Eureka Springs, AR (PRWEB) September 01, 2013
Jazz fusion band Spyro Gyra has been announced as the headline act for the 2013 Jazz Eureka festival which runs September 13 through 15. Spyro Gyra is a jazz fusion band that formed in the mid-1970s. The band's sound has its roots in traditional jazz, but combines elements of R&B, funk and pop music. Spyro Gyra is known for their mastery over their instruments and the energy for their live performances. They have performed over 5,000 shows, released 29 albums selling over 10 million albums while also achieving one platinum and two gold albums.
Next year Spyro Gyra will celebrate 40 years as a band while showing little sign of wanting to slow down, having earned Grammy nominations for each of their last four albums.
Friday evening in Basin Spring Park on Spring Street from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m, will be a Sunset Serenade with free music and a dance by the Fayetteville Jazz Collective, an 18-piece big band of Northwest Arkansas’ finest musicians. With over two centuries of combined jazz experience, the band has been thrilling audiences all around the 4-state region of Northwest Arkansas. Not to be missed, this event in Basin Park will provide all those who attend a wonderfully unique experience.
Music will fill Basin Spring Park again on Saturday from noon until 7 p.m. Starting off the day will be Alan Gibson and First Line—a group that plays a style of music played in the 1920s that represents the first transition from blues to jazz. This group features Alan Gibson on flugelhorn with a stellar supporting cast of excellent, area musicians including baritone saxophonist Dr. Rick Solonen, a featured artist of this summer's Walton Arts Summer Jazz Composer Series.
At 1:30 p.m. the Richard Bruton Quintet will take the stage. This legendary Springfield, Missouri tenor saxophonist leads a group of Southwest Missouri's finest musicians doing jazz standards and modern jazz. Bruton is known for playing with an aggressive tone along with a rhythmic drive that can be heard for miles. Richard has performed with a who's who of musicians throughout the area and the United States.
The Walter Savage Trio follows at 3 p.m. Savage has a reputation for bringing the upright bass—a primarily supportive instrument—into the spotlight. Whether playing legendary Bay Area jazz clubs like Yoshi's or entertaining people in venues in Northwest Arkansas, Savage lets the bass shine through as a leading force. Savage also delights crowds with his singing ability.
The final act in the free music line-up for Saturday is the NSU Jazz Sextet, part of the Northeastern State University Jazz Lab, which is home to the Jazz Studies Program, currently under the direction of saxophonist/composer/arranger, Dr. Tommy Poole.
Spyro Gyra will perform on Saturday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m at The Auditorium at 36 S. Main Street. Tickets are on sale now at http://www.theauditorium.org and range from $20 to $42.50.
One more free performance in the park will take place on Sunday afternoon. At 1 p.m. the Missouri State Jazz Band will perform traditional and contemporary big band music.
For more info visit http://www.jazzeureka.org or call 479-253-7333.
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