Grand Rapids-based jazz/fusion band Organissimo will perform as a part of West Shore Community College’s Performing Arts Living Room Series on Friday, Nov. 6. The virtual concert begins at 7:30 p.m., and the online event is free of charge.
Together since 2000, Organissimo infuse elements of funk, gospel, blues, progressive rock, and Latin rhythms into a solid foundation of jazz.
Organissimo’s music has received numerous awards. The CD, Dedicated, released in January 2013, hit #5 on the JazzWeek charts and stayed in the top 10 for eight weeks. It hit #1 on the CMJ jazz charts and was named one of the top 10 CDs of 2013. It received airplay on over 200 stations including Comcast’s MusicChoice and XM/Sirius Radio.
Organissimo’s album, Groovadelphia, topped the CMJ jazz charts for three weeks at #1 and stayed in the JazzWeek top 50 for 14 weeks, peaking at #22. It won two WYCE Jammie Awards for best jazz album and best song and was also named one of the best releases of 2008, by WVPE, KJAZZ, CKCU-FM, and Jim Wilke’s Jazz After Hours program, syndicated on over 60 National Public Radio stations nationwide. It is also nominated for a Detroit Music Award.
Perennial favorites at Grand Rapid’s annual Jammie Awards, with CDs named to numerous best release lists, they have played at venerable spots all over the country, including Baker’s Keyboard Lounge in Detroit, MI, The Green Mill in Chicago, IL, the Idlewild Music Festival, the Chicago Jazz Festival, and the Detroit International Jazz Festival.
At a live concert, you’re as likely to see people dancing as a group of folks intently listening. As American cultural critic Elvis Mitchell wrote after witnessing a show at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, “The group’s toned, muscular playing keeps the crowd rapt, a condition noticeable by the fact that almost no one is talking.”
All of the performances in WSCC’s Living Room Series are free of charge and more information and links to the performances can be found on the college’s web site.
The performance will also be archived for viewing at a later date.