Guitarist Joel Shapira has been busy lately. In addition to his frequent solo gigs and pairing with vocalist Charmin Michelle ("Charmin and Shapira"), Joel has performed regularly at the Dakota with the expanded Charmin and Shapira and Friends, released a guitar duo recording with New Yorker Jack DeSalvo and another (earlier this month) with Dean Granros, recorded during the 2014 Twin Cities Jazz Festival. Now he's assembled a new quartet which debuts in St. Paul Saturday, January 17 at 8:30 pm as the headliner on the Saturday Night Jazz at the Black Dog series. All stars in their own right, members of Bottomless Pit include saxophonist Pete Whitman, bassist Tom Lewis, and drummer Eric Kamau Gravatt. Opening for the quartet at 7 pm will be Jazz Front, with Ted Godbout (piano), Eric Graham (bass), and Jeffrey Dunitz (drums).
BOTTOMLESS PIT features guitarist Joel Shapira, whose previous duo outing on UNSEEN RAIN, INHERENCE, showcased his remarkable sensitivity, now breaks loose with an array of post-bop tracks includes his Twin Cities cohorts Pete Whitman on tenor saxophone, double-bassist Tom Lewis and the astonishing former Weather Report drummer Eric Kamau Gravatt.
Dec. 21, 2016
Joel Shapira - guitar
Pete Whitman - tenor saxophone
Tom Lewis - double bass
Eric Kamau Gravatt - drums
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Reviews for Bottomless Pit
A "Bottomless Pit" of Talent: Joel Shapira's New Quartet at the Black Dog, January 17
Jan. 16, 2015