John Ellis has agreed to bring his downhome funk to Prov for the August 3rd "Is This Jazz?" show, for a tiny fee of $1000! Let's do it!
Let's get John Ellis on the "Is This Jazz?" stage!
Over the past few months, the "Is This Jazz?" shows have brought together jazz groups of all shapes, sizes, and sounds to Providence RI. All manner of jazz language has been heard coming from local and regional talent; names including Eric Hofbauer and Lilly Maase have graced the stage. Now it's time we brought another heavyweight into the fold. John Ellis is highly regarded as being one of the best sax players and band leaders around. If you aren't familiar, check him out with his killing band, Double Wide:
He has been a semi-finalist in the Thelonius Monk International Saxophone Competition multiple times, played with musicians ranging from Mos Def and Norah Jones to Kurt Elling and Jason Marsalis, performed all over the globe, has a wide ranging discography in which he covers just about every type of jazz you could think of...and the list goes on! This year he has been invited to play the prestiguous Newport Jazz Festival, one of the oldest and most storied festivals of all time, and because he'll be in the area he has agreed to the possiblility of performing on the August 3rd "Is This Jazz?" show!
This is an opportunity we as jazz fans cannot pass up. Think about it like this: you could pay $80 to watch (from quite a distance) John perform for only 45 minutes, while being crammed next to hundreds of other people in the hot summer sun, paying ridiculous food and drink prices OR you could donate here, and go see him play for an hour and a half at an incredible local Providence club with outstanding food and drink, and be mere inches from the music as he tears down the house! Now, I think the answer is pretty clear. Please donate to this cause, to get John Ellis to Providence, to help grow a blossoming jazz scene, and to be part of bringing world class, phenomenal music to "Is This Jazz?" for all to enjoy. Thank you!
John Ellis: http://www.johnaxsonellis.com/
Is This Jazz?: http://isthisjazz.tumblr.com/
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