Amend and Claxton Quartet: Tribute to the Jones Family

3/7/2020, 3/14/2020, 3/21/2020, 3/28/2020



Gabriel Mervine: trumpet, Steve Kovalcheck: guitar, Tom Amend: organ, Brian Claxton: drums

Hank Jones, Elvin Jones, and Thad Jones were three of the most prolific jazz musicians in the history of American music. Hank, the eldest of the three was one of jazz music's greatest pianists as both a leader and a side man. Trumpeting brother Thad Jones was not only a prominent big band and small group trumpet player, but also one of jazz music's greatest composers and arrangers as recognized by his output while co-leading the iconic big band the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis orchestra. Elvin Jones, the youngest of the three was one of American music's most influential drummers, completely changing the way the instrument was played through his iconic tenure with the John Coltrane quartet and many more.

Tom Amend and Brian Claxton have curated this residency to pay tribute to each of these influential musicians and composers through performing their arrangements of both well-known songs and hidden treasures that one or all of the brothers have contributed to the cannon of Jazz music from the 1920's and on. You will not want to miss this!

Tom Amend is a organist, pianist, composer, and arranger from Denver, Colorado. Performing and recording often throughout the Rocky Mountain Region in various settings as both a leader and a sideman he can be heard with with Colorado based Soul/Blues artists: The Burroughs and the Taylor Scott Band. Tom was selected as a semifinalist for the American Jazz Pianist Competition in 2014 and 2015, and was a finalist in concert in 2017. He also received third place at the 2015 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. Amend received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies and a Masters of Music in Jazz Composition at the University of Northern Colorado. Through his association with UNC, Tom has performed with nationally recognized UNC Lab I, UNC Vanguard Combo, and Vocal Lab. As a member of these ensembles, he performed with, Chris Potter, Christian McBride, Julia Dollison, Jeff Hamilton, Joey DeFrancesco, Groove For Thought, Greg Gisbert, Deborah Brown, John Fedchock, Louis Hayes, Dave Liebman, Sheila Jordan and others. Tom is currently an Adjunct Professor of Jazz Piano at the University of Northern Colorado.

Award-winning drummer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Brian Claxton is known for his electrifying groove and rhythmic mastery. Brian is a two time Nocturne artist in residency alumni and we can't wait to bring his sound back to our stage! Brian's diverse background includes touring internationally with jazz piano legend Monty Alexander and performing alongside Donny McCaslin, Chris Potter, Christian McBride, Dave Douglas, Randy Brecker, Nicholas Payton, and many others. A passionate student of the history of American music, Claxton has navigated a career with one foot in the past and one foot in the future. He has released three records as a co-leader and has appeared on over thirty others as a sideman. Claxton teaches at the University of Northern Colorado, and the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire.

An $18 per guest artist fee applies to this show. Reservations recommended!

Weekend Music Times: Set One: 6:30-8:00pm | Set Two: 9:00-10:30pm

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