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Planet D'earth: Kait Dunton, John D'earth, Bob Mintzer, Dane Alderson + Jake Reed at the Blue Whale

Please join us for a very special night celebrating the release of Planet D’earth with the album band: John D’earth (trumpet), Bob Mintzer (sax), Dane Alderson (bass), Jake Reed (drums), + Kait Dunton (piano). John and Dane will be joining us all the way from Charlottesville, VA!

About the album:

“If not for trumpeter John D’earth, Kait Dunton (trioKAIT) might never have become a professional musician. So it’s only appropriate that her sixth album, Planet D’earth, is both a collaboration with and a musical letter of gratitude to the man who changed the trajectory of her life… [This album] gave Dunton an opportunity to assemble a group of interconnected musicians for something more meaningful than just a studio date. Grammy Award- winning saxophonist Bob Mintzer joins D’earth on a recording for the first time, but the two have been friends since the 1970s, when they performed together for a summer in the Catskills. Dane Alderson, on electric bass, not only plays with Mintzer in the jazz- fusion band Yellowjackets, he lives in Charlottesville, where he and D’earth often share the stage. Drummer Jake Reed (also the rhythmic identity of trioKAIT) is married to Dunton, and they both know Mintzer from their music studies at the University of Southern California, where Mintzer teaches. ” (click to read more)

“…Kait is ready to look back to where, in a sense, it all started for her: with D’earth. Planet D’earth salutes the veteran jazz musician, whose own career stretches back to the early 70s… Joining Dunton and D’earth are Dunton’s trioKAIT drummer Jake Reed and current Yellowjackets bassist Dane Alderson.” (read the full review here)