Jazz Duo Lenore Raphael and Howard Alden at The Glenridge Performing Arts Center April 5, 2014

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Jazz Duo Lenore Raphael and Howard Alden at The Glenridge Performing Arts Center April 5, 2014


[March 14, 2014- Sarasota, FL]  In a program that combines “one of the baddest pianists out there today,” says jazz writer Jon Hendricks, with a jazz guitarist called by JazzTime’s Owen Cordle “the best of his generation,”  the Glenridge Performing Arts Center is pounding home its claim on “best venue for Jazz in Sarasota.”


Pianist Lenore Raphael and guitarist Howard Alden will perform at 8 pm on Friday, April 5 at The Glenridge Performing Arts Center (7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota.) Tickets are $ 20 for the general public and can be purchased on line at www.GPACTIX.com or by calling the GPAC box office at 941.552-5325.


Critics, jazz hosts and jazz lovers all agree that she is one of the most SWINGING mainstream pianists today. Influenced by Oscar Peterson, Bud Powell and Bill Evans, she has taken these influences and created her own recognizable sound, performing and recording along the way with such greats as Clark Terry, Warren Vache, Howard Alden, Harry Allen, Bucky Pizzarelli, Jack Wilkins and more. Jazz critic John Gilbert has called her “simply one of the best pianists in the jazz mainstream today”…(AllAboutJazz.com)


Lenore has won numerous ASCAP and other awards for her original compositions, which appear on her own 7 critically acclaimed CDS on the Swingin’ Fox Music label. Her music has been played on Continental Airlines in-flight jazz stream, and on jazz stations worldwide, including their inclusion into the Jazz at Lincoln Center jazz stream.



George Kanzler of the Newark Star Ledger proclaims that he is “the most impressive and creative member of a new generation of jazz guitarists.” And Chip Deffaa of the New York Post observes that he is “…one of the very finest young guitarists working today.” It seems that the only thing regarding Howard Alden on which the critics have debate is whether the remarkable jazz guitarist is one of the best or simply the best. Howard Alden was voted “Best Emerging Talent-Guitar” in the first annual JazzTimes critics’ poll, 1990, and “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition” in the 1996, 1992, 1993 and 1995 Downbeat critics’ poll. As jazz critic Wayne Thompson writes simply, in Jazzscene, “If there are better young jazz guitar players in America than Howard Alden, I have yet to hear them.” Howard’s growing base of loyal fans couldn’t agree more.



Howard began playing at age ten, inspired by recordings of Armstrong, Basie and Goodman, as well as those by guitarists Barney Kessel, Charlie Christian, Django Reinhardt and George Van Eps. Soon he was working professionally around Los Angeles playing in groups ranging from traditional to mainstream to modern jazz. Upon moving to New York City in 1982, Alden’s skills, both as soloist and accompanist, were quickly recognized and sought-out for appearances and recordings with such artists as Joe Bushkin, Ruby Braff, Joe Williams, Warren Vache` and Woody Herman.


He has continued to win accolades from critics and musicians alike, adding Benny Carter, Flip Phillips, Mel Powell, Bud Freeman, Kenny Davern, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie and George Van Eps, as well as notable contemporaries such as Scott Hamilton and Ken Peplowski to his list of impressive credits.


As a result of his associating with – and inspiration from – George Van Eps, Alden has been playing the seven-string guitar since 1992. The seven string guitar imparts a greater range and harmonic richness to Alden’s already colorful tonal palette, as evidenced on three remarkable follow-up albums with Van Eps, his critically acclaimed duo recordings with saxophonist/clarinetist Ken Peplowski, and the stunning interplay between Alden and special guest Frank Wess on Your Story – The Music of Bill Evans . Alden also teamed up with fellow guitarists Jimmy Bruno and Frank Vignola to record a three guitar outing entitled The Concord Jazz Guitar Collective, which was quickly called by some critics “an instant classic!”


Lenore Raphael, piano, with Howard Alden, guitar at the Glenridge Performing Arts Center, 7333 Scotland Way, Friday, April 5th at 8pm.Tickets are on sale now for just $20 at gpactix.com or by calling the GPAC box office at 552-5325.

Glenridge Performing Arts Center, 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota, 552-5325 or www.gpactix.com Get social with GPAC at www.facebook.com/glenridgePAC


Glenridge Performing Arts Center is open to the public, providing the greater Sarasota area with a chance to regularly experience spectacular performances from jazz to classical and theater to barbershop. For additional information on The Glenridge please visit theglenridge.com and for tickets visit www.gpactix.com


About The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch:

The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch is the nation’s first Life Fulfilling Community, focusing on lifelong learning and optimum health for members coupled with the security of long-term care and rehabilitation services. The multi-million dollar Glenridge Performing Arts Center, distinguished among area performing halls with its picturesque setting and elegant yet modern interior, plays a huge role in Glenridge’s community model, providing members with an opportunity for continued involvement in the arts. Residents can enjoy performances year-round or get involved in whatever way suits their talents, like singing, acting, building sets or managing the house.


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