2018 CINCY WINTER BLUES & HERITAGE FEST
Jan
17
to Feb 4

2018 CINCY WINTER BLUES & HERITAGE FEST

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Purchase your tickets here: http://cincyblues.org/tickets/

Join DHR Guitar Experience and the Cincy Blues Society for two nights of Jazz, Blues and Bluegrass performed by some of the nation’s top musicians on the DHR Heritage Stage, February 2-3, at the Cincy Winter Blues Fest.

Guitarist Jack Wilkins has been on the International jazz scene since the early 1970's. His flawless technique and imaginative chordal approach have inspired collaborations with Chet Baker, Sarah Vaughan, Bob Brookmeyer, and Buddy Rich among many others. A native of Brooklyn, Jack began playing guitar at age thirteen. His mentors included Johnny Smith, Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Bill Evans, Clifford Brown and Freddie Hubbard.
 
MJQ Déjà vu literally the cream of Cincinnati jazz, is comprised of Kelly, the original house pianist of the original Blue Wisp Jazz Club and music director and keyboardist for the Psychoacoustic Orchestra; nationally recognized vibraphonist Rusty Burge; bassist Jim Anderson who has toured with Art Blakey, Hank Crawford and Nat Adderly; and Marc Wolfley, the jazz drummer for the Cincinnati Pops.
 
Pat Kelly has had a significant presence on the Cincinnati music scene for many years.  He began playing piano at age 14 and has progressed both as a self-taught musician and degreed music professional.  He is an eclectically-minded composer/arranger/pianist who has practiced his art in and beyond Greater Cincinnati for more than 35 years.
 
Eugene Goss is one of Cincinnati's treasures. His vocal skills are matched only by his proficiency on percussion. Winner of The Cammy Award for Best Jazz Vocalist in 2002 and voted best jazz artist in 2004 by CityBeat magazine, Eugene's voice is boundless and reflects a range of styles from Satchmo to Miles and Sinatra to Pavarotti.  He is well versed in the percussive traditions of South America and Africa and his unique contribution to the sonic landscape of Triage is immeasurable.
 
Experience the swing and bluegrass music of  Mandolinist & vocalist Steve Smith and Nashville Guitarist & vocalist Tim May. Having collaborated in studio and on stages nationwide, their shows feature tight vocal harmonies, dazzling guitar, octave mandolin and twin mandolin works throughout a broad range of styles.
 
Having been called a “wonderful composer” and “sophisticated player” as well as “one of the most unique guitar voices to emerge over the last decade”, Brandon Coleman is rapidly becoming the Midwest’s foremost jazz guitarist.
 
In 1987 Rhett Butler received his first guitar for Christmas. As his primary antidote against the pain and fear that he felt through his brother's bouts with cancer, Rhett retreated into the instrument. What blossomed was a fiery work ethic that is reflected in his mastery of multiple styles and his passionate performances.  Though Rhett is most well known for playing two guitars at once, don't make the mistake of trying to classify him as a gimmick performer. He regularly features five or six different guitars during his performances.
 
Pianist Steve Schmidt was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He took two years of basic piano lessons in grade school. It was an attraction to guitar - to blues and blues-oriented rock bands - that really drew Steve into the pursuit of music. Blues led to jazz, and he switched to piano the summer after high school to teach himself the chords and melodies of jazz. Some of the artists Steve has played with include Eddie Harris, Charlie Rouse, Joe Henderson, Herb Ellis and Scott Hamilton. Also in that year Steve became a founding member of the 16-piece Blue Wisp Big Band led by drummer John Von Ohlen
 
The Faux Frenchmen are acoustic guitarists Brian Lovely and George Cunningham, acoustic bassist Don Aren, and violinist Paul Patterson. They’ve played Hot Club-driven gypsy jazz in and around Cincinnati and the Eastern and Midwestern U.S. since 2002.
 
Mike Wade has been named one of the top ten unsigned jazz, brass players as rated by Jazziz Magazine (1997). His composition, “Blues for Shorty Bop”, was chosen for inclusion on
Jazziz on Disc collection. He has performed and/or recorded with such artists as David “Fathead” Newman, Clark Terry, Javon Jackson and Bobby Watson.

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