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Giacomo Gates next release on HighNote/Savant Records is scheduled for early 2017. His last 3 records were #1, #1, and #8 on the charts. A masterful vocalist with a commanding stage presence, Gates is an educator, performer, recording artist and all around entertainer. Has traveled and toured the world and is available for festivals, master classes, and some club dates.

“Gates is one of the most extraordinary singers working in jazz today, the owner of a joyful baritone who has synthesized a host of influences – Eddie Jefferson, Jon Hendricks and Sinatra among them – and turned them into something uniquely his own.”
Glenn Whipp, LA Daily News

“Gates is a talented, skillful, rock solid professional. What makes him truly exceptional is that there is no difference between his work and his life – Jazz is truly his style.”
Stanley Naftaly, Jazz Now

“Not many people can master this music, but Giacomo Gates has. He’s an important man.”
Jon Hendricks, Sunday NY Times Feature

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jacquesGuitarist Jacques Lesure is currently a resident of Los Angeles, California. He is a WJ3 Records artist. In his 30-year career, he has played and recorded with many notable musicians across various genres. He has performed in the nation’s top jazz venues and major festivals.

Jacques is also very active in the community and mentors many of today’s up and coming musicians. He is an author, motivational speaker and radio/podcast host. He has been featured in numerous national publications and is the recipient of countless awards.  He is the Musical Director for the Living Legends Foundation and president of the African-American Jazz Caucus. Jacques is a national adjudicator, judging student competitions across the nation and he is an Artist/ Teacher for the Thelonious Monk Institute, Los Angeles Bureau of Culutural Affairs and The Dolo Coker Jazz Foundation. Mr. Lesure is available for festivals, club dates, and master classes.

“…unabashed joy”
Sean J. O’Connell, DownBeat Magazine – Camaraderie – 4 stars

“Plenty of blues and swing. Generating anything from a fiery heat to an intimate warmth”
Dave Sumner, Birdistheworm.com

Guitarist Jacques Lesure is an enigma. His sound is steeped in tradition but he is also a visionary. His music is rooted in the foundations of gospel, blues and jazz. His delivery swings. However, he believes that the sounds of TODAY are equally relevant.

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dirubSaxophone player Mike Dirubbo is a serious performer with a huge original sound. He studied under Jackie Mclean and has played with everyone since. He is also an educator and is very active on the staff of The Litchfield Jazz Festival working with the next generation of NYC cats.

“Mike DiRubbo has a big, bold alto tone, an unerring time feel and remarkable facility on the instrument.”

– Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes

“The leader’s solos seem to leap out of the speakers, with an intensity, at times, that borders on ferocious.”

– Richard B. Kamins, Step Tempest

“The Grim Reaper’s pop was one bad dude and DiRubbo shows he can lead a New York sax trio and swing a sax like Chronos could swing a scythe.”

Chris Spector, The Midwest Record

“Repercussion is one darkly dazzling gem of an album.”Jazz Review

“An impressive alto sax quartet — big sound, bold moves.”Tom Hull, Village Voice

“Mike DiRubbo plays with fire and intelligence, and his music dances with life.”Francis Davis, Village Voice

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