2019-2020 Music Series Archive
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.
Glen Buck (keyboards) originally from Utica, NY, and early began playing with his father, a well-known musician in central New York. He studied classical saxophone and music education at Nazareth College, Rochester, NY, and later graduated from Vanderbilt University. He received a Doctorate in Special Education from University of Florida. He is a professor of special education at the University of Lynchburg (1993-present) and continues to play in bands throughout central Virginia. Mr. Buck enjoys his time with Quintana because of his love of jazz music!
Ernest Deane (trumpet and flugel) was born in 1941 in Lynchburg, where he grew up and played in jazz bands while at Dunbar High School. He credits his lifetime love of jazz to a cousin, Thomas Fitch, who let him listen, at age eight, to records by artists from Charlie Parker to Gene Krupa and Louie Bellson. Ernest has played in combo bands in Virginia and North Carolina, currently The Houseband of VA and Quintana. He earned a Bachelor of Music from Virginia State U. and assisted music students at Linkhorne Middle School.
Malcolm Dentler (percussion) hails from New York City. He proudly serves in the music ministry at St. Mark’s Baptist Church. Malcolm teaches percussion every Sunday at John Kortmulder Mindful Mountain Yoga, Second Stage Amherst.
Al Mallet Jr. (alto and Soprano saxophone) has been a freelance musician for the past 60 years. He was a club musician in Washington, DC in the 1980s. In Lynchburg he has played with jazz groups including the Jives, the Twisters, Youth for Truth, and at Court Street Baptist Church. Mr. Mallet was a founding member of Quintana, formed by Phil McCarren 10 years ago.
Ed Mikenas (Bass) is organist/choir director for Amherst Presbyterian Church. He taught bass at Radford University, is the jazz ensemble coach for VES, and is adjunct bass professor University of Lynchburg. As a NYC studio bassist, he recorded and performed with 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, La Mama Experimental Theatre, and Broadway shows including Grease, Pippin, Godspell, and The Magic Show.