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Giacomo Gates latest release, “What Time is it?” is out on HighNote/Savant Records now! 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.

Quotes from reviews, ‘What Time Is It?’ April 2017

What is it that separates a “jazz singer” from the wannabes? While many
people are known as or call themselves jazz singers, only a handful truly
merit the name. Giacomo Gates, whose latest album What Time Is It? is his
seventh (and fourth for Savant Records), is one of the chosen few. Why?
Well, as the saying goes, if you have to ask . . . Jack Bowers

Giacomo Gates digs interesting songs that, more often than not, have a
clever twist to them. What he delivers—and what you hear—is not always
what you expect. – Ken Frankling

Gates still doesn’t get the attention, even within our insular jazz world,
that I think he deserves. If you haven’t heard him before, “What Time Is
It?” is a great place to start. – Curt’s Jazz Cafe

Giacomo Gates sings like the life he’s lived; he was a blue collar worker
before changing careers to sing like a world wise sage. This latest album
of his is simply delightful, a mix of stories, advice and observations on
life through song. George Harris

Gates uses classic jazz phrasing, laidback bebop scats and cool vocalese
to get his message across; to find musical answers to life’s perplexing
questions. Suzanne Lorge

Giacomo Gates is a singular figure in today’s jazz scene, and once again
he delivers an irresistibly magic collection of jazz vocalizing. – Joe

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Guitarist 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 latest, “For the Love of You,” is available now.

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,

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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