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Jeff Pevar & Mo’ Pleasure Allstars featuring Surprise Guests

Infinity Hartford

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Sat, June 27, 2015
Hartford, CT
Show at 8 PM

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Price: $24 - $39

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GENRE

Blues / Pop / Rock
Jeff Pevar & Mo’ Pleasure Allstars featuring Surprise Guests

Two of CT’s own, Jeff Pevar and Morris "Mo" Pleasure are both currently touring with the iconic artist, Bette Midler on the Divine Intervention Tour, but on their day off are bringing the amazing all-star lineup of 1st-call, world-class musicians to Infinity Hall Hartford, including the amazing Sonny Emory on drums!! This is a show not to be missed!!

Jeff and Mo cut their teeth playing in Hartford area bands in their teens but first toured together with the Ray Charles Orchestra in the 80's and have been playing music together ever since, whenever schedules align.

This will be a one time performance of musicians from some of the most accomplished touring acts out there! We hope you can share the celebration with us!!

Jeff Pevar

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pevar.com

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Artist Bio

Jeff’s first major break was in 1983 when Jeff was invited to audition for Rickie Lee Jones. For many years Jeff toured in the US and Europe with Rickie and her band including his first performance at Red Rocks Ampitheatre and his first tour in Europe and Israel.

Around 1984 Jeff arranged an audition with Ray Charles and toured playing guitar with the Ray Charles Orchestra from 1984-1986 in the US, Asia and Europe. Jeff also performed with Ray in the Ray Charles Quartet during off season performances with various symphony orchestras. Ray invited Jeff into his recording studio and Jeff plays guitar on 3 songs the Ray Charles release, “The Spirit Of Christmas”.

In 1985 Jeff was invited to record with James Taylor on his “That’s Why I’m Here” album. James recommended Jeff to (then) up and coming singer songwriter, Marc Cohn, when Marc moved to NYC in the early 1990s and Jeff and Marc toured as a duo all over the US and Europe around 1991-1992 also opening for Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Crosby & Nash were very impressed with Pevar's musical prowess and invited Jeff to tour with the two of them in trio format. Performances included a trio performance at the world famous, Carnegie Hall, and a full band performance at Red Rocks in Colorado with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

In 1998 Jeff was invited to be a partner in the band CPR, along with David Crosby and his son, James Raymond. The trio put out four highly acclaimed records in the years that followed and performed all over the US and Europe, including at the Montreux Jazz Festival (which has an accompanying live CPR concert video). Jeff co-wrote many of CPR's songs.

In the spring of 2000 Jeff was invited to tour with Grateful Dead bassist, Phil Lesh and Friends alongside Widespread Panic guitarist, Jimmy Herring. Some of the special guests during those performances were Warren Haynes, Branford Marsalis and Derek Trucks. Shortly after that tour, Jeff was then invited to tour with the jamband, Jazz Is Dead, for many years, performing interpretive versions of Grateful Dead material including T Lavitz, Rod Morgenstein, Alphonso Johnson, Billy Cobham, Kenny Gradney, Dave Livolsi, Jeff Sipe, Jerry Goodman and others.

Jeff toured with Graham Nash for an ensemble tour in 2004 alongside Dean Parks, Russ Kunkel, Larry Klein and James Raymond and shortly thereafter was invited to be involved with the 2004 Crosby/Nash release, featuring the track “Jesus Of Rio” written by Nash & Pevar which also features special guest, James Taylor, on vocals!

Jeff toured as a bassist during the 40th anniversary of Woodstock with the iconic band, Jefferson Starship, performing Jefferson Airplane selections on the Heroes of Woodstock Tour also featuring Ten Years After, Big Brother & The Holding Co., Country Joe McDonald, Canned Heat and many other acts from the original Woodstock line up, performing at the original Woodstock site at Bethel Woods on the 40th anniversary of Woodstock to a sold out crowd of 15,000!

In 2012 Jeff released his debut CD, "From The Core" recorded and improvised in the Oregon Caves National Monument and includes the iconic special guest vocalist from YES, Jon Anderson, who sings on the co-written track, "River Of Dreams".

In 2014 and 2015 Jeff reunited with longtime friend Marc Cohn for tour dates in the US & Australia, some tour dates reuniting with Rickie Lee Jones and some gigs with the iconic artist and producer Alan Parsons. 

In 2015, Jeff's dear friend, Morris Pleasure earned the status of band leader to the iconic artist, Bette Midler and contacted Jeff to tour playing guitar in her amazing band. Mo and Jeff toured the US and UK with Ms. Divine to 20,000 seats sold out every night! Last year on a night off from playing Madision Square Garden with Ms Midler, Mo and Jeff brought this amazing band to Infinity Hall Hartford and blew the roof off the place!

Recently Jeff released the Jazz Is Dead CD "Grateful Jazz" from recording sessions started in 2004 featuring late keyboardist, T Lavitz along with Rod Morganstien, Dave Livolsi, Alphonso Johnson and many other world renown guest musicians. This CD is getting rave reviews!!

Jeff was recently inducted into the NY Blues Hall Of Fame and was invited to perform at the 2016 Monterey Jazz Festival & The Hollywood Bowl for a Reunion of The Ray Charles Orchestra starring Maceo Parker.

In addition to his work as a session musician, film music composer, and hired touring musician, Pevar often performs with his own eponymous band in his home state of Connecticut and in the jam band, "Guitarness" with his longtime friend, guitarist extraordinaire, Scott Murawski, of Max Creek.

More info can be found on www.pevar.com
 

Mo' Pleasure

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www.mopleasure.com

Known affectionately as Mo Pleasure, this renowned multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, began playing acoustic piano at the age of four and by his early teens already mastered several instruments including bass, trumpet, guitar, drums and violin.

Upon receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from University of Connecticut, Mo began his professional music career playing bass with Ray Charles. He then began working as a session musician, backing some of the most accomplished talents in Jazz ,R&B and pop including George Duke, Natalie Cole, Dianne Reeves, Christina Aguilera, Jonathan Butler, Rachelle Ferrell, Brian Culbertson, Michael McDonald, Oleta Adams, Chaka Khan, Roberta Flack, Marcus Miller, Mary J. Blige, and Frankie Beverly and Maze, to name a few.

From 1989 through 1992, Mo was both keyboardist and musical director with saxophonist Najee, pianist Alex Bugnon, and vocalists Philip Bailey, Patti Austin and Jon Lucien. In 1993, he became a member of the legendary group Earth, Wind & Fire, and ascended to become the band’s musical director from 1994-2001. Mo was featured playing keyboards, trumpet and guitar with Janet Jackson’s 2001 All For You tour and played keyboards and trumpet with Boney James’ 2004 Pure tour. As a principal member of the group Devoted Spirits he was featured playing keyboards for Jimi Hendrix’s 60th Birthday Celebration and the 2004 Power of Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix tour.

Mo was a keyboardist in Michael Jackson’s final touring band that was scheduled to perform in the late superstar’s historic 2009, comeback tour at London’s O2 Arena.

Most recently, Mo toured with David Foster, Average White Band and Peter Cetera.

In addition to performing at worldwide jazz festivals including Montreux, North Sea, St. Lucia, Cancun, and Montreal, Mo has been a featured concert pianist, performing Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and for the Boston Ballet.

There are many Television and Video performances to Mo’s credit, including Ray Charles BBC Special, Mad TV, BET on Jazz, VH1, The Tonight Show, X- Factor, The Talk, George Lopez Show, Earth, Wind & Fire documentary Shining Stars and HBO Special – Janet Jackson in Hawaii. His movie soundtrack credits include “Talkin’” featured in the Disney movie “Three Men and a Little Lady” and the EWF single “Cruisin,” featured in Spike Lee’s “Get On The Bus.”

Three of Mo’s group project CDs were released independently; Devoted Spirits’ Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire, Audio Caviar’s Transoceanic, a collaboration featuring Mo on piano, bass, trumpet and flugelhorn, and Native Son, a Rock/Soul project with bandmates John “JR” Robinson , Michael Thompson, and Bobby Watson all from Rufus, Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson fame.

Mo’s first offering as a solo artist, Elements of Pleasure, was released in 2006 and remixed and released as Elements of Pleasure-Elevated in 2012 on Vivid Sound Japan. The release earned him a devoted worldwide following and established him as a producer and multi-instrumentalist.

Mo is a Yamaha Artist and also endorses Schecter and Bossa Basses, Epiphone Guitars, AMT instrument microphones, Editors Keys Studio Series Portable Vocal Booth, Danley Sound Labs speakers, Reunion Blues instrument bags, among others.

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