Mondays in the Park Concert Series
Mariachi Sol de Jalisco and Ballet Folklorico de las Americas
Latino music and dance
Moon Light -
Music to Match the Mountains
September 24, 2012 7:30 pm at the Gallivan Center – Free Admission
Moon Light, one of America’s top creative and performing teams, features the award-winning duo of Aubree Oliverson on violin and her father, Dr. Stephen Oliverson on piano.
Moon Light has performed extensively throughout the intermountain west, including venues such as the Sundance Film Festival, Libby-Gardner Hall, Temple Square, Salt Palace, BYU Education Week, and thrilled audiences in other locations such as Seattle, San Francisco, Minneapolis, and Washington DC
Moon Light has performed for many special events including conventions, school assemblies, and helped raise money for charity.
Aubree and Stephen have produced and recorded three CDs, The Magic of Music (2008), and New Classics By Moon Light (2009), and released their highly anticipated album Dance of the Fireflies July of 2012. Among other honors, in 2011 Moon Light won the renowned Best of State award for musical composition and performed at the Salt Palace awards gala. Aubree and Stephen have twice been featured in Utah Valley Magazine’s “Fab 50” and their music has been featured on stage and radio. Stephen and Aubree have several beautifully produced music videos on their YouTube channel moonlightperformers, of which two have reached the top twenty on video music charts.
Aubree Oliverson, Fourteen-year-old Utah native was a principal violinist and two-time member of the Suzuki Youth Orchestra of the Americas, and was a winner in the 2009 Salute To Youth competition, receiving an enthusiastic standing ovation at her solo debut with the Utah Symphony at age eleven. Aubree was a winner in the prestigious Stradivarius Competition in 2010, and was the youngest of three Grand Prize winners and closing ceremony soloists. In 2011 Aubree won 1st prize in the highly competitive American Protege International Strings Competition and gave a stunning solo performance at Carnegie Hall. Aubree also won the 2011 Utah Best of State award for Individual Instrumentalist–and the coveted “Boss” trophy as the state’s top entertainer. In May of 2012 the Utah Symphony invited Aubree to perform the complete Tchaikovsky violin concerto as their featured soloist during their All-Star Evening event where she received not one, but two rousing standing ovations (one after the 1st movement!). Aubree is also an accomplished composer having won multiple state and national competitions. Aubree was twice designated a composer of great promise by the New York Arts Ensemble. She composed her first song at age five. Aubree has twice appeared on National Public Radio’s From The Top, most recently soloing for millions of listeners in March 2012. She has been a featured artist with many music groups including the Salt Lake Pops and the Gifted Music School orchestra of Salt Lake. Dr. Stephen Oliverson, award winning composer and talented pianist is a man for all seasons. Besides his many musical endeavors, Stephen is also an award-winning educator (including Principal-of-the-Year), has several advanced degrees, and an extensive military, athletic, and religious background. Never tied to one musical genre, Stephen’s varied life experiences give his inspired musical work and presentations variety, meaning and depth. Stephen’s two youngest children, Andrew (11), and Lily (8), are also excellent musicians and join their sister and father in many Moon Light productions.Read More »
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Lark & Spur
Casino Star Theater, Gunnision Utah
September 29, 2012
Jazz Vespers Quartet
Music to Match the Mountains
October 19, 2012, 7:30 pm at the Gallivan Center – Free Admission
The October 19th Concert at the Gallivan Center coincides with the release of David’s new CD, Dreamsville, a collection of romantic Jazz Classics. The new CD will be available at the concert. This will be a great evening for all those who love classic jazz and timeless melodies. The ensemble includes some of SLC’s top jazz musicians: Courtney Smith on piano; Denson Angulo on bass, and Steven Lyman on drums.
Saxophonist David Halliday’s roots stretch back to northern California. Born in Sacramento, raised in Vacaville, in his teen-age years Halliday studied with multi-Grammy Award winner, saxophone legend Joe Henderson at Henderson’s home in San Francisco. David later studied briefly with Tony Dagradi at Loyola University in New Orleans. David holds a BM in Saxophone Performance with an Emphasis in Jazz Studies from Brigham Young University and is currently pursuing an MM in Jazz Performance, Composition/Arranging, and Education from the University of Utah where he was the jazz area’s Teacher’s Assistant from ’04-‘06, and studies composition and arranging with Dr. Henry Wolking. From fall ’06 – summer ’07, David taught jazz, band, and percussion at Park City High School and Treasure Mountain International (Middle) School, where he took the PCHS Varsity Jazz Ensemble from what was expected to be a rebuilding year to being one of only five high school jazz ensembles to receive unanimous “Superior” ratings at the Utah High School Activities Association State Jazz Festival.
Halliday has won such prestigious awards as the (only) Outstanding College Performer Award at the Reno International Jazz Festival in 1996, and the Outstanding Collegiate Tenor Saxophone Soloist award at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow, Idaho each year, from 1999-2002. His professional career began in Sacramento with guitarist/singer/songwriter Early Times, in San Jose with organist Chester E. Smith and Blue Note recording artist Eddie Gale, and in the Napa Valley with Delbert Bump and the Braxton Brothers, all while David was still in high school. In 1994 David moved to New Orleans and hooked up with the New Orleans funk band Galactic, propelled by Stanton Moore’s uniquely explosive drumming, with whom he performed briefly before returning to California to go on the road. Playing tenor sax with Oakland’s soul/blues diva E.C. Scott and her band Smoke in 1997-98, David toured through 44 of the United States and performed for a week at Blues Hall in Athens, Greece. He performed with Chet Smith in Washington, D.C. for a video-taped performance that aired internationally in celebration of Chet’s winning BET’s (Black Entertainment Television’s) Jazz Discovery Award. As a featured soloist in Synthesis (Brigham Young University’s elite jazz ensemble), David toured through Holland, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and the U.K.
Within the recording industry, David’s saxophone work has been featured on the soundtrack to the long-running CBS T.V. show Touched By An Angel, the NBA theme on ABC television, a Corona Light television commercial, and numerous other local and national commercials and recording projects. His original music was licensed by CBS in late 2006. He appeared on-screen as a saxophone player in an episode of Everwood on the WB network, has appeared multiple times on KBYU television, and has performed the National Anthem at two Utah Jazz playoff games. David has performed with and/or sat it with many internationally recognized musicians, including Josh Groban, The Temptations, Galactic, Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, David “Fathead” Newman, Stanley Turrentine, Bobby Shew, Kenny Garrett, Kurt Elling, Robert Walter’s 20th Congress, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Kenny Kirkland, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Wycliffe Gordon, Ben Wolfe, Charlie Hunter, Larry Goldings, Eric Reed, Donald Harrison, Bob Sheppard, Terreon Gully, Greg Hutchinson, Matt Wilson, Javon Jackson, Eric Marienthal, Terell Stafford, Matt Dennis, Claudio Roditi, Byron Stripling, Roger Ingram, Eric Miyashiro, Kathy Kosins, Dennis DiBlasio, Joslyn Petty, Kurt Bestor, and Sam Cardon, among others.
In 2003, David started his own record label, Lone Peak Sound, and released his debut album FLAMINGO – an album Emmy Award-winning composer/performer Sam Cardon calls “the best jazz to ever come out of Utah.” Lone Peak Sound currently has six titles available which David has produced or co-produced: FLAMINGO, FAT SOUL’s self-titled debut, A FAT SOUL CHIRSTMAS, Salt Lake City vocalist Melissa Pace’s debut AM I BLUE?, jazz vocalist Angela Bingham (and Kenji Aihara’s) duet masterpiece EVERYTHING I LOVE, and Nicole Madison’s debut P.S. I LOVE YOU. He’s also currently producing the debut album of Dr. Steve Lindeman, Associate Professor of Music Theory and Jazz Studies at BYU. David is currently one of the most in-demand saxophonists and clinicians in the Mountain West, playing in California, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana, and teaching at The Music School in American Fork, UT, and at the Jackson Hole Music Experience’s Rock ‘n’ Rock camp.Read More »
Jared Morgan and Trio -
Music to Match the Mountains
November 17, 2012 7:30 pm at the Gallivan Center – Free Admission
Jared is a local recording artist living in Bountiful, Utah. He graduated from the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Tempe, Arizona with a degree in audio engineering. Coming from a long line of Theater, Jared began singing and performing at a very young age. At age 22 he studied under Seth Riggs and shortly after was cast as Chris in Miss Saigon and Marius in Les Miserables on Broadway. Having already started his family, Jared chose not to accept these roles and pursued local opportunities to perform here in Utah. Jared has stared in many shows- playing Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jinx in Forever Plaid, Bill in Civil War, Lt. Cable in South Pacific, Joe in Damn Yankees, Tony in West Side Story and Thomas in Savior of the World 6 times. Jared released his first album “As Time Goes By” in 2009 and has been a guest vocalist on several other local and national recording projects. In addition to performing, Jared also has a love of the engineering and technical side of theater. He has been the technical director at Rodgers Memorial Theater and Centerpoint Legacy Theater and has also been on the tech staff at Hale Center Theater and for the LDS church. He has also worked as a recording engineer at Soularium Studios in Alpine, Utah and has recorded for Disney, Thurl Bailey, Marvin Goldstein, Sam Cardon, Sam Payne, Alex Boye and many more. In addition to all of his local theatrical and engineering success, Jared has always said that his biggest success in his life are his two beautiful Children McCade and Abbie and loves being able to have this opportunity to sing with his beautiful wife Amanda.Read More »
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Smith Brothers Dirt Band
Casino Star Theater, Gunnision Utah
December 1, 2012
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Lark & Spur
Music to Match the Mountains
December 7, 2012, 7:30 pm at the Gallivan Center – Free Admission
The Steve Lyman Group
Music to Match the Mountains
January 24, 2013 7:30 pm at the Gallivan Center – Free Admission
Original compositions from globe trotting drummer and composer Steve Lyman, backed by some of the finest jazz musicians in Utah: Kenji Aihara on guitar; Russ Schmidt on piano; Denson Angulo on bass.
Steve Lyman Quartet
“One of the great young drummers in the world today” — jazz drumming legend, Billy Hart.
Internationally-acclaimed drummer Steve Lyman has enjoyed a rich and satisfying career thus far in his musical life. Upon moving to New York City in 2005 to study at The New School, Steve Lyman quickly began to work with some of New York’s finest musicians. His fortune to have studied with legendary drummers Ari Hoenig, Jim Black, and Nasheet Waits no doubt contributed to help Lyman find an original voice on the instrument.
Lyman’s first major break was with the José James Quartet–with whom he was an active member from 2006-2008. During this time, Lyman performed on Mr. James’s critically acclaimed album The Dreamer, which was voted #21 of the top 50 albums in 2008 (JazzTimes Magazine).
As a sideman, Lyman has enjoyed sharing the stage with some of the world’s greatest musicians, including: Nir Felder, Gilad Hekselman, Julian Pollack, Chase Baird, José James, Ben van Gelder, Ben Street, Bill McHenry, George Garzone, Frank LoCrasto, Christopher Tordini, Ralph Alessi, Logan Richardson, Jaleel Shaw, Thomas Morgan, Madeline Eastman, Joe Martin, Dan Tepfer, Clark Sommers, Brian Bromberg, and Corey Christiansen to name a few.
Lyman has enjoyed the privilege of touring the world extensively. In the United States, he has performed at the infamous Blue Note, and Smalls jazz clubs (both as a sideman, and as a leader). In Europe: at BBC Studios London, Blue Note Milan, New Morning Paris, Berns Hotel Stockholm, as well as many other venues throughout Spain, Germany, The Netherlands, France, South America, and the UK. More recently, Lyman has been performing in greater amounts throughout the Western United States–as he builds a more-firm presence as a “go-to” drummer in the US.
Lyman’s debut record Revolver (which features Julian Pollack on piano, Kenji Aihara on guitar, Christopher Tordini on bass, and Lyman on drums & compositions) is now available to purchase world-wide–and features a great review from British journalist Bruce Lindsay of All About Jazz Magazine. (Check home-page for more details.)
Kenji Aihara Biography
Kenji began his musical career early, taking on the piano in kindergarten. By junior high school, he was ready for a second instrument, making the guitar his main focus. Rock, Pop, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Jazz and other styles played a major role throughout the high school years.
As a Classical Guitar Performance Major with a Jazz Scholarship at Weber State University, Kenji performed in numerous concerts and festivals, receiving awards at the Northwest Jazz Festival, Reno Jazz Festival, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and Fullerton College Jazz Festival. Locally, he showcased his talents with various groups, performing at the Utah Arts Festival, Park City Jazz Festival and Salt Lake City International Jazz Festival to name a few.
In 2005, Kenji moved to Las Vegas, where he immediately landed restaurant, hotel and casino gigs, playing for The Fitzgerald, Suncoast, Bellagio, etc.
Now back in Utah, Kenji teaches as a private instructor/clinician, and continues to perform with many groups playing various styles of music in the Salt Lake City area. Kenji and his groups have opened for such national acts as: The Roots (Hip Hop), George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic (Funk), Toots and the Maytals (Father of Reggae music) ), and Diana Krall (Grammy winning Jazz vocalist/pianist). He has played many out‐of‐state gigs as well, including his performance in New York with a Grammy Winning saxophonist, Bob Mintzer.
His versatility allows him to work also as a studio musician, and he has recorded not only with local musicians but with Grammy Award winning musicians. Some of the recordings he has been involved with are available in the United States, and Japan (through iTunes, Amazon.com and others). He has recorded an album with his own Modern Jazz Trio, which received a favorable review by Grammy Award winning jazz trumpeter, Randy Brecker. As a composer/arranger, he has written and performed music for various TV shows.
Kenji has appeared with Randy Brecker (Grammy winner), Bob Mintzer (Grammy winner), Tom Scott (Grammy winner), Roy Hargrove (Grammy winner), Bobby Shew (Grammy nomination), Adam Nussbaum, Marvin Stamm, Ed Soph, John Fedchock, Jeff Jarvis, Mike Vax, Mark Elf, Eldar Djangarov and many other well‐known artists.Read More »
Red Rock Hot Club
February 28, 2013 7:30 pm at the Gallivan Center – Free Admission
The Red Rock Hot Club is recognized as one of the top American based Gypsy Jazz Ensembles. Founded in 1999, and led by the swinging guitar styling’s and vocal growl of Rich D’aigle, the group specializes in Gypsy Jazz; a European take of an American Art form. With the added help of Pat Terry and Dave Bowen, on guitar and bass, the core of this Jazz group skillfully deliver the sound of Paris ala 1930’s and 40’s, with the added tastes of Bourbon Street in New Orleans, served up with a side of Western Swing, San Antonio style.
Rich D’aigle has spent almost 40 years with a guitar in his hand. After years of study, including a Bachelors Degree in Jazz and Contemporary Music from the University of Maine, Rich has played and sang with a multitude of musical groups including numerous musical genres ranging from Rock, Blues and Jazz, and has shared stages with the legendary James Brown, plus a long list of Jazz greats. He has recorded and received numerous awards as a guitar player and a bass player as well. Twenty years ago his focus turned to all things that Swing, focusing heavily on the Guitar genius, Django Reinhardt, who, along with violinist Stephane Grappelli, formed the original Hot Club of France in 1937. Rich is also a confessed worshipper of the Charlie Christian guitar sound and tone, and can often be heard playing his collection of 1930’s vintage guitars and amps, and in doing so, gives his Hot Club the sound of Django’s later years, and final recordings, when he too had “gone electric” and added the use of a guitar pickup and amplifier. Somehow, between studying music, playing live and teaching a full roster of students, Rich has found the time to become a serious Luthier, and has started D’aigle Handcrafted Instruments, building replicas of the Selmer/Maccaferri style guitars made famous by Django Reinhardt.
Pat Terry is originally from Pocatello, Idaho, Pat has made his home in Utah for nearly 30 years. A noted area educator, he is a professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Utah. With decades as a professional performer, Pat has an extensive list of artists that he has appeared with live, recorded and toured with, such as Irie Heights, Mambo Jumbo, John Flanders & Double Helix and PurdyMouth, VA. A true Musicologist, he is adept at numerous world music styles. Even though an excellent Banjo player due to his family’s strong Bluegrass tradition, Pat is quite comfortable in settings as varied as Afro-Cuban, Soukous, Zouk, Latin, Salsa, Rhumba styles.
Dave Bowen Is the newest member of The RRHC and is a versatile multi-musician/entertainer who is into a wide range of musical styles on just about any instrument he can get his hands on. He makes hundreds of performances yearly with various groups and is a regular at many popular upscale clubs and Five Diamond resort hotels, & restaurants in the Salt Lake and Park City areas. A highly sought after instructor and session player, Dave has performed on TV, film, radio, and in commercials and has shared stages with The Bacon Brothers, Chris Young, Jim Cullum, John Stowell, Chuck Findlay, Planet Asia, TC Izlam, and Deva Mahal.
Craig Larson Trio
with special guests Jay Lawrence and Tully Cathy
March 28, 2103 7:30 pm at the Gallivan Center – Free Admission
Pianist Craig Larson was born in Preston, Idaho, to parents who encouraged his involvement in music at a very early age. At age fourteen he was playing regularly with his father’s band–mostly for dances, where he learned a lot about tempos and good, solid time. Craig draws extensively from the great American songbook, adding his own distinctive harmonies and rhythmic nuances to those familiar melodies. “Music should connect with the heart, mind and feet”, he says, “and put smiles on peoples faces and some joy in their souls. We try to keep things accessible and satisfying”.
The Craig Larson Trio has been a mainstay on the Salt Lake City jazz scene for some 40 years, performing over the years with notable jazz instrumentalists Frank Vignola, Ron Eschete, Ron Anthony, Ken Peplowski, Carl Fontana and Kai Winding. The trio has produced five CD’s, including the newly released “East of The Sun”. The current edition of the trio consists of Larson on piano, his son Matt Larson on bass, with Doug James on drums.
In its review of the Craig Larson Trio CD, “Legacy”, Cadence Magazine, said “…the Craig Larson Trio is a perfectly swinging group, flexible, warm, comfortable. If you know the tradition this trio comes from, you will not only take pleasure in what you hear, but admire the wrong choices not made the excesses avoided. I was happily reminded of the Nat Cole Trio: subtle, sweetly acoustic, urging but steady…”
On March 28, 2013, the trio will appear in the Excellence in the Community concert series at the Gallivan Center in a musical tribute to the late, great jazz pianist George Shearing. In an effort to recreate the incomparable George Shearing Quintet “sound”, the trio will feature guitarist Tully Cathey and percussionist/vibraphonist Jay Lawrence as their special guests. Larson states, “for years, I have been an ardent fan and student of Shearing’s music. With his recent passing, I thought it would be appropriate and timely to pay tribute to him and his musical contributions to the world.”
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