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Smoothing things out with 480East at Exodus to Jazz series

480East photoLed 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.

Here's a taste.....

This post was originally published on JazzRochester.


Paradigm Shift was nominated for a Grammy?

Their album Shifting Times was nominated during the 47th Grammies. No. 138 in Category 48-Best Instrumental Jazz Album, Individual or Group.

That means they were entered into the Grammies but not nominated, right? Many, many albums and artists are entered but not then nominated. The people who are nominated are the ones for whom votes can be cast by the Grammy voters, and from whom the winner is chosen. That's a list of five or six in each category. If I were less lazy (!) I'd look up the actual number.

All that said, a musician friend recently said to me that everybody's bio has some level of "creative accounting" in it, so it's not like it's a big deal. :)

See you in NYC soon, I hope! Thanks for everything you're doing for jazz in the ROC.

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