GILFORD — Schuster's Tavern at the Gunstock Inn located at 580 Cherry Valley Road in Gilford will host saxophonist, pianist and vocalist Jonathan Lorentz on Saturday, April 11. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. There is no cover charge.
No stranger to the mountains, Jonathan Lorentz grew up in a ski town in Vermont. In the 1990s Lorentz studied music at Plymouth State and soon began playing with Lakes Region stalwart Holy Cow Band before making his way to New York City.
Several years in New York afforded him opportunity to play and collaborate with a variety of artists, including Count Basie director Frank Foster, SNL sax-man Lenny Pickett, rapper Sean "Puffy" Combs, and Gospel artist (and Grammy winner) Hezekiah Walker. Jon left NY to teach full time at Castleton State, and landed in Albany, where he eventually moved on to work for acclaimed music publisher Jazz Lines Publications.
Now a resident of the Lakes Region, Lorentz works as a live musician, DJ, and entertainment consultant. Whether he's counseling a young couple considering options for weddings or helping a new music club find their stride with local press, he is modest, unassuming, quick on his feet, and operates with a strong desire to provide the best possible experience for a client or listener. He's garnered praise from the legendary Downbeat Magazine, and multiple tips-of-the-hat from NH Magazine, the Hippo Press & New Hampshire Public Radio.
A passionate live musician, Jon plays saxophone and piano, and is an active vocalist. His album Borderlands (his first for the United Kingdom's Métier Jazz label) was released to critical acclaim in 2010, and is receiving airplay on radio stations throughout the world. In March of 2011 Fanfare Magazine's Lynn René Bayley remarked that "Jonathan Lorentz has really got it: a great style, an explorative mind, and a concept that goes beyond the usual fare."
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