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The Arts Council salutes its affiliates for producing high quality entertainment and events for our wonderful community. To showcase a few scroll down to see some upcoming performances and events for the ENTIRE FAMILY:
April 28 9am-4pm in Downtown Gainesville
One of our newest affiliates: Fifth Row Center
Memorial Day Concert, May 28, 2012 at 7:30pm at First Baptist Church, Gainesville, GA
Come celebrate our great nation and its heroes!
Our next artists in The Arts Council’s Evenings of Intimate Jazz Series, The Del Baroni Quartet, get a lot of inspiration from greats like Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Harry Connick, Jr., Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald and more.
Ol’ Blue Eyes
Frank Sinatra began his musical career in the swing era with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey.
Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole first came to prominence as a jazz pianist. He owes most of his popular musical fame to his soft baritone voice, which he used to perform in big band and jazz genres. He was one of the first black Americans to host a television variety show, and has maintained worldwide popularity since his death.
Harry Connick, Jr.
Harry Connick, Jr. is an American singer, big-band leader/conductor, pianist, actor, and composer. He has sold over 25 million albums worldwide. Connick is ranked among the top 60 best-selling male artists in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America, with 16 million in certified sales. He has seven top-20 US albums, and ten number-one US jazz albums, earning more number-one albums than any other artist in the US jazz chart history.
Ella Fitzgerald is also known as the “First Lady of Song” “Queen of Jazz” and “Lady Ella,” she was an American jazz and song vocalist. With a vocal range spanning three octaves (D♭3 to D♭6), she was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation, and a “horn-like” improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing.
Del Baroni has an appreciation for American standard music, Jazz and the artists who had public impact with both live and recorded performances, Baroni created a concept to recreate the excitement of live broadcasts as well as intimate jazz club settings utilizing vintage equipment and vocal stylings like Frank Sinatra in his shows.
Musical ambassador and interpreter of America’s music, Wycliffe Gordon experiences an extraordinary career touring the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz receiving great acclaim from audiences and critics alike. His unmatched modern mastery of the plunger mute and his prodigious technique and signature sound have solidified him a place in musical history known as one of the top trombonist to have lived. In addition to a successful solo career, he tours regularly leading the Wycliffe Gordon Quartet, headlining at legendary jazz venues and performing arts centers throughout the world. Wycliffe Gordon is well known for his work with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of jazz maestro, Wynton Marsalis. The versatile trombonist can multi-note, slide, scat, and plunge, just like he stepped out of the 1930s. He has played with many jazz luminaries, including Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Henderson, Branson Marsalis, Lionel Hampton, Tommy Flanagan, and Shirley Horn. His musical colleagues call him “Pine Cone,” since he grew up in the piney woods of Georgia. It must have been this Ellington era quality that caught the ears of jazz educator Wynton Marsalis, who heard him play while the trumpeter was giving a workshop at his alma mater, Florida A&M University. Their fortuitous meeting resulted in Gordon joining the Wynton Marsalis Septet, as well as the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, in 1989. As a member of the illustrious band, he contributed as both musician and composer. Gordon, who like Charles Mingus says he hears music in his head all the time, has managed to write some of it down, and then hears it performed all over the world by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Whether they know it or not, National Public Radio fans are familiar with the musician’s work: In 1993, Gordon composed the NPR theme song. He is an admirer of Louis Armstrong, J.J. Johnson, and Jack Teagarden, prefers the melodic approach to playing and composition.
His recordings are a model of consistency and inspiration, and his musical prowess has been captured on numerous recordings, including thirteen solo CDs and seven co-leader CDs. His latest effort “Cone and T-Staff,” released in February 2010, is a quintet recording featuring trumpeter Terell Stafford. He is featured on numerous recordings with the Wynton Marsalis Septet, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and many others as evidenced in his extensive discography.
Wycliffe Gordon is also a gifted composer and arranger. He is commissioned frequently by renowned jazz groups and organizations and has an extensive songbook of original compositions that span the various timbres of jazz music. His commissioned works include a vibrant new score for the 1925 classic silent film “Body and Soul” which was premiered at the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra’s 2000-01 season opening night performance at Avery Fisher Hall, and was released on DVD in 2008. Gordon’s “I Saw the Light,” a musical tribute to Muhammad Ali, was commissioned and premiered by the Brass Band of Battle Creek in March 2004, and is scheduled for release on DVD in 2012. He is currently working on an extensive commission for the Jazz Arts Group Columbus, Beyond the Blackberry Patch that will premiere during the Columbus bicentennial celebration 2012. This 90-minute piece of music for ten musicians will tell the story of the King-Lincoln District and incorporates the Eight Columbus City Schools in the district and their study of their own neighborhood, its past, present, and future. In May 2011, the Apollo Theater will premiere a commissioned work by Wycliffe that will celebrate 75 years of great music. Other noted commissions include “Welcome to Georgia Town,” an auto-biography of sorts commissioned by the Savannah Music Festival, and “Cyberswing – Jazz in the Digital Age” that was premiered at Flushing Town Hall in 2009.
He has begun to evidence an interest in vocalizing, something which he says he plans to do increasingly. The results are sure to be top drawer, as the exuberant Wycliffe Gordon throws himself into things, body and soul.
Watch more of his videos on our website!
For tickets go online or call The Arts Council (770) 534-2787
We at The Arts Council believe in the importance of art in education and want to introduce and expend local students interest and benefits of art in academia. Recently, we have had the opportunity to present two very well known artists, Lynne Arriale and Evan Christopher into local schools. Lynne and Evan performed at The Arts Council’s Evenings of Intimate Jazz to standing ovations. The Arts Council sponsored two clinics at North Hall High School and Chestatee Academy of Inquiry and Talent Development respectively. We were all thrilled to find young, talented students eager to learn from the best in their art.
Both artists were so complimentary of the jazz programs in both schools and look forward to more clinics of this nature in our area.
Lynne Arriale instructing the musicians in the North Hall High School Jazz Band.
The very enthusiastic, attentive, and talented musicians in the North Hall High School Jazz Band.
Lynne teaching them the importance of the rhythm section in a jazz band.
Lynne was very impressed by the students talent and eagerness to learn.
The North Hall High School Jazz Band with their talented teacher Kevin Carwile, Lynne Arriale, Principal Joe Gheesling, and Chair of the Arts in Schools Committee for the Arts Council,Vicki Hough.
Evan Christopher presenting valuable instruction to the musicians of Chestatee Academy of Inquiry and Talent Development.
An attentive group of Chestatee musicians!
Evan’s jazz style pays homage to the earliest creators of jazz. Armstrong and Bichet used to listen to opera for inspiration. They saw their instruments as the voice in opera. Here Evan demonstrates the clarinet singing an aria from La Traviata. The children were mesmerized!
The jazz musicians of Chestatee Academy of Inquiry and Talent Development.
Evan Christopher performing for Chestatee jazz musicians! We thank Terry Sleister, band director for Chestatee, for being such a wonderful leader to these future stars!
Thank you to both Lynne and Evan for giving such wonderful clinics! And thank you to the teachers, band directors, and students at both schools for allowing The Arts Council and these awesome musicians time in your classrooms! As always we strive to keep the arts vibrantly alive in Northeast Georgia.
Evan Christopher is a refreshingly bright light on the national and international jazz scene. He combines virtuosity, immaculate taste and the youthful resources of energy and enthusiasm with a deep commitment to capturing the full range of musical possibilities that come from having strong roots in the idioms of early Jazz and the Creole clarinet style. Christopher was born in Long Beach, California and began his musical training on clarinet at the age of 11. In high school, he was a recipient of the Louis Armstrong National Jazz Award and was one of the first graduates of the prestigious Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts. He continued his studies at the University of Southern California on music scholarships and graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in music from California State University, Long Beach.
After working, touring and recording with various bands and artists in California, Christopher moved to New Orleans where he rapidly made a name for himself. He became in great demand, appearing with top musicians as stylistically varied as veterans of Preservation Hall and Al Hirt to funk and brass bands like the Nightcrawlers and Galactic, but, in 1996, he accepted an offer to join the renowned Jim Cullum Jazz Band in San Antonio, Texas. During his three year stint with this band, he made regular national radio broadcasts as their featured clarinetist on their National Public Radio show: Riverwalk: Live from the Landing and accompanied artists such as Dick Hyman, William Warfield, and Topsy Chapman. This Side of Evan (1998) is among the many CD’s he has recorded under his own name and also as a guest artist for bands in New Orleans, Texas and California.
Having returned to New Orleans in 2001, Christopher has established himself as an important part of the Crescent City music scene. He has had research on the New Orleans clarinet style published and appears frequently with New Orleans musicians in the U.S. and Europe. In 2002, New Orleans Magazine included him among their annual “Jazz All-Stars” as an artist to watch.
As an improviser, Christopher has lots of tools — equal facility in the full range of his instrument, switching in and out of triplet phrasing, storytelling and theme building. But what impresses you most about his solos is their immediacy. He has a thick tone with a hoarse edge, and he’ll often play a simple phrase with complicated emotion rather than vice versa; he’s not glib or lighthearted. It’s strong stuff. When asked why he chose the clarinet, Christopher says, “I blame Artie Shaw. I read his autobiography, and I knew I wanted to grow up to be a grumpy old man.”
Christopher’s approach builds on these antecedents by adding an even stronger Creole flavor to the mix, redolent of Jelly Roll Morton’s “Spanish tinge” and making use of the “Habanera” rhythm. His group also adds rhythmic elements from Cuba, the Caribbean and even Brazil. The result is a vibrant music that appeals to contemporary audiences. Christopher’s sound is thoroughly organic, unforced and natural.
It is with great pleasure that I inform you of SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION – The Art of Jazz Improvisation! This will be a 30-35 minute lecture-demonstration and Question & Answer session, with pianist Lynne Arriale, prior to her performance on January 28, 2012. You will have a chance to receive some rare insight into Jazz music, its beginnings, its future and some of Lynne’s personal anecdotes and stories. If you would like to take advantage of this special opportunity, please arrive at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center no later than 7:30pm. This presentation is included in the cost of your ticket. Tickets are still available at The Arts Council, please call today!
What is Spontaneous Combustion?
Critically acclaimed jazz pianist, recording artist, composer and educator, Lynne Arriale’s demonstration will introduce jazz as a ‘language,’ the basic elements of a jazz solo and why improvisation is so much fun! Lynne’s approach makes understanding jazz completely accessible and enjoyable to anyone.
The audience will gain a better understanding and appreciation of America’s great art form through simple examples and active participation.
1. The building blocks of a jazz solo and how basic melodic ideas, which may sound as simple as nursery rhymes, make up the improvisation.
2. An example of using these basic melodic ideas in a solo, so that the audience can clearly identify where these ideas or ‘building blocks’ are present.
3. How any tune can be played in different styles, such as Bebop, blues, Brazilian, waltz, funk and various tempos which change the entire character of the piece.
4. Audience participation in a Q & A session to make jazz a listener-friendly art form.
Hope to see you all this saturday night at 7:30!
Coffee, cookies, and salty snacks provided byThe Arts Council. You are welcome to bring your beverage and snack/food of choice!