A fantastic night of classic swing, Latin, funk and blues music performed by local favorites Jazz North, with special vocal guest Robin Lee Berry begins at 7:30pm, with doors open at 7pm. The Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall (HERTH Hall) is air-conditioned and is located on River Street in Elk Rapids,
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of or at the door. Tickets are available here on Eventbrite, or in person at the Corner Druggist or Chef Charles in Elk Rapids and at Oryana Food Cooperative in Traverse City. For tickets or more information please call Connemara Concerts at (231)941-8667.
More about the performers:
Special guest vocalist: Robin Lee Berry
Robin Lee Berry moved to northern Michigan in 1981 to raise children, write, record and perform music but has been a resident of Michigan most of her life. Robin is an accomplished guitar player and songwriter with an ability to cover many styles of music with passionate and intuitive energy.
“Robin Lee Berry reflects northern Michigan’s feminine soul, blending themes of strength, courage, and vulnerability in her songs, all rendered with the spirit of awe and optimism.” ~Robert Downing -Editor of Northern Express
She was also included on a Red House Records release (September of 2002)
“Going Driftless an artists tribute to Greg Brown” where she contributed a rendition of Greg’s “Hey, baby, Hey”. Greg Brown describes Berry’s voice as “clear spring water gushing out from a deep place in the earth. It goes right to your heart.”
Steve Carey……Arranger, Trombone
Steve took up trumpet and choral singing in high school downstate, enjoying classical and jazz idioms. During college he performed with choirs, an opera company, and instrumental ensembles. Post college performing included playing trumpet in concert bands and jazz ensembles where he doubled on valve trombone. Steve moved with his family to Traverse City where he works as sail maker. Current musical projects include a rock/soul band affiliated with Pathfinders School; BoBossa, a jazz quartet; Irish morph music ensemble The Wild Sullies; and Manitou Brass, an organization that performs exactly once per year. He has produced several arrangements for JazzNorth and plays valve trombone in the group.
Bill Fromm……Trumpet, Flugelhorn
From Pentwater, Bill began playing trumpet in the school band programs. After starting up his transportation company in Traverse City, Bill joined the NMC Jazz Band and continues to be a leader in the trumpet section. He has also performed with other area bands, and has played many shows in the pit orchestra of the Old Town Playhouse.
Dave Goodwin …… Percussion
In high school Dave was the drummer for the State of Michigan Award Winning Northville High School Jazz Ensemble, the Detroit Metropolitan Area Directors Adult Jazz Ensemble, as well as percussionist for the wind ensemble. He studied marimba and timpani under Sal Rabio, Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Dave did studio work in Detroit and toured with professional acts in the U.S. and Canada. He moved to the Los Angeles area and studied with Dick Wilson, Drum Technique Guru and Karen Ervin-Pershing, concert marimbist and composer. Dave is a teacher in the Traverse City public school system.
Jeff Kozisek……Alto & Tenor Saxophone
Jeff grew up in the Mississippi Delta, home to many of the great blues and jazz musicians. Through his local school band programs, he developed a passion for big band jazz and swing music. At college he was a member of the R.O.T.C. Band, the university symphonic band and jazz big band. Fulfilling his military obligation in music, Jeff was a member of the 434th Army Band stationed in Augusta, Georgia, and the 41st ARNG band in Jackson, Mississippi. He co-founded the Sentimental Swing, a dance band that played in the Memphis area. After a corporate move to Bowling Green, Kentucky, Jeff played in the Western Kentucky University Jazz Band and the Lost River Cave Big Band. He is a member of the the NMC Concert Band.
Born in Detroit, Angelo attended Michigan State University and the Berklee College of Music in Boston. His experience ranges from the folk club circuit in Detroit to rock n’ roll in Boston to Latin bands and studio work in Florida. In Michigan, Angelo has performed with back-up bands to the Drifters, the Coasters, the Platters, and the Marvelletes. He is an active song writer and performs with the blues band, the Corvairs. As the guitarist with the Neptune Quartet, Angelo was involved with the tune “The Great Thaw” commissioned by NMC as a fundraiser for the Waters Studies Institute.
Glenn began his musical education listening to the music of his parents Gene and Pat, who were both saxophonists in big bands in the 40s and 50s. For three decades he has juggled two careers: as a visual artist and musician. Both careers started in New York where he became a free lance illustrator for the New York Times and numerous other publishers, and a frequent musical collaborator with guitarist John Wunsch, and singer/songwriter John Kruth. Evenings often found him playing in Greenwich Village clubs. After returning to his native Northern Michigan he began performing as a bassist with Jeff Haas, Ron Getz, and Janice Keegan. He was the bassist in the Neptune Quartet, and also performs and records frequently with Robin Lee Berry, also the defacto guest vocalist for the band.
Norm Wheeler……Flugelhorn, Trumpet
Norm played in the first ever session of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp’s jazz band in 1966. He is the host of Beach Bard’s Bonfire, an open forum for storytellers, poets, and musicians on Sleeping Bear Bay at the Leelanau School where he is a high school instructor. He is a member of the Turtlenecks and frequently performs with the folk band, New Third Coast. Norm was a member of the trumpet section of the NMC jazz band for many years.