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Flint Jazz Festival: Smooth Operations
August 10, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
For over half a decade the Detroit jazz scene has been putting on Smooth Operation like a silken robe. Night after night its multifaceted instrumentalists step out into the purple spotlight to create a groove that ripples through the crowd, forcing them to move to the rhythm. By fusing Detroit’s Jazz-Funk heritage with Chicago Step, the band achieves something uniquely urban. Driven by the percussion of Steve Banks, the standard assemblage features Brett Cimbalik reaching the outer limits on guitar with Patrick Nakamura’s keys drifting effortlessly in and out of the background. Raphel Banks lays down a bass foundation of pure groove while Herb McGown’s guitar dances sound just above it. Their cooperative rhythm work pace the entire experience while Bernard Jackson’s vocals are brought in, like a secret weapon, to inject a mega does of soul.
THE 2014 FLINT JAZZ FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF PERFORMERS!!
Saturday – August 9
2 -3 3B3
4:30-5 Tapology Dancers
5:30-6:30 Jazz Cycle
7 – 8:30 FREDDY COLE (http://www.freddycole.com/)
Sunday – August 10
2 – 3 Smooth Operations
3:30–4:30 Greg Williams
5-6 People’s Jazz Band
7 CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE TRIO