Sunday, April 9
Sunday Jazz Brunch: Buffet: 10 a.m.; Show 11:15 a.m.
Crowne Plaza Reading Ballroom
with special guests ART SHERROD and MATT MARSHAK
Tickets: $49 (Reserved Seating; Includes Brunch)
Four80East is an electro-jazz collective that’s all about the groove. Mixing jazz with soul music and electronic production, the Canadian producer duo of Rob DeBoer and Tony Grace have created a signature bass-propelled sound that entrances listeners of their recordings and enthralls audiences at their live shows.
Since breaking out with their critically acclaimed first release The Album in 1997, Four80East has been a mainstay on contemporary jazz radio and touring circuits with hits like “Eastside” and “Noodle Soup” and five subsequent albums.
Although the “band” was born as a studio project, DeBoer and Grace have been able to transform their layered and captivating sonic productions into a high-energy live show with the help of many world class session musicians who join them on stage. DeBoer, a multi-instrumentalist who plays keyboards, guitar and bass, fronts the band on their live performances. Grace is the percussionist.
Saxophonist Art Sherrod Jr. would be the first to tell you that his taste in music varies greatly, but the influence of growing up in Texas created an appreciation for everything from country & western, to rock n’ roll, rap, hip-hop, gospel and jazz.
During his four-year tenure as a midshipman attending the Naval Academy, few people knew he was a musician. But shortly after his time at the academy, Sherrod felt a strong desire to be creative again and step away from the more analytical side of life. So he started playing the saxophone again and quickly gained a great appreciation and respect for strong melodies, grooves, tone and soulful expressiveness.
As an independent contemporary jazz artist on the recording and touring scene, guitarist Matt Marshak has built a sound based on inspiration, improvisation and spontaneity — reassuring listeners and fans that his music is still seated in the tradition of jazz and roots music. The essence of this unique guitar player is one who often transcends any specific genre. Marshak’s sound is heartfelt, his guitar playing is hand-crafted, and he truly is an original guitar voice as he continues to push the limits of jazz and groove music.