Velvet Caravan founder member and violinist Ricardo Ochoa has summoned a collection of first class musicians including pianist Kevin Bales from Atlanta, GA and bassist Alexander Berti from Miami, FL to pay tribute to the legends of Jazz violin. Eddie South, Stephane Grappelli, Staff Smith and Joe Venutti are just a few legends behind the compositions and the narrative of this show. Music from as early as the 1920’s to contemporary compositions with a great variety of styles.
The event will be held on Sunday, August 20, 2017 from 5 PM – 7 PM at the Benjamin M. Tucker Pavilion at the Club at Savannah
Harbor, 2 Resort Drive, Savannah, GA. The Coastal Jazz Association will also unveil the 2017 Savannah Jazz Festival poster at this concert. CJA Members and Students with valid IDs are admitted free. Non-member tickets are $20 and will be available at the door or in advance at www.eventbrite.com/e/ricardo-ochoas-tribute to-the-legends-of-jazzviolin tickets-36515039466. The public is encouraged to attend.
The readers of the Connect Savannah voted Ricardo Ochoa the “Best Classical Musician” 2007 & 2009, and “Best Overall Musician” 2014 & 2015. Atlanta’s Creative Loafing has said: “Violinist Ricardo Ochoa has a fantastic feel for his instrument, displaying the flair of an experienced showman and the natural musical talent of a legend like Stéphane Grappelli,” while Connect Savannah has extoled his talents: “The energy he emits while soaring through violin leads is completely contagious and entrancing.”
At the age of 15, he was accepted in the Venezuelan Philharmonic, becoming the youngest professional musician in the organization. Graduated for Aaron Copeland School of Music in NYC and has a Master’s degree in Music from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He was a member of the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestra and the Savannah Symphony Orchestra. He is currently the principal second of the Savannah Philharmonic and a founder member of Savannah’s gypsy swing band Velvet Caravan. His solo career includes performances with orchestras in Cypress, Vienna, Venezuela and the United States.