I have a string of public performances coming up in the next few days, all of them jazz gigs. Tomorrow night, Thursday May 14, 2105, I will be playing with the Wilson/Gamble Orchestra at Club Eleven on Grove in downtown Asheville, NC for the weekly swing dance. The live music starts at 9 PM and goes up through 11 PM. They usually have swing dance classes starting at 8 PM if you don’t know how to dance or want to get some pointers.
On Friday night, May 15, 2015, I will be directing the Asheville Jazz Orchestra at a concert at Trinity United Methodist Church in west Asheville, NC, starting at 7 PM. This concert is free, but we will be collecting donations during the performance for both the Asheville Jazz Council and MusicWorks! Asheville. MusicWorks! is an after-school elementary music program I teach with that targets at-risk children, teaching them important life skills through music education. Our MusicWorks! students will be performing just before the AJO and will also join the big band on a couple of numbers too.
Saturday night, May 16, 2015, I will be playing traditional jazz with the Low-Down Sires at Highland Brewery in east Asheville. This event, which starts at 6 PM, is the Appalachian Shakedown show, featuring not only the Sires but also the bluegrass inspired band Circus Mutt and funk band Supatight. The music goes until 10 PM.
Then finally on Sunday, May 17, 2015, I’m playing music from the Harlem Renaissance with Russ Wilson’s Nouveau Passe Orchestra. We’ll be playing at the Isis Restaurant and Music Hall in west Asheville beginning at 8 PM.
If you’ll be around western North Carolina this weekend and are looking for live jazz to listen and dance to, come on out to one (or all!) of these shows. If you do make it out, please be sure to say hello to me during a set break or after the performance.