Flagstaff Arts Council and The Arboretum at Flagstaff are pleased to present New West Guitar Group featuring Sara Gazarek in concert at The Arboretum on August 6, 2016. Doors open at 4:45 pm and the concert is from 5:30 – 7 pm with an intermission.
Over the last ten years, the New West Guitar Group (NWGG) has emerged as one of the premier guitar ensembles in the world. Their signature sound comes from an innovative style that highlights rhythm, beauty and virtuosity through combining acoustic and electric guitars.
With five studio albums to their credit, this new release Send One Your Love features an incredible cast of guest jazz vocalists. Teaming up with Gretchen Parlato, Tierney Sutton, Sara Gazarek, Becca Stevens and Peter Eldridge, the album tells a story about the highs and lows of love. Each vocalist is featured on a traditional and contemporary standard with lyrics that portray themes of vulnerability, hope, pain and happiness. Seattle Times hails NWGG as “sharp and refined” while All Music Guide says the trio’s expert arrangements “sometimes verge on the orchestral.” The band lives up to their reputation on Send One Your Love showcasing their thoughtful arrangements specifically done for the sound and style of each vocalist. The project brings together timeless compositions from Cole Porter, Joni Mitchell, Kurt Weill, Randy Newman and others through the sophisticated New West style of arranging. The result is a beautifully crafted and cohesive album that expands the notion of what is a “standard” to tell a story about of love.
For New West Guitar Group, this album was a unique chance for the members to collaborate with different vocalists in a reimagined setting rather than a sideman situation. Founding members Perry Smith and John Storie have had years of experience working as sidemen for jazz vocalists.
Amongst a community teaming with startlingly gifted singers, Sara Gazarek stands out as a particularly extravagant artist. Her first two albums introduced her singular sound and vision, steeped in the tradition of jazz but deeply informed by contemporary songwriters and performers.
Tickets can be purchased at the Arboretum Visitors Center, Coconino Center for the Arts, Arizona Music Pro, or the Arboretum’s Website.
Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner. Tickets are $14 for members of The Arboretum and Flagstaff Arts Council; $18 for non-members; and $9 for kids 6-16. To avoid an online purchasing fee, please call The Coconino Center for the Arts at (928) 779-2300.
Tickets are available at AZ Music Pro