Bob James and Nathan East met up at NAMM at the end of January to get together with some friends.
Held at the Anaheim Convention Center, the start studded weekend long event presented the opportunity for some terrific collaborations.
Including a special performance featuring Jamie Cullum, Bob James, Nathan East, and Chris Gero in on the act.
The musicians bring us the music we love, but a lot of other people play important roles in making the event work. We don’t have photos of everyone who should be here, but this is a sampling, anyway.
Sons of Brasil brought the infectious rhythms of Latin jazz to the Harold L. Lickey Auditorium at Bueker Middle School in Marshall Saturday, May 17. After their set, they were joined by jazz legend Bob James to bring the 2014 Bob James Jazz Festival to a rousing conclusion.
Marshall native Gary Coble leads Salty Dawg & Cold Sweat through a funky, energetic R&B set at the fourth annual Bob James Jazz Festival.
Saturday afternoon, May 17, musicians and technicians prepare for the evening concert. While Mark Plexico and Alan Criswell of Vox Box set up lights and sound, Sons of Brasil rehearses with Bob James, Salty Dawg & Cold Sweat do their sound check. Rich Chael makes final adjustments to the Marshall Philharmonic Orchestra’s grand piano.
The jazz performance clinic is the heart of the Bob James Jazz Festival. Thirteen area musicians of various ages took the opportunity to learn about jazz from masters of the art — piano legend Bob James, Metropolitan Jazz Workshop Director Clarence Smith, Joe Athon, Bill Richardson and Bill McKemy.
One mission of the Bob James Jazz Festival is to help pass the torch to the next generation of jazz musicians. Here they are. MJW, directed by Clarence Smith, showed us that the future of jazz is in good hands.
Sedville Jazz Company from Sedalia returned to open the fourth annual Bob James Jazz Festival with a set Friday, May 16, at Missouri Valley College’s Eckilson-Mabee Theatre. The group shared great classic jazz from its standards repertoire.