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Dennis Webb

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Chris Standring is a well known jazz guitarist who has performed live and done a great deal of session work with many super stars of smooth jazz. Today he performed in Avalon on Catalina Island at the 13th Annual Jazz Trax Festival. He played music from his current CD, Velvet, and his soon to be released CD, Hip Sway. The performance was first class as his band masterfully blended Hammond B3 and Saxophone voices with Chris's custom Benedetto guitar. My favorite song "Big Pant People" beautifully …
29.01.2011

Groov'in For Grover

Published in Concert Reviews
It was a treat to attend this concert at the Historic Pabst Theater to listen to jazz super stars Gerald Albright, Richard Elliott, Jeff Lorber, and Paul Taylor. This was a perfect venue to celebrate the life of a classy jazz artist, Grover Washington Jr. A wonderfully diverse crowd gathered to experience the awesome concert ahead.

As the concert began, Jeff Lorber came on stage first and introduced Paul Taylor, Paul then introduced Richard Elliott, and then Richard introduced Gerald Albright

The 2001 version of this event just ended and in this writers opinion it was a huge success. This is based primarily on the very positive fan reaction, enthusiasm generated by the performers, and my own humble opinion based on the mission of the founders of this event, more information on these views are explained at http://kmjazz.com/bg.htm. I have been to the Jazz Trax Catalina festival eight times and would recommend it to anyone, but considering that Kettle Moraine is a benefit and wa