It's the fabulous Dick Gail and his stellar group of players on the schedule for this month's 3rd Thursday jazz Night. A guaranteed good time is an understatement! Hosted by alto sax man, Jeff Alkire.
The Dick Gail Quintet:
Dick Gail - Drums
Eddie Mendenhall - Keys
Robbie Kwock - Trumpet
Al Bent - Trombone
Scott Barnhill - Tenor Sax
Here's how Dick describes the band:
This is a Jazz band that comes along once in a Blue Moon.
This fine group of musicians is playing a lot of the music of Ray Charles, Count Basie,
Miles Davis, Horace Silver, Cannonball, Coltrane, Illinois Jacquet, Benny Goodman, Earl Bostic and a whole lot more.
The Trumpet player "Robbie Kwock" and Trombone player "Al Bent" worked with Santana, Al Jereau, Tito Puente, Pete Escovido, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gilespie and James Moody.
Pianist/composer Eddie Mendenhall - Pianist - is a young music professor from Monterey Peninsula College, and serves as an instructor at the renowned Monterey Jazz Festival Summer Jazz Camp. Mendenhall's professional background includes a seven-year stint on the Tokyo jazz scene, and performing as a member of Ray Brown's Great Big Band for the last five years.
Scott Barnhill - Tenor Saxophone, played with Zigaboo Modeliste - and his Dad - Drummer Buddy Barnhill and Dick Gail for over 20 years. In Dick Gails list of the top ten.
The drummer and leader of this great band is Dick Gail - he has worked with Dakota Staton, James Spaulding, George Adams, Joe Alexander, Eddie Harris, Ruth Brown, Walter Bishop Jr., Eddie Kahn, Groove Holmes, Rhoda Scott, Roy Liberto, Eddie Kahn,
Dizzy Reece, Don Goldie, and Jimmy Witherspoon to name just a few.
Dick says "We are a rompin Little Big Band and this is a collective of some great musicians - who are playing Jazz and Be-Bop the way it should be played."
This is the same location you have been coming to the past year, so come on down to groovy Land Park and join in.
Report back with some words or post some pics for us from your night out. no host meetup, so if you go look for others who RSVP'd Yes.