Eight of the top professional jazz musicians on the East Coast will perform in Burke, VA Sunday, Feb. 23 for a Mardi Gras concert to benefit 25:40.
Several guests are hosting Mardi Gras dinners at their homes and then attending the concert. If you also would like to, we have gumbo and jambalaya recipes here to make it easier for you! Fill up on your own authentic Mardi Gras dinner, then come to the concert early so you can stroll through a photo exhibit featuring moving photos from South African photographer Pippa Hetherington.
After the concert, enjoy authentic King Cake for dessert!
The list of jazz musicians at the concert reads like a Who’s Who in Jazz, ranging from the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks to the Dukes of Dixieland to Dave Liebman, Ramsey Lewis, Swamp Romp and many many more. Featured will be:
Craig Fraedrich – Trumpet and Flugelhorn. Craig has released 11 compact discs as a leader and appeared on dozens of others as as sideman. His release “So in Love” reached #12 on the Billboard National Jazz Charts. In addition to having spent 28 years as a featured jazz soloist with one of the premiere full-time jazz ensembles in the country, he has appeared and recorded with Dave Liebman, Ramsey Lewis (Kennedy Center and PBS Broadcast) the Brass Band of Battle Creek (PBS Broadcast of a Tribute to Muhammad Ali) and numerous others. He is the founder and leader of the group Trilogy and has over 25 years of college level teaching experience in jazz performance.
Tony Nalker – Piano. Tony has appeared on hundreds of CDs, has spent 25 years with one of the premier full-time jazz ensembles in the country and has traveled much of the world doing State Departments tours as a member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks as well as the Middle East doing USO tours for troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. He can be heard often at the Kennedy Center with the NSO Pops and is an original member of the Swamp Romp as well as the group Trilogy.
Christal Rheams - Vocalist. A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, alto Christal Rheams has performed on the same stage as Wayne Newton, Ricky Martin, and Trisha Yearwood. In addition she has had the pleasure of singing backup for many pop, country and R&B superstars. She attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is a prominent vocalist with the United States Army Band (Pershing’s Own), and can also be seen as a featured vocalist in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area music scene as an original member of the groups Trilogy and Swamp Romp. She has performed multiple times as a member of USO tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Matt Niess – Trombone. Matt Niess is the Lead Trombonist with The U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble in Washington, DC. He is a former high school band director and has taught on the jazz faculties of Shenandoah, Towson and West Chester Universities. He is a graduate of West Chester and George Mason Universities. He is the founder and director of the Capitol Bones, a jazz trombone ensemble, which has received national recognition and has performed throughout the country. He has appeared as a soloist, clinician, and adjudicator at jazz festivals, schools, and universities throughout the country and has recorded and performed with numerous artists.
Joseph Henson – Tenor Saxophone. Saxophonist Joseph Henson graduated with a Master’s Degree from the University of North Texas where he performed and toured with the acclaimed One O’Clock Lab Band. Since that time he has been a featured jazz soloist with one of the premier full-time jazz ensembles in the counter and was a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone competition.
Larry Ferguson – Drums. Larry Ferguson is a 1999 graduate of Western Kentucky with a degree in music education and a 2001 graduate of the University of Michigan with a master’s degree in percussion performance. He is a busy performer in the Washington DC area playing regularly with the U-liners, Little Pink, the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, Anthony Pirog, the Jackfields and numerous other jazz groups. Larry has performed with Pete Seeger, Tom Morello, Jill Sobule, Darryl Worley, Mark Wills, Chris Izaak, Donald Byrd and many others.
Dave Brown – Clarinet and Baritone Saxophone. Dave Brown graduated from the Eastman School of Music and toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra upon graduation. He was a member of the Disney’s Collegiate All-Star Band and currently performs with one of the premier full-time jazz ensembles in the country as well as being an original member of the Swamp Romp.
Regan Brough – Bass. Regan began playing electric bass at age 11 for his family steel band, Pan Jam, which has been featured with The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Gladys Knight and at the 2002 Winter Olympics. An active composer and arranger, Regan was awarded the Outstanding Instrumental Composition from the 2006 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival for his original composition “I Don’t Know Why.” Regan has performed with artists such as Tim Hagans, Terell Stafford, Tim Warfield, John Clayton, Bill Watrous, Dick Nash, Buddy Baker, and Conrad Herwig among others. He also participated in the 2008 Hope and Freedom Tour, backing up country artists Keni Thomas, Mark Wills and Craig Morgan to entertain troops in the Middle East. Regan continues to perform actively in the D.C. area and can often be heard with the Alan Baylock Big Band, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra and the Capitol Bones.