Starting on September 10th, there will be a brand new monthly jazz jam taking place at Aurora in Providence. This event will be held on the second Wednesday of every month and will feature a house band made up of great local talent, and will be hosted by your’s truly. Here is the official press release:
“Providence—Jazz fans and musicians of all ages are invited to an inaugural jazz jam on September 10th from 8 pm to 11 pm. The jam will be hosted by Aurora, at 276 Westminster St in downtown Providence, on the second Wednesday of each month.
Leading off as the house band will be Leland Baker on tenor sax, Clay Nordhill on guitar, Sam Kurzontkowski on bass, and Jungho Kang on drums. Well known for their compelling original compositions, they are versed as well in the standards. ’Standards are a integral part of the jazz tradition. A lot of the jazz master first perfected the “language” over tunes from the American song book before creating original compositions.’, said Baker.
Ben Shaw, who hosts the bimonthly series Is this Jazz? at AS220, will MC to ensure a smooth exchange of musicians with the house band. ’It’s an honor to support this effort to fill the void after the great Roots Cafe closed’, said Shaw.
Aurora has all three music licenses so all jazz standards can be played with full due to their composers. The house band will rotate monthly to accommodate an array of jazz styles, and to showcase different musicians. A $5 donation will support the house musicians and MC.”
I am truly blessed and excited to be a part of this exciting new thing happening in our city. However, know that while this will go on as long as it possibly can, that it is 100% dependant on having you all attend and show this town how much we long for a thriving jazz scene. Please come down to join and jam with us, we need your support to make this a success!