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Rounding out the Summer Jazz Series is bandleader/composer/percussionist Rudy Royston and his latest project Flatbed Buggy. Rudy Royston, first-call drummer with Bill Frisell, JD Allen, Dave Douglas and a host of other jazz greats, has honed a thoroughly engaging voice as a composer and bandleader. Royston’s new project Flatbed Buggy is rich in tonal contrast and mood yet steeped in the supple, enduring swing and groove that has driven his writing and playing from the start of his career. Royston leads a compact, almost chamber-like quintet featuring Gary Versace (accordion), John Ellis (bass clarinet/saxophones), Hank Roberts (cello) and Joe Martin (bass). Royston started his professional career in Telluride as part of the Telluride Jazz Camp almost 30 years ago.