Famed Bass Guitarist Will Perform “America the Beautiful” with DSU Orchestra & Choir at Awards Ceremony
St. George, UT — August 22, 2016 — The Dixie State University DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival™ presents Nathan East: For the Record. Go behind-the-scenes as one of the most influential bass players in modern music records his debut solo album. The film chronicles East’s three-decade plus career.
“There are only so many hours in the day,” East concedes. “But, for years, friends have encouraged me to record a solo album. Some, for so long, they’d given up. However, the best music that I’ve made over the years has always been a collaboration with my friends, so I decided it was time to take the plunge.”
A founding member of the chart-topping contemporary jazz group, Fourplay, East was 16 years old when he got his first break and found himself on the road with Barry White. The next time the phone rang, Quincy Jones was on the line. The calls kept coming and for the last forty years, East has been churning out hit songs with artists as legendary as Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Barbra Streisand and Stevie Wonder.
As a special treat, audiences who attend the DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival Awards Ceremony on September 10, will have the opportunity to hear the premier live performance of East’s stirring rendition of “America the Beautiful” which, until now, had only been recorded in studio as separate tracks. “I travel around the world visiting many different countries but I must say, I always look forward to coming home,” said East. “I kiss the ground because even on a rainy day, America is still so beautiful.”
Nathan East: For the Record screens at DOCUTAH on Sept 8th at 7:00 pm at the Eccles Concert Hall and Sept 9th at 5:35 pm at the Eccles Black Box theater. Tickets for these showings and all of DOCUTAH may be purchased at https://tickets.dsutix.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=14 or at the DSU Box Office on campus. Festival passes are $40, Day passes are $15 and single film passes are $10.
The DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival Awards Ceremony takes place at The Eccles Main Stage on Saturday, September 10, 7 P.M. and features a Live Performance by renowned bass player, Nathan East, with the Dixie State Orchestra and Chorus. The event is free to the public.
Music world accolades about Nathan East
“If you have listened to any radio, any song, anywhere in the world in the last 40 years chances are you have heard Nathan East.” Chris Gero
“I love his spirit!” Wynonna Judd
“In 100 years we will be talking about what he did on the bass.” Dave Koz
“He never ceases to amazing me, his ability to adapt to the genre he is playing in.” Kenny Loggins
“He is selfless. That is what is incredible about Nathan East.” Herbie Hancock
“He keeps appearing on records decade, after decade, after decade because he has this unique gift.” Don Was
“He totally crushed it.” Quincy Jones
“The most anticipated debut solo album.” Jazz Times
“Treat your ears to a musical feast and thrilling experience. This album solidifies him as a true artist with impeccable taste.” David Foster