International jazz performers Brad Leali and Shelley Carrol take their own bands abroad and tour as sidemen with famous entertainers. When in Dallas, they perform in many different bands, and have a Big Band together.
Professor Leali plays each summer in Europe, especially France, Germany, and Austria, often taking his own band and sometimes playing with the great German jazz pianist, Claus Raible. Brad Leali is Professor of Saxophone at the world famous University of North Texas Jazz Studies program, is Director of the Three O'Clock Lab Band, and performs widely in the DFW area. For almost two decades, he has played in the Kennedy Center Honors orchestra. A great saxophonist, he has a unique tone that makes his solos especially beautiful and poignant, and accentuates his improvisations. Leali performs in several recitals at UNT each year, often presenting the music of one of his music heroes, like Cannonball Adderly. Professor Brad Leali is one of the great alto saxophonists and an important part of the DFW jazz scene.
Shelley Carrol tours worldwide with the Duke Ellington Orchestra and takes his own quartet to Europe and Japan. He also tours with Sheryl Crow. Locally he has led one of the longest-running jazz gigs at the Amsterdam Bar. Carrol is a true Texas Tenor - a saxophonist who can make a big sound that cuts through the ambient noise of a Texas Roadhouse and still sounds great. Strongly influenced by his friend and mentor, the great Marchel Ivery, his improvisation, tone, and articulation have kept him at the top of the most requested tenors.
The Brad Leali and Shelley Carrol Big Band comprises the top jazz orchestra performers in North Texas, such as Tony Baker, Professor of Trombone at UNT. A traditional sixteen-piece orchestra, it includes four trumpets, four trombones, and four saxophones covering the range from soprano to baritone. The rhythm section includes piano, guitar, bass, and drums.
For this performance, the orchestra will feature Tatiana Mayfield, a graduate of the Vocal Jazz program at UNT. A musician at heart, Mayfield plays trombone and arranges her own music. Last year, her album reached was No. 1 on the Great Britain Soul chart and she toured the UK with her band of DFW musicians.
This concert by great DFW musicians will be in Desoto's city-owned Corner Theatre. An intimate 160 seat traditional theatre with good acoustics, it is a terrific venue for music. This is a great opportunity to hear one of the top Big Bands in the country perform in this part of Dallas County.
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