This time of year has always been exciting for me and many of my students. The Eau Claire Jazz Festival is coming up again on April 15th-18th. Here is a recent promo video I did with some of my students about the festival. Check out their website www.eauclairejazz.com.
The Eau Claire Jazz Festival’s vision:
Promote appreciation and a continuation of Jazz music in perpetuity, in the Midwest, through the integration of the arts and by providing a world class festival to draw visitors to the Chippewa Valley.
The middle of winter is upon us, and chances are you are suffering from a little cabin fever. Well, I have some hot shows that will cheer you up. On Saturday, Feb. 20th, The Chippewa Valley Jazz Orchestra will be holding its premiere concert!
The CVJO seeks to provide educational jazz experiences in a community big band setting. Among the members are many of the finest jazz musicians in the Chippewa Valley, including full-time performers, music educators, and others with a passion for the art of the big band. This substantial collection of talent makes it possible for the band to tackle a wide variety musical styles and eras, and their concerts will reflect both the traditions that are the underpinnings of jazz and the works of more modern composers. The Chippewa Valley Jazz Orchestra makes a consistent effort to include works by regional composers and arrangers, including premiers of new works by local musicians.
Go to the Chippewa Valley Cultural Association website for ticket info.
Duncan Ninja, voted one of the “Best New Bands” in the Chippewa Valley, is a funk group comprised of two suave singers, five hot horns, and a ripe rhythm section. They play music by artists such as Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Earth Wind & Fire, Marvin Gaye, KC & the Sunshine Band, and more. Several members of the group play in other bands around the area, including The Eau Claire Blues All-Stars, The Walk/Klenz Jazz Sextet, Meridene, and The Procrastinators.
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A few months ago I recorded a project with the Twin Cities Horns, and the album has been released. The artist’s name is Tonia Hughes, and the album is entitled “I’m Ready Now.” Tonia has a absolutulety beautiful voice, so go to her website and get the album! Here is a sample of one of the tracks I play on, it’s called “Fire”.
“The song lyrics are poignant and powerful – born out a series of loss experienced by Hughes over recent years. However, what should have left her broken and in despair brought forth a sound that is incomparable to anything that she has recorded or performed to date!”
Fire- Tonia Hughes
Times are a busy! I have been very fortunate to collaberate with some faboulus musicians and play with some new and exciting groups. One of those groups is South Farwell, recently voted “Best New Band” by entertainment and culture magazine, Volume One, in their “Best of The Chippewa Valley 2009″ poll. You can buy the band’s debut album -Tear Everything Down – at digstation.com. The video below was taken during a special Labor Day event to help promote the new Back Stage Concert Series.
At the Back Stage Concert Series, the bands, the audience, and the bar are all right on the State Theatre stage among the bricks, rigging, and lights — a space theater patrons rarely get to see. The usual auditorium is curtained off to create a unique back-stage environment where music lovers of all ages can gather to see performances from some of the best Chippewa Valley bands. Join us and experience a fresh take on live music.
I’m also part of another great band called Duncan Ninja, which placed third in the “Best New Band” category in the same poll. Duncan Ninja is a recently formed funk group comprised of two suave singers, five hot horns, and a ripe rhythm section. They play music by Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Earth Wind & Fire, Marvin Gaye, KC & the Sunshine Band, and more.
I also had the opportunity to play with legendary drummer Butch Miles with the Saint Croix Jazz Orchestra in the Twin Cities. Butch made a name for himself as the drummer for the Count Basie Orchestra from 1975-79 & 1997-2007. His bio also includes big band performances with Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dave Brubeck, Lena Horne, Joe Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, and Tony Bennett.
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The Walk/Klenx Jazz Sextet has almost completed the post-production work on our demo, so keep checking back! Downloads will be posted as soon as they are ready! As always, check out my “Upcoming Gigs” roll to the right or click the “Shows” tab above for detailed information on upcoming shows.