Joel Shapira Guitarist
  Open Lines

Joel Shapira - Guitar
Pete Whitman - Tenor Saxophone
Tom Lewis - String Bass
Dave Schmalenberger - Drums

The Joel Shapira Quartet brings together four venerable Twin Cities jazz musicians.

Joel Shapira is known for his previous work with the jazz trio "Triplicate"-- a group who performed extensively for over 12 years and released two highly regarded recordings. He also works closely with vocalist Charmin Michelle and has released two recordings under the name of "Charmin & Shapira with Friends."

The quartet is rounded out with:

Pete Whitman on saxophone, known as the distinguished composer and leader behind "Pete Whitman's X-tet" and his group "Departure Point".

Tom Lewis on bass, known for over thirty years as a first call bassist in the Twin Cities for local, national and international musicians.

Dave Schmalenberger, a drummer of exceptional taste and technique who works in a variety of groups and is assistant head of percussion at the McNally Smith School of Music.

Joel Shapira Quartet
Open Lines
01. Simone
02. Turnaround
03. Nardis
04. Confirmation
05. How Insensitive
06. Have You Met Miss Jones
07. Time Remembered
08. Invitation
09. It Could Happen To You

Sound Samples in MP3 Format

Joel Shapira Quartet: "Open Lines"

With their first release "Open Lines," the group explores standards, latin and modern jazz tunes alike. The experience and depth of the band is reflected in their highly-developed listening skills and sensitive interplay, and is accented by formidable soloing skills all the way around.

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