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LAS VEGAS JAZZ SOCIETY

JAZZ LIVES HERE

        E X P L O R E

                    Our Heritage

January, 1976:   A 10-member Board of Directors consisting of Monk Montgomery (founder), Jay Cameron, Frank Gagliardi, Ken Joy, John Lindner, Sari Phillips, Tom Severns, Dan Skea, Judy Tarte and John Unrue is formed.

The “Jazz Ambassadors at Large” is assembled to spread the word, the music and the dream. Members are Joe Williams, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Marlena Shaw, James Moody, B.B. King and Carl Fontana.

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“Monk Montgomery” by Jerry Blank. Used with permission.  www.goblankart.com

Las Vegas Jazz Society:

The Early Times

Compiled and contributed by Judy Tarte

Jazz bassist Monk Montgomery introduced the Fender Precision Bass to the genre in 1951 and was the elder brother of jazz guitarist, Wes, and vibraphonist/pianist Buddy). Upon his arrival to Las Vegas in 1966 he found the jazz scene sadly lacking, even though the town was full of fine musicians who were looking to play this kind of music. His dream was to provide more outlets for them to be able to play their music and to also draw nationally renowned jazz musicians to major venues on and off the “Strip.”

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ADVISORY BOARD

PETE BARBUTTI  CARL SAUNDERS   GUS MANCUSO   DAVE LOEB  LORRAINE HUNT BONO  TOM HALL

SHAWN WHITMER, PRESIDENT

CONTACT: info@lvjs.org

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THINGS TO LOOK FORWARD TO:

April 10 – Journey through Jazz

April 21 – Society Jazz Band – Jazz in the Courtyard – Christ Episcopal Church

June – Wine Tasting -Winchester Cultural Center

July – Rising Star – Bootlegger Bistro

September – Jazz Rummage Sale and Concert – Montara Meadows

October – Annual Community Jazz Picnic – Winchester Park

November – Young Audience Event – Copa Room, Bootlegger Bistro

December – Annual membership election and Holidary Party – Bootlegger Bistro

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Mon 23

Toscha Comeaux and The Band in the Box

April 23 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tue 24

Class Act – Marsha K Ross and Friends

April 24 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue 24

Tuesday Night Jazz – The Space

April 24 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wed 25

Steppin’ Out with Jonathan Karrant

April 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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