Stu MacAskie is a pianist/organist/keyboardist based in Denver, Colorado. Playing jazz and pop music with equal authority, he has graced the finest stages in the region, including featured performances at Popejoy Hall, The Lensic, The Outpost, The Macey Center, The Western New Mexico Fine Arts Center, The National Hispanic Cultural Center and many more performance venues large and small. He has performed in Europe and Southeast Asia, and toured the United States from coast to coast. His eight years as a part of the music scene in New York City sharpened his skills, preparing him for work in jazz, pop, and classical circles. Jazz artists that he has performed with include Frank Morgan, Bill Watrous, the New York Voices, Antonio Hart, and Bobby Shew; pop artists include Sparx, Patti Page, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Susan Lucci, Khadijah Ibrahim and Stepfanie Kramer. Since arriving to Denver he has performed at Dazzle, Nocturne, The Crown Social, and many more venues.

Mark Fox, tenor & soprano saxophone, ute, and kamal ngoni (Malian harp) player, bandleader, composer and recording artist has participated for almost 25 years professionally in the international music and entertainment industry. Blessed at an early age, many legends of music came into his life such as maestros Archie Shepp, Yusef Lateef, Marion Brown, George Garzone, George Clinton and a host of others. These masters became profound teachers, mentors, friends and colleagues, bringing Fox into the deepest levels of the music world.

 

During Fox's decade and a half in New York City, he had the honor to perform with such greats as Warren Smith, The Boys Harbor Big Band, George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars, Archie Shepp, The Violent Femmes, Eugene Chadborne, and a numerous of other groups and high level artists. Mark's career in music tapered while living in Paris, France, though continuing to play with less frequency, he was blessed to perform with greats such as Steve McCraven, Hervé Samb, Rassul Siddik and others.

 

In the past years, Mark Fox has returned to his passion for the music with a fervorlike never before, and is currently leading his band, The Mark Fox Quartet+. Having just released their rst album on Cherry Sound Records, "Three Octaves Above the Sun", with a powerhouse, sold out performance at Dazzle Jazz in Denver, Fox is

currently working towards bringing the band’s powerful, transcendent and unique sound to the world stage.  More

Troy Robey is a double bassist with a foundational, open, and warm musical approach. He spent his formative musical years in the cities of Rockford and Chicago, Illinois performing jazz, rock, and theater music. He studied with Chicago bassist Larry Gray at DePaul University before moving to the Pacific Northwest and ultimately Denver, CO. Robey tours internationally with the folk string band Taarka as well as performs as a jazz and folk sideman in the Denver area.

Tom Tilton, a long-time Denver pillar in the jazz world, has been an influential and masterful drummer in the local community for decades. Performing with the legends in Denver, including Joe Bonner, Paul Warburton, Mitch Chmara, Hugh Regan, Kenny Walker, Jimmy Hopps (aka: Jimmi EsSpirit) and the gamut of other top artists, Tom has also brought numerous long-standing performance series to the Denver area, such as Steinway and Stained Glass. His groups have worked extensively with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theater organization as well.  Additionally, Tom's organization, Jae Ram Arts, was the home for one of the richest underground jazz loft scenes in Denver's history.

Yolanda hails from the south side of Chicago, by way of the San Francisco Bay area.  She has been singing and drumming for well over two decades, and has toured the U.S. and Italy, performing with such artists as Rich Montes, Gwen Avery, & Alberta Jackson to name a very few. She also lived in Lithuania and sang with a well-known Lithuanian and international blues band called “The Road Band“.

Felix Ayodele Born in Evanston, Illinois moved to Houston,Tx in the early 90's and began to displayed an interest in art and music. With handed down records from his parents (both  from Nigerian) he was provided with a wealth of music education,that would eventually be injected interestingly into his creation process. Felix was deeply influenced by King Crimson and Camel, to the Afrobeat music of King Sunny Ade, Fela Kuti and the like, and the more obscure and creative jazz masters like Sun-Ra, Ornette Coleman and others. This combined with his inherent  and natural traditional musician within, has created a recipe for the modern producer/musician that Felix Ayodele is today.

Upcoming Performances:

 

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Brother Jeff's Cultural Center

2836 Welton Street, Denver

7pm - 10pm

$10 (suggested offering)

 

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"Music that cascades from the spiritual center brings its own energy source. There is no mistaking its intent to calm and heal, no matter how far out it comes from. Mark Fox is tuned into these forces, and has no qualms about revealing how he got here. Citing Coltrane from the outset leads to high expectations, but therein lies the challenge. He is adapting Trane's message that through altering ourselves we might have a hope for a better future; which is based on being here now, exactly where this music is." - James Nadal, All About Jazz

 

"In the decades since Coltrane famously traversed these paths, which Sanders continues to do so today, there have been others. However, few saxophonists play with the restrained authority of Mark Fox...this performance is a scorer of vibrant design whose rhythmic vivacity and thematic unfoldings are matched by an atmospheric sense of sonority...there’s no question whose musical sensibility is in charge. " - Raul da Gama, Jazz da Gama (www.jazzdagama.com)

 

"Mark has such a powerful sound, it’s awe-inspiring with a universal nature of the music...His style is like not many other sax players, as I have never heard an artist say: “I don’t play the music, it’s the music that plays me.” He is spiritually the conduit for music to come through." - Ewanda Mosely ("Eccentric E"), www.uheardithearfirst.com

 

"Sounding very much like something they should have been doing at Impulse in the early 70s, Creed Tayolor might have moved on...A welcome tonic for the open eared, this is smoking stuff that takes it to the limint. Well done throughout and sure to amaze you at every turn." - Chris Spector, Midwest Record

 

"...the saxophonist clearly has a muscular, distinctive sound...Fox's dynamic, powerful performance on tenor and soprano is everywhere on Three Octaves Above the Sun..." - Jon Solomon, Staff Writer, Westword Denver

 

"...Mark Fox, the saxophonist, stole the show with his opening solo of the second set." - Staff Writer, Village Voice (from review of Psycho The Clown performance at The Knitting Factory, NYC)

 

"Everybody loves it...it hasn't come out of my CD player since I got it." - Alvenia Bridges (producer of the Amnesty International Tours; "We are the World" recording producer & organizer; former road manager of The Rolling Stones; Mick Jagger's personal manager; etc...)

 

"Ancient, modern, futuristic...this music is a unique & timeless contribution to the archives..." - Lenard "Scotty" Scott (jazz historian and radio host on KUVO 89.3FM, Denver)

 

"Mark Fox's sound fills the club...communicating his story brilliantly." - Jose Rivera Villanueva (promoter - Milan, Italy)

 

"...Mark Fox, sassofonista tenore... è considerato uno dei migliori talenti emergenti della nuova generatzione musicale americana." - La Stampa, Italy

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Mark Fox
saxophone | kamal ngoni | composer | bandleader

Mark Fox, saxophone, flute and kamal ngoni (Malian harp) player, composer, recording artist and bandleader, carries the spirit and energies of many of the grand masters of the music. The baton was passed to Mark Fox from Archie Shepp, Yusef Lateef, Marion Brown and the like.

 

The Mark Fox Quartet+, featuring a host of world-class artists as his rhythm section, along with special guests regularly performing with the group, mesmerizes the listener with an eclectic mélange of classics, original, and more obscure music from around the world.

 

Blending the worlds of transcendental jazz and West African music, the band delivers a powerful musical message of freedom, expression and love.

 

Cherry Sound Records recording artist and Theo Wanne Instruments & Mouthpieces endorsed artist, Mark Fox is currently promoting the release of the band's new album, "Three Octaves Above the Sun", and actively working towards bringing the group to the world stage.

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