Ron Blake, Sean Jones And Eugene Maslov To Tour As Mack Avenue All Stars

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Three Emerging Talents Will Unite For Series of Summer Shows In Schenectedy,Rochester, Syracuse, Cleveland, Boston, and Northmapton

Saxophonist Ron Blake, trumpeter Sean Jones, and pianist Eugene Maslov will take to the road for a series of east coast concerts on which they will share the bill as the Mack Avenue All Stars. The three players, who are all signed to Detroit-based indie Mack Avenue Records, will perform selections from their individual solo projects as well as standards. Supporting the trio of emerging talents will be Charles Fambrough on bass and Wilby Fletcher on drums.

Ron Blakes debut for Mack Avenue, Lest We Forget, was produced by long-time musical associate Christian McBride and celebrates the classic Hammond B-3 organ trio sound in an innovative setting, performing songs made popular by some of the legendary musicians associated with the instrument - Stanley Turrentine, Charles Earland, and Grover Washington, Jr. Blake also records and performs with both Christian McBride and Grammy-nominees Yerba Buena. All About Jazz says that on Lest We Forget “...Blake's combination of intellect, swing, a feeling of power in reserve, and a beautiful sound make for a rewarding listen."

Newcomer Sean Joness first recording, Eternal Journey, was released on May 18. Although he is only in his mid-twenties, Jones has already performed and recorded with the Gerald Wilson Orchestra, Harry Connick, Jr., Charles Fambrough, Jon Faddis and Wynton Marsalis Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, among others. Ray Vega has commented that Sean in the best young jazz trumpeter on the scene today, bar none!

Classically trained Russian pianist Eugene Maslov has released three CDs for Mack Avenue Records. In 1997, Maslov performed at Carnegie Hall on a bill with Sting, Al Jarreau, Joe Lovano and others in an evening featuring the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim. His Mack Avenue releases have teamed him with such greats as Toots Thielemans, on When I Need to Smile (1999) and Shirley Horn, on The Face of Love (2000). Maslov's most recent release, The Fuse is Lit (2002), is a fiery collection of Maslov compositions and interpretation of three standards. Jazz Improv Magazine called Maslov a technical master who plays with style and sensitivity.

An itinerary of the first leg of the Mack Avenue All Stars tour follows.

June 23
Schenectady, NY
Van Dykes

June 25
Rochester, NY
Montage Grill

June 26
Syracuse, NY
Syracuse Jazz Festival

June 27
Cleveland, OH
Wilberts Food & Music

August 4
Boston, MA

August 5
Northampton, MA
Iron Horse

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