They did it again. The students of UNLV’s Jazz Studies program not only were invited back to the Monterey Next Generation Jazz competition, staged March 9-11, but saw their Honors Combo win first place in the College Jazz Combo category. It’s the second victory in as many years by UNLV’s jazz musicians, as Jazz Ensemble I tied for first last year in the College Big Band category (it placed as a finalist during this month’s contest, which also saw Las Vegas Academy of the Arts’ big band compete in the high school division). The Honors trio, meanwhile, has already been asked to return to Northern California to perform during the revered Monterey Jazz Festival in September.
With a solidified new lineup and a memorable new record, now is the time to catch Chris Crisci and company.
His new band opens up for one of his original idols, Howard Jones, at the Cannery on July 13.
The band’s recently released third album, ‘Love Is Dead and We Killed Her,’ is a polished and confident statement that alternates between melodic pop-rock, pop-punk ...
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