Part of our Summer Concert Series, this show is in partnership with the City of Casselberry in their beautiful new gallery the Casselberry Arts Center.

Join us for a beautiful, smooth as glass presentation of some of the best small group jazz ever presented. Featuring Dave Mackenzie on woodwinds, Chris Cortez on guitar, Charlie Silva on bass, and Greg Parnell on drums.

You probably know about Paul Desmond, the alto saxophone player from the Dave Brubeck quartet who wrote Take Five, and you may also know about Jim Hall, the unsung guitar hero from that same period. But you might not know that the two toured and recorded together in a quartet setting with a variety of rhythm sections, and produced some of the most engaging, lush, and beautiful jazz music ever made.

Recently the complete recordings of the Paul Desmond and Jim Hall Quartet from 1959-1965 were released in their entirety as a 4 CD collection on the Mosaic label. The shared love of these recordings between Cortez and MacKenzie was the catalyst for this show. They agreed they would honor and respect the spirit of the recordings, with their dark, lush, sonorities and Great American Songbook choices, and the musicians would dive deep into the language of Desmond and Hall to create the atmosphere, but neither were interested in doing impressions. This will be their original take on that classic group.

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