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Maurice Tani, George Cole & Very Special Guests
March 22, 2012
Eurocana meets Americana
Thurs, March 22
8pm $16 advance / $20 day-of-show
"Tani is an accomplished songwriter, his arrangements are perfect and vocals as
Adolph Gorhand, Folk World
"Maurice Tani’s excellent songwriting, and …dynamic spot-on performance...is surely a
gem worth seeking out."
Ben Foster, The 1-to-10 Country Music Review
"George Cole has a sound that incorporates some of the finest elements of ‘30s-era
European and American music. Cole’s excellent Django-style guitar work and his band’s
enticing instrumental and vocal harmonies make them a must-see for any fan of vintage
Art Thompson, Senior Editor, Guitar Player Magazine
Maurice Tani and George Cole together redefine their musical genres in fresh, intelligent and vibrant forms. In a very special collaboration on the Yoshi’s stage tonight, these two iconoclastic artists promise a thrilling evening of contrasting and complimentary musical colors as Americana tips its collective hat to “Eurocana”.
Maurice Tani, of the acclaimed group 77 El Deora, is consistently hailed for his highly literate alchemy of traditional music forms: wide screen ruminations ranging from rye to romantic, blending a broad set of genre-stretching influences from country, jazz, and blues to film scores, gospel and classical music. He then flash freezes them into an Americana melange dripping with rural soul, along with bassist Mike Anderson (a past associate of George Cole’s), drummer Ken Owen (fresh from recent work with Buddy Miller and Emmylou Harris) and popular jazz pianist/composer Randy Craig. They are joined by very special guest Pam Brandon (better known as bluegrass belter Belle Monroe, and as the sexy chanteuse of the long-running band Lost Weekend.)
George Cole is writing a new American Songbook. His melodies and lyrics, breathtaking vocals, and guitar virtuosity evoke the dynamic styles of Gypsy jazz and swing a la Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt, and "Hot Jazz" with an acoustically flavored French string-driven sound. Influenced by the great composers of the swing era like Cole Porter and George Gershwin, his exciting band threads together the material to create a riveting synthesis of Eurocana flair. Joining George Cole, who dazzles on vocals and lead guitar, are the other members of Eurocana: Jenefer Taylor on vocals, Nick Christie on rhythm guitar, Jeff Chambers on upright bass, and Echae Kang helping to knock the music right out of the stratosphere on violin.
Tonight’s one-of-a-kind performance showcases the two different ensembles in alternating numbers throughout the evening which accentuate and highlight their individual talents. You won’t want to miss the festivities as Americana meets Eurocana to delight and transport you during one stunning, seamless show.