With this month's guests, the name says it all.According to the dictionary a syndicate is a group of individuals formed to serve a common interest, and with this group of musicians there can be no doubt as to what that interest is (hint: they are appearing on the "Jazz Spot" with host Raphael Semmes).
Jazz Syndicate is a group comprised of four of the finest musicians who have ever appeared on the Jazz Spot, and if that's not enough the group also features two bassists. That's right...2!
So, at this point, let's let Raphael (who is himself a bassist) weigh in. "I was talking to Quinous Johnson (drummer and Fusion regular) about his and his friends' new group and let's just say they had me at two bass players. And not just any bassists. Dale Morris and Johnny Hubbard are two of the best you will hear anywhere. Add John Alford, who has played keyboards and toured with everybody, to that mix and you have a very impressive group. They are also good friends of mine and stellar individuals. I can't wait to see what they have in store for us, but I can tell you there will be a high level of musicianship and creativity on display."
The members of Jazz Syndicate have performed with a veritable Who's Who of jazz, blues and R&B artists, so the opportunity to share their own sound promises to be a swinging and funky set featuring selections from jazz standards to Weather Report (the Jaco era, of course).
Better get there early for best seats 'cause it will be packed and we will be serving not only the best coffee in the Metro but real Italian gelato to cool you on a hot July day. One more thing... did we mention there will be two bass players? Bring a friend. Or two!
Coming in August: Barry Leach
Our festival featured Astral Project, Bill Summers' Jazalsa, The Vamps, Raphael Semmes Jazz Ensemble and much more!
Astral Project (New Orleans)
Headlining this year's fest is legendary New Orleans group "ASTRAL PROJECT" whose wholly original approach to jazz and stellar musicianship have made them a "must see" attraction for jazz aficianados and festival goers worldwide with Down Beat magazine calling them "One of the most distinctive and cohesive groups in jazz."
Bill Summers & Jazalsa (New Orleans)
To say that Bill Summers is a percussionist is like saying a Steinway is a piano: the noun conveys none of the history and quality of the owner of the title. Summers is a musician of the highest order, playing anything from traditional African instruments to pop bottles, and a cultural visionary who brings diverse people and ideas together. For our festival he brings his group "Jazalsa" to add a very danceable latin vibe to our lineup.
Raphael Semmes Jazz Ensemble(Jackson, MS)
Fresh on the heels of his selection as Best of Jackson "Favorite Jazz Artist," Raphael Semmes returns to the festival stage with some of his favorite local musicians.
The Vamps (Jackson, MS)
“The Vamps” return this year to take their festival record to 10-for-10! They headlined our inaugural festival 10 years ago and have graced our stage every year since.
The Musicians (Jackson, MS)
Willie Silas, Sherrill Holly, Bernard Holly, Dowel Taylor, and Bernard Jones (collectively known simply as "The Musicians"), are an amazing group of Jackson's finest veteran musicians.
Southern Komfort (Jackson, MS)
Jackson’s award winning, high-energy, super soulful brass band “Southern Komfort” retuns once again for what has become an annual tradition: closing out the festival by leading the audience on a jazz parade through the main drag of the Township itself.
Jackson State University Jazz Ensemble
Under the direction of Dr. Russell Thomas, Jr.
Under the direction of Larry Panella
Murrah High School Jazz Band
With introduction by Mayor Gene Magee
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