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The Jonathan Lorentz Trio with special guest Bear Irwin

 

Saturday, July 26th at 7:30pm

Known primarily as a jazz saxophonist, Lorentz is currently performing gospel, spirituals, and blues, a concept he calls the “Soul Revival.”

Lorentz, who holds a PhD in Jazz Studies, comes to the musical arena first and foremost as a practicing artist. He is an outspoken campaigner for live performance, and has been known to remind his band-mates and audiences from the microphone that "it's not about us on stage, and it's not about you in the audience, it's about all of us together. That's where the music lives!"

Lorentz's sax sound, while warm in tone and rich in melodic complexity, is the culmination of his many contemporary rock influences finding their way into his blues-meets-jazz format. A daring and creative improviser who blends this hybrid with the gospel tradition, he is out to play challenging and thought-provoking music, while remaining entertaining for modern audiences.

A native of Shrewsbury, Vermont and graduate of Mill River Union High School (where he studied with Glenn Giles and Bear Irwin), Lorentz's development in the Rutland region is very much evident in his current music. His earliest live band experiences with Shrewsbury's Muddy Roads Blues Band, founded by the late guitarist Tom “About Right” Mitchell, are still echoed in his blues-heavy sets.

Lorentz says that “recently, my sets have included lots of blues, as well as spirituals like Rock of Ages and Motherless Child, and New Orleans funeral music such as Just a Closer Walk with Thee , and When the Saints Go Marching In .”

Lorentz says he discovered the joy of incorporating spirituals and gospel music when keyboardist Andy Carballeira “started calling spirituals while on stage during an outdoor festival.” He added that “without discussion we launched into a rendition of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot and the Soul Revival was born.” The band includes Carballeira on keys, and drummer Gabe Jarrett, both of whom have performed extensively on the blues, jazz, and rock circuit.

Carballeira is a Boston-based organist who is equally at home on the Wurlitzer or Rhodes electric pianos, as he is on the Hammond B3 organ. In addition to performing, Carballeira is an in-demand sound engineer and consultant, as well as a teacher at the Berklee College of Music. He is no stranger to Vermont, having performed at the Discover Jazz Festival, as well as rock-climbed throughout the region.

Vermonter Gabe Jarrett is a sought-after drummer whose time in NYC (and Jersey roots) earned him a diversity of influence and experience. Incorporating his passion for punk and progressive rock into his jazz concepts, Jarrett's sound is high-energy and dynamic, with performance credits that include work with Grace Potter, Big Joe Burrell, the Jazz Mandolin Project, and Phish's Trey Anastasio.

Lorentz says he's excited to reunite with his teacher, trombonist Bear Irwin. A champion of the Vermont music scene, Mr. Irwin performs with countless bands, including the Vermont Jazz Ensemble, Satin & Steel, and Dr. Burma. Bear has been a professional educator for 44 years, recognized three times by UVM as an “Outstanding Vermont Teacher.”

Lorentz calls his band “hardworking” and adds that “this music is full of feel.” He has begun recording the Soul Revival for an upcoming album, slated to include Carballeira on B3 organ, as well as a New Orleans trombonist. Once complete, the album will be released by Brandon's own Divine Art Records' Métier Jazz label, which is in association with Brandon Music and the Compass Music and Arts Center.

Tickets are $15 with a pre-concert dinner available for an additional $20. Reservations are recommended for the show and required for dinner. Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 465-4071 or e-mail us for reservations or more information.

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