The Journey of Clave
Join the Robert Jospé Express Trio for an interactive concert tracing the journey of a rhythm’s evolution, from its earliest African roots to the popular music of today. The trio features a powerhouse of local talent: Jospé playing a variety of percussion instruments and a full drum set, former keyboardist for the Dave Matthews Band, Butch Taylor, and virtuoso Dane Alderson on electric bass.
The 5-beat rhythm of the clave [klah-vey] is the musical and historical key that unlocks the link between the rhythms of Africa, Afro-Cuban and Latin music, jazz, fusion, R&B and funk. The word “clave” refers to both the percussion instrument itself–round hardwood sticks–and the rhythm it is famous for, the 3/2 or 2/3 rhythmic backbone that holds all the different polyrhythms together in the rich and diverse array of music styles that fall under the genre of contemporary and classic jazz.
The History Of Jazz from A-Z Armstrong to Zawinul
The Inner Rhythm concert/lecture program with Jeff Decker, music faculty University of Virginia, on saxophones, Bob Hallahan, professor of music James Madison University, on piano and Randall Pharr, music faculty Virginia Commonwealth University, on bass, traces the development of jazz through the twentieth century from Rag Time to Fusion. The blues and standard song forms are demonstrated and explained along with performances of compositions from some of the greatest American jazz artists and composers. The concert repertoire includes Louis Armstrong’s “Struttin’ With Some Barbecue”, Duke Ellington’s “Black and Tan Fantasy”, Count Basie’s “Tickle Toe”, Charlie Parker’s “Shaw Nuff”, Dizzy Gillespie’s “A Night In Tunisia”, Miles Davis’s “So What”, John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps”, Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five” and Joe Zawinul’s “Birdland”.
Miles Davis Tribute, “Bitches Brew” and the Birth of Fusion
Robert Jospé and the Inner Rhythm band present a tribute to Miles Davis and the Jazz Fusion Era. In addition to Bob Hallahan on keys, Jeff Decker on sax and percussion, and Rusty Farmer on bass the band is often joined by Butch Taylor on keyboards and John D’earth on trumpet. The group performs original compositions and covers by some of the eras best known artists including Herbie Hancock and Joe Zawinul.