The Bradford County Region Arts Council (BCRAC) is pleased to present Brian Murphy – Endangered Species on Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m., in the Guthrie Performing Arts Center at the Sayre Theatre.
The program features jazz standards selected from the American Songbook. Why the name?
“Due to multiple factors, jazz venues have been on the steady, and more recently, rapid decline. Jazz music is indigenous to the United States,” Murphy says. “Perhaps with BCRAC and other similar organizations we can avoid extinction.”
Throughout the years, Brian Murphy has performed at all the regional jazz venues, including the Syracuse Jazz Festival; the Crystal City Jazz Festival; the Skaneateles Seafood and Jazz Festival; the Elmira Jazz Festival; the Silver Beach Jazz Festival; Glenora Vineyards on Seneca Lake; the Sayre Theatre; and the Keystone Theatre.
Brian Murphy – Endangered Species consists of Jesse Bennett, Saxophone; Hugh Douglass, Guitar; Tony Marino, upright bass; Brian Murphy, vibraphone; Karen Vincent, vocals; and Tom Whaley, drumset.
Jesse Bennett studied with Joe Allard and Dave Gross at Berklee College of Music before moving to Europe in 1978, where for over 18 years her performed with, among others, trombonist Jiggs Whigham, alto saxophonist Charlie Mariano, trumpeter John Thomas, drummer Mel Lewis, and German jazz pianist Joachim Kuhn. He played with American jazz trumpeter Jon Eardley (formerly with Charlie Parker and Chet Baker); recorded television and radio performances and commercial spots; and performed at various jazz festivals including the North Sea Jazz Festival. Since moving to Waverly, N.Y. in 1988, he has performed with, among others, Steve Brown; the Aceto Bros.; Johnny Russo; Pat Kane; Brian Murphy; George Reed and Dino Losito; Al Hammer Big Band; Classic Brazlian Group; his own ensemble; and at numerous clubs, festivals, schools and universities.
Hugh Douglass has performed and recorded for over 40 years in a variety of jazz and blues groups including the Jazz Carpenters; Moments Notice; the Acme Blues Machine; and many others in South Florida, Washington, D.C.; and upstate New York. He currently teaches music in Elmira, N.Y.
Tony Marino began his professional career as a house bassist in many of the clubs and resorts in the Pocono and Catskill Mountains, providing back-up to a myriad of well-known entertainers. He performs and tours internationally with the Dave Liebman Group and Different But The Same featuring Ellery Eskelin and Jim Black. He plays and records with Broadway’s Betty Buckley, Bob Dorough, Mose Allison and several others. Marino is well-known for his versatility and musicality and has performed and recorded with numerous artists from folk to pop to jazz.
Karen Vincent’s vocal treatment of jazz standards brings an honesty and freshness to a decades-old genre. Her intimate style highlights the lyrics with a natural and expressive phrasing sure to draw each listener into her story. Karen holds a B.A. in Vocal Performance from Eastman School of Music. She is an active member of Ithaca, New York’s jazz scene.
Tom Whaley is one of the most sought-after drummers in New York City. He has performed and recorded with countless artists including Mose Allison (30 years); Carman McKray; Red Rodney/Ira Sullivan; George Young; and Benny Wallace.
Tickets for Brian Murphy – Endangered Species are $15 for adults, $13 for students and seniors, and are available at the door or online at bcrac.org. Groups of 20 or more receive a 10 percent discount; contact the BCRAC office at (570) 268-ARTS (2787). A Student Rush Discount (50 percent off, day-of-show) is available with a valid student ID. The Feb. 14 show is sponsored by The Hilliard Corporation.
The Bradford County Regional Arts Council is an arts service organization committed to supporting arts and culture throughout the region. BCRAC is a member agency of the United Way of Bradford County. For more information, visit BCRAC online at www.bcrac.org or www.facebook.com/BCRAC.