"Toot Suite" by the Chris Magee Quartet"

September 30, 2017 at 8 PM

Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door

Cash bar available

Ticket locations: Bower Center and online at Lynchburg Tickets

Amherst Glebe Arts Response (AGAR) in collaboration with the Bower Center for the Arts will present the jazz quartet of Chris Magee - trumpet, Dana Ballard - piano, Ed Mikenas - bass, and Larry Scott – drums, playing the French jazz classic "Toot Suite" at the Bower Center's performance hall.

Chris Magee will lead the group in the virtuoso trumpet work, a full evening piece in six parts. Chris Magee points out that "Toot Suite" is so demanding for the trumpet player that he must have at least a day in between performances to recover. Dana Ballard is a pianist who also works as an accompanist at Lynchburg College. Ed Mikenas and Larry Scott are well-known jazz players in the Greater Lynchburg area. The group performed "Toot Suite" last year at Lynchburg College and Chris Magee says, "We were very happy to have AGAR give us more opportunities to play the piece. This is such a fun work, and audiences love it!"

Dana Ballard (piano) is a native of El Paso, Texas. She earned her bachelor of music in piano performance at Northwestern University, where she studied with Donald Isaak. She is an accomplished music director, vocal coach and pianist. Ms. Ballard is the accompanist for our musical theatre courses and performing arts scholarship competition, as well as the musical director for the new Lynchburg College Musical Theatre Troupe. She teaches both theatre and music students how musical accompaniment informs singing, conveys composer and lyricist intentions, and demonstrates appropriate vocal technique and style in audition and performance settings.

Larry Scott (drums) resides in Lynchburg, Virginia and he has traveled extensively. He is one of the most sought after drummers in Southwestern VA. Among his many accomplishments is he has played with the Lynchburg Symphony, and he has opened for Kool and the Gang. He is an instructor at the Lynchburg Music School. Cadence and Jazztimes magazines have given him high marks for his percussive style.

Ed Mikenas is the developer of the DRUMMING ON THE EDGE OF LEADERSHIP curriculum for the Waldron School of Social Work at Radford University. He has a master’s in music from the Manhattan School of Music, New York City, and is certified as a substance abuse counselor (CSAC). A portion of this curriculum is being implemented through The Music Bridge program at Lynchburg College.

As a NYC studio bassist, he recorded and performed with many notable artists including Skitch Henderson, the Larry Elgart Big Band, Esther Phillips, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Martha and the Vandellas, Scarlet Rivera, Rodney Dangerfield, Danny and the Juniors, and Mama Lion. He was bassist for the Joffrey Ballet Company, The La Mama Experimental Theatre, and several Broadway shows including Grease, Pippin, Godspell, and The Magic Show.

About "Toot Suite"

"Toot Suite" was originally composed and performed in 1981 by Claude Bolling a French jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and occasional actor working in collaboration with virtuoso trumpeter Maurice André. He has written music for over 100 films. Claude Bolling was born in Cannes, studied at the Nice Conservatory, and then in Paris. A child prodigy, by age 14 he was playing jazz piano professionally, with Lionel Hampton, Roy Eldridge, and Kenny Clarke. He was a major part of the traditional jazz revival in the late 1960s, and he became friends with Oscar Peterson. He has written music for over 100 films. Bolling is also noted for a series of "crossover" collaborations with classical musicians. His Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio with Jean-Pierre Rampal proved extremely popular. Bolling went on to work with many other musicians, from different genres, including guitarist Alexandre Lagoya, violinist Pinchas Zukerman, trumpeter Maurice André, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. He has also worked with, and performed tributes to many others, including Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington, Stéphane Grappelli, Django Reinhardt, and Oscar Peterson.

Maurice André (1933-2012) was a French trumpeter, active in the classical music field. He was professor of trumpet at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. André inspired many innovations on his instrument, and his technical mastery and profound artistry has contributed over fifty years to popularize the trumpet worldwide. He was known worldwide as a classical trumpeter. His jazz collaboration on "Toot Suite" with Claude Bolling was a departure for him and became a very popular work in the jazz repertoire.