First off, let me say that after 13 years as the drumming powerhouse for the contemporary jazz group Spyro Gyra, Joel Rosenblatt has left the band to pursue other endeavors. He still can be heard on seven of the eleven tracks of the new CD, The Deep End. He is replaced by newcomer Ludwig Afonso, a 25 year old Cuban drummer, who originates from Havana. Ludwig was fortunate enough to play on one track of the new CD that's out right now. I look forward to hearing more from him as he develops his own "voice" with the group.
The Henderson Pavillion in Henderson, Nevada, hosts another event per the Michelob Concert Series on Tuesday, September 7th, with special guest, the very talented guitarist, Doc Powell.
September 11th, Jazz Under The Stars #3 brings the special edition of Guitars And Saxes to the Spring Mountain State Park, featuring top-line artists of the Smooth Jazz radiowaves. Guitarists Jeff Golub and Mark Antoine, along with saxophonists Euge Groove and Warren Hill kick the event.
Chris Botti has launched a new syndicated radio show called Chill. It's a two-hour program featuring the best of smooth jazz to "chill" and sooth the listening spirits. Check for listings on your local smooth jazz radio station for day and time.