Alex Bugnon & Marc Antoine (9:30pm show)
Thursday, July 20
Show @ 9:30 PM MDT
Ages: 21 and Over
For the last two decades, keyboardist Alex Bugnon has been a romantic yet energetic force on the contemporary jazz scene – an ambassador from the last days of the Quiet Storm in possession of chameleonic skills befitting him as a straight ahead jazz piano leader and soul as a sideman. Born in beautiful Montreux, Switzerland, world famous for a jazz festival that has hosted thousands, Alex was pre-destined to be a jazz man. And on his most recent album, Going Home, he boldly explores that music â€“ his first love â€“ more explicitly than ever before. From songs inspired by Horace Silver and Ahmad Jamal to covers of old favorites from WAR’s “The World is a Ghetto” to Herbie Hancock’s “Oliloqui Valley,” to an adaptation of “Nothra Dona di Maortse” (a song he discovered at his father’s funeral), the 8-song project taps deep roots from multiple plains. “Going Home represents me returning to what I really love to doâ€¦which is to play as hard as I possibly can,” he states. “I came up with the last generation of Quiet Storm artists such as Najee, George Howard, Art Porter, Will Downing and Rachelle Ferrell. When my first album Love Season came out in 1989 (an R&B chart-top contender containing Alex’s hit cover of Brenda Russell’s “Piano in the Dark” and his own transfixing “Love Season”), radio programmers still had the ability to pick the music they played with no outside interference.
Marcâ€™s career boast many #1 hits on the R&R contemporary jazz charts, as well as topping the billboard charts. In 1995, R&R elected him best new artist of the year, which was followed by his Gavin Award in1998, a Latin Grammy for best instrumental song in 2005 and the International Artist of the Year at the Chicago Jazz Awards in 2010. He has also received numerous nominations for Jazz awards in the US and Canada. Regularly touring with contemporary jazz artists like Dave Koz, Chris Botti, Jeff Lorber, Jeffrey Osborn, Phillipe Saisse, Brian Simpson and others, he also performs or records with Jazz legends such as Peter Erskine, Jimmy Haslip, Mike Mainieri, Dave Valentin, Christian McBride and Mark Egan to name a few. Marc was honored when George Benson mentioned him as one of his favorite acoustic guitarist. In 2010 he created his own label and publishing company called Frazzy Frog Music and released his first independent record â€œMy Classical Wayâ€on it. It was voted number two Record of the Year on the Jazz Times Magazine top 50.