10/17/13 By Kimberly Chmura
KCC Productions presents The Lindsey Blair Quartet at The Stage Miami
Thursday, October 24, 9:30 to midnight
Miami New Times Magazine selected Lindsey Blair as “Miami's Best Jazz Musician (2011.)” As an official guitarist for “Sábado Gigante” with Don Francisco, Lindsey Blair has played alongside Puerto Rican reggaetonero Daddy Yankee. It was Wes Montgomery who got him started on the guitar, and jazz is where his heart is. The Indiana native studied the form at the University of Miami for his bachelor's and master's degrees, and he has toured with Maynard Ferguson and played with Dizzy Gillespie. He also has collaborated for years with Gloria and Emilio Estefan and scored a gig onstage with Miami Sound Machine for Super Bowl XLI. But it is his current stint with local supergroup 7Crossing where his powerful, blazing Latin jazz truly shines.
You might think that artists as diverse as Latin pop superstar Gloria Estefan, Country artist Lee Ann Womac, hip-hop legends 2 Live Crew, R&amp;B singer/songwriter Bobby Caldwell, jazz trumpet virtuoso Maynard Ferguson, rock drummer Gregg Bissonette, broadway composer/ singer Anthony Newley, the Florida Philharmonic, and television master of ceremonies Don Francisco have little common musical ground, but south Florida guitarist Lindsey Blair has been able to lend musical support to each of these artists with his versatile guitar work.
Lindsey is the kind of player that is comfortable in almost any musical situation. Whether the gig calls for him to sit in with an established band for a four-hour gig with players he has never met and play a night of unrehearsed music of whatever musical repertoire du jour is being served up, to blending with a 30 piece orchestra and reading through a stack of sheet music as thick as a magazine, Lindsey can handle the challenge.
Lindsey is a guitarist who is driven by a passion for playing and being inspired by music rather that fortune and fame. He is most satisfied with his work when he has been able to break new musical ground, and /or spend some time with his favorite kind of people, musicians.
The Lindsey Blair Quartet is a tight modern jazz quartet whose original compositions incorporate the best of modern jazz influences (Pat Metheny, Yellowjackets) with the vocabulary of traditional jazz, while incorporating world music influences from Brazil and the islands, adding some elements that are uniquely Miami. Funk and the blues are also be touched on to add an element of fire. The quartet is made up of Miami's finest players: Clay Ostwald (Grammy-nominated Producer of the Year) on keys, Nicky Orta (Chick Corea, Mike Stern) on bass and Rodolfo Zuniga on drums. Come and see what all the fuss is about.
The Stage is located at 170 Northeast 38th Street, Miami. For ticket and other info call The Stage at 305-576-9577 or visit thestagemiami.com. For more information on Lindsey Blair call Kimberly Chmura at 305-332-2623 or Rafael Solano at 305-775-0804.
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