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By Indiana Reed
Special to The PREVIEW
The Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College brings the inventive Latin jazz ensemble Dave Samuels and The Caribbean Jazz Project to Durango on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m.
Founded in 1993 by Dave Samuels, The Caribbean Jazz Project has set a new standard in original, improvised music based on the rich musical traditions of the Caribbean, where music from Africa, Europe and the Caribbean Islands first merged and spread its roots. The Caribbean Jazz Project explores these styles, meshing them with the spontaneity of jazz. The ensemble has earned numerous Grammy nominations, including a win for Best Latin Jazz Recording for “The Gathering.”
The current lineup, in addition to Samuels (vibes and marimba), is Lincoln Goines (bass), Oscar Feldman (sax), Vince Cherico (drums) and Arturo Stable (percussion).
Wrote All Music Guide, “The band cooks, no question about it, and Samuels’ Latin-leaning arrangements are smart and steamy … the quality of musicianship … is superb … exhilarating.”
The top mallet player of his generation, Dave Samuels is recognized for his fresh new sound and creative approach to both the vibraphone and marimba. A former member of Spyro Gyra (1977-1994), Samuels has demonstrated his versatility and gained worldwide recognition by performing and recording with a broad scope of artists. He has been voted “Best Vibes Player” in both Jazziz and Modern Drummer magazines.
In addition to his playing, Samuels is a respected educator and author. His works can be found at MalletWorks.com and JazzBooks.com. As a bonus during his visit to Durango, Samuels will participate in the FLC Jazz Festival, set for Thursday, Feb. 28. Up to 18 jazz bands compete/perform throughout the day, and the evening concert will feature Dave Samuels with the FLC Jazz Ensemble and the top scoring high school jazz ensemble from the Jazz Fest. Learn more about the Jazz Fest at www.fortlewis.edu/music/AnnualMusicEvents/JazzFestival.
View a live performance of Dave Samuels and The Caribbean Jazz Project at www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZeG_A1tPdg.
Tickets for Dave Samuels and The Caribbean Jazz Project — $29/$39 — are available by calling 247-7657, or on the web at www.durangoconcerts.com.
Showtime is 7 p.m., with doors to the Concert Hall and concessions, serving beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks, opening at 6.
On show day, the box office at the Concert Hall will be open one hour prior to curtain, and remain open through intermission. When no intermission is scheduled, ticket sales will continue one hour past curtain.