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Friday, December 11 | 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $42.50–$47.50

Saturday, December 12 | 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $42.50–$47.50

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Fall 2015 Concert Series
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Steve Gadd Band

Drummer Steve Gadd is among the most respected and emulated musicians in the world; an anomaly whose panache for playing precisely what a piece of music requires plus bringing signature taste, style, and energy to the proceeds has resulted in hundreds of the most rhythmically exhilarating moments in recorded music history. Amazingly, as he was laying down custom classic grooves for pop records such as Paul Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,” Rickie Lee Jones’ “Chuck E.’s In Love,” and Van McCoy’s “The Hustle,” Gadd was simultaneously recording landmark jazz-rock fusion masterpieces such as Bob James’ adaptation of Modest Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain,” Steely Dan’s “Aja,” and Chick Corea’s “Nite Sprite.” Couple all of that with his charisma and drive as a live performer for artists from Eric Clapton to James Taylor and it is clear: no other drummer has impacted jazz and popular music like Steve Gadd.

Gadd turned seventy on April 9 of this year. On April 7, BMF Jazz commemorated this milestone by releasing 70 Strong, the second album by the Steve Gadd Band. This phenomenal instrumental dream quintet of players/composers/arrangers creates a panoramic sound palette of groove and grace. The Steve Gadd Band is trumpeter Walt Fowler, guitarist Michael Landau, keyboardist Larry Goldings, and pioneering 5-string bassist Jimmy Johnson.

“Gadd can play anything, easily bridging different musical styles.”—

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