Klee has mesmerized audiences with his music for over 25 years. He has performed in over 39 states and the Bahamas.
Klee began his musical studies in Florida at the age of 10. After high school he went on to obtain three degrees in music, culminating with a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Flute Performance from the University of Georgia in 1998.
Klee has been on several university music faculties including; Tift college, Georgia College & State University, Mercer University (Georgia), and Peru State College (Nebraska). He is currently an Associate Professor of Music Production and Technology, and the Director of Jazz Studies at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake.
Dr. Klee's flute teachers were some of the finest flute artists/teachers in the country. They include; Martha Rearick (former principal flutist of the Florida Symphony), Warren Little (former principal flutist of the Atlanta Symphony), Dr. Constance Lane (former principal flutist of the Columbia Philharmonic orchestra), and Dr. Ronald Waln (flute professor emeritus of the University of Georgia).
He is currently the principal flutist for both the Fort Dodge Symphony and legendary Karl King Band (Fort Dodge, Iowa). He is in much demand as a concert artist as he performs throughout the Midwest.
He has presented at numerous seminars/clinics throughout the Southeast and the Midwest; The Georgia Music Educator's Association, and the Iowa Bandmaster's Association, to name a couple. He is very busy presenting seminars to schools throughout Iowa and Nebraska. Dr. Klee was recently the guest jazz flutist/clinician for the Nebraska Flute Festival held in Omaha, Neb. He has also been a guest conductor for many Honor Bands, including The Northwest Honor Band in Iowa.
Klee is a nationally recognized performance artist in both the classical and jazz medium. He is sought after as a performing artist and teacher, and is active in both throughout the Northwest.
Making up the ever popular Jazz Express are fellow talented musicians, Michael Schreier, Jameson Hooton, and Michael Klee.
* Michael Schreier (Pianist) is an avid performer, educator, and student. As a pianist and percussionist, he performs regularly at various local venues. Schreier has performed as an opening act for jazz singer Karryn Allyson at the Holland Center, as entertainment for private functions of the Omaha Symphony, as well as for the opening banquet of the Nebraska Music Teachers' Association State Conference. Schreier has performed with vibraphonist Stefon Harris and country artist Keith Urban, and has attended private clinics with Stefon Harris, jazz educator Jamey Aebersold, banjoist Bela Fleck (and musicians from his "Africa Project"), saxophonist Eric Marienthal, hand-drummer Poncho Sanchez, bassist Jimmy Haslip, bassist Eric Revis, saxophonist Dave Pietro, and composer Mike Daugherty, among others. He is currently performing in numerous ensembles, including the Omaha Percussion Ensemble and multiple jazz groups. Schreier composed percussion parts for the 2007 and 2008 seasons of the Papillion LaVista High School marching band, the 2010 season of Elkhorn High School, and has taught private lessons in piano, theory, and percussion since 2007. He currently is on staff at Elkhorn High School as a percussion instructor, Skutt High School as the jazz piano instructor, and Lewis Central Middle School as the jazz piano instructor. Schreier has received numerous music awards, including an outstanding soloist award at the Northern Colorado / Greeley Jazz Festival and a $4,000 jazz scholarship for his performance in the Great Plains Jazz Festival. He currently serves on the advisory board for the Jazz Education Network and is affiliated with the National Association for Music Education. Schreier is a student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, majoring in music composition and music education with an emphasis on percussion and jazz piano.
* Jameson Hooton (bassist) has been playing music for over a decade, and specializes in the electric and upright bass. He is in progress of earning his bachelor's degree in Music Technology with an emphasis in jazz bass from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. There he has studied under Andy Hall, jazz bass professor, as well as a semester under Jeremy Baguyos, classical upright bass professor. Mr. Hooton has played in a wide variety of musical situations: with bands Urijah, The Andrew James Trio, Four Strings of Swing, and Misma Persona; as a freelance and studio musician for singer/songwriter Jason van Pelt; as a member of the bass section of the Heartland Philharmonic Orchestra; and in several different jazz and church ensembles. While in high school, he won awards at the Assemblies of God Fine Arts Festival several years running with electric bass and saxophone solos. Mr. Hooton is currently writing his first book on the subject of bass playing titled "How to Think Like a Bass Player: The decision making process of the musical mind" which dives into the subject of the artistic decisions available to bass players to achieve specific emotional outcomes. The book does not yet have a publisher.
* Michael Klee (traps, percussion) Michael Klee earned his B.A. in percussion performance from Buena Vista University and is currently a graduate assistant at the University of Nebraska at Omaha pursuing a M.M. in percussion performance. He is an active clinician, gigging/studio musician, and teacher throughout Nebraska and Iowa. Michael teaches percussion at Columbus High School in Columbus, Nebraska, and has an extensive student base.
The venues for the popular Pub Crawls scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights are as follows:
*Friday, Jan. 7
The Northwest Iowa Musicians will appear at The Copper Cup from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Dr. David Klee & The Jazz Express will perform at The Spice Rack from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Jimmy Davis & Friends will be at The Gathering Place from 9 p.m. to midnight.
David Zollo will be at The Other Place from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Bob Dorr & The Blue Band will be at VFW Club from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Erick Hovey Band will be performing at the Cherokee Bowl from 9 p.m. to midnight.
*Saturday, Jan. 8
Levee Town will be hosting the Saturday Jam Session at The Gathering Place from noon to 3 p.m.
Youth Talent Showcase, a talent showcase of young musicians in the area, will be held at The Spice Rack from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Levee Town and opening act Adam Schroeder Quartet will play from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Festival's Main Concert at Western Iowa Tech Community College Conference Center.
Erick Hovey Band will be at The Gathering Place from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Mary Bridget Davies Band will be at The Other Place from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The David Zollo will be at the VFW Club from 10 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Bob Dorr and Blue Band will be performing at Cherokee Bowl from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The Sunday afternoon concert will feature the Gospel Music of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church Choir of Sioux City and will be held at Cherokee's St. Paul's United Methodist Church from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
The popular Student Music Clinic for invited area schools conducted by the Jim Oatts Sextet will be held at the Cherokee Middle School Friday, Jan. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information on the Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival go to the web site at www.cherokeejazzbluesfestival.