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Four years ago, local guitarist Dave Devine was set to play his first set of music from Ennio Morricone's spaghetti Western soundtracks at Dazzle jazz club. The Good, the Bad and the Dazzle show was something that he and Kevin Lee, a fellow guitarist who was the venue's music manager at the time, came up with to coincide with the conclusion of the National Western Stock Show. Devine says his first instinct was to show the parts of the films they were playing music from, whether it be Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West.

But after scraping 'the projections' idea, Devine thought the music was strong enough to stand on its own and he transcribed the songs and wrote parts out. Over the last few years, these Dazzle shows have become an annual tradition while also bringing in an entirely new crowd that Devine had never seen before. While keyboardist Patrick Lee and singer Tania Katz have performed the last three times with Devine, the guitarist will also be joined by Kneebody trumpeter Shane Endsley, who also performed last year, as well as three members of DeVotchKa: drummer and trumpeter Shawn King, bassist Jeanie Schroder and violinist and accordionist Tom Hagerman. Hear the Good, the Bad and the Dazzle on both Saturday, January 21, and at 6 p.m. on Sunday, January 22.

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