The 2009 Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival kicks off Friday Jan. 2, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., with the Northwest Iowa Musicians playing at The Copper Cup.
The Friday Pub Crawls will from 9 p.m. to midnight, with The Eric Klotz Trio at Corvo's, The David Zollo Trio performing at the Cherokee Bowl's Blue Room Lounge, Something Underground performing at The Other Place, and Tom Gary Blues Band performing at The Gathering Place.
The Festival will continue on Saturday with the Jam Session from noon to 3 p.m. at The Gathering Place, with The David Zollo Trio hosting the session. Local musicians are welcome to sign up for this popular, informal event.
The Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival Main Concert will be held at Western Iowa Tech Community College's Conference Center starting at 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, with this year's headliner Kelley Hunt, blues pianist/vocalist, with opening act The Erick Hovey Band.
Pub Crawls continue on Saturday from 9 p.m. to midnight, with the Erick Hovey Band performing at the VFW Club, Something Underground performing at the Cherokee Bowl's Blue Room Lounge, The David Zollo Trio performing at The Other Place, and Eric Klotz Trio performing at The Gathering Place.
On Sunday, the Brunch Buffet will begin at 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Gathering Place, featuring once again, the unique music of Kelley Hunt.
The Jim Oatts Quartet Student Music Clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cherokee Middle School on Friday, Jan. 16. This event is free to area high school band directors and their high school music students. Due to space and time limitations, the event is only accepting the first five schools who indicate they want to participate in the music clinic.
For more information about the music clinic, contact Paul McEntaffer, Band Director, Cherokee Washington High School, 600 W. Bluff St. Cherokee, IA 51012 or call 225-6755.
Tickets for the Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival are available at Cherokee Chamber of Commerce, 225-6414; The Copper Cup, 225-5287; and State Farm Insurance, 225-5747. For more information visit www.cherokeejazzbluesfestival.com.
For the past several weeks that Chronicle Times have been publishing the musical biographies of the entertainment that will be performing this weekend. There has been some additional information gathered about some of these acts.
Not featured in the bio-story of the Northwest Iowa Musicians was Pete Hittle. Pete was born into a musical family on Christmas Day of 1955. His earliest influences included his father Jimmy, who fronted his own dance band for almost 50 years. Additional influences include saxophonist Don "Pappy" Gilbert, pianists Clyde Wagner and Dick Aton, and trumpeters Claire Morse, and Rockley Beck. By age 13, Pete was playing trumpet in his father's dance band.
He studied the trumpet privately with the late Dr. Alan Butcher and later with Gary Slechta and the late Ray DeVilbis. Pete received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Morningside College in 1978 and his Master of Music Degree from The University of South Dakota in 1985. He currently teaches instrumental music in the Sioux City Community School District. In addition, he is adjunct professor of music at Morningside College, where he teaches Jazz improvisation.
He also teaches classes in Jazz combo at Western Iowa Tech Community College. Pete has appeared on stage alongside Jazz notables Clark Terry, Jamey Aebersold, Ritchie Cole, Ritch Mattison, Roger Neumann, Scott Hesse, and Adam Schroeder. He currently performs with Doreen's Jazz New Orleans, The Dixie Daddy's and his own quartet.
Headlining this year's Jazz and Blues Festival is Kelley Hunt, her bio-story ran on Dec. 10 but it did not feature her band members.
Mark Jordan is a Nashville-based composer, arranger, keyboardist extraordinaire and Hammond B3 allstar Mark Jordan's credits go back to his bedrock contributions on
Hammond to the early Van Morrison recordings and tours that established
Morrison as an international star, including a central role on Morrison's
seminal "Tupelo Honey".
Since then Jordan has gone on to compile a list of studio and touring credits with many of the major stars in the blues, blues/rock, roots music and country/crossover worlds including names like Bonnie Raitt and Buddy Guy. He's a veteran of numerous live shows with Hunt and plays an important studio role on her 2008 release "Mercy."
Also playing with Hunt will be Diego Voglino who is a New York City based drummer/percussionist Diego Voglino, who joins Hunt on this show, has toured and recorded with long list of artists and songwriters including Marshall Crenshaw, Natalie Merchant, David Hidalgo, Freedy Johnston, Norah Jones, Richard Julian, Jesse Harris, J. Geils and Walter Becker in addition to tour dates with Kelley Hunt's full band.
On guitar will be Kirk Fletcher who is a fixture on the L.A. Blues Scene, Kirk's touring and recording credits include a long list of West Coast artists and a lengthy stint as lead guitarist with Kim Wilson and the Fabulous Thunderbirds. He also tours and records under his own name and expects to release a new recording project on Delta Groove Records in 2009.
Rounding out the musicians that will be performing with Kelley Hunt is bass player Kenny Ames. Based in Nashville, Kenny owns a long list of studio credits and is a veteran of many shows with Kelley Hunt.
He's also known for his work touring worldwide and recording with Roots/Americana artists Dash Rip Rock and Jason and The Scorchers. A versatile roots bass player with a broad vocabulary, Kenny plays plays 5-string electric and fretless Electrocustic instruments on Kelley's show.