Music & Events

Jazz At The Ambassador
Sunday, May 5, 2013

Sunday, May 5, 10:00 a.m. until noon

Northcoast Jazz CollectiveJAZZ AT THE AMBASSADOR:
Sunday, May 5  10:00 a.m. until noon.
Breakfast Buffet in the Hemmingway Room at the Ambassador Conference Center, off Peach just north of I-90.
Great jazz from the Northcoast Jazz Collective, Cleveland's premier jazz quartet.

Tickets $35. Proceeds from this event benefit JAZZERIE. Buy tickets at Romolo Chocolates or call 814/602-1391.

Start off this week with a difference. Get your jazz on Sunday morning, May 5, LIVE at the Ambassador  Great food, great music, a great week ahead!


Not all great jazz resides in NYC. (Well, two of the guys in this band spent considerable time there, playing with the likes of Chick Corea and Dakota Staton.) But major talent resides outside that great city as well. And a quartet of seasoned jazz spirits who have worked together in Cleveland for ten years now, will be coming to play for you.

John Gallo, acoustic bassPLAYED WITH..

Beyond how good you sound and where you're from, one way to establish credentials in the jazz world is who you've played with.  Two of the members of this ensemble can show pretty good creds on that screen:

Dan Maier, keyboards, has worked with Clark Terry, Gary Burton, Junior Cook, Urbie Green, Dakota Staton, and Harold Danko, among others. He's also a Berklee grad and former student of Lenny Tristano, Madame Chaloff and Ron Blake. Did a stint with Blood Sweat & Tears.

Acoustic bassist John Gallo can sport stints with Avant Garde masters Pharoah Sanders and Archie Shepp, as well as Chick Corea, Carla Bley and Kai Winding, to name a few. So he's a post-bop and free spirit.

Dave Frank, who plays reeds in the band, is a rock, fusion and jazz guy, and a multi-instrumentalist. He's the melodic voice on many of the tracks in the band's latest CD, Cleveland Splendor (2011).

And drummer Mark Grey, who manages the band, comes from bop, big band and a multitude of other sources.  He's been a member of the Equinox Quartet, and a regular with Reed Simon and other area artists.


That's the description they give themselves.  Their book is composed mostly of originals by members of the band.

Writer Peter Chakerian, of Cool Cleveland fame, says: "The NJC radiates charm, warmth and the kind of instrumental intuition that only comes from regular of the gems of the Northeast Ohio Jazz Scene."

Dave Frank, reeds
The meal, from The Ambassador's kitchens, will feature eggs, sausage, potatos, fruit, sweet rolls, coffee and juice.
The Hemmingway Room, which JazzErie auditioned with it's Sachal Vasendani concert a couple of years ago, is great for listening.

Come. Support the cause. Enjoy!   

by Dick Thompson

September 3, 2013