For Immediate Release: Wayne Shorter/Curtis Fuller Tribute Concert

PRFor Immediate Release

September 29, 2013

Contact: Shannon Gunn


News: Wayne Shorter/Curtis Fuller Tribute Concert

Produced by: Bertrand Uberall’s Washington/Baltimore Wayne Shorter 80th Birthday Celebration

When: Thursday, October 10th, 2013

8:00 PM and 10:00 PM Sets

Where: Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW, Washington, DC, 20009

Cost: $10 cover, $10 minimum

Group: Shannon Gunn Sextet, featuring: Elijah Jamal Balbed, Tenor Saxophone, Joe Herrera, Trumpet, Dan Roberts, Piano, Ele Rubenstein, Drums, Eliot Seppa, Bass

Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, October 10th, 2013, in conjunction with the Washington/Baltimore Wayne Shorter 80th Birthday Festival, the Shannon Gunn sextet will perform originals and arrangements that celebrate the collaboration between Wayne Shorter and Curtis Fuller. Their performance will begin at 8:00 PM at Twins Jazz. Of most interest to jazz fans will be the transcriptions of various rare but beautiful songs off the “Schizophrenia” album, including “Tom Thumb,” “Go,” and “Miyako.”

The idea for this concert was the brain-child of Bertrand Uberall, local jazz afficionado who is connecting various performances throughout the D.C. metro area in order to celebrate the momentous and continually influential life of Wayne Shorter. D.C. native Elijah Jamal Balbed will perform Shorter-esque ballads and post-bop tunes that verge on the edge of modern free style jazz. This concert will be the first small group performance in D.C. with local trombone player Shannon Gunn as the leader.  Additionally, a star-studded cast of horns and rhythm section will play Curtis Fuller arrangements of Wayne Shorter tunes. Jazz fans will revel in this true-to-form performance giving homage to two of the most amazing and influential tenor sax and trombone players of the past century.

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