If you’re in the western North Carolina area this Saturday and Sunday (February 15-16, 2014) I have performances with three different groups going on you can come check out. I’m looking forward to the gigs, in part because I’m not playing the same show three times.
My first show is on Saturday the 15th in Marshall, NC with the dixieland band, the Low-Down Sires. We’re playing a “fancy flea market” fundraiser to raise money for heating homes in Madison County starting at 12:30 until 2:30. If you like traditional jazz styles from New Orleans and Chicago and like to swing dance this is the show for you.
Later that night the Land of the Sky Symphonic Band will be performing an evening of pops music at the White Horse Black Mountain in Black Mountain, NC. Some of the music I’ll be conducting includes Gallop by Dmitri Shostakovich, American Rhapsody by Anne McGinty, and Manhattan Beach March by John Phillip Sousa. We’ll also be performing some medley arrangements of music from Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast, and Pirates of the Caribbean. The concert starts at 8 PM.
The next evening, Sunday the 16th, the Asheville Jazz Orchestra will be performing from 8 PM to 11 PM at the ISIS Restaurant and Music Hall in Asheville, NC. It’s been a few months or so since we last played there, but they’ve got a nice stage and the room has great acoustics for a big band. I haven’t completely selected the sets yet, but I’m considering doing one set of our usual mix of charts, one set of music associated with Count Basie, and one set of nothing but original charts by myself and other guys in the band.
If you’re in the area this weekend come on out and support local live music. Be sure to come up and say hello to me on a set break or after the show!