Alfano Motorcars Presents: the 2nd Annual 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLO Jazz Festival

 16 May
 Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa
 751 Palm St - 93401 - San Luis Obispo - United States
 SLO Jazz Festival
Headlining: JOSHUA REDMAN QUARTET! Coming May 16, 2015 - 3 Stages - GREAT International Quality Jazz, Regional Jazz, and Local Jazz! Tickets on sale at Vallitix, Boo Boo Records, and by phone at 888-825-5484 now - buy early as prices WILL increase both before and the day of the event! Last year VIP sold out, so do not delay on purchasing tickets. MAIN STAGE: 8:15PM HEADLINING THE MAIN STAGE: JOSHUA REDMAN QUARTET! Sponsored by GoDaddy Joshua Redman Quartet with Joshua on sax, Aaron Goldberg on piano, Reuben Rogers on acoustic bass, and Marcus Gilmore on drum kit. One of the most esteemed and charismatic artists of his generation, Grammy Award Nominated saxophonist Joshua Redman “is unparalleled among horn players today” (JazzTimes). 6:30pm - 7:45PM Quincy Jones Presents: Grammy nominated Alfredo Rodriguez Trio There are some moments in life when you hear a musician and immediately recognize someone incredibly talented and special. Quincy Jones recognized this greatness, and presents this gifted pianist for your pleasure at the 2nd Annual 2015 Mercedes-Benz SLO Jazz Festival, presented by Alfano Motorcars. “When you live in your own country, you are immersed in that reality and you’re not necessarily conscious of all the different elements that make it what it is,” says Cuban pianist and composer Alfredo Rodríguez, who moved to the United States in January 2009. “I breathed Cuban music. Being outside that reality gives me a different perspective. Creating and playing this music has been like finding out who I am, all over again.” Quincy Jones has worked with and been instrumental in the careers of such legends as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and Michael Jackson, as well as a duets featuring Stevie Wonder and multiple projects for film and television, has been nominated for 79 Grammy Awards and won 27 -- more than any other living artist. He produced the biggest selling album of all-time, Michael Jackson's Thriller, and was named by Time Magazine as "One of the six most influential jazz artists of the 20th Century." "On his second recording since moving to the United States in 2009, pianist Alfredo Rodriguez dips his hands into as much (of Cuba's rich and varied musical culture) as he can -- the French and Haitian influence of Santiago de Cuba, the folkloric styles of the countryside and the relentless polyrhythms of Afro-Cuban music--and creates a highly personal pastiche." -- DownBeat - James Hale - 11/15/14 “I searched different styles, different rhythms of Cuban music,” explains Rodríguez. “I explored Conga Santiaguera [a rhythm from Santiago, in Eastern Cuba], Afro-Cuban music and also música guajira [country music]. I’m exploring the roots and searching for my own contribution to Cuban music.” Born in Havana, Cuba as the son of a popular singer, television presenter and entertainer of the same name, Rodríguez began his formal music education at seven. Percussion, not piano, was his first choice. “But to choose what I wanted I had to wait until I was 10,” he explains. “So I picked piano. By the time I could actually switch to percussion, I knew the piano was my path.” “One of the most prolific and gifted jazz pianists of the 21st century” – Quincy Jones 4:00pm - 5:30pm John Santos Sextet Five-time Grammy nominee and USA Fontanals Fellow, John Santos, and his stellar Sextet shed light on the historical and cultural significance of Latin Jazz, as well as its aesthetic characteristics pertaining to instrumentation, rhythm, interpretation and improvisation. . Their repertoire consists of exciting arrangements from Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the US, as well as original compositions. John Santos is one of the foremost exponents of Afro-Latin music in the world today. Born in San Francisco, California, has worked with acknowledged, multi-generational masters such as Cachao, Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Bebo Valdés, Max Roach, Eddie Palmieri, Patato Valdés, Lázaro Ros, Bobby Hutcherson, Chucho Valdes, Chocolate Armenteros, John Handy, Billy Cobham, Zakir Hussain, George Cables, Rene Lopez, Generoso Jimenez, Joe Henderson, Francisco Aguabella, John Faddis, Ed Thigpen, Giovanni Hidalgo, Steve Turre, McCoy Tyner, Batacumbele, Poncho Sanchez, Omar Sosa, Mel Martin, Ignacio Berroa, Danilo Perez, Los Pleneros de la 21, Jose Luis “Changuito” Quintana, Armando Peraza, Pancho Quinto, Tootie Heath, Jacqueline Castellanos, Malonga Casquelord, CK Ladzekpo, Pancho Terry, Yosvany Terry, Dafnis Prieto, Oscar Castro Neves, Mark Murphy, Larry Coryell, Lázaro Galarraga, Regino Jimenez, Luis Daniel “Chichito” Cepeda, Pedrito Martinez, Jerry Medina, Orestes Vilató, Paquito D’Rivera, Larry Vukovich, Arturo Sandoval, Nestor Torres, Anthony Carrillo, Paoli Mejías, Raul Rekow, Andy Gonzalez, Jerry Gonzalez, Jovino Santos Neto, Lalo Schifrin, Pete Escovedo, Claudia Gómez, Maria Márquez, Jon Jang, Ray Vega, Chembo Corniel, Wayne Wallace, John Calloway, Mark Levine, Elio Villafranca, Bruce Forman, Linda Tillery, Charlie Hunter, Joyce Cooling, Bobby Matos, Mark Weinstein, Jackeline Rago, Roberto Borrell, Sandy Perez, Jesus Diaz, Roman Diaz, Pablo Menendez, Yma Sumac, and Carlos Santana. The San Francisco Bay Area community in which he still lives and works has presented him with numerous awards and honors for artistic excellence and social dedication. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom issued a proclamation declaring November 12, 2006 John Santos Day. And on October 9th, 2012, in a ceremony at City Hall, he received the 2012 San Francisco Latino Heritage Arts Award from the Mayor’s office. John is an endorsee of Latin Percussion instruments, Remo drumheads, Sabian cymbals, Engelhart Metal Percussion, and Fat Conga Cajones. 2:00pm - 3:30pm Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers - Sultry chanteuse Lavay Smith evokes a sensuous era of glamorous Jazz divas and sexy pinups adding a modern, feminist twist. Whether singing her own compositions or drawing on a large repertoire of classics, Lavay and her all-star 8-piece band bake up an instant recipe for good times. Truly an all-star ensemble, Lavay’s musicians have performed or recorded with Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat “King” Cole, Sarah Vaughan, Quincy Jones, Tito Puente, Lionel Hampton, Jay McShann, Johnny Otis, Wytnon Marsalis, Big Joe Turner, Ray Charles, Big Mama Thornton, Erroll Garner, Charles Brown, Rosemary Clooney, Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Rufus Thomas, Taj Mahal, Dr. John, Sy Oliver, Esther Phillips and many more. 11:40AM Opening Act on the Main Stage! GRAMMY WINNING SAXOPHONIST PAUL MCCANDLESS, w/Bay Area Contemporary Jazz Band, CHARGED PARTICLES! The most exciting and creative music being made today crosses stylistic boundaries and blends multiple traditions to create vital new sounds. Charged Particles features three of the country's virtuosos doing just that in the electric jazz arena. Murray Low is a keyboard wizard with dazzling Latin-jazz technique and imaginative improvisational skills. Aaron Germain is an inventive and sophisticated acoustic and electric bassist. Along with fiery drummer Jon Krosnick, these players are making some of the most electrifying jazz in the country today. In 1996 Paul McCandless won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones with whom he was a guest artist. He also has been nominated for two Grammy awards for his composition work. A true heavyweight on soprano saxophone, we're starting the day with saxophone and ending with saxophone - it will be a true "life highlight" for anyone who loves the sax! Additional Acts will be announced April 6th, to include a mix of straight ahead, New Orleans Swing/Bluesy Vocals, Latin Jazz, Cuban music! BROAD STREET STAGE: 5:30PM - 7PM BOOGIE STOMP - a Blues, Swing, and Piano-lover's delight! HEADLINER: BOOGIE STOMP! No holds-barred dueling boogie woogie piano duel! As featured in San Luis Obispo International Film Festival in 2014, we brought them back LIVE and IN PERSON to headline our Broad Street Stage! Featuring Boogie Bob Baldori and Arthur Migliazza, Bob Baldori previously performed with non other than the great Chuck Berry! In addition to Berry, Boogie Bob has worked and recorded with many other blues and rock legends, playing piano and harmonica. They include Muddy Waters , John Lee Hooker, Luther Allison, Del Shannon , John Hammond, Hubert Sumlin and Bo Diddley. Along the way he developed a style of piano playing heavily influenced by boogie, jazz, and the relentless blues styles of Lafayette Leake, Otis Spann, James Booker and Johnny Johnson. If you like classic, no holds barred rocking piano boogie, this is for you! Arthur has been inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame, was a finalist at the 2010 and 2014 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, and in his 20+ years of performing has shared the stage with Albert Lee, John Mooney, Little Milton, Buckwheat Zydeco, Guitar Shorty, Saffire the Uppity Blues Women, Cephas and Wiggins, Robert Cray, Bob Margolin, Elvin Bishop, Tommy Castro, Bob Malone, Bruce Katz, Henry Butler and David Maxwell to name a few. 3:30pm - 5:00pm Wally Schnalle & BANG Wally Schnalle is a busy man. And he stays that way juggling rolls as a drummer, composer, educator, journalist and bandleader. With 5 CD’s as leader released over the past ten years. His ensembles have performed at top shelf jazz venues such as Yoshis in the SF Bay Area as well as major Jazz Festivals like The Monterey Jazz Festival, The San Jose Jazz Festival, San Francisco's Jazz in the City as well as San Jose’s SoFA festival. Schnalle also acts as music editor for both Traps and DRUM! Magazines. His drum transcriptions and educational columns have served to enlighten and educate readers internationally for years. Schnalle also teaches drums both privately and as a clinician. He has also been the recipient of an Artist-In-Residence Grant from the California Arts Council. Wally plays and endorses Pearl Drums and Zildjian Cymbals. And most importantly his name rhymes! 1:30pm - 3:00pm HUMAN NATION "What happens when you take some of the county’s best musicians, give them plenty of time to develop their sound and let their creativity flow, and finally let them take their time in the studio perfecting their music? You get Human Nation’s debut CD Migration, a world-class, world-music-inflected jazz collection that should put this talented group on the national map. Founded in 2009 by guitarist-composer Adam Levine, the super group also features Danny Pelfrey on saxes, Brett Mitchell on piano, Bill Wingfield on bass, and Dean Giles on drums and percussion. Early on, before leaving for a teaching gig in Florida, the group also featured David Becker, who appears on the album." -- Glen Starkey - New Times 11:30pm - 1pm Choro de Ouro Choro de Ouro is the premier Choro group on the Central Coast of California. Choro is a style from Brazil that stated in the later part of the nineteenth century in Rio de Janeiro. It quickly spread throughout Brazil and eventually become a unifying point of pride for the country. Composers like Pixinguinha and Jacob do Bandolim were famous and honored for their contribution to Brazilian culture. Today people are rediscovering this music as it has continued to evolve and grow with a wonderful history and life. It is a passionate music full of virtuosity and excitement as well as expression and the quality of something quaintly beautiful. YOUTH IN MUSIC at SLOMA STAGE: A new offering this year - featuring the best of the Central Coast's local youth bands - and both a DRUM CLINIC by WALLY SCHNALLE at 11:30AM, and a PERCUSSION CLINIC by JOHN SANTOS at 1PM - both clinicians are jazz artists who are also performing at the SLO Jazz Festival with their bands! Get the inside scoop, then see them in action - excellent for up-and-coming drummers and percussionists! Make sure to block this out - it's going to be BETTER THAN EVER - May 16, 2015 11AM - 10PM a full day of incredible jazz! Memberships on sale at The FULL LINEUP is NOW RELEASED for the MISSION and BROAD STREET STAGES! VIP Tickets and General Admission tickets are on sale at all Vallitix locations, including Boo Boo Records, now! or call 1-888-825-5484 to get your tickets early - prices WILL GO UP SOON - DON'T WAIT! (VIP SOLD OUT EARLY in 2014 - we expect this to happen again in 2015) Share the event with friends and family - this promises to be a "life highlight" event!

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