Music by composers Nat Adderly, Clifford Brown,
John Coltrane, Tadd Dameron, Kenny Dorham,
Joe Henderson, Freddy Hubbard, Hank Mobley,
Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Horace Silver,
and Stanley Turrentine.
Chris Magee has played lead trumpet for such artists as Aretha Franklin, Wayne Newton, The Temptations, The Four Tops and the O’Jays, and he was staff trumpeter and arranger at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. In Virginia, Chris plays co-principal trumpet in the Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra in Lexington and performs with “Green Earrings, The Steely Dan Experience,” a Steely Dan tribute band based in Lynchburg. He is an assistant professor of music at the University of Lynchburg. Along with teaching he also directs the Jazz Ensemble.
Lew Taylor is a Lynchburg native with over 30 years experience as a professional musician and entertainer. He has honed skills as a keyboardist specializing in pop, jazz and R&B styles, and as an arranger for groups ranging in size from 60-piece concert orchestras to 16-piece jazz big bands to trios and duos. Lew also is a founding member of “Green Earrings,” a nationally performing Steely Dan tribute band, of which he is also keyboardist, vocalist, and music director. He has composed scores for stage productions, including the adaptation of David Woulff’s novel “As I Stood At The Gate” and the stage production of “Nu Naybahood II...Here We Go Agin,” an adaptation of Grammy Award-winning percussionist D. Munyango Jackson’s book “The Nu Naybahood Funetic Ebonic Dictionary Vol. 1,” a satirical compilation of contemporary urban African-American speech and dialect patterns.
Eric Hollandsworth, bass, grew up as a cellist in Roanoke studying with Peggy McHenry, Dr. Kenneth Lurie and Alan Weinstein. While studying with Weinstein he was introduced to jazz and began his life-long love affair with the music of Davis, Monk, Mingus and Hubbard. By his early twenties, Eric had made upright and electric bass his main instruments. He became a sought-after theatre pit orchestra bassist performing regularly with several professional and community-based theaters. He also performed with the award-winning show band Cheaper Than Therapy.
Larry Scott began playing professionally with the band The Dyna-Tones, performing in clubs and colleges in Lynchburg, Farmville, Bedford, Greensboro, NC, and several venues in PA. It was during this time that the Dyna-Tones opened for Kool and the Gang, and served as back-up band for comedian Wild Man Steve. Currently, Larry performs with The Lenny Marcus Trio and Season3 as well as numerous Jazz groups in Central and Southwest Virginia. His work with the Lenny Marcus Trio (www.lennymarcusmusic.com) can be heard on both the local NPR station (WVTF) in rotation during their nightly jazz show and on National NPR broadcasts.
Music by composers Bernie Miller,
Frank Foster (Count Basie), Robin Ranger,
Charlie Parker, Irving Berlin,Kenny Dorham,
Freddie Hubbard, Erroll Garner, Lou Rawls,
Duke Ellington, Gerry Mulligan and Benny Golson.
Photos by Andrew Wilds
.Glen Buck, piano, is originally from Utica, NY, and began his musical journey early in life playing with his father, a well-known musician in the central New York area. He studied classical saxophone and music education at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY, and later graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in special education. While teaching in Dayton, TN, Glenn played in many country bands throughout Tennessee and in Latin and wedding bands while completing his doctoral degree in special education at the University of Florida. He has been a professor of special education at the University of Lynchburg since 1993 and continues to play in bands throughout central Virginia.
Ernest Deane, trumpet, has played in several combo bands since high school in Virginia and North Carolina, including The Houseband of VA and Quintana. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Virginia State University and is currently assisting sixth grade music students at Linkhorne Middle School in Lynchburg.
Al Mallet Jr., alto & soprano sax, has been a freelance musician for the past 60 years and was a club musician in Washington, DC, in the 1980s. In Lynchburg he has played with various Jazz groups including the Jives, the Twissters, Youth for Truth, and at Court Street Baptist Church. Al is a founding member of Quintana, which was formed by Phil McCarren 10 years ago.
Ed Mikenas, bass, has been the organist and choir director for Amherst Presbyterian Church since 2007. He taught bass at Radford University for 19 years, and, though “theoretically” retired, he works almost every day teaching and performing. In addition to his choir director position, he is the jazz ensemble coach for Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg and is adjunct bass professor at the University of Lynchburg. He graduated from SUNY Potsdam with a BS in music education, and has a Master’s degree in Music Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, NYC. While living in New York he was a studio musician and toured and with several bands.
Malcolm Dentler, percussion, is originally from New York City. He proudly serves in the music ministry at St. Mark's Church. Malcolm teaches percussion every Sunday at John Kortmulder's, Mindful Mountain Yoga studio facility at Second Stage Amherst.
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