Artists: Justin Ray (trumpet); Jacob Rodriguez (saxophone); Bill Bares (piano); Zack Page (bass); Evan Martin (drums)
This group plays cutting-edge original compositions in the modern jazz idiom. A 2019 favorite in MountainXpress's "Best Jazz band" category, the Core is one of Asheville's premier contemporary jazz groups.
HARD BOP EXPLOSION
Artists: Justin Ray (trumpet); Jacob Rodriguez (saxophone); Bill Bares (piano); Zack Page (bass); Michael W. Davis (drums)
Frequent Guests: Steve Alford (reeds); Rick Simerly (trombone); Andy Page (guitar)
50s and 60s Hard Bop era repertoire, including rare grooves transcribed by the band, played with authenticity, fire and precision.
ROAD LESS TRAVELED
Artists: Brad Jepson (trombone); Christian Howes (violin); Steve Alford (reeds); Mike Holstein (guitars); Billy Cardine (dobro); Bill Bares (piano); Zack Page (bass); Jaze Uries (drums)
Guests: Jay Sanders (guitars); Justin Ray (trumpet); Jacob Rodriguez (reeds)
Octet that plays Americana-influenced jazz. The tunes are original and draw inspiration from Old Time music, Bela Fleck, Brian Blade Fellowship and others.