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Friday, March 03, 2006
John Benson
Special to The Plain Dealer
Northcoast Jazz Collective, post-bop jazz
Hometown: Cleveland.
Years performing: five

Day gig: Ranges from professional musicians to special education school teacher.
When the Northcoast Jazz Collective formed five years ago, its mission was to perform
modern arrangements that challenged people's perceptions. In addition to original
compositions, the quartet performs obscure post-bop covers (John Coltrane, Miles Davis,
Joshua Redman, Michael Brecker, et al.) that are decidedly under the average jazz fan's
radar. Not only does this keep the act on its toes, but it has attracted a diverse and
educated fan base. "I'm hoping that we can bring back jazz to the city so it's what
Cleveland is known for because there's a lot of good players out there," said drummer
Mark Grey, a special education teacher in Beachwood. Having released its self-titled
debut last summer, the Northcoast Jazz Collective is hoping to return to the studio this
spring. In the meantime, the foursome is in the middle of a month-long run. You can see
the group's free show from 8 to 11 p.m. every Monday (through March 20) at Sunset
Lounge, 1382 West Ninth St., Cleveland. Call 216-535-0001.