Is This Jazz? ft. NoMad Stories and Ben Shaw, Steve Johnson, and Ben Dicke

October 6, 2017 @ 10:00 pm – October 7, 2017 @ 12:00 am
AS220 Main Stage
115 Empire St
Providence, RI 02903

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On October 6th we’ll be headed back to AS220 for the next installment of the “Is This Jazz?” bimonthly Friday concert series. Headlining the night we have Boston based ensemble NoMad Stories. Band leader Kelly Shepherd is a creative and experienced saxophonist who has shared the stage with jazz luminaries such as Curtis Fuller, Cecil McBee, Richard Wyands, Leroy Williams, Larry Willis, Virgil Jones, Grady Tate, Charles Davis and many more. He has also studied with legendary saxophonists Gary Bartz and Junior Cook. When asked about NoMad Stories, Shepherd says “Longing for a world with no genres, we travel the musical spheres with no boundary, touching and reflecting the ancient, aboriginal stories of the earth, and simultaneously reaching the outermost expanse of the modern spheres, acoustic and electric”. NoMad Stories has been performing at festivals and venues for 10+ years having played at the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival in Washington DC, The Black Swamp Festival in Bowling Green Ohio, and the Burlington Jazz Festival in Vermont, as well as opened for or performed with Gladys Knight, The Temptations, Ray Charles, Buckwheat Zydeco, Bela Fleck, George Coleman, and many more. Closing the night will be a trio with local musicians Ben Shaw, Steve Johnson, and Ben Dicke. These three have played the series separately on several occasions, but this will be the first time they will join forces in one ensemble. They will be playing a few of Shaw’s originals, a couple of which will be premiers. The music kicks at 10pm with admission being a mere $10 that goes to support these exceptional musicians.