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Under The Lake

A Freedom Sound: Celebrating Five Decades of The Jazz Crusaders and Crusaders

February 23, 2018 | 7:30 pm

- $25
Mission Theater

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This tribute show celebrates the legacy of four friends from Houston, TX whose five decades-long careers spanned hard bop, soul, and funk-jazz with chart-topping releases in multiple genres. For this special performance, Under The Lake is joined by some of Portland’s most versatile players- Charlie Doggett on drums, Tim Gilson on bass, Randy Porter on piano, and special guest Jimmie Herrod on vocals to share the full breadth of the Jazz Crusaders and The Crusaders.

Composer, keyboard-player and founder, Jayson Tipp refers to Under The Lake’s sound as “jazz, with groove and attitude.” Over the past 20 years, Tipp and crew have released three internationally-distributed albums: “Dive In” (1993), “Up For Air” (1996) which received a four-star rating from the All Music Guide, and their Top 50 charting release “People Together”. Under The Lake’s list of credits include live performances with a “who’s who” list of jazz artists such as Joe Sample, Billy Cobham, Keiko Matsui, and Stanley Jordan and performances at top festivals and venues on the west coast. Under The Lake has received critical praise in publications including JazzTimes, Jazziz, France’s Jazz Hot, Canada’s Exclaim, Germany’s Cascade, The New York Daily News, UTNE Reader, and The Music Paper.

In the group’s current iteration, featuring David Evans on tenor sax and John Moak on trombone, the two horn line-up, and original compositions are keeping alive the soul jazz sound made famous by The Crusaders and others. The current line-up recently completed recording the group’s fourth album entitled “Jazz, Groove & Attitude” that includes 11 original funk-jazz tracks. In addition to Tipp, Evans, and Moak, the line-up on the recording also includes Brian Foxworth on drums, Kenny Franklin on bass, Evan Mustard on guitar, and Nat Caranto on alto sax.

Considered “…possibly the next best thing since Spyro Gyra…” (Joe Matangue / JazzPolice.com), Under The Lake’s original sound “doesn’t sit easy in any category, thanks to its heavy doses of funkified bass and occasional soul references” (Don Dilorio, North Jersey Herald, and News).