This series showcases local and regional musicians in a relaxed and intimate setting. The lobby is transformed into a 70-seat showcase lounge.
This is jazz “Super Group” comprised of Northeast Jazz heavyweights! Their appearance at the Spire is highly anticipated. Expect an exciting night of high energy jazz! Not to be missed!
Mike Casano – Band leader, drummer, producer, writer and educator, Mike Casano has been playing drums since the age of three. Mike has been featured in DRUM! magazine and has written articles published in Modern Drummer magazine. The son of a professional trumpet player, Mike was surrounded by great music throughout his early life. A 2000 graduate of Berklee College of Music, Mike’s versatile style and reliable groove allows him to work as a professional drummer throughout the New England area in a wide range of musical styles and situations.
George Garzone – Boston-based tenor saxophonist George Garzone is considered one of the giants of modern improvisation. A veteran jazzman, George Garzone has appeared on over 20 recordings with the top names in jazz. Garzone is also one of the leading jazz educators in the country and has published many important improvisation methods. “I’m not the master of the saxophone, George Garzone is.” —Michael Brecker
Jay Azzolina – Grammy nominated guitarist/composter Jay Azzolina has been part of the New York Jazz scene for the past three decades. Jay’s associations include Herbie Mann, Jaco Pastorius, Harvie S, Spyro Gyra, Dave Samuels, Kenny Werner, Chuck Mangione, Ron McClure, Randy Brecker, Jerry Bergonzi and John Patitucci. Jay has also been a recurring accompanist for singers Michael Franks, Donna Summer, Rickie Lee Jones, The Manhattan Transfer and Sheila Jordan.
Dave Zinno – A native of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, Dave is a top call jazz bassist and has performed with artists such as Dianne Schuur, Walter Booker, Jr., Jimmy Cobb, Junior Cook, John Hicks, John Medeski, and Larry Willis. He has performed on Broadway, in shows such as Sugar Babies and An Evening with Michael Feinstein. These days, he teaches at Brown University and is well known in the Providence-Boston jazz scene where he plays with regional and national artists of international reputation.