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AE Color Country Jazz Concert features Kevin Stout & Brian Booth 5 Quintet
Listening to Kevin and Brian’s music, I’ve discovered a gold mine of lyric jazz – energizing, incredibly varied and thoroughly enjoyable! The quintet has been playing together for 10 years, and has created four delightful albums of melodic, original compositions. Tracks from their latest CD Color Country include Aquarius Plateau, Hoodoo Voodoo, Cataract Canyon and Double Arch. These are masterpieces of melody, rhythm and improvisation!
Here and there, Kevin’s sonorous trombone backed up by the band creates entirely syncopated Latin sounds, weaving melodies with intense rhythms and smooth vocals. Their improvisational interpretations are truly mesmerizing!
For me, the extraordinary rhythmic precision and improvisational expression of Brian Booth’s saxophone so perfectly compliment the artistry of trombonist Kevin Stout. Pianist Joey Singer, bassist Tom Warrington and drummer John Abraham’s talents elevate this music to stratospheric heights! The rich and unrestrained tune entitled Grand Staircase contrasts starkly with the intense sensitivity of melodic vocal lines by Jo Belle Yonely in Weeping Rock, as the music wanders evocatively into the ethereal!
5s earlier recordings titled, Good Pals, Up Jazz Creek and Tales of the Tetons, full of highly melodic, straight-line jazz music, will delight the most discerning audience!
The gentle, easy flow of Joey’s piano improvisation in Eva and Leora are not just sweet and relaxing, but intriguing too, while the bright and chipper Thermal Inversion has to be as much fun to play as it is to listen to! And for that hard driving, full-bodied sound of traditional improvisational jazz, it’s impossible to beat Hurry Up & Weight.
Brian and Kevin’s compositions are exactly the kind of Jazz I love to listen to. Growing up just 20 miles from New York City, I enjoyed nightly jazz music with friends. Though I found my career in the art of making and restoring fine furniture, I’ve never lost my appetite for lyric jazz!
At the Color Country Jazz Concert, to be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, at the Kanab High School Auditorium, everyone visiting to attend the 9th Amazing Earthfest will really get crankin’!
Kevin Stout and Brian Booth, the composers of all this wonderful music and the driving force behind the band, are offering a generous gift to southern Utah’s aspiring musicians. They’ll teach an hour-long clinic in performance skills and jazz improvisation at the KHS band room, starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Amazing Earthfest will graciously accept voluntary donations, but the clinic is free to musicians at all levels. What a great opportunity it will be to spend quality time learning techniques from jazz masters in trombone, saxophone, percussion, guitar, mandolin, banjo, flute, clarinet and more! Musicians of Kanab and surrounding areas – don’t miss this rare chance to receive personal instruction on your instrument from these two jazz masters!
Color Country Jazz Concert is the Grand Finale of over 60 fascinating events at Southern Utah’s Amazing Earthfest, set to begin on Mother’s Day, May 10, in Kanab. Tickets are available in advance from the festival director, at the Earthfest Information Booth behind the Kane County Office of Tourism, at Crescent Moon Theater, and at the door.
For complete festival information, visit www.AmazingEarthfest.org, check us out on Facebook or call the Kane County Office of Tourism at 435-644-5033. Hope to see you there!