The Otsego Jazz Ensemble is proud to be a performer at the Thornapple Arts Council Jazz Festival again this year. The festival has been going strong now for 15 years in downtown Hastings, Michigan.
OJE will be featuring several new additions to the book, including Wayne Shorter’s “One By One” and Bob Curnow’s “September Swing”, both featuring soloists Mark Greer (alto sax) and Tim Culver (trumpet). Greer will also play the Quincy Jones classic, “Quintessence.” Tenor soloist Scott Robbins will play Bob Mintzer’s “Hanky Panky.”
Guest artist Robin Connell will play piano on Mintzer’s “Acha” and will join Robbins on the Basie classic “Splanky.’
Vocalist Ian Brown will cover the Sinatra favorite “Come Fly With Me” and also Culver’s arrangement of “I Got a Gal in Kalamazoo.”
Martha Reid will sing a couple of great arrangements by Mike Crotty of the Airmen of Note: “Lullaby of Birdland” and “Mood Indigo.”
And….there’ll be some surprises in store too, no doubt!