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Jazz Alum Group Diverse Releases New Album

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Conservatory jazz alumni Hermon Mehari, Ryan Lee, and Ben Leifer who perform with their group Diverse, release the group's second album, Our Journey, May 2014. 

Our Journey is a project of all original jazz music that was recorded in Paris, France, and features the core members Hermon Mehari on trumpet, Ryan Lee on drums, and Ben Leifer on the bass.

Parisian pianist Tony Tixier augments the ensemble throughout and special guest alto saxophonist Logan Richardson plays on a few numbers. Diverse will celebrate the release of this album at Kansas City's Blue Room, May 9.

Since the release of their first self-titled album in 2009, Diverse has been cultivating a relationship with the Paris music scene. The travels and experiences surrounding these tours have had an effect on the band both musically and personally. The compositions and performances on this album reflect this growth in both collective and individual ways. Our Journey will be available through all of the digital outlets and through physical means by CD Baby and local record shops by the beginning of May.

The CD release show is Friday, May 9 at the Blue Room in the historic 18th and Vine Jazz District in Kansas City. It features the core members and pianist Tony Tixier who will travel from Paris. Start time is 8:30 PM with a $10 admission. The Blue Room is an all ages venue. 

Congratulations!

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949
Email: selfdr@umkc.edu