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Live Jazz with Kathy Wade & the George Simon Quartet
August 9, 2019 @ 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Live Jazz with Kathy Wade has never had a disappointed crowd. Come on out and enjoy groovy jazz with complimentary appetizers.
Kathy Wade continues her fantastic monthly series at The Greenwich featuring jazz greats from around the region! This month Kathy performs with the newly formed George Simon Quartet. Mark your calendars for Live Jazz with Kathy Wade.
Admission to Live Jazz with Kathy Wade is $10 at the door. Entry includes complimentary appetizers. The performance will begin at 9 p.m.
Meet your performers!
Kathy Wade (vocals)
George Simon (guitar)
Rusty Burge (vibes)
Pat Kelly (organ)
John Taylor (drums)
About Kathy Wade
Kathy Wade is a twice Emmy-nominated, award-winning international jazz entertainer, producer, CEO, and bridge-builder in the community. Kathy co-founded Learning Through Art, Inc., celebrating 26 years of building community through art impacting over one million participants. Kathy is the creator and executive producer of the national award-winning and four-time Emmy-nominated performing arts literacy program Books Alive! For Kids®. Learning Through Art anchors Kathy’s belief in giving back to the community. A graduate of Edgecliff College with a BA in Sociology, Kathy holds a Master of Arts from College-Conservatory of Music-University of Cincinnati.
About Learning Through Art
Learning Through Art’s driving mission is to provide quality performing arts programs in support of arts-integrated education, literacy, community development and engagement- encouraging multi-cultural awareness & understanding.
About George Simon
George Simon is a guitarist in the Cincinnati area whose stylistic versatility keeps him in demand. He is a former adjunct professor of jazz guitar studies at the University of Dayton and a finalist for the Jazziz Magazine Guitars on Fire contest.
George has shared the stage with saxophonist Jevon Jackson, trumpeter Philip Harper, trombonist Robin Eubanks, and has opened for vocalist Joe Cocker, saxophonist Kirk Whalum, guitarist Norm Brown, and trumpeter Rick Braun. He has played multiple venues throughout the region, including Riverbend Music Center, Fraze Pavilion, Columbus Jazz and Ribs Festival, Taste of Cincinnati, Dayton Jazz Festival, Charleston Wine and Jazz Festival, Blues Alley (DC), Bakers Keyboard Lounge (Detroit), Jazz Kitchen (Indianapolis), Gilly’s (Dayton), The Greenwich (Cincinnati), and The Blue Wisp (Cincinnati).
About Rusty Burge
Rusty Burge joined the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music faculty in 1992 as a member of Percussion Group Cincinnati, with whom he has performed extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Recent performances include the Ja-pan World Drum Festival, Chinese International Music Festival, Taipei International Percussion Convention, the Ravinia Festi-val, Merkin Hall in New York City and the International Percussion Convention.
He has recorded with the Group for the Mode, Centaur, Einstein and Ars Moderno labels. The Group has also made concerto appearances with more than twenty different symphony orchestras. He was formerly a principal percussionist with the West Virginia Symphony and plays extra with the Cincinnati Symphony. He received his undergraduate degree from the Eastman School of Music and a masters degree from CCM.
Professor Burge teaches percussion, jazz vibraphone and directs the CCM Steel band. He is an active jazz vibraphonist who has recorded for Summit, J Curve Records, Human Records and Telarc. Recent jazz performances with Ted Nash, Rich Perry, Peter Erskine, Dave Liebman, Rufus Reid, Steve Allee, Steve Houghton, Roland Vazquez, Michael Spiro and Jim Rupp.
Recent performances at the 2016 PASIC Convention, the 2016 Midwest Clinic and the 2017 JEN Convention with the BAHA Quartet (Burge, Allee, Houghton and Allen.) His latest recordings are Faraway (with Steve Allee) and Driftin’ with Steve Houghton, Steve Allee and Jeremy Allen. In 2017 Burge (as a member of PGC) was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame.
About Pat Kelly
Pat Kelly has had a significant presence on the Cincinnati music scene for many years. He began playing piano at age 14 and has progressed both as a self-taught musician and degreed music professional. He is an eclectically-minded compos-er/arranger/pianist who has practiced his art in and beyond Greater Cincinnati for more than 35 years.
He began writing music in his early teens as a member of the rock band, The Purple Fringe, which later became Cabin 2. He took his first formal piano lessons at age 18. His earliest musical experiences included learning jazz by frequenting nightclubs where great local jazz musicians performed. He gradually began playing gigs with these experienced musicians as his talents progressed.
Pat was the original house pianist at Cincinnati’s Blue Wisp Jazz Club when it opened in 1978 and was a member of the Jimmy McGary Quartet. This period also marked the beginnings of his composition of new musical pieces and arranging them for larger ensembles. He later matriculated at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition. He was awarded the Bertha Langhorst Werner Scholarship.
After returning to Cincinnati from a 4-year sojourn to Northern Florida in 1987, Pat’s newly-formed 13-piece PsychoAcoustic Orchestra made a mark on the Cincinnati music scene. Throughout the ‘90s and into the new millennium, the PAO gave jazz aficionados a fresh look at big band music, successfully blending jazz, rock, funk, Latin, European art music and avant-garde.
The PsychoAcoustic Orchestra features many of the area’s best players, actively performing locally and regionally and releasing two memorable CDs – SUPREME THING (1994) and REACTIVATION (1996). The PAO was named “Best Big Band” in Cincinnati Magazine’s “Best Of” issue in 1995 and was named “Best Jazz Group” at the 1997 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards.
Kelly’s works primarily as a freelance musician and has contributed to numerous musical projects and productions. He served as house producer for Cincinnati’s J Curve Records, producing all 3 volumes of J Curve Cincinnati Jazz Collection (1998-2000), ¿Donde Estas? by Latin X-posure, both Triple Stop (2001) and Classic Scotty (2003) by internationally acclaimed country/jazz guitarist Scotty Anderson and Killer Love (2004) by R&B vocalist P. Ann Everson-Price.
He also produced two special projects: Skyline Golden Sampler (1999) for Skyline Chili’s 50th Anniversary and Hidden Treasures-King Records Tribute (2002) for the Inclusion Network. Both CDs were compilations featuring dozens of bands including Blessid Union of Souls, Peter Frampton, Latin X-posure, Eugene Goss, The Goshorn Brothers, the Mistics and more. He also composed the musical score for the feature film Artworks which was released in 2004 and is a former Music Director of New Thought Unity Center in Cincinnati.
Pat Kelly’s musical influences include Mingus, Frank Zappa, James Brown, Sun Ra and John Coltrane, among countless others. He has performed with such well known musicians as Jimmy McGary, Cal Collins, John Wright, Teri Thornton, Louis Hayes, Buddy DeFranco, Toots Thielmans, Pete Petersen, Howard Johnson, Chuck Wayne, Ira Sullivan, Red Rodney, Barney Kessel, Rusty Bryant, The Cohesion Jazz Ensemble, The Blue Wisp Big Band and The Dee Felice Big Band. In the early ‘80s, he formed the hard bop quartet “The Groove Organizers” with Tim Hagans and Sandy Suskind.
About John Taylor
John Taylor is a freelance drummer, composer, arranger and educator based in Southern Ohio. Primarily a drum set player, he also plays piano, guitar and electric bass. He performs regularly with the Phil DeGreg Trio, Brasilia, Kim Pensyl Group, Rusty Burge, Steve Allee, Puzzle of Light, Theater of Sound, PanVibe and leads his own trio with Brian Cashwell and Chris Berg. Taylor recently performed with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra under guest conductor Steven Reineke – conductor of the New York Pops. Taylor studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA., where he was the recipient of a Professional Music Scholarship and a Steve Smith Jazz Master’s Award. He later earned a B.A. in Music Education from Wright State University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. Taylor was also the winner of the Concerto Night Competition, performing the Creston “Concertino for Marimba” with the Wright State University Orchestra.
In addition to his career in performance, Taylor maintains parallel careers as an arranger, composer and educator. He has 28 years experience arranging winds and percussion for competitive High School and College Marching Bands and Percussion Ensembles throughout the Midwest. He has done post-scoring work for Fox Family Music in Los Angeles – scoring, producing and recording music soundtracks for animated stories. He has also composed and produced music for regional radio and television jingles. Taylor has also done professional Copyist work, with works being performed by the New York Opera Orchestra. He maintains a home studio running Logic Pro – a program utilized as the core of his musical work since it’s inception as Creator/Notator in 1992. Taylor is currently working on his own multi-instrumentalist solo CD.
As an educator, Taylor has maintained a private studio of up to 40 students, instructed High School and College Marching Band, Drumline and Indoor Percussion Ensembles. He has worked with many award-winning programs in the region, including Centerville – Bands of America Grand National Champion 1992, Springboro – WGI Indoor Class A Champion 2001, and Williamstown HS – six-time KMEA State Champions. He was the drumline instructor at the University of Dayton 2000-02 where he also directed an indoor percussion ensemble and served as Wind Arranger. Taylor was a featured clinician at the Beavercreek High School Jazz Festival in 2016 and has worked guest clinician with Centerville and Kettering High School Jazz ensembles.
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