AGAR AMERST JAVA & JAZZ
Friday, December 15, 2023
Live at Second Stage | Amherst
194 2nd Street, Amherst, VA 24521
Lenny Marcus, piano, flute and vocals
Larry Scott, drums
Zachary McDonald, bass
Tickets: (Includes one free cup of coffee, water, or soda from Baine’s Books & Coffee. Food is available for purchase.)
Jazz Times Magazine has described Lenny Marcus’ music as “Infectious!” No wonder, since Lenny worked for many years in New Orleans studying and performing with legends such as Ray Bryant, Ellis Marsalis, and Alvin Batiste. He has a strong blues-oriented left hand, thanks to Bryant. Lenny possesses a superior melodic imagination and highly developed arranging and orchestration skills that become palpable throughout a diversity of styles-swinging, cool, sophisticated, Jazzified Beethoven masterpieces, Latin, toe-tapping, high energy as well as beautifully contemplative and engaging. This trio’s latest release is “When A Door Opens.”International famed players who have performed and recorded with LMT include Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis, Frank Foster, Brian Lynch, David “ Fathead “ Newman (Ray Charles tenor), and Jane Powell. Lenny has performed in three New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest, Spoleto, Barbados, and Grenada Jazz festivals in addition to appearing four times in Wash DC at the famed Blues Alley with his trio. Lenny has most recently played for AGAR with Los Gatos.
LARRY SCOTT is one of the most sought-after drummers in Southwestern VA. Among his many accomplishments, he has opened for Kool and the Gang and played with the Lynchburg Symphony. He is an instructor at the Lynchburg Music School. Cadence and Jazztimes magazines have given him high marks for his percussive style. For AGAR, Larry has previously played with Los Gatos, Lew Taylor Trio, and Chris Magee.
ZACHARY McDONALD of New Tripoli, PA, now a Baltimore, MD native, got his start as a jazz musician by playing with well-known artists in and around Roanoke, VA such as Cyrus Pace, Brian Mesko, and Lenny Marcus. He has formally studied bass with Paul Langosch and Ben Williams. Jazz, however, is not his only musical venture as he performs and records with other local Roanoke and Blacksburg rock, indie, and ambient acts such as Electric Chameleon, Missed Her, his own solo project, and an additional duo project with percussionist Denver Nuckolls.
JAVA & JAZZ
in JANUARY 2024
Saturday, January 27
Al Mallet, alto/tenor sax;
Ernest Deane, trumpet/ flugelhorn;
Ed Mikenas, bass;
Glenn Buck, woodwinds;
and Gary Meisner, piano.
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