World-class jazz on Gualala Arts stage
By J. Stephen McLaughlin
Independent Coast Observer
April 26, 2013
Fred Adler did it again -- he assembled a stage full of world-class jazz musicians for the Main Event of the Whale and Jazz Festival Saturday night. Adler, a KTDE radio host and lifelong jazz aficionado, is the festival's Music Director.
Fronted by vocalist Jamie Davis, the band included five veteran instrumentalists, and introduced Matt Richards, a 15-year-old tenor sax player whose solo and ensemble work belied his years. Davis praised him as being "an old soul."
Adler, who had heard the young phenomenon in Walnut Creek, told the ICO he had suggested to Davis that he include him in the Gualala gig. We're glad he did.
Davis is a versatile singer with a warm baritone and personable style. He was generous with solos for all the players, which were enthusiastically received by the sell-out audience.
Roger Glenn, a nimble performer on vibes, was also featured on a rich tenor sax and flute. His on-stage persona was a good foil for Davis.
With Glenn Pearson on piano, Kyle Gregory on trumpet and flugelhorn, John Shifflet, bass and Larry Vann, drums, the combo presented a full and varied evening of classic jazz.
For ten years, during the Whale and Jazz Festival, the Gualala Arts Center continues to be right up there with Yoshi's and Birdland as a fine jazz venue.
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