*Tickets are $45.50 | On sale April 12 at 10am
Please note: A few hours prior to the event tickets may only be available from the box office or at the venue.
Steve Smith is most widely known as the legendary drummer of rock band Journey a jazz/fusion juggernaut Vital Information. After playing the Java Jazz Festival with Vital Information in 2011, Smith and guitarist Vinny Valentino had a chance encounter in Jakarta with a Hammond B3 virtuoso named Tony Monaco. An all-night jam session eventually led to a recording studio and the gloriously funky result was Groove: Blue, akin to a classic Blue Note organ trio record by Jimmy Smith. These true musicians effortlessly inject a 50-year-old sound into their own compositions, adding a few specially arranged jazz standards along the way, including covers of jazz immortals Miles Davis and Nat King Cole. These guys can play!
“…straight out of Blue Note’s heyday. A perfect vintage organ trio record, the kind Jimmy Smith and Grant Green used to make. There’s an urgency to this music that is sometimes missing from modern studio recordings.” – JazzTimes