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BRIAN SIMPSON & JEFF KASHIWA GROOVETET
August 18, 2013
Celebrated keyboardist Brian Simpson & contemporary jazz saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa's new project
Sunday, Aug 18
- 7pm $23 adv, $27 door
SMOOTH JAZZ SERIES: Purchase Five (5) concerts with reserved seating for $95.00, which is the equivalent of:
BUY FOUR SMOOTH JAZZ SHOWS, GET ONE FREE PLUS RESERVED SEATS WITH NO FEES
Jeff Golub w/ Brian Auger - Thu, Aug 29
Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra - Fri-Sun, Aug 30-Sep 1
Tony Exum, Jr & Dee Lucas Perform A TRIBUTE TO ART & GEORGE - Sun, Sep 8
Jeff Lorber - Thu, Sep 26
Nick Colionne - Fri, Sep 27
Earl Klugh - Thu, Oct 3
Offer valid only by calling the box office 415.655.5600, or in person, Tuesdays through Sundays 12noon - 8pm.
Seattle native, Jeff Kashiwa knew he was destined to be a musician following his junior high introduction to woodwinds. His instincts were correct. He became known as one of the most compelling young saxophonists in contemporary jazz during his first year with The Rippingtons. Kashiwa performed hundreds of shows all over the world and appeared on many of the band’s classic recordings.
Having established himself in the 1990's as one of the most diverse saxmen in contemporary jazz during his decade long tenure with The Rippingtons, Kashiwa’s instincts led him to more dynamic endeavors through his solo career. It surprised many when Jeff left the group to venture out on his own, but he had things to say through his own music. Kashiwa now has nine CDs released under his own name and has continued to record as a guest artist with many other artists as well. In 2004, Kashiwa founded The Sax Pack, a trio of saxophone headliners, featuring himself, Steve Cole and Kim Waters. The group released two CDs together and charmed audiences with their Rat Pack style reparte' in tours across the U.S. and abroad.
His brand new CD Let It Ride features a host of great musicians in the world of Contemporary Jazz; Russ Freeman, David Benoit, Chuck Loeb and Tom Schuman of Spyro Gyra. Let It Ride has been in the top 4 Best Sellers in Smooth Jazz on Amazon.com for the past few weeks. Jeff Kashiwa's website
Celebrated keyboardist, composer and studio musician, Brian Simpson has been the ‘go-to’ man for everyone from Janet Jackson and Teena Marie to George Duke, Stanley Clarke and Dave Koz, for whom he has had the distinction of being musical director for the past 15 years. The chart-topping musical chameleon who wrote the #1 R&B hit “The First Time” for Surface in the 1990s confesses, "Ultimately, my listeners inspire me to make my music.”
Known for his ability to sculpt timeless love songs, soulful party anthems and melodies that stay on your mind, Brian Simpson is truly a master at his craft. South Beach, his inaugural album for Shanachie Entertainment, delivers on every front. The album’s title track, with a jubilant vibe reminiscent of the Ramsey Lewis smash hit “The In Crowd,” is already top 20 on multiple jazz charts, two months prior to album release. ”I'm very happy we chose ‘South Beach’ as the first single,” confides Simpson, “because it's probably the song that's most indicative of my style. My travels take me to some pretty nice places, but my favorites are always the ones with beaches. In the last year I've been to Hawaii, Bali, Indonesia, and several beaches in Florida. The wind, sea, and sand really inspired the melodies you'll hear. Brian Simpson's website