This powerful and highly acclaimed vocal quartet performs music from a variety of contemporary jazz and other musical styles with a fresh and innovative approach, venturing into new artistic territory.
In 2010, after releasing their critically acclaimed album "Vertical Voices: The Music of Maria Schneider" (ArtistShare), Julia Dollison and Kerry Marsh joined forces with Jennifer Barnes and Greg Jasperse to form a vocal quartet that first focused primarily on performing Schneider's music live. It was not long, though, before the group expanded their repertoire and focus to include their own original compositions as well as arrangements of music by Pat Metheny, The Yellowjackets, Imogen Heap and other contemporary jazz and pop influences.
Check out Vertical Voices website for sound clips from their debut album Foursquare, photos, and more!
Sponsored by B.O.C.E.S.
GRAMMY-winning pianist/saxophonist/bandleader Gordon Goodwin and his 18-piece Big Phat Band have bucked the mainstream for fifteen years. Although they emerged during the neo-swing wave that surged in the late 1990s, they have outlasted just about every big band from that period and built a consistent and loyal following despite the ever-changing whims of musical fashion since those early years.
In that time, Goodwin and his crew have released seven studio albums that merge the traditional big band sounds of the 1930s and ‘40s with a very contemporary vibe. Since 2003, they’ve scored three GRAMMY Awards and an impressive 16 GRAMMY nominations. Simply put, they’ve made a career out of mining an art form that’s more than 70 years old and taking it to a place that’s very contemporary and even progressive. Visit Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band website for sound clips, photos, and more awesomeness.
Sponsored by Natrona County School District #1
Supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council,
through funding from the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.