Dale Fielder & Eric Johnson @ The Fallout Shelter, April 9-10

Time: April 9, 2010 at 9pm to April 10, 2010 at 12am
Location: The Fallout Shelter
Street: 818 Raccon Street, Lower Level
City/Town: Aliquippa, PA 15001
Phone: 724-544-8433
Organized By: Randy Adams
Event Description:
Dale Fielder – saxophones
Eric Johnson – guitar
Tim Jenkins – piano
Dan Wasson – bass
Phillip “Butch” Jones – drums

Dale Fielder makes a rare Pittsburgh area appearance with the legendary jazz guitarist Eric Johnson and his ‘Fabalous’ A-Team on Friday April 9th at The Fallout Shelter in Aliquippa, PA.

Fielder, a resident of Los Angeles, is tuning up for his appearance at the Lincoln Park Jazz Festival at Lincoln Park Performing Art Center the following Sunday.

Fielder and Johnson go way back together during the 1970s when Johnson performed with jazz great Lou Donaldson and Sonny Stitt and and Fielder, being roommates with Johnson would get lessons from each master jazz saxophonist. Johnson has performed with an endless list of jazz greats: Gene Ammons, Dexter Gordon, Jack McDuff, Ramsey Lewis, Stanley Turrentine just to name a few.

These two great jazz artists have an amazing sympatico and the sparks are sure to fly!

This is a must-see event if you are in the Pittsburgh area. Tickets will go fast.

Please call (724) 544-8433 for more information.

At times, it seems as if saxophonist Dale Fielder is one of the national jazz scene’s best kept secrets. An incredibly talented instrumentalist as well as an accomplished composer, Fielder’s command of his instrument, his improvisational runs, the nuances, his warm mellow tone —his total expression is flawless. Bob Agnew/LA Jazz Scene

Fielder comes out of the gate blowing hard, aggressive, ferociously swinging tenor and with that blows away any preconceived notions about west coast jazz musicians not being able to deal with the same depth as their east coast counterparts. Fielder’s tone is big and pungent, reminiscent of Trane’s and he possesses an impressive command of his instrument in both low and high registers. No happy jazz here, just a lot of serious dealing. Bill Milkowski/JazzTimes Magazine

DEAR SIR finds Fielder fully ready to tackle the challenge of a CD program rendered in tribute to Wayne Shorter. Throughout these eleven pieces, the Dale Fielder Quartet gives a solid lie to the misguided notion that one has to be in New York to make significant jazz. DEAR SIR is likely something future generations of saxophonists will be addressing Dale Fielder by. He’s got it. Willard Jenkins/JazzTimes Magazine

As a saxophonist, Fielder’s style lies somewhere between Shorter’s tensile fragility and Coltrane’s towering strength. He straddles this line well. Robert Iannapollo/Cadence Magazine

His performances swing with dignified sounds and a sense of tradition, not to mention the kind of emotional content that great jazz demands. Seen earlier this month at Club Brasserie in West Hollywood’s Bel-Age hotel, the saxophonist and his combo took the roof off the place! Bill Kohlhaase/LA Times

Dale Fielder attacks the rhythms on the alto saxophone with his dynamic solo-ability and eats up bop solos like pancakes! Glenn Davis/LA Watts Times

Here’s something of a rarity, a debut disc from the west coast by a young black saxophonist that bears no hints of fuzak or funk trappings wrapped in a palm tree mentality. This is updated and unrepentant hard bop of the Blue Note mold. Fielder’s main instrument is the alto which he invests with a tart tone in the manner of Mr. McLean while constructing idea-filled phrases rooted in the Charlie Parker continuum. His compositions are dotted with twists remindful of Wayne Shorter scripts. This California reedman has come up with something more than a mere slice of nostalgia for the scotch and slippers set. I say more power to him!Larry Hollis/Cadence Magazine

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