August 18 Jazz in AZ Party: Pete Gitlin
Pete Gitlin Presents Dave Ihlenfeld’s NuWrld Jazz Project at the August 18th Nash Party
Admission: 15 general; $12 seniors 60+; $10 JiA Members (Lifetime Members free; donation optional); $5 Students with ID; under age 12 free
Guitarist Pete Gitlin, who has performed at well-attended Jazz in AZ parties for the past 4 summers, is changing things up for his first appearance at The Nash Sunday, August 18th. He will be presenting Dave Ihlenfeld‘s NuWrld Jazz Project. The NuWrld Jazz Project plays original fusion jazz that is influenced by both the masters of swing and bebop, and exponents of contemporary jazz. Joining Pete on guitar and Dave on keyboards will be John Willis on bass, Ken Hales on trumpet and flugelhorn, and Andy Ziker on drums. As with Pete’s last few performances at Jazz in AZ events, you can expect special guest appearances.
Dave Ihlenfeld is a St. Louis native who started out in music at age 3 by picking out bass lines to Motown tunes on the family piano. Lessons followed, to be abandoned in favor of viola, euphonium and finally tuba, but a piano opening in his high school band provided the musical outlet he was seeking. After attending DePauw and Indiana universities, he worked for many years as a professional musician in Indianapolis, before moving to Arizona in 1996, where he has been in high demand as a performer on piano and tuba. Dave’s original music, often influenced by his travels to his favorite vacation spot in Camden, Maine, utilize odd time signatures and dynamic changes in mood and feel.
Pete Gitlin’s second CD, “Amplify” was released in 2012 to universally positive reviews, and was called “the Sgt. Pepper of smooth jazz” for its use of many styles of music, all in the jazz idiom, yet hanging together as a complete and cohesive work. The single “Lucky in Love” reached #1 on a number of smooth jazz charts, and Pete has been busy performing as well as writing new material both for upcoming his CD releases as well as for other artists.
The NuWrld Jazz Project played at the Tempe Festival for the Arts and the Chandler Jazz Festival this year, and is extremely excited to bring a “New World” of original, upbeat and exciting jazz composed by Dave Ihlenfled and Pete Gitlin to the Nash on August 18.