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Spyro Gyra

Jazz Fusion

Fri, May 14 Fri, May 14
7:30pm 9:30pm

For 35 years, Spyro Gyra has been one of the top jazz fusion bands in the world, selling more than 10 million albums worldwide. Their hits include “Shaker Song” and “Morning Dance”, which are still frequently heard nearly 30 years later on jazz and easy listening stations. The band, which helped develop the smooth jazz genre, blends jazz with elements of R&B, funk and pop music.

  • Alto saxophonist, songwriter & founding bandleader Jay Beckenstein and keyboardist Tom Schuman met while in high school in Buffalo, New York.
  • The name Spyro Gyra is a misspelling of Spirogyra, a genus of green algae on which Beckenstein was wrote a paper on for a college biology class.
  • Some of the performers who’ve provided guest vocals on Spyro Gyra albums include Chris Botti, Deniece Williams, Basia and Alex Ligertwood of Santana.

“For more than three decades, Spyro Gyra has maintained the well-deserved reputation as a viable and highly versatile creative force.” -smoothjazznewyork.com

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