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Cleveland’s Ultimate Jazz Titan

“Friday, June 24th, 2022, saxophonist Joe Lovano‘s group Sound Prints (alongside trumpeter and co-leader Dave Douglas) delivered a tour de force performance to spellbound audience members at the historic Mimi Ohio Theatre in Playhouse Square as a part of Cleveland’s annual Tri-C JazzFest. Seasoned group interplay between drummer Rudy Royston, bassist Matt Penman, and pianist Leo Genovese characterized the quintet’s languid execution of modern bop-fueled repertoire and served as the perfect complement to the colorfully virtuosic musical conversations between Lovano and Douglas.

Two days prior nestled in his Eastlake, Ohio family home on a sweltering summer evening, Lovano sat down with All About Jazz contributor and fellow saxophonist Matthew Alec of Cleveland Time Records for an inspiringly epic in-depth look at his esteemed career collaborating with jazz’s finest talents, his family’s history as well as the deep roots of jazz in the great city of Cleveland, and his thoughts and hopes on what music he has yet to offer.”

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