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Vincent York's Jazzistry's Tribute to Stan Getz & Gerry Mulligan Friday November 15, 2013
  Vincent York's Jazzistry's Tribute to Stan Getz & Gerry Mulligan
 
  Show starts at 8 pm
Doors open at 7:30 pm
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Jazz history, American history

In the 1950s a new sound started coming out of California. Until that time California’s jazz scene had been pretty traditional. This new West Coast sound or cool jazz, is easily recognized by its melodic and relaxed sound and blended harmonies.

Please join us for the first event in a series paying tribute to America’s great West Coast Jazz musicians. This evening will feature Vincent York playing Getz and Mark Berger playing Mulligan favorites including "Desafinado" and "Line for Lyons."

Stan Getz was known for his warm, lyrical tone, his prime influence as a saxophone player being the wispy, mellow timbre of, Lester Young. He is perhaps best known for popularizing bossa nova, as in his worldwide hit single The Girl from Ipanema. In the mid to late 1950s Getz became popular playing cool jazz with Horace Silver, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Max Roach and many others.

Initially Gerry Mulligan was known for his arrangements that had intricate inner parts, careful balancing of timbres, low dynamics and light swing. In 1952, while he was based in Los Angeles he formed his first piano-less quartet, with Chet Baker on trumpet. Some of his best playing is heard in his recordings with Chet Baker, Bob Brookmeyer, and Paul Desmond, with whom he shares an unusual talent for improvised countermelody.

Musicians confirmed for tonight’s show:
Vincent York, tenor saxophone/leader
Mark Berger, baritone saxophone
John Dana, bass
Ron English, guitar
Jesse Kramer drums
Gary Schunk, piano

Vincent York’s Jazzistry, an Ann Arbor based nonprofit, uses live performance to teach the story of jazz and its role in American history and culture to students in Michigan schools. The West Coast sound is talked about in Jazzistry school presentations. This Jazzistry series of concerts is an opportunity for us to bring you selections of the music from some of the artists who contributed to West Coast Cool Jazz.

This event is co-sponsored by Zingerman’s Community of Businesses and WEMU 89.1.



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