One day, Leon Redbone and Nat King Cole met up with Django Reinhardt and 'Doc' Watson for lunch at this little 'south of the border' restaurant owned by Antonio Carlos Jobim. Seated next to them were John Lennon, James Taylor and Paul Simon. Next thing you know, a jam session breaks out...' In a musical career that has spanned over 30 years, Joseph Hasty has been influenced by all of those legendary artists, evidence of which can be heard on his new CD 'Rhythm Changes'. His extensive performing experience has carried him to stages in America, Australia and Europe - where he lived for seven years. A gifted performer who displays talents as a composer and arranger, Joseph studied jazz chord theory at the 'Academy of Contemporary Music' in Zurich, Switzerland, but he credits the Mickey Baker Jazz Guitar book for his distinctive jazzy-rhythmic-guitar style. A three-time recipient of the 'Regional Artist's Grant' award presented through the North Carolina Arts Council, Joseph currently plays guitar and/or upright bass and sings lead or harmony vocals with several regional acts in Western North Carolina including his own Jazz combo: 'Centerpiece'. While living in Europe, he first performed on street corners with various ensembles and even played with the likes of Charlie Hunter - 8 string jazz guitar master - on a couple of 'pitches'. A gifted performer who also sings and plays double bass, Joseph displays talents as an arranger and composer where his swing guitar and Latin influences are realized. 'Rhythm Changes', the new release by Joseph Hasty, is a truly eclectic blend of original acoustic jazz that features everything from straight-ahead swing to the bossa nova. The listener will also find a samba tune that would make any Brazilian proud as well as a jazz waltz that is literally "cooler than the other side of the pillow!" This Acoustic jazz album features intelligent compositions with a mature sound that is sure to please music lovers of all stripes. Guitar, upright bass, mandolin and violin are all featured on this extraordinary release with smooth vocals that will remind you of a cross between Michael Franks and John Pizzarelli. JOSEPH HASTY & CENTERPIECE create a distinctive yet classic sound, playing a variety of swing tunes, show tunes, latin and jazz standards. The original tunes are a cross between a classic small combo swing band and that of an acoustic latin sound similar to that of Jobim or some of David Grisman's Dawg music. Sometimes you will be reminded of the 'Hot Club' sound of Django Reinhart and Stephan Grappelli, other times it will be the Nat King Cole Trio - only without the piano. All blending to form a smooth, very listenable sound that is great for the cocktail hour or for dancers that know all of the classic moves! CENTERPIECE performs a variety of venues and occasions and will modify the band line up to form a duo, trio, quartet or quintet to accommodate any event. Often joining Joseph is Dick Hull - a seasoned veteran on guitar; Mike Barlowe - an accomplished drummer and percussionist; Robert George and, on occasion, Patrick Brown - both credentialed saxophonists with smooth, impeccable style; Bob Kogut - jazz fiddler and renowned violin maker; Also, on Double bass (when Joseph himself is not handling that duty) is either Brandon Miller or Ben McPherron: both excellent players who help round out the classic sound that typifies CENTERPIECE. Influences include: Nat King Cole, The Beatles, Nat King Cole, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Miles, 'Trane, Monk, Jobim, Horace Silver, Vince Guaraldi, Charlie Byrd, John Pizzarelli, Tito Puente, Ron Carter, Edgar Meyer, Django Reinhart, Tony Rice, David Grisman, Doc Watson, and many more...
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