Kevin Bales & Friends | The Velvet Note

Kevin Bales & Friends

Friday, January 27th

Kevin Bales & Friends

Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Kevin Bales takes the stage with his on trio and two of his best musical buddies:  Singer Laura Coyle and Singer/Bassist Tommy Dean.  

Kevin’s initial career move was to the University of North Florida and a budding if little-known jazz program. There he met and performed with, and went on to record and tour with, a number of monumental artists who had settled into that burgeoning North Florida jazz scene. Giants like Wynton Marsalis, Louie Bellson, Eddie Daniels, James Moody, Ben Tucker, Ira Sullivan, Sam Rivers, and Nat Adderley. He counts among his mentors bassist Ben Tucker, multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan, guitar legends Nathen Page and Jack Petersen, and the fiercely individual saxophonist Bunky Green. His meeting with Bunky Green led to five years of tours. His encounter with guitarist Nathen Page blossomed into 15 years of spot tours and four albums. And his work with trumpeter extraordinaire Marcus Printup has become a lifetime association that has included recordings on Blue Note/Capital records.

One of the most sought-after singers on the Atlanta jazz scene, Laura Coyle brings a timeless voice and masterful sense of swing to her performances. She collaborates with many of the best musicians in the city and sings with a genuine love for the lyrics, and the traditions of jazz music.

Experimentation with jazz and how to improvise is an ongoing process that takes Tommy Dean deeper into being present to the moment on stage and in Life. If honest singing means anything to you, you will enjoy a performance with Tommy Dean, or T. Wesley Dean as he is known in the song circle community. Sit back, relax and hear what the music wants to be.

Showtimes:  7:30pm and 9:30pm      Admission:  $25.

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