Jeff Lorber Fusion

Featuring Jimmy Haslip

Concert Lineup

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November 14, 2013

Doors Open at 6:45PM

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Proceeds from concert will benefit the children and families served by The Center for Youth and Family Solutions

General Admission: $26
Limited Reserved Admission: $32 (Balcony & Floor)

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Special Thank You To:
U.S. Representative Aaron Schock
State Senator Darin LaHood
State Representative Mike Unes

David Hoffman

From 1991 until 2004 David Hoffman was the trumpet/flugelhorn soloist and composer/arranger with the Ray Charles Orchestra. During his stint with Ray, Dave has played extensively in Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia, including Rays first trip to Russia in 1994 and the return visit in 2000, where he played with the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl.

He has appeared on television in France, Italy, Great Britain, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Holland, Spain, Russia, Portugal, Japan, Argentina and Brazil, and in the United States has appeared on The Tonight Show on NBC, Live at Newport on PBS, Merv Griffins New Years Eve Celebration, The ABC 24 Hour Millennium Marathon, and the Fox TV special Ray Charles, 50 Years of Music, where he accompanied Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Michael McDonald, Randy Travis and Willie Nelson. He has performed at most of the worlds major jazz festivals, including Newport, JVC, Nice, Antibes, Boston Globe, North Sea, Montreal and Montreux. Dave is a featured soloist on the DVD and CD “Ray Charles Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival” (Pioneer Artists PA-11676)

During 2005-2006 David was Visiting Professor of Music at Knox College in Galesburg, IL, where he conducted the Knox Jazz Ensemble and the Cherry Street Combo. Dave also served as Musical Director for the 2006 Rootabaga Jazz Festival.

David teaches trumpet, jazz piano, jazz combos and improvisation at Knox College.

David has recorded with Paul Adams, Daniel Leahy, The Senses, the Stone/Bratt Big Band, the John Cooper Jazz Orchestra, Four Corners, and The Neurons.

Dave is a Neuron. He is also a member of The Daniel Leahy Sextet and the Senses. He is a founding member of the Illinois Central Jazz Train and performs with the New York based quartet Four Corners.

David is the President of the Peoria Federation of Musicians, Local 26, AFM.

David's first CD, From Energy to Stillness, combines jazz and world music influences into a serene and contemplative palete for his trumpet and flugelhorn stylings.

Groovin features 9 original jazz compositions in a quintet and octet setting, ranging in style from bebop and post-bop to bossanova and mambo. On this CD David shows that Jazz as a genre is just the beginning for his unique ability to blend many musical influences.

Christmas In Your Heart is David's holiday greeting, featuring both new Christmas selections and traditional classics reworked to showcase Dave's flair for the unusual.

Prairie Skies is a follow-up to From Energy to Stillness, it's groove-oriented jazz that crosses stylistic barriers and mixes elements of many idioms.

His compositions and arrangements have been played by The Ray Charles Orchestra, The Alternatives, The San Diego Concert Jazz Band, the Brooklyn Jazz Orchestra, The Heartland Jazz Orchestra, The Neurons, Four Corners and the US Navy Jazz Band Southwest. He has served as guest soloist and clinician with the University of Kentucky Jazz Ensemble, the Millikin University Jazz Band, the Lincoln Land College Jazz Band, the Heartland Jazz Orchestra, the Illinois State University Jazz Ensemble, the US Navy Band Southwest and others.

Dave has not shaved since 1973

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Jeff Lorber Fusion

By the late 1970s, trailblazing keyboardist / composer / producer Jeff Lorber had become a prominent figure in the new movement known as jazz fusion – a marriage of traditional jazz with elements of rock, R&B, funk and other electrified sounds. Lorber and his band, the Jeff Lorber Fusion, first honed their craft in the Portland, Oregon, club scene and rapidly expanded their reach to a national and international audience via a combination of complex harmonies, unconventional time signatures and compelling rhythms.

In subsequent years, Lorber dropped the term “fusion” from his billing as the movement evolved into what is currently known as contemporary jazz. Still, he continued to explore the innovative, improvisational potential of grafting other musical forms to the jazz idiom.

More than three decades after his earliest recordings, Lorber has come full circle. His new recording, Hacienda, set for release August 27, 2013, on Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group, revisits a sound he helped pioneer. The album takes the experiment that he started with his GRAMMY®-nominated CD, Now is the Time, and his 2012 album, Galaxy, up a notch with 11 exciting and energetic new compositions performed by some of the biggest names in jazz today. Co-produced by Lorber and bassist/composer Jimmy Haslip, Hacienda also features saxophonist Eric Marienthal, a longtime collaborator with Lorber and his collective. Other guests include premier jazz-rock violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, drummers Vinnie Colaiuta and Dave Weckl, and an impressive cadre of other stellar players.

Lorber’s music reaches a new level by crystallizing jazz, funk, and Latin rhythms with some killer melodies that will certainly translate to live performance. Obviously, time spent touring together has made Lorber, Haslip and Marienthal into a tight unit, which is evident from this latest recording.

Stretching the envelope has been Lorber’s strategy from the very beginning. Born in Philadelphia in 1952, Lorber began playing piano when he was just four years old. By his teen years, he had hooked up with several local R&B bands, but his tastes trended more toward jazz when he studied at Berklee College of Music.

After college, he relocated to Portland, Oregon, where he formed the Jeff Lorber Fusion. The group released their self-titled debut album in 1977, and quickly became one of the most popular acts in the jazz fusion scene, due in large part to relentless touring and a string of artistically daring and commercially successful recordings.

The entity formerly known as the Jeff Lorber Fusion became Lorber’s solo career with the release of It’s a Fact in 1982. After a brief but prolific stretch culminating with the highly successful Private Passion in 1986, Lorber took a break from recording his own material, opting instead to do session work and produce other artists. He resumed his solo career in 1991 with Worth Waiting For, although he continued to produce for the remainder of the decade.

Lorber has been just as prolific and innovative in the new century as he was in the last, with recordings on Narada (Philly Style, Flip Side), Blue Note (He Had a Hat) and Peak (Heard That).

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Jimmy Haslip

Jimmy Haslip was born December 31st, 1951 in the Bronx, New York. He grew up in Huntington, Long Island. In 1963 at the age of 13, he became interested in electric bass and has now been playing for 47+ years. Jimmy left New York in 1969 playing music in San Francisco, New Orleans, Denver and Dallas before moving on to Los Angeles in late 1975, where he began touring and recording with many different popular artists.

In 1978 he met guitarist Robben Ford and keyboardist Russell Ferrante and formed a group to record Robben's first solo recording on Electra-Asylum. This critically acclaimed album, called " The Inside Story" became a landmark recording. That album led to the formation of The Yellowjackets and in 1980 they recorded a debut album for Warners Bros. Records.

Jimmy is actively composing, arranging, producing and performing with Yellowjackets, who will be touring and promoting their newest recording in 2011, their 21st CD entitled "TIMELINE" on the MACK AVENUE recording Label. Yellowjackets, the two time Grammy winners, have been nominated for seventeen Grammy’s. Jimmy was also nominated for an Edison award in 2000. and this year, another Grammy nomination, his 18th for the Jeff Lorber Fusion “NOW IS THE TIME” recording.which he co-produced.

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