The Ashe County Arts Council is pleased to present Mood Indigo: Song of Duke Ellington at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 19, at the Ashe Civic Center in West Jefferson.
The program repertoire will include music of Duke Ellington performed by the Carolina Chamber Symphony Players featuring acclaimed vocalist Martha Bassett.
“Mood Indigo,” “Sophisticated Lady” and “In a Sentimental Mood” were all major hits for American composer, pianist and jazz orchestra leader Duke Ellington. A pivotal figure in the history of jazz, Ellington’s career spanned over 50 years.
The concert will feature other great compositions by Ellington including “It Don’t Mean at Thing If Ain’t Got that Swing,” “Take the A Train” and “Lush Life.”
The Carolina Chamber Symphony Players (CCSP) was founded in 1992 by Robert Franz and a group of fellow musicians from the North Carolina School of the Arts.
Over the past 17 seasons, the orchestra and its chamber ensembles have delighted audiences with their artisty, commissioned and premiered new works by some of this country’s most gifted composers, and featured guest artists of national renown in performances of chamber music repertoire.
For the past six years, the CCSP have been involved in the Carolina Summer Music Festival in the Winston-Salem. The ensemble for Mood Indigo includes Jacqui Carrasco on violin, Matt Kendrick on bass, Federico Pivetta on piano, Wally West on saxophone, Ken Wilmot on trumpet, John Wilson on drums and Martha Bassett on vocals.
Over the past decade, vocalist Martha Bassett has entertained countless N.C. audiences with groups such as her popular swing band, “Martha and the Moodswingers.” She currently tours full time with the “Martha Bassett Band,” an Americana/alt-country group which has opened for Lyle Lovett and played Merlefest. Her third solo CD is “Sinner’s Prayer.”
Matt Kendrick has appeared on bass with artists such as Marian McPartland, Gene Bertoncini, Archie Shepp, Jaki Byard and JoAnne Brackeen, who was a guest star with his group, “The Matt Kendrick Unit,” at the Carrboro Arts Center. Kendrick has released five CDs, and teaches electric bass and jazz improvisation at Wake Forest University.
Federico Pivetta, a versatile pianist with a unique mastery of both classical and jazz styles, is an active accompanist, chamber musician and teacher. He has performed with jazz greats such as Ernie Watts and Arturo Sandoval.
An associate professor of music and Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Fellow at Wake Forest University, Jacqui Carrasco has performed and recorded an array of musical styles internationally, from jazz and Argentine tango to avant-garde contemporary music. She is an artistic co-director of the Carolina Summer Music Festival.
John Wilson has performed with artists such as Jon Hendricks, Milt Grayson, Stefon Harris, Chris Potter, and Mark Turner, in addition to playing with the Glen Miller Orchestra and the AS-Is Ensemble. He teaches at Davidson College, and actively performs in the Triad.
Wally West has performed all across the U.S., Europe, and the Caribbean, touring, recording, and performing with such popular acts as Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops and Natalie Cole, as well as Tony Bennett, Mercer Ellington, Ellis Marsalis and countless other jazz artists. Wally serves as music director and project coordinator for the John Coltrane Jazz Workshop in High Point.
Ken Wilmot is a member of the Winston-Salem and Greensboro Symphonies and is a founding member of the Giannini Brass. He has also performed with the New World Symphony and with the Eastern Philharmonic. He has appeared and toured with a variety of popular and jazz artists such as The Four Tops, Ray Charles, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and the Guy Lombardo Orchestra.
Tickets are $15 adults and $5 students and are available at the Ashe Arts Center or by phone at 336-846-ARTS.