The Jim Oatts Quintet will host the final event of the 2010 Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival, as they lead the Music Clinic at Cherokee Middle School this Friday .
Starting time is 9 a.m., and it is scheduled to last until 3:30 p.m. (Note These times are different from the earlier scheduled times of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
Area schools who will have their bands participating in the Music Clinic are Cherokee, Kingsley-Pierson, East Sac County, and Cherokee Middle School.
The Music Clinic is intended to be an educational opportunity for the student musicians and their band directors. It is not intended to be an event open to the general public. The event is held at Cherokee Middle School, which has just enough room to accommodate the participants.
About the Jim Oatts Quintet:
Jim Oatts, Trumpet, Leader of the Des Moines Big Band. Jim has toured and/or recorded with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, Woody Herman Orchestra, Chase, Machito, Wilson Pickett, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, Clark Terry Big Band, Mike Vax Big Band and others. Jim has been the director of the Des Moines Big Band for over twenty years. They just released their fourth CD last year. Also, Jim's sextet and the Des Moines Big Band have been featured on IPTV for several shows. Other performance credits include Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis Jr., Doc Severinsen, Vic Damone, Bobby Darin, and many others.
Currently, Jim is a middle school band director for the Southeast Polk Schools in the Des Moines area.
He also stays very active as a clinician and judge throughout the mid-west.
Dave Camwell, Saxophone, Professor at Simpson College. Dave is new to the music scene in Iowa. Dr. Camwell is professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at Simpson College in Indianola. He also runs the Jim Widner jazz camp every June on the Simpson campus.
Eric Krieger, Bass. Eric is a graduate of Lincoln High School in Des Moines and the University of Northern Iowa. He is one of the most sought after bass players in the metro area. He is a regular with the Des Moines Big Band and several Latin groups. He has a regular gig with John Krantz at Sam and Gabes Restaurant every Friday night.
Rob Messer, Drums, Masters in Percussion, University of Iowa. Rob is a freelance musician in Des Moines and plays and records regularly with the Sam Salomone Group.
John Kizilarmut, Vibes and Piano, Professor at Drake University. John is also a great drummer. He is one of the first call percussionists in the Des Moines area. He taught at Northwest Missouri State before joining the faculty at Drake University.