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Ari Joshua Vintage Organ Quintet featuring Delvon Lamarr, Thomas Marriott, Luca Cartner and Art Brown

Tue, Aug 10 -
Wed, Aug 11, 2021

$16.00 ($6.00 Handling Fee Included) All purchases are nonrefundable/nonexchangeable.

Tickets may be purchased on-line or by phone.
Night of show seating typically available.

Dimitriou's Jazz Alley proudly welcomes for the first time ever, psychedelic-jazz-rock guitarist, and virtuoso-musician Ari Joshua. Professionals and aficionados alike revel in the artistic integrity, and abilities of this celebrated multi-genre jazz guitarist. After four years in the acclaimed Roosevelt Jazz Band, Ari made the pilgrimage to The New School, New York, New York. There he studied under a 'who's who' list of jazz legends, and woodshedded alongside a generation of young lions. After returning to the NW, Ari spent over a decade focusing on his gift to the city, his music school, 'The Music Factory'. The Music Factory has since provided quality music lessons to thousands of kids and adults in the region. In the gravity of the 2020 pandemic, Ari laid the groundwork on sharing his musical gifts. The first release from his vault was the collaboration, 'Eyes Only,' featuring the infamous musician Robert Glasper (piano) & Pendulum drummer KJ Sawka. This week Ari shares 'Father Time,' an organ trio classic featuring members of Phish frontman Trey Anastasio's band. To hear a sample of what to expect at the Alley, check out 'Say Whatcha Wanna Say,' a classic organ quartet instrumental featuring national sax icon and local treasure Skerik, released June 2021. August 10th & 11th, Jazz Alley proudly presents a night of all new original material promoting Ari Joshua's two latest releases performed by an incredible all-star line-up. Ari Joshua (guitar), Delvon Lamarr (organ), Thomas Marriott (trumpet), Art Brown (tenor sax), and Luca Cartner (drums). The line-up features members of The Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, Polyrhythmics, Marriott Brothers, and more. Show time is 7:30pm both Tuesday and Wednesday. Doors open at 6:00pm each night.

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“Like a sponge, Ari soaked up musical information by feel as fast as anyone I’ve ever witnessed.” - Kenny Barron, Jazz Pianist and Professor at Manhattan School of Music

For years, shamanistic guitarist and composer Ari Joshua has been one of those “musician’s musicians” who those “in the know” rave about but remains under the radar to the general public. Struggles with substance abuse; a severe car accident; Ari’s commitment to music education with the successful school he founded, The Music Factory; and the daunting task of mixing have kept him in something of a creative holding pattern Ari is finally opening his vault and sharing a catalog of original recordings that feature his genius in composing and masterful musicianship alongside such revered instrumentalists as four-time Grammy-winning artist Robert Glasper, Marco Benevento, Joe Russo, Delvon Lamarr, Skerik, Ray Paczkowski and Russ Lawton, members of the Trey Anastasio Band. These tracks will be issued in various configurations. They document a spiritual journey of a prodigious talent all-consumed by his passion for music.

“Life and the Universe vibrates with songs, and when you play your instrument, you can tap into sacred frequencies. They can heal, bring people together, and they reveal ancient truths,” the South African born, Seattle-raised guitarist reveals. “Music is my purpose; it’s why I am here. It’s taken me time working through pain and frustrations to pursue this calling, but I am ready to serve the music.”

Ari is a jazz, rock, experimental, improv musician who wields an enlightened presence, boundless creativity, and visceral virtuosity. He earned a scholarship to the iconic New York City music school, The New School. Many talented musicians have gravitated towards Ari's sound. Rock N’ Roll Hall of Famer Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam featured Ari on his solo album, and legendary Santana drummer Michael Shrieve asked Ari to be the lead guitarist of his band.  Ari’s rock band, Big High, attracted the talents of Mad Season and Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin, and REM guitarist Peter Buck.

On March 17th, 2021, his first vault recording, “Eyes Only,” went live on all streaming services. It’s Ari’s collaboration with Robert Glasper, and organically it accrued over 37,000 spins, racking up 1,000-3,000 plays a day with no music biz machine behind it.

This past May, Ari released the playfully evocative jazz tune, “Walmart Dinosaurs,” which showcases him in a jazz setting with improvisations that feature whimsical flows of melody and dissonance as he colors inside and outside the tune’s sophisticated harmony structure.  

The vault releases showcase the full expanse of Ari’s talents. He slides into some retro-futuristic organ jazz on “Say Whatcha Wanna Say,” featuring Delvon Lamarr of the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio (DLO3) on the organ, Polyrhythmics drummer Grant Schroff, and Skerik on saxophone. He eases from jazz into his South African roots on the invigorating track, “Old Pop (not yet released),” featuring African pop star Zolani Mahola singing, Kyle Shephard on keys, and some of South African’s finest rounding out the ensemble. The lyrical composition, “Ray Of Light (not yet released),” is a tribute to his living grandmother Rae; and features members of The Trey Anastasio Band and Soul Monde, Ray Paczkowski on keys and Russ Lawton on drums. Ari was invited to play with the duo after their stunning run of appearances, The Beacon Jams, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Ari wields an enlightened presence, boundless creativity, and visceral virtuosity while performing his fun take on Jamband music." - The Mockingbird Foundation, a Phish Affiliate


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