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to present Ozark Jazz Orchestra concert to kick off spring membership
drive March 27
March 10, 2009 --
Arkansas State University-Jonesboro’s public radio station, KASU FM
91.9, presents the Ozark Jazz Orchestra, featuring vocalist Lisa Ahia,
pianist Joy Sanford, trumpeter Gary Gazaway, and violinist Tim Crouch in
concert at the Walnut
Ridge Community Center Auditorium Friday, March 27, at 7 p.m.
Tickets for the concert are available at the door for $10. The Walnut
Ridge Community Center is adjacent to Walnut Ridge High School, 504
will officially kick off KASU's 2009 Spring Membership Drive which
begins on Saturday, March 28. The orchestra was formed in 2006 and
includes professional musicians residing in the northeast Arkansas area
who share an interest in the history, preservation and performance of
America's music heritage of blues, folk, jazz, and popular song.
These musicians play Great American Songbook standards and arrange the
music with masterful improvisational skills.
Lisa Ahia began performing in shows with her father, Samuel Ahia, one of
Hawaii's premier jazz guitarists and Polynesian entertainers, when she
was eight years old. Since that time, she has been performing
traditional Hawaiian and Polynesian music, as well as American jazz
standards, for audiences from Honolulu to Nashville.
Ahia is an accomplished performer on the ukulele, a small
Hawaiian guitar, and has been featured as a musician, vocalist, and
master of ceremonies for major Polynesian shows in Hawaii. Lisa also has
a deep, heart-felt love for American jazz standards, and her vocal style
is a true original. Her lush velvet voice delivers a unique artistic
quality to every song she sings, and with depth and emotion, she sings
the melody and lyrics with her own special interpretation and phrasing.
Some of Lisa's
favorite vocal influences are Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McCrae, Shirley
Horn, Dinah Washington, Johnny Hartman, Chet Baker, Tony Bennett, and
Frank Sinatra. She has recorded or performed with artists including
Victor Wooten, Hugo Fattoruso, Toninho Horta, Charles Thomas, Buck
Powell, Erich Avinger, and others.
Joy Sanford is originally from Hardy, Ark., and graduated from Arkansas
State with a degree in music education. She recently retired after 30
years as a music instructor in the Arkansas public school system.
Sanford was a child prodigy pianist and was a premier student of piano
virtuoso Myron Myers, a legendary professor at ASU.
She lives in Jonesboro and is a classically trained concert pianist and
accompanist, and performs mainly with the advanced music students at
recitals and concerts
at ASU. She has also studied jazz piano and has worked with many
important jazz musicians during her music career. She has also
participated in the renowned Jamey Abersol jazz clinics in Louisville,
Critics have marveled about her special touch on the keyboard
and her mastery of the instrument, as well as her ability to
accompany vocalists and musicians of any genre in any setting. Sanford
lives in Jonesboro and performs at public and private events locally and
in Memphis and Little Rock.
Internationally known trumpeter Gary Gazaway is from Pocahontas, Ark. He
has worked extensively in New York, Miami, Puerto Rico, Argentina,
Brazil, Uruguay, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Nashville and Hawaii. He has
performed or recorded with a long list of diverse Latin and American
artists including Israel "Cachou" Lopez, Machito, Celia Cruz, Flora
Purim and Airto Moriera, Hugo Fattoruso and OPA, Toninho Horta, Wagner
Tiso, Jaco Pastorius, Herb Alpert, Jon Hendricks, Ornette Coleman,
Robert Palmer, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Cocker, the Memphis Horns, Steve
Winwood, the Commitments, George Jones, Delbert McClinton, Phish,
Derek Trucks, and Sound Tribe Sector 9.
He has recorded on more than 20 major label recordings, five of which
are multi-platinum. His music has been described as instrumental
jazz/blues/Latin/rock, and is a remarkable blend of many different
styles and influences that create a unique instrumental sound. As "El
Buho," a nickname bestowed to him by musicians in South America and
translated as the Owl, he tours and performs worldwide.
Violinist and mandolin and guitar virtuoso Tim Crouch is from
Strawberry, Ark. He has been influenced by the bluegrass sounds of Bill
Monroe and Flatt and Scruggs, the western swing of Bob Wills, the
country sounds of Hank Williams and Ernest Tubb, and the jazz of
Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt. He has performed and or
recorded with many major artists including George Jones, Billy Bob
Thornton, Dolly Parton, Glen Campbell, Andy Williams, Marty Stuart, the
Oak Ridge boys, Charley Pride, Dierks Bentley, Jerry Reed, Mare
Winningham, Mike Snider, the Grand Ole Opry Staff Band, Jonathon
Edwards, and numerous others.
Crouch has performed on the David Letterman Show, the Conan O’Brien
Show, CBS Early Morning, the Grand Ole Opry Live, Austin City Limits,
Hee Haw, Academy Of Country Music Awards, History of the Grand Ole Opry,
Christian Country Music Awards Show, Classic Country Inspirational Music
Awards, and others. Tim recently produced Emmy Award-winning and Academy
Award nominee Mare Winningham's new album "Refuge, Rock, Sublime," and
he performs with her in concert nationally.
information, or to make a pledge to support "Unique and Enriching Public
Radio" in northeast Arkansas, call KASU at (870) 972-2200, (800)
643-8269, or email them at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Web site