The Washington Group Cultural Fund |
The Louisiana Swamp Romp
Sunday, January 27 at 3 p.m.
Old Town Alexandria
201 S. Washington St.
Suggested donation: $15, students free.
Information: (703) 241 -1817
Featuring music from New Orleans' Mardis Gras|
Program includes repertoire from the libraries of Louis Armstrong, Pete Fountain, Kid Ory, the Dukes of Dixieland & Al Hirt and selections of Ukrainian folk music with a New Orleans twist.
Harry Watters, trombone
Dave Brown, clarinet & saxophone
Graham Breedlove, trumpet
Dallas Smith, bass
Tony Nalker, piano
Steve Fidyk, drums
Meet the Artists
Graham Breedlove, Trumpet
Breedlove began playing the trumpet at age twelve in his hometown of Lafayette,
Louisiana. Since then he has performed on four continents, in more than twenty
countries, with headliners representing more than forty Grammy nominations
including Wynton Marsalis, Ray Charles, The Saturday Night Live Band, Tito
Puente, Arturo Sandoval, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, The New York Voices,
Conrad Herwig, Donald Harrison and The National Symphony Orchestra. In 1995 he
enjoyed the honor of being awarded first prize in The International Trumpet
Guild's Jazz Solo Competition. Not only active in the DC area as a freelance
artist, Graham Breedlove currently serves as trumpet soloist with The United
States Army Blues, the premiere jazz ensemble of The United States Army Band,
Pershing's Own. He can be heard on The
Army Blues 25th Anniversary CD featuring The New York Voices and is featured
himself on The Blues latest CD, Things Ain't
What They Used To Be. In
addition to his duties with the Army Blues, Graham serves as Special Bugler at
The Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, and participates in
official ceremonies at The White House, The Pentagon and at The Department of
State. Holding a Master of Music Degree
and Performer's Certificate from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music
Degree from Louisiana State University, Graham Breedlove has studied with world
famous masters such as; David Baker, Alvin Batiste, Stephen Burns and Byron
Stripling. A master teacher himself, Graham Breedlove is a sought after
clinician, presenting master classes at high schools and universities across
the United States.
Dave Brown, Clarinet/Saxophone
member of The United States Army Blues, Dave Brown has performed for audiences
on six continents! Versatile and comfortable on multiple instruments and in
multiple genres, he has enjoyed everything from being a frequently featured
soloist with The United States Army Blues; three national and two international
tours as lead alto for The Glenn Miller Orchestra; to performances with The
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; a stint as a resident musician at Disneyland
and a tour of Jordan with the show Aladdin.
Dave Brown has also served as a staff musician for Royal Cruise Line touring
Africa, Central and South America, Mexico, Europe And Hawaii. He has played the National tours for
numerous productions, including the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, La Cage
Aux Folles, and Jesus Christ Superstar and has performed with numerous Artists
including The Fifth Dimension, Manhattan Transfer, Johnny Mathis, Rosemary
Clooney and The Nelson Riddle Orchestra. He can be heard on several CDs
including the Grammy nominated CD Carnival
with Wynton Marsalis, Doc Scanlon's Rhythm Boys, and is featured on The Army
Blues' most recent CD, Things Ain't What
They Used To Be. Not only
heard, he can be seen in the on-screen big band in Touchstone Picture's Billy Bathgate. Dave Brown has served as woodwind faculty at George Mason
University, Eastern U.S. Music Camp at Colgate University and acted as
clinician at schools throughout the country. A graduate of The Eastman School
of Music, Dave Brown also holds Certificates in Aviation as a licensed
commercial pilot and a Certified Flight Instructor and Advanced Ground Instructor.
In May 2000, David and his wife Lorrie Berkshire Brown travelled to Ukraine to
conduct master classes in jazz improvisation and oboe instrument repair in the
conservatories of Lviv, Odessa and Kyiv.
Steve Fidyk, drums
One of the most
musically adept set drummers in the country, Steve Fidyk got hold of his first
set of drums at age four. Encouraged by his parents, he began studying at age
seven with Angelo Stella, and went on his first "wedding gig" with
his father at age eight! A member of the
Musicians Union by the time he was eleven, he joined his first society band and
began a professional freelance career in the Pocono North East region that
lasted throughout high school. After meeting Ed Soph at a Percussive Arts
Society Conference, he began a rigorous practice schedule focusing on
coordination and hand development, he went on to study with Joe Morello who
provided adequate inspiration for him to increase his practice sessions from
three to five hours a day, furthur refining his technique. He credits his study
with John Riley as exposing him to transcribing and connecting the tools with
the music, and consequently was asked by Peter Erskine to transcribe the solos
for his book, The Drum Perspective. Steve
is a former member of The United States Army Field Band with whom he toured
throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Cuba. Currently a member of The United
States Army Blues, Steve performs regularly at numerous diplomatic functions
and ceremonies, at The White House and at gatherings of Heads of State.
has performed and recorded with artists including Michael Abene, Mark Taylor,
Phil Wilson, Arturo Sandoval, Dennis DiBlasio, Steve Turre, The New York Voices
and Chris Vadala. Steve Fidyk can be
heard on soundtracks and commercials including The Learning Channel, Giant
Foods, Red Roof Inn, The Sylvan Learning Center, The Hair Cuttery and Provident
Bank. He has also performed at The
Hollywood Jazz Festival, The Walt Disney World Jazz Festival, The University of
Northern Colorado Jazz Festival and for The International Association of Jazz
Educators. Steve Fidyk holds a Bachelors Degree from Wilkes University and a
Masters Degree from the University of North Texas. Maintaining a private studio
and busy schedule as a clinician, he is the Director of Drum Set Studies at The
University of Maryland.
Tony Nalker, Piano
pianist, arranger, composer and trombonist, Tony Nalker finds himself in demand
as an accompanist and studio musician with over thirty CDs to his credit,
including three Grammy Award nominations.
recordings and performances, ranging from children's recordings to jazz, with
artists such as Urbie Green, Paul Smoker, Charlie Haden, Jimmy Knepper Jack
Walrath, Jim Pugh, The New York Voices, and The Capital Bones.
Nalker has composed and produced soundtracks for Iowa Public Television, and
accepted the challenge of numerous commissions by schools and universities as
well as by professional dance and theater companies, including a musical
adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's, The Scarlet Letter. Currently the solo
pianist for The United States Army Blues, the premiere jazz ensemble of The
United States Army, Tony has played for numerous diplomatic functions and
occasions at The White House, The Vice President's mansion and for visiting
Heads of State. He has accompanied such
jazz luminaries as Clark Terry, Louis Bellson, Jon Faddis, Phil Wilson, Bill
Watrous, Stanley Turrentine, Carl Fontana and countless others. Tony Nalker
holds a Masters Degree from the University of Iowa, where he also served as
Jazz Studies Instructor and Staff Accompanist for the dance department, and a
Bachelors Degree from James Madison University.
Dallas Smith, Bass
A graduate of
The Eastman School of Music, where he studied clarinet, Dallas Smith has
maintained a busy and varied professional career. As a current member and solo
bassist of The United States Army Blues, the premiere jazz ensemble of The
United States Army, Dallas Smith has led a dual musical life. Initially a
member of The Army Blues as a woodwind doubler, playing saxophone, flute and
clarinet, he became equally comfortable on upright bass and electric bass. He
has performed regularly for The White House, The Vice President's mansion and
diplomatic functions for at least seven presidential administrations. Dallas
Smith has recorded and performed with such artists and personalities as Bob
Hope, Steve Allen, Clark Terry, Patti LaBelle, Stanley Turrentine, Louis
Bellson, Herbie Hancock, Arturo Sandoval and Carl Fontana. Maintaining a busy
freelance schedule, Dallas can be heard on recordings for Warner Brothers, Hal
Leonard, CPP Belwin, Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion.
Harry Watters, Trombone
A native of
Huntsville, Alabama, Harry grew up in a musical family. His mother, a french
hornist in the Huntsville Symphony and a senior producer and co-host of a
Saturday morning radio show Sundial
with his drum playing father at WLRH radio, his brother an accomplished
trumpeter and his wife a professional flutist. Harry is no stranger to the
limelight himself, being featured as a soloist throughout the United States,
Europe and Australia in every type of venue imaginable from jazz festivals,
clubs, concerts with orchestras to international military tattoos! Harry
Watters has released several solo CDs including; Tiger Rag on the Pro Jazz Label, Wonderful recorded with the Janacek Philharmonic on the
Centaur label, Brothers I and II
and most recently The Island of Dr. Trombone.
served as a staff musician for Walt Disney World and was Musical Leader and
Director at the Main Street Station Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
After graduating from the University of North Texas, Watters spent four
years, 3 touring and recording with the renowned Dukes of Dixieland.
working at night on Bourbon Street, Harry attended The University of New
Orleans by day, serving as graduate assistant to professor Elis Marsalis.
has been on the faculty at South East Louisiana University and The University
of New Orleans. A Doctor of Musical Arts candidate at Louisiana State
University, Harry is widely considered to be one of the most fluent "jazz
trombone-technicians" in the country. Harry Watters is currently a member
of The United States Army Blues.
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