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NRQ – New Rhythm Quartet (Contemporary Jazz)

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Las Vegas

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The NRQ (New Rhythm Quartet) is a contemporary jazz group based in Las Vegas. The band is composed of four experienced musicians with backgrounds in multiple genres including blues, jazz, rock, fusion, R&B and gospel. NRQ’s repertoire spans five decades of jazz, from post-bop classics to contemporary fusion and pop. Among the band’s core influences are Fourplay, the Jazz Crusaders, Deodato, Chick Corea, Lee Ritenour, Herbie Hancock, Larry Carlton, Steely Dan and Earth, Wind & Fire. Band Members Guy Amato, GuitarGuy is a New York City native whose early influences include Wes Montgomery and B. B. King. He played for many years with singer-songwriter Leslie Chase and harmonica player Felix Cabrera. Guy appeared at the Monterey Blues Festival. He lives in Las Vegas, where he has worked with Moody Scott and the Diane Kallay Band. Guy is the man: He founded NRQ in 2012. “Detroit” Mike Hepner, keyboards“Detroit” Mike is a performer, writer, arranger and producer. Oh, and a teacher. He pretty much does it all. He studied jazz at North Texas State University. He’s played with the Elwood Splinters Blues Band and the Tommy Castro Band, along with a host of others. In 2009 Mike released a solo CD, Blue Shores. Mike is bringing Motown to yo town-Las Vegas. He and Guy joined forces in 2012. Tod Andrews, bassTod’s bands have opened for blues greats Michael Bloomfield (Paul Butterfield Blues Band), and Buddy Miles (Electric Flag and Jimi Hendrix), to name a few. He appeared on tour with Country Hall of Fame star Bobby Bare. He even played with Donnie Brooks on the theme songs for George of the Jungle and Super Chicken, officially making him the coolest member of NRQ. As a recording engineer, Tod’s worked with some of the best in the industry: Joe Cocker, Ray Manzarek of the Doors, and Alex Acuna of Weather Report, to name a few. Originally from Hollywood, Tod now makes his home in Las Vegas. T. G. LaFredo, drums and percussionT.G. attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he studied drum set as well as the percussion of Latin/Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, West African and Middle Eastern traditions. He’s gone on to write, record and perform with a number of excellent musicians, artists whose talents are only obscured by their, um, obscurity. As a writer and editor, T.G.’s work has appeared in Modern Drummer magazine, among other publications. He hails from Buffalo, or thereabouts, but now lives in the wilds of northern Arizona. T.G. runs marathons and eats Mexican food, but not at the same time.

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