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The Island Gallery
100-106 Madison Avenue N,
Bainbridge Island, WA. 98110
Tel. 206-780-9500,
www.theislandgallery.net
Contact Susan Swannack-Nunn, Owner
ssn@theislandgallery.net


May 2, 2008. For immediate release.

2008 SUMMER JAZZ SERIES AT THE ISLAND GALLERY

Jazz and Extraordinary Art

May 17th: The Geordie Kelly Quartet




The Island Gallery introduces its new Summer Jazz Series with the first of five evenings of smooth, hot jazz on Saturday, May 17th at 7:30 p.m.

Featured Performers May 17, June 21, July 19: The Geordie Kelly Jazz Quartet. A member of Navy Band Northwest, Poulsbo resident Geordie Kelly leads his group through the Great American Songbook - Gershwin & Hammerstein – and such jazz greats as Ellington, Parker, Coltrane, & Miles Davis. Please Note: Seating is limited. Reservations are recommended.

Location: The Island Gallery, 100-106 Madison Avenue N., Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Upcoming: Featured Performers June 6 & August 30th – Bainbridge Island’s Ranger and the Re-Arrangers. Information to follow.

Artists:

Geordie Kelly, - guitarist, composer, and recording artist - began playing guitar at age 12, and by age 15 he was playing in local rock bands. Growing up in a musically rich household he was exposed to hearing all the great soul and R&B artists, such as Ray Charles, and everything from Bach to Dylan. He is a graduate of both East Carolina University (BM) and the University of Kentucky (MA) music programs where he pursued guitar and jazz studies. He also studied with Jimmy Bruno over a two-year period between 2002 and 2004. Geordie has shared the stage with artists such as Ray Charles, Bobby Shew, Ritchie Cole, Bob Bowman, Frank Mantooth, Von Freeman, Ed Calle, Maureen McGovern, Grady Tate, Ray Codrington, Miles Osland, Phil DeGreg, Little Anthony and the Imperials, and the Turtle Island String Quartet. He was the guitarist and featured soloist on the acclaimed debut recording by the East Carolina University Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Directions 1 (1993) and the recording by the University of Kentucky Jazz Ensemble entitled Kentucky Kaleidoscope (1996). His latest offering as a leader is a new jazz guitar trio recording entitled Triple Play (2005). He has published a guitar transcription in DownBeat, and was featured as an up-and-coming student player in 1996. Geordie has also published and presented jazz guitar research as a clinician at the annual IAJE conference (1997-Chicago). He taught guitar and jazz improvisation at the Navy School of Music in Virginia Beach, and performed extensively in the region. Currently, Geordie lives in Poulsbo, WA, and is a member of Navy Band Northwest.

Tom Brooks, bassist. Tom plays mostly acoustic string bass in Jazz & Blues combos. Previously he has worked with The Pete Lira Band, the Chris Bayman Quartet, the Malcolm Clark Band, and the Mike Nelson Trio. Tom continues to enjoy his association with Greg Glassman’s Dexterity and the Jazz House Quartet. Tom brings a strong sense of "swing" to any stage and clearly enjoys his role in the rhythm section. "I love the traditional role of bassist in a jazz setting. I enjoy being a supportive accompanist and always strive to make the other players sound better without getting in the way.” Tom lives in Tacoma, Washington.

Charles Gaines, drummer, is a native of Richmond, Va. Charles developed his passion for music at two years old when he was given his first set of drums, birthing his affection for all types of music. In his formative years, he was the first African-American drum major for his high school marching band. He also participated in local groups playing the popular soul music and Motown sounds of his day. After high school, Charles joined the Air Force which located him to the Bay area. While playing, he was exposed to the straight ahead jazz of Miles Davis, John Coltrane and other great artists. This resulted in a five-year run with jazz pianist Dave Tysei (formally associated with Count Basie) and seeded the fundamental concepts of jazz which has been expounded upon since. Performances with friend and jazz trumpeter Ken Trimmins (Smooth Moves) was another educational factor in his life. Predominately self taught, Charles has freelanced as a drummer, produced his own jazz concert series (The Charles Gaines Experience) and promoted many local talents. Since his move to the Pacific Northwest, he has continued to include music in his life. As a former partner of “The Jazz House”, he promotes jazz as a viable, living part of American culture. Charles envisions music as … “The FIRST wonder of the world”.

Jim Trefethen, saxophone, was born and raised in Rye, New Hampshire, and began his professional jazz career in 1958 at the age of fifteen. He plays soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxes and is a versatile artist in all music scenes, but his especially lithesome style exhibits his emotional and professional commitment to jazz.. He has played with various artists including Jimmy Mosher, Phil Wilson, Mike Turk, Kent Clark, T.J. Wheeler, Mike Migliori, Bobby Militello, Fred Haas Neil Larson, Tom Gallant, and Paul Broadnax. Jim’s studio recording includes a New York City recording session for Paramount and Opal Records, and in Tampa, Florida for the Allman Brothers. In orchestra, he has played for Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus in Florida. He has also toured the country with rock show bands with large horn sections featuring the music of Chicago, Blood, Sweat and Tears, and Tower of Power. Jim’s club list is extensive and versatile and comprise places such as Lucifers, Lenny’s on the Turnpike, Playboy Club of Boston, and the Continental in Las Vegas. He has also played with several Blues bands including the Movers and Unlimited Blues, and has backed Chuck Berry.