Guitar summit (but everyone’s invited)

Looking into an audience of mostly musicians between tunes on a Monday night in December, guitarist Alan Parker quipped something to the effect of “Welcome to the RVA jazz musician’s summit.” It was a pretty accurate assessment: like that one, some shows just turn out to be musician hangs with nary a casual non-musician observer […]

Looking into an audience of mostly musicians between tunes on a Monday night in December, guitarist Alan Parker quipped something to the effect of “Welcome to the RVA jazz musician’s summit.” It was a pretty accurate assessment: like that one, some shows just turn out to be musician hangs with nary a casual non-musician observer in the house.

On Tuesday night at The Camel, Alan will hold a “guitar summit,” and it’s happening on the stage this time instead of among the audience.

In addition to his own group, Alan has invited two other guitarists — Karl Morse and Adam Larrabee — to lead their bands. The jazz diplomacy begins around 8:30 with Karl Morse Quartet, featuring saxophonist Jonathan Gibson, bassist Andrew Randazzo, and drummer Devonne Harris. Alan’s AP Connection, which includes bassist Cameron Ralston and drummer Billy Williams, hits next. Adam Larrabee Trio featuring bassist Randall Pharr and drummer Brian Jones (the same group that was originally slated to perform at RVAJazzfest before the snow kicked in) will close the night out, beginning around 11. That group recently put out their album Money Jungle (a re-imagining of the Ellington/Mingus/Roach classic), so we might expect to hear some of those cuts.

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