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DH4 | El Mambo OrchestraIl Complesso | Italian Tenors | Jazz ExpressSonoran Serenade 

DH4

This groove-first quartet steps beyond the traditional rhythmic language of straight-ahead jazz while still exploring some very interesting harmonic material. While Dave handles much of the up-front writing and arranging, it is the collaborative nature of this project that gives it direction. After performing together for over five years, this band has a special rapport on and off the bandstand that rarely goes unnoticed by audiences.   On electric bass, Tim Paree drives the band, refusing to be restricted by traditional recipes and drawing from multiple genres. Mike Krill's holistic approach to saxophone allows him to becomes one with the rhythm section instead of just another horn player in front of the trio. Andy Ziker's whimsical style and communicative playing have made him Dave's go-to drummer for years.

El Mambo Orchestra/Carte Blanc

Led by charismatic and talented, Miguel "Mambo" DeLeon, the El Mambo Orchestra features 3 vocalists, 4 horns, 3 percussionists, bass and piano.  The band plays all flavors of the salsa genre including cha-cha, merengue, guajira, bachata and the occasional bolero.  This band is usually found in large dance halls or outdoor festivals.  In addition, Carte Blanc is Miguel's small Latin Jazz project that features some of the top jazz players in town getting their Latin groove on.    

Il Complesso

This group features vocalist Davide Valenti, who also doubles as professor of Italian language, sings the Italian songbook from Neopolitan classics from the 40's to what's on the radio in Italy today.  With those comes a mix of jazz, pop and Brazilian tunes, complete with the original Portuguese lyrics.  Il Complesso is perfect for Italian event or establishment. (More ...)

Italian Tenors

Two of Phoenix's most prominent tenor saxophonists, Jerry Donato and Jim Nistico, bring their Italian heritage to the forefront with jazz treatments of tunes from the traditional Italian songbook as well as some jazz standards long associated with Italian culture.  With Jack Radavich on bass and Tim Downs on drums, this is not your grandmother's Italian band.  (While Dave himself might not have an Italian look or a characteristically Italian name, he grew up in household with a mother who is 100% Italian.  And that's really all that counts.) (Video...)

Jazz Express

Led by tenor saxophonist Jim Nistico, this group explores some of the grooviest hard-boppin' tunes by such composers as Hank Mobley, Horace Silver and Dexter Gordon.  With Denny Monce on trumpet, the two-horn sound of the Blue Note Era comes alive.

Sonoran Serenade Big Band

This 17-piece big band plays the best dance music from the 1940's thru the 1990's with all the top hits from Big Band Swing, the Standards, Rock & Roll, Jazz, Motown, and Classic Rock. Talented, versatile and lots of fun, the dance floor is busy all night long everywhere this band plays.  (Website ...)