Jeff Fuller & Friends release new jazz CD “Keep Hope Alive” Fri., Apr. 22

Jeff Fuller & Friends play Best Video Film & Cultural Center Fri., Apr. 22. The show starts at 7 PM. The cover is $10.

The show is a CD release for the trio’s new disc “Keep Hope Alive.”

Jeff writes:

“Hello everybody, it is my great pleasure to announce the release of my latest CD, ‘Keep Hope Alive,’ featuring myself, Darren Litzie on piano and Ben Bilello on drums. This is our 5th album release and it couldn’t some at a better time!

Our collection of original tunes and imaginative covers has percolated during the global pandemic years and now emerges in a springtime tempered by warfare taking place in Ukraine. “Keep Hope Alive” was never a better message.

The song titles tell a story in themselves: Keep Hope Alive, A Change Of Plans, Small World, Thrivin’ and Survivin’ and so on. The playing and interplay on this album is spectacular from all of us, and I hope you’ll take advantage of the outlets below to purchase your copy.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Ukrainian war relief efforts through established charities like Doctors Without Borders and the International Rescue Committee.”

This being an inside show, these are our covid protocols: attendance of 30 max, masks and proof of vaccination required.

Bassist and composer Jeff Fuller, recipient of the 2014 Jazz Haven Award, has been has long been an integral part of the Connecticut, New York and international jazz scenes. He toured worldwide and recorded with saxophonists Lou Donaldson and Paquito D’Rivera, and has played with jazz masters from all styles and eras. Co-leader of the popular Brazilian group Sambeleza, he has received commissions from the New Haven and the Hartford Symphony Orchestras and has received project grants from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts.

Pianist/composer Darren Litzie studied jazz piano with Dr. Rex Cadwallader, jazz theory, improvisation, and composition with Jim McNeely, Mike Holober, Jimmy Greene and Jamie Begian. Darren has performed with such artists as Dave Scott, Andrew Beals, Chris Morrison, Thierry Arpino, Nick Biello, and Harvie S. Darren completed a three-year stint with the prestigious BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, where he had several of his works premiered in concert by the BMI Jazz Orchestra.

Ben Bilello received his Bachelors Degree in Jazz Studies at the Hartt School of Music. He has performed and recorded with Mulgrew Miller, Eddie Henderson, Branford Marsalis, Curtis Fuller, Javon Jackson, George Cables, Joe Wilder, Anthony Braxton, Steve Davis, Jimmy Greene, and Wayne Escoffery, among many others. In addition to performing with noted jazz musicians, Ben has toured with the South American folk groups Viva Quetzal and Markamusic.

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