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Saturday, February 28, 2015
Parks & Recreation: Jazz In The Park Series

Starting its 25th year, the free Jazz in the Park concert series has become a Las Vegas tradition. Some of the biggest names in jazz have highlighted this annual series.

Picnics, blankets and low back chairs are welcome.
Food and Drink are available for purchase on site.
Seating begins at 6:00 p.m. arrive early for good seating, show starts 7:00pm.
No pets allowed.

May 10, 2014
Marlena Shaw
featuring the Las Vegas Academy Jazz Combo
May 17, 2014
The Jimmy Cobb Trio
featuring the Las Vegas Academy Jazz Combo
 May 24, 2014
Sax Pack
featuring the Las Vegas Academy Jazz Combo
May 31, 2014
Randy Brecker
featuring the Las Vegas Academy Jazz Combo
June 7, 2014
David Benoit

2014 Press Release

Talent Brings Legends to Jazz in the Park
LVA Jazz Combo to Headline, Perform with Famous Friends

The talent is set and the amphitheater is ready for another season of music with Clark County Parks and Recreation’s Jazz in the Park concert series, which celebrates its 25th year. This year, the free series will feature the Las Vegas Academy Jazz Combo, which has invited the first four artists to perform with them -Marlena Shaw on May 10, The Jimmy Cobb Trio on May 17, Sax Pack Featuring Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole & Marcus Anderson on May 24, and Randy Brecker on May 31. The series continues with an eveing with David Benoit on June 7. Seating for those with picnic baskets, blankets and low-back chairs will begin at 6 p.m. with performances beginning at 7 p.m. at the Clark County Government Center Amphitheater, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway. Food vendors also will be available on site. Admission and parking are free.  

“This series is an institution and a highlight of the year’s cultural calendar, often bringing the biggest names in jazz to Las Vegas,” said County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak. “It is also a lot of fun. People love to bring their lawn chairs, blankets and a bite to eat while enjoying great jazz in our beautiful amphitheater.”  

The Las Vegas Academy Jazz Combo has invited four well-known jazz artists to perform with them for Jazz in Park May 10, 17, 24 and 31. The combo will perform as the house band on stage for Marlena Shaw,  legendary Jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb, The Sax Pack feat. Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole, and Marcus Anderson, as well as Grammy Award-winning artist Randy Brecker.  

The Las Vegas Academy Jazz Combo is the recipient of more Signature Grammy awards than any other high school fine arts department in the country. A part of the World Jazz Studies program at the Las Vegas Academy performing arts high school, it also was the overall winner at the 2012 Reno Jazz Festival.  

“The skill these young musicians have far surpasses their ages,” said Pat Bowen, instructor and leader of the Las Vegas Academy Jazz Combo. “This is an opportunity not many young musicians ever experience, and we’re all honored to play alongside artists with such storied and admirable careers.”  

Marlena Shaw is known for her LP Sweet Beginnings on Columbia that contained, arguably, Shaw's finest moment Yu Ma / Go Away Little Boy, which was a medley,containing the old Goffin and Carole King standard, originally recorded by Nancy Wilson. The album also contained the track Look At Me, Look At You, popular on the U.K. rare groove scene. She also recorded one of the disco era's biggest hits - a remake of "Touch Me in the Morning" also on Columbia Records..  

Jimmy Cobb just may be the ultimate swinger. In his long career as a jazz drummer, he has been a signature contributor to recordings from such iconic musicians such as John Coltrane, Wynton Kelley, Wes Montgomery and many others. His tenure with the great trumpet player Miles Davis in the 1950’s resulted in several great recordings, the most famous and influential being “Kind of Blue” in 1958. Over time this recording has achieved mythic status, largely in part to its great compositions and legendary band members. The original recording featured Miles Davis (trumpet), John Coltrane (tenor saxophone), Cannonball Adderley (alto saxophone), Wynton Kelly and Bill Evans (piano), Paul Chambers (bass) and Jimmy Cobb (drums)..  

The Sax Pack features Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole & Marcus Anderson. Along with being cohesive musically, the trio share a unique and comical camaraderie on stage. Backed by a tight rhythm section, the talented trio combine their life-long love of music and their passion for performance, to make an impact on audiences that love music as much as they do. Committed to sharing the excitement, spontaneity and creative energy that flows between them on stage, The Sax Pack inspires an audience far beyond the duration of a show. The well-known saxophonists are excited to create a show that combines their individual styles and diverse backgrounds for a fresh approach to the music that inspired them all to become musicians: jazz  

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, trumpeter Randy Brecker (2013 Grammy Award Winner) and his younger, sax-playing brother Michael helped define a sub-genre by blending sophisticated jazz harmonies and searing solos with slamming funk grooves and a visceral energy that grabbed rock ears. The Philly-born Brecker Brothers set the tone for a generation of aspiring musicians who followed. (Randy Brecker with Włodek Pawlik Trio & Kalisz Philharmonic received a Grammy® Award for Night In Calisia for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album!)  

On June 7, Jazz in the Park continues with an evening with David Benoit. Since launching his recording career in 1977, David Benoit’s expansive career as a contemporary jazz pianist and composer has included over 25 solo recordings. His ’80s releases This Side Up, Freedom at Midnight and the GRAMMY-nominated Every Step of the Way are considered influential genre classics. Among his other GRAMMY nominations are those for Best Instrumental Composition (for “Dad’s Room,” from 1999’s Professional Dreamer) and Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance (for the GRP All-Star Big Band). His prolific output since 2000 includes several prominent Charlie Brown related projects (including Here’s To You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years and the star-studded 40 Years: A Charlie Brown Christmas) that reflect his lifelong passion for the music of original Peanuts composer Vince Guaraldi and solidify Benoit’s role as his musical heir. Benoit has also released the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charting albums Fuzzy Logic, Right Here, Right Now, Full Circle and Heroes, which paid homage to the pianist’s top jazz and pop influences.  

Jazz In the Park Series is sponsored by The Las Vegas Jazz Society, Michael Minden Diamond Jewlers, Findlay Chevrolet, Miller Lite, Seven Magazine and #DTLV.

The Jazz In The Park Series is taking place at the Clark County Government Center Amphitheater at 500 South Grand Central Parkway in downtown Las Vegas. MAP

If you are interested in becoming a Jazz In The Park 2014 vendor click here for the vendor application. Please read and fill out the application completely.


Those interested can call Clark County Parks and Recreation at (702) 455-8200 or email PREvents@ClarkCountyNV.gov