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Polyrhythms 1st Annual Jazz & Heritage Festival 2014




December 21st, POLYRHYTHMS Third Sunday Jazz Series presents the perfect preparation for your Christmas celebration with the full sound of the Manny Lopez Septet in the Redstone Room, on the corner of 2nd & Main in Davenport.  Ever the educator, Lopezdemystifies jazz, with a workshop at 3 pm followed by a concert from 6 – 8 pm.


The Manny Lopez Septet is: Manny Lopez – trumpet, Neal Smith – tenor sax, Larry Harms – baritone sax, Todd Slothower – trombone, Corey Kendrick – piano, Ron Wilson – bass, and Manuel Lopez III – drums


Quad City native, Manny Lopez, has been playing trumpet in the area for over 40 years. His versatility in music styles has allowed him to perform not only with his own bands, but with touring bands and orchestras that have performed in and around the Midwest region. Over the years Manny has performed with such notable acts as The Temptations, Ray Charles, The Manhattan Transfer, Johnny Mathis, Bob Hope, Natalie Cole, Mannheim Steamroller, The Fifth Dimension and many others. Manny has also performed with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra.


The Manny Lopez septet includes top musicians from throughout the region, and features arrangements by Dave Pell: formerly of Les Brown & his Band of Renown.  Back in the day when big bands were folding because of economics, guys still wanted to play in a band with a big full sound. The Septet achieves this big full sound with four horns, interesting arrangements and enabling more soloing.


“I just like to play the horn” says Lopez.  “…and with this septet, there is no shortage of soloist for Pell’s West coast laid back swing arrangements; the guys just relax and play and have fun.”


Polyrhythms Third Sunday Jazz Workshop & Matinee Series at the RME’s Redstone Room is scheduled for, December 21st, and features an all-ages workshop at 3 pm, followed by the matinee performance from 6-8 pm.   Admission to the workshop session is Free for Kids$5 for adults.  General admission for the 6 - 8 pm concert is $10 or $15 for reserved seating.  For ticket information, call Polyrhythms: 309 373-0790. For more information, visit


Doors open at 5:30, Sunday December 21st  - at 6 pm find joy in the holiday season with the festive music of native son Manny Lopez “live” at the  Redstone Room.


Polyrhythms Third Sunday Jazz Series is made possible with major support of the Riverboat Development Authority, the Scott County Regional Authority, and the RME as well as the support of Davenport Clarion Hotel, Bowman Accounting, KALA, IL Senator Mike Jacobs, Peeples Heating & Air Conditioning, the Austin Family Charitable Fund, Cribbs Landscaping, Greatest Grains, West Music and DJ Mixxin Mel.


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