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Diverse had a wonderful time at our CD Release Party in Columbia, MO, this past weekend. Thanks to all who came out and supported us. Here is a video of one of our biggest fans, Jordan Fallon (who hails from my hometown of Jefferson City!!!), playing along to our “Untitled Hit Tune”.
Here is a video of part of our sound check on the Charlie Parker tune “Diverse”:
Diverse will have a mid-Missouri CD Release Party this Sunday, November 1st at Murry’s Restaurant in Columbia as part of the “We Always Swing” Jazz Series. The show starts at 7 PM and will consist of two sets. Tickets are $14 Public, $7 Students. Buy tickets now!
You can buy tickets here: http://www.ticketmaster.com/Diverse-tickets/artist/929614
Tickets are also available by phone: 573-449-3001
MU Students can also go to the Brady Commons Box Office, which is a Ticketmaster outlet.
This is the area I grew up, so I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of people I know!
Ben, Will and I got haircuts at the Straight Line Barber Shop from Jermaine Simmons today:
Diverse played a gig this morning at the Marriott in downtown Kansas City for a private function. We used this performance as a way to get ready for the show at Catalina. Here is a clip:
Diverse will be going to LA in two days! We get in this Wednesday and our tentative plan the first night is to check out a jam session. We will document some of our time there with videos and pictures and try to be prompt about putting them up here on the website, so be sure to stay tuned!
We will be performing at Catalina Bar and Grill THIS Thursday, October 22nd at 8 PM. We are very excited about this opportunity and hope that a lot of people come out and here us!
Diverse will be performing two tunes tonight at the Annual Jazz and BBQ Fundraiser for the UMKC Jazz Studies Program. The event takes place in Pierson Auditorium in the University Center, and begins at 6 PM with dinner. Music during the dinner portion will be provided by Michael Shults (alto sax) and Andrew Ouellette (piano). Diverse will perform at 7:30, and will be followed by the UMKC Concert Jazz Band (of which Ryan Lee and I are members of as well) under the direction of Bobby Watson. The program will feature adjunct faculty members such as Stan Kessler (trumpet), Doug Auwarter (drums), Michael Pagan (piano), and Steve Dekker (trombone). Tickets for the concert are $25, and tickets for both BBQ (Oklahoma Joe’s) and the concert are $55.
Hey everyone! Ben Leifer here. This is my first post on the website, so bear with me if there are some formatting errors. Anyways, I am very fortunate to be playing this Friday night at the Blue Room on the corner of Kansas City’s legendary 18th and Vine with master drummer Michael Carvin. He only plays in Kansas City once a year and this will be my second time performing with him. He is a true force. Mr. Carvin is a musical inspiration to myself and countless others in the jazz world. With him on this gig is his piano player from NYC, also a brilliant musician Carlton Holmes, and no introduction needed for the horn player Bobby Watson, and myself. One thing I can tell you about Michael Carvin’s music is that every performance has the power to change your life as it has mine so many times that I have been lucky to see him and work with him. I highly encourage you to come see this performance if you are in the area. We start at 8:30 pm and play till 12:30am. Here is a link to Michael Carvin’s website so you can learn more about him! http://www.michaelcarvin.com/ Thanks guys and I hope to see some of you out there on Friday!
This is from our show with Jaleel Shaw back in February, although Jaleel did not play on this tune. This is a Kenny Garrett composition. We posted part of this first half earlier. Enjoy!