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Late May Jazz events scheduled

May 25, 2013

Sweetwater Grill & Tavern Jazz Nights 7-9 p.m. – Free
115 S. Elm St., Denton – http://www.sweetwatergrillandtavern.com/

  • Sunday, May 26: Latin Jazz vocals and Brazilian percussions of Brasuka! Brazilian Jazz. Featuring Jose Aponte, Ricardo Bozas, Rosana Eckert, Brian Piper, Jennifer Barnes, and Brian Warthen.

From May 18, 2012Dallas-based Brazilian Samba Band, Brasuka, performs the Sergio Mendes’ rendition of “Norwegian Wood.” Featuring Rosana Eckert (vc/perc), Kathryn Christie (vc/perc), Brian Piper (vc/perc), Brian Warthen (bass), Ricardo Bozas (perc/voc), Jose Aponte (drums/vc), Josh Jennings (perc).

  • Tuesday, May 28: Bonduris Quartet. Guitarist Thad Bonduris leads his quartet on a musical journey of great Jazz on the patio.

Banter Bistro Denton
219 W. Oak St., Denton – http://dentonbanter.com/

  • May 25, 2013: Jesse Washmon with Nathan Phelps Jazz at 6 p.m., followed by 8 p.m. – Richard Gilbert, 9 p.m. – Nick Reibach, and at 10 p.m. – Will Frenkel.

Gerhard’s German Restaurant
222 W Hickory St, Denton – http://www.gvrestaurants.com/eventcalendar.html

  • Saturday, May 25: The Jazzmeisters 7-9 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 26: Riggs/Slater Jazz Quartet 7-9 p.m. Featuring Jim Riggs, saxophones; Neil Slater, piano; Jeff Eckels, bass; and  Nolan Byrd, drumset.
  • Friday, May 31: Ron and the Finklesteiners 7-9 p.m.

The Greenhouse Restaurant Monday Night Jazz  10 p.m.
600 N. Locust, Denton – http://www.greenhouserestaurantdenton.com/index.html

  • Monday, May 27: Jazz by Kevin Swaindylanfest-poster-2013-8.5x11

Dan’s Silverleaf – Memorial Day Dylan Fest
103 Industrial, Denton – http://www.danssilverleaf.com/

  • May 27, 2013: DYLANFEST 2013 Featuring Tex Zimmerman & His All Star Revue 5 p.m. Free, donations welcome.

 The Shops at Highland Village Thursday Evening Jazz at the Fountain –
NW corner of FM 2499 and
FM 407, in Highland Village, Texas

About Greg Waits

Greg Waits has had a remarkable and impressive career, having played in a wide variety of genres.He has played with countless artists, including Dave Douglas, Kenny Wheeler, Joe Williams, Al Grey, Red Garland, Benny Goodman, Harry Connick, Jr., et al. He toured with the Woody Herman Band as lead and solo trombonist. In addition, he performed on 5 cross-country big band tours with Columbia Artists International, and was employed by the cruise ship orchestras of the S.S. Norway and the S.S. Constitution.Greg is a veteran of the US Army’s Jazz Knights big band of West Point N.Y.  (1981- 84).Greg has lived in Europe, where he toured and recorded with a number of bands, including his own. While overseas, he continued his connection with  jazz trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff, the acknowledged master of technique multi-phonics. In 1999, Greg released his debut CD. He is joined by jazz artists Dave Liebman, Ed Soph, John Adams and Dan Haerle, et al. His CD was selected as one of Cadence Magazine’s “Critic’s Choice” CDs for that year.Greg earned Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas, and authored the popular trombone text “Advanced Flexibility Studies for the Jazz Trombonist”.Locally, Greg can be heard leading his own quintet, as well as playing with other bands. In addition, he leads his own dance bands. He also teaches a select number of private jazz trombone and composition students in the area.

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