Smoothing Things out with Four80East at Exodus to Jazz Series


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Led by co-founders Rob DeBoer and Tony Grace, Toronto-based Four80East makes their highly anticipated return to the Exodus To Jazz series. With an infectious heavy-groove sound characterized by distinctive melodies, the group continues to be a very popular international phenomenon. In addition to garnering a Smooth Jazz Awards nomination—"Best International Group"—the group was honored by being invited to perform at the Smooth Jazz Awards ceremony in October 2010. The 480East sound lies within what is known as “nu jazz" movement—taking the best of contemporary jazz and pop styles and aligning them to produce a improvisational dance-infused sound. Toronto-based 480 East draws from a variety of sources, including found sounds, field recordings and sound effects.

Opening for 480East are locals Paradigm Shift with their signature groove jazz sound. This Grammy-nominated group of leader/guitarist Mel Henderson, keyboardist Gerry Youngman and drummer Sean Jefferson, maintains an active national and international touring schedule. Here are the particulars:

  • Date: Sat., March 5, 2011
  • Location: Lutheran Church of The Reformation, 111 N. Chestnut St., Roch., NY 14604
  • Time: 8:00PM; Doors Open 7:00PM
  • Tickets: $20 to $30; Students, $10 with ID (minimal processing fee is additional). Tickets are available at all Wegmans stores, online at BrownPaperTickets.com and at the door the night of the concert, beginning 7:00pm.

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