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James Gaiters Quartet Live at McConnell Arts Center this Thursday

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by Mark Subel on July 19, 2011

This Thursday July 21st, welcome the James Gaiters Quartet to the Bronwynn Theatre at the McConnell Arts Center of Worthington as part of their Thursday night concert series. Show time is at 8pm and tickets are $8 online and $10 at the door.

James Gaiters, Jr. was born in 1968 in Columbus, Ohio and began to play drums at the age of four, influenced by his mother who was a concert pianist and also the church organist for his father who is a pastor. His jazz experience began through his “secret rendezvous” with Stanley Clarke, the Yellowjackets, Billy Cobham, Koinonia, and Chic Corea. He later discovered the stylings of Wynton Marsalis, which prompted deeper investigation into the jazz art form.

During his youth, James played in various school and local bands, studying many styles of music. He then went on to college to study architecture. Musically, this move proved to be the best move of his swiftly growing career. In late 1994, James began playing in the Ohio State University Jazz Ensemble, and later met Edwin Bayard, a student, and also tenor saxophone player at Ohio State University. This proved to be the launching pad for one of the greatest musical unions. His first major break onto the circuit was to join up with jazz trumpeter, and MoJazz recording artist, Pharez Whitted with whom he has toured the country extensively. James has been a featured performer with Wynton Marsalis at New York’s world renowned Village Vanguard, and was featured on a world tour with RCA/Victor recording artist D. D. Jackson.

The members of James Gaiters’ Quartet “MUV-MeNT” include Edwin Bayard/Saxophone, Lovell Bradford/Piano, Dean Hulett/Acoustic Bass and James Gaiters/Drums. They have a new CD that they will be promoting, and have available for purchase.

James Gaiters Quartet
Thursday, July 21st
Bronwynn Theatre, McConnell arts Center of Worthington
777 Evening Street, Worthington, OH 43085, Tel. 614.431.0329
http://www.mcconnellarts.org/

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