Jazz in July: Gabriel Espinosa Band

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Jazz in July: Night 2
6:00-7:00 PM: The NOLA Jazz Band
7:30-9:00 PM: Gabriel Espinosa Band featuring Helio Alves, with Molly Lehr, Dave Kobberdahl, Bryan Schumacker, and Tim Crumley

This free summer program wouldn’t be possible without the help of its premier sponsor, Principal Foundation, additional funding from National Independent Venue Association, as well as expertise from our Jazz in July Arts Advisor John Krantz.

Patrons are encouraged to bring a blanket and lawn chairs to spread out and enjoy the opening sets outside before moving into the theater for the headliner performance. Attendees will be able to purchase local food truck fare, as well as beverages provided by the venue on site. Events will go on, rain or shine.

Please note: All health and safety precautions will be followed in July, per CDC guidelines and Hoyt Sherman Place policies.

Gabriel Espinosa was born in Merida, Mexico, in 1952. His love of music began at a very young age. With the help of his mother he began playing the guitar at the age of six. In 1976, Gabriel attended Central College, in Pella, IA, where he received a BA in music. He then attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where he received a degree in arranging and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1983. In his last year at Berklee, Gabriel formed the group Ashanti along with his friend and classmate George Robert. In 1996, Gabriel returned to Central College in Pella, IA, where he became Director of Jazz Studies. He not only directed the jazz band and taught private music lessons but also started the Vocal Combos music program, which has been very successful. In 2004, Gabriel became the Director of the Latin American Ensemble at Grinnell College. With his return to Iowa also came the return of his band "Ashanti".

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