Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Earth, Wind & Fire's former keyboardist Larry Dunn, Jon Barnes, Theresa King, Luis Montilla, Carlos Sanchez and other Jazz Giants rock the Catalina Jazz Club

Earth, Wind & Fire's Larry Dunn (middle) and Jazz giants.

HollywoodCA  – Legendary Los Angeles talk show host, MotherLove opened at the Catalina Jazz Club and introduced some very familiar names and sounds in Jazz Music.  

Jazz Master Jon Barnes teamed up with Earth, Wind and Fire’s Keyboardist Larry Dunn Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, Catalina Jazz Club. Barnes took command of the stage and orchestrated his an amazing mix of singers, bass, percussion and strings. 

Violinist Luis Montilla holds up a collectible and
signed coy of Earth Wind & Fire's hot 1979 Vinyl,
which includes the hit song, "Shining Star" that
launched the band over the top commercially.

The talented Barnes opened the evening with a slow jazz tune on the piano and played the trumpet in one hand while hit the piano keys with other in harmony. Later smooth Jazz Singer Theresa King and Singer Myra Washington rock the house with some familiar songs and even a Beatle tune, "Come Together", which sounded more like Tina Tuner rockin' out than Washington. 

Barnes recently performed at the Catalina Jazz Club (Aug. 2-3) with Arturo Sandoval and Skip Martin (Kool and The Gang former lead singer).The jazz trio performed at the daCarbo Jazz Festival this summer  The European tour was also filmed as a possible upcoming documentary. All were endorsed by the one of a kind daCarbo with exclusive signature carbon-made fiber trumpets with a trademark black style and light weight. More instruments are expected. Fyi, new concept cars are being manufacured out of the same materials to lighten the load.

Jon Barnes with Arturo Sandoval (right) at the Catalina Club. 
“Man, I wish my grandma was still alive, she wouldn't believe these famous people I've share the stay with," Barnes told the crowd at legendary jazz venue.
"She flip over if she heard me on stage with Earth, Wind & Fire's Larry Dunn," he said. "I'm gonna have to pinch myself later."

"I’m excited and living a dream," Barnes shouted
"I’m teaming up with the legendary keyboard man Larry Dunn, Theresa King, Brienn Perry, Myra Washington, Quentin Dennard and other great jazz musicians like LUis Montilla and Carlos Sanchez, so it don’t get any better,” he said. In case you missed and couldn't attend, here are some of the highlights:

Jon Barnes on Piano

Earth, Wind & Fire's Larry Dunn, Jon Barnes, Luise Montilla and Carlos Sanchez

Jon Barnes with Violinist composer Luis Montilla & friends -Latin Jazz

Jon Barnes with Earth, Wind & Fire's Larry Dunn & Friends (Hot Saxophone)

Jon Barnes & Myra Washington at the Catalina Jazz Club

Jon Barnes with Theresa King singing a classing song, "Take your There." 

Jon Barnes with Keyboardist Larry Dunn + Singer Brienn K. Perry & band

Barnes recently teamed with Dunn to performed music on the new album, the first in 12 years by Earth, Wind and Fire entitled, “Now, Then and Forever.”   
"Larry Dunn produced two songs on the record and also played on the other tracks.  he and I conducted, scored, and played on Whirlwind, written by Larry and Luisa Dunn and Hiroto Kobayashi," said Barnes.

">Jon Barnes composes music and performs on Earth, Wind
 and Fire's latest album, Now, Then & Forever.

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