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Gallery Suite Jazz Series - Summer Party
La Fille Gallery
Lansing, MI
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THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT! Please join us for our next artist showcase on August 21, 2015 featuring UK based keyboardist Oli Silk.


Gallery Suite Jazz Series - Summer Party
Welcome to Season III of the Gallery Suite Jazz Series.

Since its inception in 2012, the Gallery Suite Jazz Series has been host to twenty seven consecutive sold out showcases featuring a celebrated list of regional, national and international artists. Now in its third season, the series continues its tradition of offering some of the best entertainment in downtown Lansing performed by notable artists in various styles of the jazz idiom.

The Gallery Suite Jazz Series is hosted by International recording artist and saxophonist Phil Denny and takes place in downtown Lansing's most unique and intimate artist-owned studio spaces. This hip, urban, raw venue with open wood ceilings, hardwood floors and exposed brick walls creates the ideal backdrop for you and your guests to experience a night of lively entertainment with an emphasis on diversion though pure musical artistry. With a limited seating capacity, those present will feel as though the music is being performed just for them.

This month's featured artist is Chicago based guitarist Max V.

Considering the many years of success Argentine born electric guitarist Max Valldeneu has had playing blues and R&B everywhere from his adopted home base of Chicago to Europe and Japan, it's not surprising that he brings the perfect mix of buoyant funk and gritty down home fire to his infectious, in the pocket and airplay ready urban jazz debut It's About Love. Like his more renowned (at least thus far!) stylistic genre counterparts, Nick Colionne and Grammy winner Norman Brown, Valledeneu has high energy improvisational chops to spare, yet grounds his vibe perfectly in the two elements which guarantee that listeners won't want to let go: groove and melody. It's saying a lot about the versatile axeman's songwriting ability that his originals  including the high energy, brass-tinged opening title track, the easy, mid-tempo blues-R&B flavored "Just U and Me" and lush liquid soul ballad "I Just Wanna Be With You" (appearing in both vocal and instrumental versions)  hold their own against three R&B/pop classics that will no doubt merit a lot of initial attention. Valldeneu's fluid lines smooth out the melody of Stevie Wonder's "Superstition," which is grooved up by Roosevelt Purifoy's sparkling Rhodes harmonies and Joewaun Scott's plucky bass bottom. The guitarist's dreamy take on Johnny Gill's "My My My" is right up there among instrumental cover versions with saxman Gerald Albright's renowned take). Valldeneu wraps his magical emotional rollercoaster with a light funk take on Michael Jackson's "The Girl Is Mine," adding touches of both playfulness and urgency via his swirling interaction with alto saxman Ronnie Graham. It's always a challenge for an indie artist new to the smooth/urban jazz realm to break through and compete with the long established A-listers, but genre fans who love that George Benson/Wes Montgomery style of guitarisma will be
hooked instantly once they give Valldeneu a shot. It's About Love  but it's so much more: the best indie instrumental recording of 2013 by far.


The gallery suite doors/patio will open at 6:00pm. COME EARLY TO ENJOY THE OPTION CASH BBQ prepared by MBC. MENU COMING SOON! Guests are welcome and encouraged to stroll the gallery floors prior to the show to view the artwork, decorative textures, custom finishes, exclusive furnishings and more.

The music showcase will begin at 8:00pm. Estimated showtime is 90-100 minutes. Entry to the gallery suite is located in the back of the gallery (south) just off Museum Drive.

CASH BAR AVAILABLE! The cash bar (beer & wine) is provided by Midtown Brewing Co. Michigan craft beer and select Michigan wine will be featured each month.

Join us at The Exchange in the loft area for an After glow immediately following the show. GSJS attendees receive 10% OFF any (1) food item. Full bar available.

Artist(s) merchandise will be available for purchase following the show. Cash preferred, credit cards accepted.

Special thanks to Midtown Brewing Co., Michigan Plumbing, The Entrepreneur Institute,  Delux Tents & Events and The Exchange for supporting the Gallery Suite Jazz Series.


La Fille Gallery (View)
336 E Michigan Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933
United States


Music > Jazz

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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