Lola Folana, Atlantic Starr, The Winans, Olivia Newton-John, The Temptations, and Maurice White. He also toured with Les McCann, Rodney Franklin, Jeff Lorber, Teena Marie, Marlene Shaw, Debra and Eloise Laws, Quincy Jones, Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, and many others. In addition to numerous appearances at clubs and jazz festivals, Albright had also been a part of the popular Jazz Explosion tours, which saw him teaming up with contemporary jazz stars like Will Downing, Jonathan Butler, Hugh Masekela, Chaka Khan, and Rachelle Ferrell, to name a few. He has also branched out as a TV Star to his already substantial resume. The saxman has appeared on numerous shows, such as “A Different World,” “Melrose Place,” Channels 2 and 5 “Morning News Shows,” “BET” jazz segments as well as piloting a show in Las Vegas with “Designing Women” star Meshach Taylor. With 15 CDs under his belt and one collaboration CD, Albright has definitely gained his place in the music world as a player, songwriter and producer.
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“Great news for Zappaphiles! Short of Frank himself coming back from beyond to bend ears and brains, this is about as close to an authentic live version of Zappa’s music as you can possibly get….. Reaction on the fan web sites has been nothing short of rapturous.” – Prague Post