Cape May Convention Hall / It’s a Breeze Stage, Friday, April 21 Whether playing upright bass or electric bass guitar, Moffett is a virtuoso, deep groover and a daredevil improviser on his instrument who is always open to experimenting in the moment. He also has an uncommonly melodic approach to the bass and carries many of the melodies in his Nettwork Trio on either fretless bass or piccolo bass. From Strata East to Kanye West, from straight-ahead jazz to straight-out funk, Brian Jackson is a straight-up American legend. Listen to the more than a dozen albums he co-wrote and produced with longtime partner Gil Scott-Heron and you are bound to have many ‘where have i heard that before? ‘ moments. One of his generation’s extraordinary talents, Scott Tixier has made a name for himself as a violinist-composer of wide-ranging ambition, individuality and drive, And “Tain” holds it all down with insistent backbeats, an incendiary sense of swing and a no-holds-barred approach to soloing.

?This all-star trio features three longtime virtuosi friend. Prodigious bassist Charnett Moffett first appeared on record in 1974 at age seven with the Moffett Family Band (his father Charles was a drummer with Ornette Coleman’s group). He enrolled in Juilliard at age sixteen only to leave early to tour with Wynton Marsalis. Since then Charnett has appeared on over 200 recordings with such artists as Art Blakey, McCoy Tyner, Tony Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves, Arturo Sandoval, Anita Baker, Harry Connick, Jr., David Sanborn, Branford Marsalis, and Bette Midler.

Widely regarded as one of the early architects of the neo-soul era, Brian Jackson’s enduring sound is capturing the hearts and souls of yet another generation. Today, Brian is not only a respected jazz artist but also a frequent collaborator with emerging artists who carry on the Tradition of inspiring and informing the masses through conscious music.

Drummer Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts is one of the most in-demand jazz drummers in the world today for his explosive power, his mastery of complex rhythms, and his ability to move from an elegant touch to gritty street funk. Watts initially majored in classical percussion at Duquesne Univeristy before transferring to Berklee College of Music, after which he became associated with Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, George Benson, Harry Connick Jr., McCoy Tyner, and many others.

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