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AMHERST GLEBE ARTS RESPONSE (AGAR)
Amherst Glebe Arts Response, Inc. (AGAR), Second Stage Amherst, and Baine's Books & Coffee together present the Amherst Java & Jazz concert series.
JANUARY 28, 2023
Amherst Java & Jazz is presented monthly by Amherst Glebe Arts Response, Inc. (AGAR) and Second Stage I Amherst, assisted by Baines Books and Coffee.
All performances are held at Second Stage | Amherst from 6 - 8PM. Attendees receive a complimentary drink with the entrance fee, with food for purchase from Baine’s.
AMHERST JAVA & JAZZ 2022-2023 SCHEDULE
AUGUST 27, 2022: GUS MILLER WITH VINCE LEWIS
Beloved Lynchburg crooner Gus Miller welcomes virtuoso guitarist Vince Lewis back to Virginia. Gus and Vince will be joined on stage by John Jenson (trombone) and Bob Packman (drums). The group will perform selections from The American Songbook.
SEPTEMBER 24, 2022: ISAAC WILLIAMS ENSEMBLE
Pianist Isaac Williams and his jazz ensemble give a modern jazz approach to Amherst Java & Jazz.
OCTOBER 29, 2022: JOSEPH HENSON JAZZ
Saxophonist Joseph Henson and his jazz quartet invite you to a “release party” of Henson’s latest album. Come hear Henson’s new works. Copies of the CD’s will be available for purchase.
NOVEMBER 26, 2022: QUANTUM MECHANICS JAZZ
Ed Mikenas, a.k.a. “Ashik al-Marqaha,” appearing as “Energy” on steel guitar, Worth Proffitt appearing as “Matter” on drums, and Andy Aeschbacher appearing as “Momentum” on bass. Coffeehouse trivia, original jazz.
DECEMBER 17, 2022: BELLADONNA
BellaDonna Laurabella Owens is an established blues and jazz performer, composer, and educator. Donna Kay is a jazz singer, composer, and preservationist. With Andy Aeschbacher (bass) and Worth Proffitt (drums).
JANUARY 28, 2023: QUINTANA ALLSTARS
Al Mallet (sax), Ernest Deane (trumpet), Worth Proffitt (drums), Ed Mikenas (bass), and Glen Buck (keyboards) perform Latin jazz and favorites from the 1950s-1980s.
FEBRUARY 25, 2023: LAISSEZ FOURE
Led by Ken Matthews Jaramillo, the New Orleans-inspired jazz quartet focuses on music from the 1920s-1950s.
MARCH 25, 2023: HENSON JAZZ
Joseph Henson, former Army blues jazz saxophonist for 30 years, now heads up the jazz program at Liberty University. With his quartet, Henson plays jazz favorites and originals.
APRIL 29, 2023: MATT HOWARD BAND
Matt Howard and band will perform an evening of blues and acoustic songs.
MAY 27, 2023: GUS MILLER & FRIENDS
Gus Miller sings jazz arrangements of tunes from The Great American Songbook, with area favorite instrumentalists.
JUNE 24, 2023: PADDY D QUARTET
Area favorite singer-songwriter Paddy Dougherty-Braunstein will play guitar and piano with Glen Buck (saxophone and keys), Eric Hollandsworth (bass), and Larry Scott (drums).
EVENTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
Nightcaps is a new musical drama by lyricist C. Brooke Vandervelde of Amherst and composer Richard L. Rose of Richmond, set at a fictional small college in the present, with flashbacks to 1910 and 1940. As five friends conduct research in the college archives, the incidents they encounter come to life on the stage, challenging the students’ understanding of themselves. What’s past is prologue, they find, in elemental issues of sexuality and race. But when power defines the narrative, truth about the past can be hard to find, and even harder to face. Richard Rose’s vibrant score brings the script to life with soaring melodies, complex rhythms, and sweet jazz.
For additional information, please visit https://www.nightcaps.show/.
LIVE FROM ROSE RIDGE
Live from Rose Ridge is a stage variety show that will be recorded live at the historic Second Stage theater and broadcast on area radio station WIQO and is available by podcast.
Each show features musicians, storytellers, and voice artists that reflect the people of the region and the history of those people. It also serves as a mentorship to young people interested in these genres.
These programs are hosted by the talented Janet Rose, who is a local radio personality. Janet moved to the region in the 1990’s. Originally from Tennessee, she is a singer/songwriter who worked with Chip Young Studios in Nashville and opened for a number of prominent country artists in the 80’s and 90’s. Janet is dedicated to pouring into our community, sharing stories of family and heritage, and giving our local performers a platform to showcase their talents.
For more information, follow Live From Rose Ridge on Facebook!
THE ART OF MAKING ART
The Art of Making Art workshop series is brought to you by local artist Glo Winters.
"I have loved art all of my life and have been drawing and creating art since I could hold a crayon. I believe creativity is a gift from the Great Creator and for some it comes out in the form of visual art - such as painting. Others create with words or food or build things. All of us are creative. Some artistic creatives have been stifled by the harsh or insensitive words of others and only need a positive art experience and a little encouragement to discover that gift has been there all the time, dormant but ready to sprout, grow and blossom in the right conditions. If you are drawn to creating art, then most likely you have the gift within you. Maybe you are already blooming in your art. Wherever you are, come join me in the Art of Making Art and let's flourish together!"