Bassist Dezron Douglas and alto saxophonist Lummie Spann, co-leaders of the hard-swinging, all-star New Jazz Workshop (NJW), have plenty to celebrate with the May 22 release of their band’s new debut disc, “Underground” (NJW Music).
Douglas and Spann, two premier instrumentalists who grew up in Hartford, kick off their celebration in their hometown Friday, May 25, at 8 p.m. at the Polish National Home, 60 Charter Oak Ave. They’re joined by trumpeter Josh Evans, pianist Zaccai Curtis and drummer Curtis Torian in the celebration. A second cause for celebration is that the concert also marks the power-packed launching of producer Andres Chaparro’s “Beatnik-Entertainment Jazz Series 2012.”
Douglas, a member of the Cyrus Chestnut Trio and a young bassist with a rising national reputation, has performed with a Who’s Who of Jazz including Pharoah Sanders and Kenny Garrett. Spann, an assistant professor of music at The Hartt School’s Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the University of Hartford, has played with such notables as Jeremy Pelt, Louis Hayes and George Cables.
You can download the CDiTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, Rhapsody and Spotify. For hard copies and updates on NJW happenings go to the band’s new website, . CDs will also be available for purchase at the concert. A second CD release party will be held in New York at a date to be announced.
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