Green Is Beautiful - A tribute to Blue Note guitarist Grant Green feat. Eddie Roberts (The New Mastersounds), Alan Evans (Soulive), Chris Spies, Alex Scott, Nick Gerlach (Turbo Suit) w/ Special Guest DJ Marcos Boricua

KUVO JAZZ Presents

Green Is Beautiful - A tribute to Blue Note guitarist Grant Green feat. Eddie Roberts (The New Mastersounds), Alan Evans (Soulive), Chris Spies, Alex Scott, Nick Gerlach (Turbo Suit) w/ Special Guest DJ Marcos Boricua

Fri, April 21, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 2:00 am)

$25 Day Of Show

This event is 16 and over

Eddie Roberts
Eddie Roberts
Eddie started his music career proper in 1989 aged 18, having left his Welsh homeland to study Jazz at Leeds College of Music. More interested in live performing and getting his own thing going than in college work, he quickly rooted out the best players in town and set up his first band, The Jazz Mailmen, dedicated to playing the golden era of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. After transcribing all the parts and enforcing a dress code of Bop suits, he set about taking the UK Jazz Dance scene by storm. During this time British Hard Bop legend Tommy Chase asked him to relocate and join his band, but Eddie had other ideas...

Around 1991 Eddie's love for Grant Green inspired him to put a Hammond-based line up together. With the sound of Big John Patton, Lou Donaldson and Ivan Boogaloo, his band The Eddie Roberts Organisation toured UK and managed to get its first European dates at the 'Queen's Birthday Celebrations' in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The next step in 1993 was to downsize to a Hammond trio - this happened after meeting two guys who nailed it down more than the seven-piece that the Organisation had become. The Three Deuces were born. After a live album was released, (recorded at Leeds' legendary Jazz dance club The Yardbird Suite) great reviews ensured extensive touring opportunities: headlining Italy's Jazz festival in Bari with Greg Osby as well as many UK festivals, and the start of a regular slot at the Jazz Cafe, London. ?Down at Art?s? was playlisted on Jazz FM for most of 1996 - Art?s Caf� in central Leeds being the place where it all started and ran weekly for 3 years.

Other projects in tandem with the Deuces included Gaucho - inspired by Joe Henderson, Chico Hamilton, Gabo Szabo, Sam Rivers &c., comprising percussion, double bass, guitar, tenor sax & flute - and The Mastersounds with Simon Allen, Dan Brown and percussionist Sam Bell. In 1999 Eddie's focus shifted towards Deep Funk, and hence The New Mastersounds who started out performing a mix of Eddie?s quirky Meters-inspired funk ditties and covers of Jimmy McGriff and Grant Green tunes in clubs and bars around Leeds and Manchester. Soon after, the first 7" was released on Blow it Hard Records (?One Note Brown? is now a rare collectors' 45) they gigged at Jazz Cafe alongside Funk DJ & collector Keb Darge. This meeting proved to be a fruitful one - 3 singles and 1 album on Keb?s label Deep Funk Records earned them the dubious title 'Best Funk Band in the World at this Moment'. 2001/2002 saw some heavy international touring for the extended 8-piece band which featured Cleve Freckleton and The Haggis Horns. Late 2002, whilst various options for a second NMS album were being considered, Eddie's own Cooker Records teased fans with a couple of new 7" singles, as well as re-releasing the highly sought-after debut album.

Eddie's love for 60's Blue Note & Hard Bop, however, didn't waver despite the media hype of the Deep Funk scene, and after a conversation with Adrian Gibson (Booker & DJ at Jazz Cafe/Messin? Around) Eddie was commissioned to produce a Hard Bop track for the Jazz dancers to go on a 'Messin Around' compilation. Eddie had ulterior motives at this recording session - to record a number of 'old-school' tracks with re-arranging & remixing in mind. This project is called Roughneck (a term often used to describe Eddie?s dynamic guitar style) and over the course of 2003 the multi-tracks were fed into Eddie?s creaking mainframe. ?Diggin' Around?, the first 12", was released in February 2003 and a wave of positive responses hit Cooker's shores. ("Pure & genuine, double bass monster. Strong heavy Jazz elements. Very, very good!" said one Espen Horne).

In Spring 2003 Eddie was approached by UK DJ & producer Mr Scruff to play on his remix of the Ramsey Lewis classic ?Do What You Want? for the Verve Remixed series. Then in April the original New Mastersounds quartet (bass, drums, guitar, Hammond) took matters into their own hands and set up a dedicated label for the band, One Note Records, with drummer Simon Allen at the helm. The second NMS album, ?Be Yourself? was written, recorded and mixed over summer 2003 and released in the UK that October. A much broader project than the first album (which had been, to a degree, constrained by the demands of Keb Darge's Deep Funk dancefloor crowd) ?Be Yourself? reflects more truly the scope of Eddie's musical influences and experience, hence the title.

The proceeds from ?Be Yourself? were used to finance stage two of Eddie?s Roughneck project - the double vinyl LP and CD of Roughneck was released summer 2004 on One Note Records and licensed to P-Vine Records in Japan six months later. After that there were select live shows Jazz Festivals and clubs, one of which yielded the live album ?Roughneck: Live in Paris? (P-Vine 2005). The band - which features Gordon Kilroy on drums, Neil Innes on bass, Bill Laurance on piano, and guest performances from ex-NMS horn players Rob Lavers (sax) and Malcolm Strachan (trumpet) - was the obvious choice for Eddie?s 2006 recording project "Trenta". This album, released early 2007 on Salvo?s Records features Eddie?s instrumental arrangements of traditional Neopolitan songs. Eddie decided it was time to give the Americans a taste of Roughneck so he flew them over to perform at High Sierra Music Festival last summer, where fans lapped up the soulful jazzy sounds.

Also in 2007 Eddie paid his first visit to New Orleans, with The New Mastersounds. The band played three shows over the first weekend of Jazzfest, but while the others went home, Eddie stayed on for an extra week and found himself guesting with a host of jazz and funk artists at late-night shows around the city including Galactic, Papa Mali, Johnny Vidocavitch, Idris Muhammed, The Greyboy Allstars. Later that summer Eddie joined Stanton Moore?s trio for a festival gig, alongside keyboard wizard Robert Walter.

At time of writing Eddie has recently completed ?Plug & Play? the The New Mastersounds? fifth studio album, and has just been hired to produce an album for French funk/afrobeat outfit Shaolin Temple Defenders.

Never one to sit back and put his feet up, Eddie tells us that the follow-up to Roughneck ? provisionally entitled ?Volume 2? ? can be expected later this year, and will feature collaborations with vocalists Leigh Kenny and Rhianna Kenny, vocalists with stadium techno act Faithless.

Is that all?
Alan Evans
Alan Evans
Drummer. Producer. Engineer. At his core, Alan Evans is an artist, doubling his talents as musician with his ear for quality and precision as a producer, recording, and mixing engineer. Sporting an impressive body of work, (with credits in front of and behind the mic) a slice of Alan's discography includes: Soulive, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Moonboot Lover, Lettuce, On The Spot Trio, Mark Sexton Band, and Alan Evans Trio.

Mention the name Alan Evans to a room full of music lovers, and you will get a consensus nod at one of the most celebrated and tenacious drummers in the jazz, funk, and soul scene. A producer, recording engineer, guitarist, percussionist, vocalist and writer, Alan's repertoire of skills have been perfected with two decades of dedication.

Alan has had his hand on the mixing boards for many years. Co-founder, writer and drummer of Soulive for over 15 years, Alan Evans produced, recorded, and mixed the majority of their work. Alan toured the world with Soulive, and has shared the stage with legends including Stevie Wonder,Chaka Khan, Dave Matthews, John Scofield, and the list goes on!

Initially working from Playonbrother Studios in Hatfield, MA, Alan eventually transitioned to his own custom recording studio—one which he designed and built from scratch in his South Deerfield, Massachusetts home. Alan is the chief engineer and producer at the studio and consistently operates on a wide array of projects. The studio has become production headquarters for all Royal Family Records projects – a longstanding record label venture between Alan and Soulive. Alan also works out of one of his favorite studios, oApplehead Recordings in Woodstock, NY, for extensive engineering and production projects. For more information, visit http://appleheadrecording.com/

Alan grew up in Buffalo, NY in the 1980's. There were strong musical influences in Alan's life from the very beginning. To say that the Evans family is musical is to say that the Kennedy family has a proclivity for politics. The record player spun in the Evans household the way the TV blared in many other homes. Alan's father, Willie, and his older brother, Rod, played DJ and the assembly of vinyl they accrued was broad and vast. Miles Davis, Jimmy Smith, Ray Charles, Joe Cocker, Kool & the Gang, Jimmy Hendrix, the Headhunters – these were just some of the sounds emanating out of the Evans living room.

"I've known for a long time what my purpose is this time around. All I want to do is try to make people happy with what makes me and my family happy… Music," says Alan.
Chris Spies
Chris Spies
Keyboard player
Alex Scott
Alex Scott
Bass Player
Nick Gerlach
Nick Gerlach
Saxophonist for Turbo Suit.
DJ Marcos Boricua
DJ Marcos Boricua
One of the founding fathers of the electronica movement in the Caribbean, Marcos is a musician, producer, promoter and DJ. For almost a decade, he has been in charge of event production for La Boca del Lobo, one of the most emblematic clubs in Madrid, where he not only booked a wide variety of concerts, but also organized theatre, art exhibits, film cycles, performances, and an international short film festival.

At the moment, he is event coordinator and booker for several clubs in Madrid. His sessions are an unexpected mix of styles, whose common denominator is the beat. Has shared sessions with Florian Keller, Paul Murphy, Nick Recordkicks, Eddie Piller, Nickodemus, Boozoo Bajou, Mad Mats, and Mark GV Taylor among others. Soul, Funk, Jazz, Broken Beats, Latin, Afrobeat, or House are just some of the genres that make it into his sessions.
Venue Information:
Cervantes' Other Side
2637 Welton St.,
Denver, CO, 80205
http://www.cervantesmasterpiece.com/