Northwest Arkansas Jazz Society

 
 

Local Jazz Scene

Upcoming Dates

Notes at Night - 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
121 W Central Ave
Bentonville, Arkansas
(479) 657-2905 [map]
Price: No Cover

Bob Bowman Trio 

 

 

Bob Bowman is one of the finest jazz bassists performing today with an extensive recording and touring career. A native Kansan, Bowman explored the jazz scenes on both coasts and has toured with heavy hitters. In 1976 Bowman was invited to join the legendary Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra in which he toured and recorded on many albums, including the Grammy Award-winning "Live in Munich." Bowman joined the Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band in 1979 and recorded on several more Grammy-nominated albums. He then toured internationally with jazz vocal icon Carmen McRae. He also performed and recorded with vocalist Karrin Allyson for 15 years. In 1988 Bowman returned to the Midwest and now resides in Kansas City. Bob is one of the central figures of the Kansas City jazz scene, raising the bar for what’s expected of bassists and rhythm sections in his town. With Bowdog, he has assembled a group of Kansas City’s finest musicians who seamlessly navigate through an eclectic mix of standards and pop classics, with side-trips into the world of bluegrass and folk. 

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Laura Caviani is a veteran of two decades of performing, recording and composing. With five CDs under her own name, and many more as "sideman" her latest projects have featured the music of late greats Horace Silver, Mary Lou Williams, and Alec Wilder. In 2010, Caviani was one of five finalists at the International Jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville, FL. Her 2006 release Going There, featuring bassist Bob Bowman and drummer Todd Strait, enjoyed a long run on the JazzWeek national radio charts. Featuring all original work, it was hailed as “piano jazz trio of the highest order” by Downbeat magazine. Other releases have received such praise as “stunningly fresh” from JazzTimes and “in a word, outstanding” from the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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Todd Strait was raised in Topeka, KS, and became involved in music in elementary school playing trumpet and drums. He began gigging locally while still in 7th grade. In the 1979 he entered the "Louie Bellson/Slingerland National Drum Contest" where he finished in second place. The scholarships gained from this experience enabled Todd to pursue his dream of moving to the NYC area and studying with Ed Soph in 1980. Todd joined Marian McPartland's trio in 1982 playing in New York City clubs across the country. In 1984 he also began playing with guitarists Tal Farlow, Barney Kessel and Woody Herman's Thundering Herd. 1990 found Todd relocated to Kansas City where he toured nationally and internationally with Kevin Mahogany, Karrin Allyson and with Eldar Djangirov In 2002 Todd relocated again, this time to Portland, OR, where he is enjoying being away from airplanes and has been playing with local greats in Portland and Seattle.

First Fridays - 6:30 p.m.
Bentonville, Arkansas 72712 [map]
Price: No cover

Bowdog

 

Bob Bowman is one of the finest jazz bassists performing today with an extensive recording and touring career. A native Kansan, Bowman explored the jazz scenes on both coasts and has toured with heavy hitters. In 1976 Bowman was invited to join the legendary Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra in which he toured and recorded on many albums, including the Grammy Award-winning "Live in Munich." Bowman joined the Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band in 1979 and recorded on several more Grammy-nominated albums. He then toured internationally with jazz vocal icon Carmen McRae. He also performed and recorded with vocalist Karrin Allyson for 15 years. In 1988 Bowman returned to the Midwest and now resides in Kansas City. Bob is one of the central figures of the Kansas City jazz scene, raising the bar for what’s expected of bassists and rhythm sections in his town. With Bowdog, he has assembled a group of Kansas City’s finest musicians who seamlessly navigate through an eclectic mix of standards and pop classics, with side-trips into the world of bluegrass and folk.

 

Kathleen Holeman is a musician who just happens to sing. The Kansas City diva plays both piano and trombone, but It's her singing that carries the day. Gifted with pinpoint perfect intonation and power (you'd better put away the crystal before she hits high C), Kathleen is a telling interpreter of what Alec Wilder aptly called the American Popular Song, the rich repertoire of Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and Hollywood classics that continue to resonate as part of the soundtrack to American life. Her clear diction is another asset. Did I mention that she swings? Carrying on in the tradition of consummate artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Kathleen phrases with dash and class.

 

Saxophonist Matt Otto is a member of the Jazz Studies faculty in the KU School of Music. Otto has performed with a variety of artists including Albert “Tootie” Heath, Charlie Haden, Leroy Vinegar, Jimmy Smith, and many others. Matt currently performs his original compositions with his Kansas City-based quartet. Matt has recorded and performed with the Grammy nominated Anthony Wilson Nonet (The Power of Nine, Groove Note 1035, 2006), and he appears frequently in Los Angeles with the Grammy Nominated Alan Ferber Big Band as well as having recorded on over 50 CD’s as both a leader and a side man.

 

Laura Caviani is a veteran of two decades of performing, recording and composing. With five CDs under her own name, and many more as "sideman" her latest projects have featured the music of late greats Horace Silver, Mary Lou Williams, and Alec Wilder. In 2010, Caviani was one of five finalists at the International Jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville, FL. Her 2006 release Going There, featuring bassist Bob Bowman and drummer Todd Strait, enjoyed a long run on the JazzWeek national radio charts. Featuring all original work, it was hailed as “piano jazz trio of the highest order” by Downbeat magazine. Other releases have received such praise as “stunningly fresh” from JazzTimes and “in a word, outstanding” from the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

 

Todd Strait was raised in Topeka, KS, and became involved in music in elementary school playing trumpet and drums. He began gigging locally while still in 7th grade. In the 1979 he entered the "Louie Bellson/Slingerland National Drum Contest" where he finished in second place. The scholarships gained from this experience enabled Todd to pursue his dream of moving to the NYC area and studying with Ed Soph in 1980. Todd joined Marian McPartland's trio in 1982 playing in New York City clubs across the country. In 1984 he also began playing with guitarists Tal Farlow, Barney Kessel and Woody Herman's Thundering Herd. 1990 found Todd relocated to Kansas City where he toured nationally and internationally with Kevin Mahogany, Karrin Allyson and with Eldar Djangirov In 2002 Todd relocated again, this time to Portland, OR, where he is enjoying being away from airplanes and has been playing with local greats in Portland and Seattle.

Notes at Night Jazz Series - 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
121 West Central Avenue
Bentonville, Arkasas 72712
(479) 657-2905 [map]
Price: No cover but the food is awesome

Walter Savage Trio

Notes at night - 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
121 West Central Avenue
Bentonville, Arkasas 72712
(479) 657-2905 [map]
Price: No cover, but the food is awesome!

The Tritones

Adams Collins, vibes. Ben Harris, guitar. Drew Packard, bass

 

Notes at Night Jazz Series - 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
121 West Central Avenue
Bentonville, Arkansas 72712
(479) 657-2905 [map]
Price: No Cover

 


Claudia Burson Trio