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      Cunliffe, Nelson, Kauflin Piano Fest 1 at Sam First in Los Angeles

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      September 4, 2019

      Wednesday   8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

      6171 W Century Blvd
      Los Angeles, California 90045

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      Cunliffe, Nelson, Kauflin Piano Fest 1 at Sam First

      Join Sam First for the first piano festival featuring 12 of LA's greatest pianists over the span of 4 very special nights. Wednesday, September 4th: 8:00 - Bill Cunliffe /9:00 - Josh Nelson / 10:00 - Justin Kauflin

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      8:00 PM Bill Cunliffe - Jazz pianist, composer and Grammy Award-winning arranger Bill Cunliffe is known for his innovative and swinging recordings and compositions. Bill began his career as pianist and arranger with the Buddy Rich Big Band and worked with Frank Sinatra, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson and James Moody. He has since established himself as a solo artist and bandleader, with more than a dozen albums under his name. Bill currently plays with his trio; his big band; his Latin band, Imaginación; and his classical-jazz ensemble, Trimotif, performing around the world as a leader and sideman as well as a soloist with symphony orchestras.

      9:00 PM Josh Nelson - Born and raised in Southern California pianist-composer-bandleader Josh Nelson was a semi-finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition and has performed with some of the most respected names in jazz, including Kurt Elling, John Pizzarelli, Benny Golson, Sheila Jordan, John Clayton, George Mraz, Jeff Hamilton, Dave Koz, Joe Chambers and Peter Erskine. Nelson toured with legendary vocalist Natalie Cole for 6 years and continues to tour with vocalists Gaby Moreno, Freda Payne, Alicia Olatuja, Sara Gazarek, accordionist Richard Galliano, saxophonist Tom Scott, multi-instrumentalist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and violinist Christian Howes.

      10:00 PM Justin Kauflin - Justin Kauflin is a “jazz pianist who favors a clarity of touch and ideas, rarely spinning into an orbit he can’t control” (The New York Times). After losing his sight at the age of 11, Kauflin gravitated towards playing jazz piano, despite having a background in classical violin. He most notably plays with the Jae Sinnett Trio. In 2004, he received the Presidential Scholarship to attend William Paterson University in New York and was taken under the tutelage of the legendary Clark Terry (winner of the 2010 Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement in Jazz). Jason was selected as a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk Competition in 2011, and was voted “Jazz Artist of the Year” in VEER Magazine.

      Cost: Payment required - $20 G/A, $15 Students with ID Click here for tickets:

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