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Paradigm Shift: Live Jazz Concert and Recording

Monday, July 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Today’s preeminent Soul Jazz trio, Paradigm Shift, has a decidedly fresh take on this famous sound. Founders are guitarist Mel Henderson and organist Gerry Youngman, who have written original music and fresh arrangements of classics for a worldwide audience. Now, with forward-thinking drummer Sean Jefferson, the band continues to develop a unique sound that is accessible, funky, and entertaining. They will be joined by two of the jazz scene’s hottest horn players, Brian Thomas on trombone and Jared Sims on baritone sax, known for riveting performances and funky riffs that get you off your seat.

The live recording at the concert on 1 July 2024 at the Sportsmen’s Tavern in Buffalo, NY, will celebrate the impressive original compositions of Gerry Youngman, known for music that is both irresistibly funky and so emotional that it connects with your soul. This historic event will be recorded by the Sportsmen’s and produced by Al Evan Music. This session will also be preserved on video and be a part of a documentary featuring Paradigm Shift and friends.

Soul Jazz was pioneered by Jimmy Smith and has strong influences from hard bop, blues, and soul. On this special date, in one place are five master musicians and a producer who have committed a lifetime to this funky music style beloved by so many and ready to be discovered by new audiences. Best of all, they will honor the legacy of the soul jazz genre sound and take it to new places with original music.

Paradigm Shift has produced critically acclaimed albums of original music (Shifting Times, Street Expressionism) with the contributions of some of the world’s most talented musicians – Wycliffe, Gordon, Joe Locke, and Marcus Printup. Brian Thomas is the co-leader of the big band Funk powerhouse BT ALC big band with five CD releases with sextet, Duochrome, and Director of the BT All-Stars. Jared Simms has appeared on over 60 recordings, crossing multiple genres, and earned a doctorate from Boston University. Al Evans, the producer/engineer is best known as the drummer from the band Soulive and for producing numerous recordings for diverse performers.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of recording history, buy your ticket today at https://www.showclix.com/event/paradigm-shift-live-jazz-recording-concert.


Monday, July 1
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm


Sportsmen Tavern
326 Amherst Street
Buffalo, NY 14207 United States
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