The KSBR 2005 Bash was held at the Mission San Juan Capistrano again this past May, 2005. This is the primary fund raiser for KSBR Radio Station found at 88.5 on the FM dial in Southern California and KSBR.net online. Broadcasting out of Saddleback College and running as a listener supported radio station, KSBR holds this crazy party at the Mission every year to help defray the costs of providing commercial free Jazz for South Orange County.
The KSBR 2005 Bash Artists
The line up is always amazing and the turn out is always sold out and this year was no exception. Artists included: Eric Marienthal - alto sax, Gregg Karukas - keyboards, Chris Standring - guitar, Paul "Shilts" Weimar – tenor sax, Jeff Kashiwa - saxophones, Lino - guitar, Sara Gazarek - vocals, Dan Siegel - keyboards, Slim Man – bass/vocals, Brian Bromberg - bass, Grady Nichols - sax, Steve Reid - percussion, 3rd Force, Richard Smith - guitar, Blake Aaron - guitar, Greg Adams - trumpet, Tony Guerrero - trumpet, Jennifer York - bass, David Garfield - keyboards, Alex Ligertwood - vocals, Nate Scott - drums, Evan Stone - drums, Gannin Arnold - guitar, Rob Whitlock - keyboards, Don Patterson - bass, Tim Landers - bass, Steve Ferrone - drums, and of course Greg Vail on all his saxes.
The BASH Experience
The concept is pretty unique in that 30 Smooth Jazz Artists, many solo artists in there own right, are set to the task of playing 1 solo piece during this 4 hour event held every Memorial Day Weekend on the Sunday, 6-10 PM.
These Jazz Artists donate there time to thank a dying bread of real radio stations that support the music they love, which is us. We don’t get to bring our bands and instead show up with 6 copies of the song we get to play as the band leader with all of the support musicians we will play with for that moment in the spot light being each other for the rest of the night, and this is where the fun begins.
The only thing any of us know as we arrive is the one song we are going to play to show off our stuff. Other than that, we have no idea who will be in our band for that feature, who we will be playing with to fill out the band for other artists or what songs they are going to play when it’s there feature.
Jazz tends to live in an open system of interaction but Smooth Jazz lives in the pop world of the show and repetition with some Jazz elements found in Improvisation. The creative fun is found in the balancing act necessary to pull this off, tune after tune, for 4 hours throughout the night.
Why does this event sell out every year? Because it is real. Real Jazz Musicians playing from the very heart of Jazz; making it work as it happens. Why do we show up every year to do this KSBR Bash? To support a Radio Station we love, play with great friends we don’t get to work with very often and hang out. The Artist hang is always a blast. We do it because it is totally fun!
Greg’s BASH 2005 Highlights
I had a great time this year! My favorite moment was probably not my featured song, but when Eric Marienthal asked me to join him on his feature. It was an honor to have a Sax Player include me on his feature and Eric is a great player to blow with.
Marienthal did "Mercy Mercy" and we did the whole Sax Battle thing with Eric cutting off the band and just the 2 of us going at it for a while. It was a blast and the audience seemed to really love it too. Thanks Eric!
Along with the opening and closing songs, I got to play with a lot of great friends thru the night, played every Sax I own and got lots of stage time so I had as much fun as anyone could. It was a great BASH 2005!
Full Picture Gallery can be viewed here. Most of the photo’s this year were taken by my son, Ben Vail. You can see Ben’s KSBR BASH Photo’s on his website (Pictures > Ben Vail with WHO?). I took PICs of him with everyone I could and he had a great time checking out all the great rhythm section that ended up playing together thru the night but was most impressed with Brian Bromberg who stole the show with one of his gymnastic bass intro’s to the song he performed as leader.
KSBR BASH 2006
This event sells out each year before the Artists are even announced so mark your calendar for the Sunday during Memorial Day Weekend and plan to be there.
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KSBR BASH 2005 included Eric Marienthal, Gregg Karukas, Chris Standring, Paul "Shilts" Weimar, Jeff Kashiwa, Lino, Sara Gazarek, Dan Siegel, Slim Man, Brian Bromberg, Grady Nichols, Steve Reid, 3rd Force, Richard Smith, Blake Aaron, Greg Adams, Tony Guerrero, Jennifer York, David Garfield, Alex Ligertwood, Nate Scott, Evan Stone, Gannin Arnold, Rob Whitlock, Don Patterson, Tim Landers, Steve Ferrone, and Greg Vail.
Pictures of Eric Marienthal, Gregg Karukas, Chris Standring, Paul "Shilts" Weimar, Jeff Kashiwa, Lino, Sara Gazarek, Dan Siegel, Slim Man, Brian Bromberg, Grady Nichols, Steve Reid, 3rd Force, Richard Smith, Blake Aaron, Greg Adams, Tony Guerrero, Jennifer York, David Garfield, Alex Ligertwood, Nate Scott, Evan Stone, Gannin Arnold, Rob Whitlock, Don Patterson, Tim Landers, Steve Ferrone, and Greg Vail can be seen at the 2005 BASH Gallery
KSBR BASH 2004 included Bob James, Peter White, Eric Marienthal, Steve Ferrone, Marilyn Scott, Paul Brown, Gannin Arnold, Sara Gazarek, Dan Siegel, Paul Taylor, Brian Bromberg, Grady Nichols, Steve Reid, Steve Oliver, Gregg Karukas, Richard Smith, Max Bennett, Blake Aaron, Melvin Davis, Brian Hughes, Lamont Peoples, Greg Adams, Tony Guerrero, Evan Stone, Alex Ligertwood, Rob Whitlock, Tim Landers, Eddie Drayton, Jennifer York, Nathaniel Scott, Ramon Yslas, Michael Paulo, Freddie Ravel and of course, Greg Vail.
For Pictures of Greg Vail, Diane Schuur, Peter White, Paul Taylor, Michael Lington, Marion Meadows, Brian Bromberg, Grant Geissman, Slim Man, Greg Adams, Evan Stone, Scott Wilkie, Steve Reid, Gregg Karukas, Jennifer York, Ramon Yslas, Kevin Toney, Blake Aaron, Chris Standring, Amber Whitlock, Gannin Arnold, Richard Smith, Rob Whitlock, Tim Landers, Nathaniel Scott, Adam Watts, Eddie Drayton, Mombo Hernandez, Art Rodriguez and Tony Guerrero; go to www.bkrunner.com/KSBRBash2003