Organik Vibe Trio to hit stage

Act continues free Sparta concert series


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SPARTA — Dave Samuels will be performing with the Organik Vibe Trio this Friday night, August 15, as part of the Sparta Summer Concert Series.

Samuels has established himself as a top mallet player of his generation, recognized for his fresh new sound and creative approach to both the vibraphone and marimba. Samuels has demonstrated his versatility and gained world wide recognition by performing and recording with a broad scope of artists ranging from Gerry Mulligan, Oscar Peterson, Chet Baker, Stan Getz, and Pat Metheny to the Yellowjackets, Bruce Hornsby, Frank Zappa, and Spyro Gyra.

For over a decade, Samuels has been performing and recording with his group, The Caribbean Jazz Project, whose most recent CD ‘Afro Bop Alliance’ received a Latin Grammy. Another one of Samuels' project's Double Image — the vibe-marimba duo consisting of Dave Samuels and David Friedman — celebrates thirty years of performing together.

It was 1974 when these two masters of mallet percussion first created the unique combination of vibraphone and marimba.

Samuels’ longtime association with Spyro Gyra lasted from 1977 to 1994 and includes 20 recordings. During that time, the Grammy-nominated group was named #1 Contemporary Jazz Artist and Contemporary Jazz Group of the ´80s by Billboard magazine.

In addition to his playing, Samuels is a respected educator and author.

He has been voted “Best Vibes Player” in both Jazziz and Modern Drummer magazines and received numerous Grammy nominations.

The trio will include Ron Oswanski on the Hammond B3 organ, who has been playing with Maynard Ferguson for years. Also featured is drummer Marko Marcinko, who’s been touring with saxophone great Dave Liebman for 10 years. And the big tenor saxophone sound of rising star Joel Frahm, who plays with Brad Mehldau and Bill Charlap, will complete the group.

Opening the night is local jazz trio Meant To Be.

The show will be held at Dykstra Park, 22 Woodport Rd., at 7 p.m. rain or shine.

Visit www.spartaarts.org for more information.

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