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Jazz Alive Swings Into 2021 With A New Season Of Jazz Tales

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Along with a great audience who faithfully watches the show and contributes to the improvisational aspect of the music by posting on the live chat, we are fortunate to have generous donors who have sponsored 83 students including 35 students from right here in Talbot County to watch the show for free.
—Fred Hughes, Jazz Alive Founder
Jazz Alive, a Talbot County, Maryland based 501(c)(3) charitable foundation dedicated to the continuation and preservation of America’s indigenous art form, announces the lineup for a new season of their popular live YouTube show, Jazz Tales. Presented in an intimate setting that spotlights each musician's unique musical and personal tale, the show is hosted by Jazz Alive Founder, Pianist Fred Hughes. The hour and fifteen-minute show features live performances and interviews with invited guests who are masters of this great music.

“Along with a great audience who faithfully watches the show and contributes to the improvisational aspect of the music by posting on the live chat, we are fortunate to have generous donors who have sponsored 83 students including 35 students from right here in Talbot County to watch the show for free”, said Jazz Alive Founder Fred Hughes. “These students have been energized to hear the stories of how each week’s guest has reached their level of mastery and we thank our generous donors for giving these students the opportunity to witness creativity in such an up close and personal way.”

The new season of Jazz Tales kicks off Wednesday, January 13th with Bassist Pepé Gonzalez who has performed and recorded with many national and international icons such as Pepper Adams, Clifford Jordan, Slide Hampton, and Dave Valentin to name a few.

January 27th brings Saxophonist, Clarinetist, and Flutist Bill Mulligan, a member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra since 2007, and the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble, the United States Navy Band Commodores, since 1997.

Steve Abshire brings his hard swinging guitar to Jazz Tales on February 10th. Abshire, who has appeared in concert with the Great Guitars of Herb Ellis and Charlie Byrd, (filling in for Barney Kessel) and recently with Bucky Pizzarelli and Frank Vignola, can be found on numerous recordings, including six of his own.

Jazz Tales continues February 24th with jazz and world music vocalist, artist educator, and author Imani Gonzalez. Her diverse talents have led to collaborations with many national and international musical ensembles, recordings, film, and television projects. Most notably, Imani’s voice has been featured on many of the National Geographic Television’s Explorer Series soundtracks, including the Emmy-nominated film Jane Goodall: My Life with Chimpanzees.

March 10th Jazz Tales welcomes Trumpeter Dave Ballou. Ballou can be heard in a variety of settings; from solo trumpet improvisations to large ensembles performing notated compositions. He has performed or recorded with ensembles led by Rabih Abou-Kahlil, Steely Dan, Michael Formanek, Woody Herman, Andrew Hill, John Hollenbeck’s Large Ensemble, Sheila Jordan, Oliver Lake, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Dewey Redman and Maria Schneider. Dave is Professor of Music at Towson University in Towson, Maryland where he is the leader of the Jazz/Commercial Music program.

Baltimore Jazz Pianist Bob Butta stops by Jazz Tales on March 24th. Butta has been one of the most in-demand pianists in the region for many, many years. He has worked with Sonny Fortune, Sonny Stitt, Dizzy Gillespie, Curtis Fuller, Gary Bartz, Junior Cook, Bill Hardman, Clifford Jordan, Charlie Young, Mereidth Dambrosia , Buster Williams, Nathan Page, Eddie Daniels, Stanley Turrentine, Jim Snidero, Roy Haynes, Jimmy Cobb, Freddie Hubbard, Dave Liebman, Woody Shaw, Johnny Coles, Buddy Defranco & Terri Gibbs, Warren Wolf, Terence Blanchard, Wallace Roney, and pretty much every musician in the Baltimore/Washington area. A true legend in the region, Jazz Tales is honored to present Bob’s story.

All shows begin at 7pm. Information and live-stream passes may be purchased at here.

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