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Clifton Heights Jazz Project at Pinecrest Gardens
(Published: November 01, 2012)

The Clifton Heights Jazz Project, a conglomerate of eight highly talented musicians from across the country, will perform at Pinecrest Gardens Saturday November 17 at 8 PM. Led by guitarist Zach Larmer, these young jazz virtuosos have joined together to bring you fresh material, from original compositions to standard jazz repertoire turned upside down. Drawing from the classic American songbook, bluegrass, funk, classical, and modern jazz, the Clifton Heights Jazz Project has a little something for everyone.

Band members are: Glenn Basham (Violin and Harmonica), currently professor of Violin at the University of Miami and Concertmaster of the Naples Philharmonic; James Schlender (Violin), holder of three national fiddle championship titles and top 10 finalist of the prestigious Grandmasters Fiddle Contest on multiple occasions; Neil Carson (Alto Saxophone), currently the lead alto saxophonist in the prestigious University of Miami Concert Jazz Band; Alex Weitz (Tenor Saxophone), recognized in Downbeat magazine as best Fusion Soloist in 2011; Ariel Pocock (Piano and Voice), winner of Downbeat awards in both categories (piano and voice) as well as winner of the Outstanding Piano Soloist award at the 2009 Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival and the 2008 Lionel Hampton International Festival; Zach Larmer (Guitar), a Downbeat award-winning guitarist as well as an accomplished arranger, awarded the Duncan Nelson Scholarship at the University of Miami; Jeff Kipperman (Bass), a doctoral student in jazz bass and teaching assistant at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, who has performed with the New World Symphony, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Caramoor Virtuosi Orchestra, Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project, and a multitude of jazz ensembles; and Ben Falle (Drums), named "Australia's Best Up & Coming Drummer" and was recently awarded 2nd place in the prestigious National Jazz Awards.

Pinecrest Gardens is located at 11000 Red Road (SW 57th Ave.) Tickets are $10, available at cliftonheightsjazzproject.com. For more information, contact KCC Productions at 305-332-2623 or kcc_productions@yahoo.com.

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