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George Rabbai Quartet @ Collingswood Community Center on January 5th

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Appearing at the Collingswood Community Center, 30 E. Collings Ave in Collingswood NJ, on January 5th will be trumpeter George Rabbai with his band, featuring guitarist Brian Betz, bassist Steve Varner and drummer Jim Miller. One Show: 7:30-9:00 p.m. Admission: $10/$5 for students. No advance sales. Free Refreshments! For info: 856-858-8914.

Jazz Bridge, a 501C3 nonprofit that assists our local jazz and blues musicians in crisis, is sponsoring this concert.

George Rabbai's first national recognition as a trumpeter came when he joined the Woody Herman Orchestra, touring as a jazz soloist. During his two-year stay, Rabbai performed at jazz festivals and concert halls throughout the United States and abroad, and recorded with Herman on the Concord and Toshiba EMI labels. His unique style of scat singing prompted Herman to reinstate and re-record the classic arrangement of the big band bebop hit of the 1940's Lemon Drop as a vocal and trumpet feature. His most recent CD is entitled “Muted BeBop" on the Dreambox Media label.

After touring with the Woody Herman orchestra, Rabbai was selected as part of the Woody Herman All-Star small group, performing with artists like Sal Nistico, Jake Hannah, Nat Pierce, George Duvivier, Scott Hamilton and famous Count Basie tenor man Frank Wess. He has also performed as a soloist with the Concord Jazz All-Stars. As a leader, George has recorded with jazz greats Hank Jones, Rufus Reid and Mel Lewis.

George's lyrical trumpet sound is featured in the soundtrack of Baseball, a film by Ken Burns, which first aired nationally on PBS in 1994. He can also be heard in Burns' epic documentary The West.

Rabbai worked for several years as a soloist behind vocalist Rosemary Clooney, and is featured on her “Demi-Centennial: A Girl Singer's Golden Anniversary" television special for the Arts and Entertainment network. Most recently George has been working with vocalist Michael Feinstein and is featured jazz soloist on Feinstein's double CD, “Romance on Broadway and Romance on Film." George has also recorded with Margaret Whiting and was featured with Tony Bennett on his television special, “Tony Bennett With Love."

Admired for his tone, phrasing and swinging style, Rabbai infuses his performances with humor and personality. From his exuberant scat vocals to his warm flugelhorn and wide array of assorted mutes, George's musical colors fill the complete spectrum of jazz. His performing engagements have included Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall and the Famed Rainbow Room, as well as European jazz festivals, New York City's St. Regis Hotel and many East Coast jazz clubs.

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