Keyboardist/composer Lao Tizer released his sophomore effort, Diversify, on Tuesday (April 3rd), via his own Yse Records. The young prodigy creates invigorating jazz in a wide variety of deliveries, including contemporary jazz, world music, R&B/funk, fusion, classical, Latin and instrumental pop -- hence the title. The 14-track album boasts an equally diverse array of special guests, including guitarist/Tizer mentor Chieli Minucci, violinist Karen Briggs, percussionist D. Munyungo Jackson and saxophonist Andy Suzuki. Tizer plans to tour behind the album, kicking off his dates by opening for George Benson and Al Jarreau at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival on April 13th a,nd touring the jazz festival circuit through the early fall.
Lao Tizer Diversify tour dates are as follows:
June 24 - Big Bear, CA - JazzTrax Summer Music Festival
June 27 - Anderson, CA - Summer Concert Series
July 1 - Newport Beach, CA - Summer Concerts in the Park
July 5 - Wichita, KS - Summer Concert/Segwick County Zoo
July 6 - Boulder, CO - Friday Afternoon Club Concert Series
July 7 - Denver, CO - Festival Nights/Cherry Creek Arts Festival
August 3 - Milwaukee, WI - Summer Sizzle/Historic Third Ward Jazz Fest
August 11 - Las Vegas, NV - Jazz by the Lake
August 12 - Chula Vista, CA - Summer Concert Series
August 19 - Pasadena, CA - Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts
October 19 - Avalon, CA - Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival
For more information, go to www.laotizer.com.