RED BANK: DAWG HAS HIS DAY

david_grismanMandolin master David Grisman returns with his sextet to the Count Basie stage for a Tuesday nighter on September 23.

His own musical best buddy, the late Jerry Garcia, branded him with the nickname “Dawg” — and like his namesake, David Grisman has remained ever faithful and true to his staked-out patch of sound; so much so that the shaggy Jedi Master of jazzgrass has seen his axe of choice (the mandolin) and his specialty forte (Americana-flavored acoustic jams) swing back around into style.

When the veteran bandleader and native Jerseyan swings back around to the Count Basie Theatre on Tuesday night, September 23, he’ll be appearing as ringmaster of the David Grisman Sextet — a combo that finds Dawg and his pack (bassist Jim Kerwin, flutist Matt Eakle, percussionist George Marsh, guitarist George Cole, violinist Chad Manning) drawing from his celebrated collaborations with Garcia and Stephane Grappelli, in addition to numerous internationally inflected projects from an eclectic (but seldom electric) fifty-year career in Dawg Music.

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