BOB SHIMIZU'S STRING THING - AN EVENING OF JAZZ GUITAR feat. BOBBY BROOM, RON ESCHETE, & BOB SHIMIZU

BOB SHIMIZU'S STRING THING - AN EVENING OF JAZZ GUITAR feat. BOBBY BROOM, RON ESCHETE, & BOB SHIMIZU

RON ESCHETE, BOBBY BROOM, MEL BROWN, DOWELL DAVIS, LAMAR GAINES

Thu, October 13, 2016

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

$25.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

String Thing - an evening of Jazz Guitar Feauting:
Bobby Broom - guitar,
Ron Eschete - guitar,
Bob Shimizu - guitar,
Lamar Gaines - keys,
Dowell Davis - drums,
Mel Brown - bass.

8:00PM, $25 cover

BOB SHIMIZU
BOB SHIMIZU
Bob Shimizu has played the guitar since the age of twelve. He began his involvement with music through fascination with the sound of the guitar. The guitar, Bob feels, is the "King" of instruments where popular music is concerned. This instrument is easy to play poorly, and difficult to play well. It is an inexhaustible source of personal challenge and inspiration.

Bob studied with John Shacklett, an early contemporary of Wes Montgomery. Bob studied with Mr. Shacklett both in Madison, WI, and later at Norfolk State College in Hampton, VA. Bob moved on to perform in the University of Maryland Jazz Ensemble, where he majored in performance and composition.

After school, Bob was a founder of Come Out Swinging, an avante-garde jazz band in Washington, DC. While with C.O.S., Bob appeared to critical acclaim at Cellar Door, Blues Alley, The Wax Museum, One Step Down, Carter Barron Amphitheater, WPFW, WMUC and WDCU radio stations.

In 2008, after a long sabbatical from performing, Bob's decision to focus on music once again has yielded a remarkable ascent. Says Bob, "Years of playing at music coupled with a long break led to my decision to give my music an opportunity it never had before. I asked myself: What would happen if I put all my resources into the endeavor?"

This new beginning saw the birth of the band Signal Strength and Bob's first original and self-produced recording, "Cuchillero". "Cuchillero" fared quite well on college radio (achieving top-ten status in nearly 20 markets) as Bob and the band started to make a dent in the Phoenix-area music scene, playing some of its finest clubs (Voce, Skye, The Raven).

A meeting with AZ-based club owner and jazz manager Mike Florio (Nelson Rangell, Joey DeFrancesco, Marion Meadows, etc.) led to another new beginning as Bob set out to up his game further.

Teaming with noted producer, Clarke Rigsby (Tower of Power, Jimmy Smith, Joey DeFrancesco, etc.) and Todd Chuba (Stevie Nicks, Glen Campbell, Annie Sellick), the three men set a course to rework a whole new book of original material and plan a contemporary jazz outing that was to be performed rather than pieced together as modern recordings often are.

The results are in.

We are pleased to introduce you to Bob Shimizu's "First & Monroe", eleven original compositions rooted in the jazz tradition that are influenced by a lifetime of the love of all great music. "F&M" was recorded using an approach that harkens back to the early days: jazz dynamics meeting pop sensibilities, musicians tracking live together, limited overdubs and the embrace of an "analog" ethic intended to touch us as humans.

On "First & Monroe", Bob Shimizu teams with pioneers of the genre including Eric Marienthal (saxophones), David Garfield (keyboards) and Lenny Castro (percussion) as well as the legendary Joey DeFrancesco (organ), Young Lion Dominick Farinacci (flugelhorn) and a host of talented players meeting at an "intersection" of memorable melodies, interesting harmonies and inspiring performances in a true fusion of jazz, latin and pop.
BOBBY BROOM
In a career spanning three decades, preeminent guitarist Bobby Broom has embodied the truism that it's the player not the tune that makes for a memorable performance in jazz. After years as an elite sideman with the likes of Sonny Rollins, Stanley Turrentine, and Dr. John, Broom reintroduced himself to the jazz world with Stand! (2001), a brilliant foray into the pop music he grew up hearing in the 1960s and '70s. In his subsequent releases he's demonstrated a keen ear for rarely played material, a gift for composing evocative tunes, and impressive facility with the knotty rhythmic puzzles of Thelonious Monk, which is what makes his new album "My Shining Hour" such an unexpected revelation. The luxuriantly melodic session features Broom's working trio focusing on beloved American Songbook standards.
Venue Information:
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85014
http://www.rhythmroom.com/