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Les Sabler

Release Date: 06/12/02
Source: Biography

Les was born and raised in Montreal, Canada, began playing the guitar at age nine and graduated as a Jazz major from Concordia University. During his college years he also worked as music director of the college radio station and spent many nights at "The Esquire Show Bar" and "In Concert" watching and listening to performances by most of the great Jazz and Blues legends. He then relocated to Florida and enrolled in graduate studies at the University of Miami jazz department. While living in Miami he performed in a variety of Jazz, Latin and R&B bands which laid an important foundation for his composing and guitar style. Les points to Larry Carlton, George Benson, Lee Ritenour and Wes Montgomery as influences but his music draws from a wide variety of other influences outside the guitar realm. In 1989 he composed and produced an original soundtrack for the CTV (Canada) network documentary "Lost Treasures of the Titanic" which chronicled the discovery of the sunken ship and retrieval of its artifacts. Following that project he recorded his debut CD "Hidden Treasure" which brought Les national attention on Contemporary Jazz and NAC radio formats.

He has performed with his group extensively since 1990, as a headliner and as opening act for many touring recording artists. Les' group has enjoyed contributions from a variety of very talented musicians including Ron and Dave Reinhart (Richard Elliot), David "Frankie" Toler (Allman Brothers Band), Bruce Waibel (Greg Allman Band, Firehouse), Jody Marsh (Nat Adderly), Patrick Bettison (Acoustic Alchemy), Doug Matthews (Sam Rivers) and Iraj Lashkary (Ahmad Jamal). Les was selected by Walt Disney World to perform with his group at the opening of Pleasure Island Jazz Company and has performed return engagements there on many occasions. His second CD "Time For Love" was released in 1995 on New Vista/Vision and received substantial national airplay on Smooth Jazz radio. Les' performance at the 1996 Clearwater Jazz Holiday has been broadcast several times on BET television network.

Les has spent the last few years working with talented keyboardist and producer Allon Sams co-producing his third CD "Bridge The Gap" which is scheduled to be released in July 2002 on The Music Force label and distributed by Sin-Drome Music Distribution. On three selections on the CD, Les recorded with his Martin HD-28 and 000-28H.

Players Magazine stated "Sabler has evolved into an extremely promising artist with a shimmering guitar style that is sleek, chic and sexy." Jazztimes labeled Les "a talented up and comer". A review in MAC stated "Sabler's guitar playing is dynamic like John Scofield's, melodic like George Benson's and compelling like Jeff Beck's. But, Sabler's sound isn't just a conglomeration of his influences, his playing is clearly and refreshingly his own." CCM stated "Les' guitar work is incredible."

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