The Madison Jazz Society closea its year-long 30th anniversary celebration by presenting the Four Other Brothers from Illinois on Sunday, March 29, from 1-4 p.m. at the Coliseum Bar, 232 E Olin Avenue, Madison.
MJS President Linda Marty Schmitz said, "The Four Other Brothers are all professors at Illinois universities who perform with an exceptional three-piece rhythm section. Their performances are an exciting mix of standards, as well as historically interesting pieces which feature the musical styles of significant jazz icons of the past."
Randy Reyman, Professor of Music at Millikin University, is a trumpeter and composer/arranger who has performed with a wide variety of performers including the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Dave Brubeck, Decatur Big Band, Millikin Faculty Jazz Sextet, the Sonic Exploration Society and his own West End Trio. He directs the acclaimed Millikin University Jazz Band I.
John Cooper teaches at Western Illinois University and is the Director of Jazz Studies. He began his musical career in Detroit and, while there, performed with the Johnny Trudell Orchestra, as well as jazz artists Jon Faddis and Carl Fontana and other national acts. He performs with his quartet throughout Illinois, as well as with Detroit area jazz artists.
Todd Kelly is Associate Professor of Trumpet and Director of Jazz Ensembles at Bradley University. He directs the Bradley Jazz Ensembles and Combos, teaches Jazz Improvisation and serves as the advisor for the Music Business program. He also maintains a busy performance schedule as a member of the Todd Kelly Jazz Quintet and as a freelance jazz and classical musician. He is the musical director of the Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra.
Andrew Cheetham is Assistant Professor of Trumpet at Eastern Illinois University. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, Master's Degree in Trumpet Performance and a Performer's Certificate at the University of Texas at Austin. He also holds a Doctorate in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music. He has collaborated with many musicians including Bobby Shew, Slide Hampton, Peter Erskine, Gregg Bissonette and others.
Performing with the brothers will be Madison jazz notables Johannes Wallmann, piano; John Christensen, bass and Tom Marko, drums. The level of musicianship, the variety and interest of the music played and the demonstration of each participant's abilities and approach to the trumpet and jazz will be made evident at this concert.
Tickets for the concert are $20 for MJS members; $25 for non-members and those age 18 and younger are admitted free. Doors open at noon. Details can be found at www.madisonjazz.com or by calling 608-850-5400.
The Madison Jazz Society is a non-profit, all volunteer organization formed to encourage the performance of and education about jazz. It annually sponsors six concerts and a jazz festival that attracts jazz fans from all over the nation. The group sponsors the broadcast of Riverwalk: Live from the Landing on Wisconsin Public Radio and awards grants to school music departments to enhance their jazz education programs. MJS was formed in 1984 and will sponsor its 27th annual Capital City Jazz Fest in April 2015.