Rick Braun and
Thu, Apr 17 -
Doors open at 6:00 PM each night.
Sun, Apr 20, 2014
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 nu-school cool players Rick Braun (trumpet) and Richard Elliot (sax) four four nights and six shows. Other band members include Ron Reinhardt (keys), Randy Jacobs (guitar), Nate Phillips (bass) and Third Richardson (drums). Show times Thursday through Saturday at 7:30p and 9:30p. Show time Sunday at 7:30p. Doors open at 5:30p each night.
Nearly twenty years into his solo career, Rick Braun’s done just about everything, from backing the likes of Rod Stewart and Sade to stepping out into the spotlight as a vocalist and a master of the trumpet and flugelhorn. Braun’s first big break came when he composed “Here With Me,” a Top 20 hit for REO Speedwagon. He soon became a highly regarded pop sideman, touring and recording with the likes of War, Tina Turner, Natalie Cole, and Tom Petty. The trumpeter became an NAC fixture with his debut, Intimate Secrets (1992). His records have ranked in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Charts and his singles have held the #1 position on the R&R NAC/Smooth Jazz album charts. The recipient of numerous National Contemporary Jazz Awards, he shared a Best Collaboration award with Boney James for their hit “Shake It Up.” He also teamed up with Richard Elliot, and their duet project hit #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart. A much-in-demand producer, he has delivered #1 radio hits with artists including David Benoit, Marc Antoine and Jeff Golub. His most recent recordings continue to reflect his versatility with the instrumental album All It Takes (2009) and his vocal talents in Rick Braun Sings With Strings (2011). This past year saw Braun getting into the swing of the holiday season with his first-ever Christmas album, Swingin’ In The Snow.
The reigning merchant of Soul Jazz, Richard Elliot invites loyal fans and newcomers alike to celebrate 25 years since the release of his debut album. His most recent album, In The Zone (2011) includes a simmering, hypnotic retro-soul cover of a Marvin Gaye tune, as well as nine powerful retro-flavored original songs penned by Elliot and co-producer Jeff Lorber, who share a colorful collaborative history over the past 10 years. The Scotland-born, L.A.-raised saxman was still on the road with Tower of Power when he released his debut album Trolltown in 1986. Embarking upon one of instrumental music’s most dynamic and multifaceted careers, he has scored four #1 albums and a number of #1 airplay singles. In addition to his participation in all-star tours like Groovin’ For Grover and Jazz Attack, he helped launch another of the genre’s annual franchises, the Guitars & Saxes tours, which he has participated in on and off ever since. At his peak, Elliot was doing over 100 tour dates a year, but he has scaled it back as his family has grown to include five children. Says Elliot, “The wonderful thing is, so many years after I began performing professionally, I still feel that excitement. I love to play live more than anything.”
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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