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Eight 02

 

Saturday, January 10th at 7:30pm

We welcome back the popular jazz fusion band, Eight 02 who describes themselves as a “post-Bop contemporary jazz fusion group with a particular knack for improvisational risk-taking”. This band is a combination between founding members of Picture This and current members of the critically acclaimed Kilimanjaro. Their sound has been described as a mix of contemporary jazz with a decidedly fresh fusion flavor. With an emphasis on melodic architecture that is balanced by raw-spirited improvisation, Lou D'Antonio (Jazz Spectrum 104.7, WCNS The Point) said it best: “beyond category, beautiful; tremendously accessible and exciting”.

In February, 2014 the band was invited to California to record with jazz greats Jeff Lorber and Jimmy Haslit. Within three years of forming, Eight 02 charted #5 on Smoothjazz.com Top 50 Album Charts in 2013 with “Drive”. This was achieved by Eight 02's unique sound, a blend of both smooth and fusion jazz. “Drive”, the title song of their CD “dishes-up some of the freshest contemporary jazz you'll hear this year. New listeners will discover why Eight 02 “is destined to become the next big thing in fusion”, according to Brian Soergel at Smoothjazz.com.

Band members include guitarist Jerome Monachino whose style has been heavily influenced by the melodic nuances of Pat Metheny to the edginess of Al Dimeola. Monachino's music has been refined through his work with guitar greats John Stowell and Bucky Pizzarrelli. In addition to the guitar, Monachino plays guitar synth, bass and does vocals.

Keyboardist, Peter Engisch, believes that Eight 02 combines the crafts of melody and groove while building a musical story start to finish. “We are what we grew up on”. For Engisch that includes Bill Evans, Steely Dan, Pat Metheny and Joe Sample, to name a few.

Luke Adler, drummer for the Vermont-based jazz band, Kilimanjaro, joined Eight 02 in the summer of 2011 for Burlington's Discover Jazz Festival. That gig signaled the beginning of Eight 02 and its rapid rise to prominence in the “accessible fusion'' arena. Adler has played and recorded with some of the industry's finest musicians including percussionist Lenny Castro, Hammond B3 organist Joey DeFrancesco and bassist Scott Ambush.

Christopher Peterman, a truly gifted musician and Connecticut native, plays tenor and soprano saxophones as well as the EWI wind synthesizer. Peterman graduated from the Berklee College of Music and is a fellow band-mate of Luke Adler in Kilimanjaro. On the national scene he has shared the stage with artists such as The Neville Brothers, Phish, Joe Henderson, John Scofield and Dave Brubeck. Eight 02 bills Peterman as “the finest sax player in Vermont”.

Dan Bolles, Music Critic for Seven Days says Eight 02 is, “an immensely talented group with enough improvisational fortitude to justify their post-Bop leanings… jaw dropping!” We're sure you will say the same.

Tickets are $15 with a pre-concert dinner available for an additional $20. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 247-4295 or e-mail us for reservations or more information.

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Phone: 802-247-4295

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