October 12, 2009

Valerie Capers Quintet at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Valerie Capers Quintet at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Not only is Dr. Valerie Capers a legendary jazz pianist hailing from Harlem, she is also the longtime music teacher and friend to JAMBOX CEO Lee Evans. On September 21, Lee and Cathy brought the JAMBOX Family to see the amazing Dr. Capers perform live with her jazz quintet at Dizzy's Jazz Club Coca-Cola at New York City's Lincoln Center. The performance paid tribute to music giants Thelonius Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, and Michael Jackson. It was a touching reunion for Lee and Dr. Capers, who had been his music teacher in both his high school and college years. Included in the band were Lee's colleagues, the great John Robinson on bass, and remarkable sax player Alan Givens. It's striking to see the amount of raw talent that came out of that year in Bronx Community College. Highlites include an inspired drum solo by the great Earl Williams, on Thelonius Monk's, "Round Midnite, and the lighting fast tasty guitar riffs and colorations by guitar wizard Mark Marino. The Valerie Capers Quintet put on a performance to remember. 

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