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From the Redwood Jazz Alliance

The Redwood Jazz Alliance and Jambalaya are proud to present Wayne Horvitz and Sweeter Than The Day at Jambalaya on Sunday, March 2. The music starts at 8 p.m. and admission is $10.

Although Horvitz has been based in Seattle for some time, he’s a legend of the New York musical scene. He recently performed in New York with Sweeter Than The Day (Horvitz on keyboards; Timothy Young, guitars; Keith Lowe, bass; and Andy Roth, drums) and Ben Ratliff of the New York Times raved:

“He booked acts at the original Knitting Factory on Houston Street in the late 1980s, performing there often himself, and his aesthetic and his music encoded the notion of “downtown jazz.” Much about the club and the city around it have become almost unrecognizable since then, but Mr. Horvitz still sounds familiar. For this group he writes strong mixtures of jazz and pop that sound like film music with strong, sturdy harmonies, equal parts Thelonious Monk and John Williams and the Band, with the guitarist Tim Young soloing through it. It’s beautiful, but never naïvely so; the pastoral moments were offset by barrelhouse intrusions.”

Jennifer Savage on the Redwood Jazz Alliance

ARCATA – Like many ideas, the Redwood Jazz Alliance sprang from a combination of fatigue and dinner, founding member Eric Neel explained. Along with some other jazz aficionados Neel had traveled, once again, to the Bay Area for a show. Tired of the driving and the expense, they wondered, why not form their own organization and bring world-class jazz to Humboldt County.

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