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East of the Sun,
       West of the Moon

The LaVerne Christie Trio Quiescent Music © 2007

LaVerne Christie- guitar
Mark Ruben - bass
Mike Candito - drums

  1.   Stompin' at the Savoy
  2.   Dolphin Dance
  3.   My Little Suede Shoes
  4.   Pick Yourself Up
  5.   Tin Tin Deo
  6.   Well You Needn't

    7.   East of the Sun
                 (West of the Moon)
    8.   The Sunset Hour
    9.   Stardust
  10.   Line For Lyons
  11.   Be My Love

The LaVerne Christie Trio is a Las Vegas guitar-upright bass-drums group that plays jazz standards, tunes from Great American Songbook composers like Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Rodgers & Hart and Duke Ellington, and also the sounds of Brazil.

Guitarist LaVerne Christie has a background in classical guitar and has played everything from solo to combo to vocal accompanist to big band in Minneapolis/St. Paul and the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to Las Vegas. She studied with classical master Jeffrey Van and jazz notables Mimi Fox and Randy Vincent. She received an advanced degree from the University of Minnesota and attended the Jazz School in Berkeley.

Drummer Mike Candito's vast array of accomplishments in fine arts, music, stage, radio, TV and film include stints with Stanley Turrentine, George Benson and Roberta Flack. Mike tours with 60s & 70s pop/rock icon Gary Puckett (Union Gap).

Bassist/cellist Mark Ruben has extensive credits in local musical theater including Guys and Dolls, Fiddler On the Roof, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and West Side Story. Mark is a relative newcomer to jazz but easily adapts to the unexpected.

The trio's CD, East of the Sun, West of the Moon, has enjoyed critical acclaim in national jazz publications and heavy airplay across the U.S. and Canada and is played locally on KUNV 91.5 FM. The title track was chosen for inclusion on the station's compilation CD and the group was invited to perform on TV for their Red Hot Jam celebration.

The group has a loyal local following from their long-standing weekly restaurant gigs. Other performances have included those at the Bellagio, the Venetian, the Foundation Room of the House of Blues (Mandalay Bay), the Stirling Club, the Bootlegger Bistro, the Marriott Hotel (Rampart Casino), the South Point Casino, Ovation at Green Valley Ranch, the Siena Golf Club, the Silverstone Country Club, Embassy Suites, the District and the Henderson ArtFest. The trio has given concerts at the Henderson Amphitheater and at the Reed Whipple Cultural Center in Las Vegas.

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FROM THE CRITICS:

"The LaVerne Christie Trio follows in the footsteps of some of the great guitar trios, performing classic jazz standards in a wonderfully spontaneous manner, putting a fresh face to some beautiful melodies. The trio mixes up the styles but maintains the flow; the essence of this strong guitar-led trio is all about harmony, melody and wonderful rhythms." – JAZZ REVIEW

"A trio that shows all the precision and timing of a group that has worked together for a long time."
– CADENCE MAGAZINE

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