Doors : 6:00 PM
Show: 7:00 pm
Tickets: now on sale $36.50, $24.50 (plus additional fees)
Roman Street & Eric Essix Move Trio – Christmas Concert
with special guests The Jazz Studio
Brothers Noah and Josh Thompson put their guitars together to form Roman Street. Since the college years, this brotherly jam session has developed into a Billboard/iTunes charting band who many have dubbed ‘the next generation’ of Jazz Fusion. Roman Street, named for an old roman street in the Alps, is an internationally trained instrumental band specializing in improvisational fusion of Classical, Gypsy and Contemporary Jazz, Latin, and Nuevo Flamenco. A departure from the over-produced music that is out there today, they keep it simple—the beautifully organic sound of acoustic instruments played by talented people who love what they are doing. Whether performing as a guitar duo, or with a backing band, Roman Street astounds with music that appeals to fans of many genres.
ERIC ESSIX MOVE TRIO
Clearly, guitarist Eric Essix is not satisfied with preserving the status quo when it comes to his music. Now, with a total of 24 albums spanning a 30 year career as a contemporary jazz recording artist, his primary goal is to dismantle past ideas and reinvent them. He has performed or recorded with Ronnie Laws, Peabo Bryson, Kirk Whalum, Ruben Studdard, Eric Darius, Jeff Lorber, Bob Baldwin, Phil Perry and many more! His latest project, Eric Essix MOVE Trio – made up of fellow native Alabamians– is a decidedly minimalist approach to both the music’s sound and look.
While solidly based in contemporary jazz, Eric Essix MOVE Trio crosses many genres and appeals to a wide variety of people as evidenced by the shows they’ve opened and venues played in the last two years. “We’ve played everything from house concerts, clubs and small to medium halls,” Eric says. “God has blessed us to share the stage with a lot of jazz artists as well as multiple shows opening for Gladys Knight and my hero, B.B. King!” Eric Essix MOVE Trio toured extensively in 2016 in both the U.S. and Europe. “At first, I think people who have never seen us before are curious when they see just three guys walk out onstage dressed in suits and ties, Eric laughs. “But it doesn’t take long for them to feel at ease when they hear some ‘southern fried’ funk or a familiar R&B favorite. Then everybody just relaxes and has a good time!”
MOVE’s “heartbeat” is drummer, James “PJ” Spraggins. PJ is a composer, producer and bandleader in his own right with a total of three releases as a solo artist with his latest entitled Time To Heal. He has performed and/or recorded with Ronnie Laws, Stevie Wonder, Roy Ayers, Martha Reeves, Randy Owen, Kirk Whalum, Marcus Miller, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Alex Bugnon and Frank McComb.
Grammy nominated producer and multi-instrumentalist, Kelvin Wooten is the group’s “soul”. He plays electric bass guitar and keyboards with MOVE. His ability to play complex multiple parts on the keyboards – in real time –excites audiences everywhere the group performs. Wooten’s extraordinary work in the studio as a songwriter and producer has led to his own debut release “Window” and Grammy nominations for albums with Anthony Hamilton and Mary J. Blige. He has worked in the studio or performed live with Jill Scott, Lalah Hathaway, Raphael Saadiq, Floetry, Chrisette Michele, Goapele, Kelly Price, Musiq Soulchild, Dwele, TLC, Chante Moore, Earth Wind And Fire, Tony!Toni!Tone!, Bee Gees, Angie Stone, Warren G, The Isley Brothers, Ginuwine, Eric Benet, Joe and many more.
THE JAZZ STUDIO– a program of the Mobile Big Band Society, Inc.
Established in 2015 The Jazz Studio is a year round Jazz education program for middle and high school students. Under the musical direction of Hosea London, students represent the demographics of Mobile and Baldwin counties. Classes are held in the Fine Arts Building on the campus of Springhill College.
Emphasizing Jazz and Big Band era music, The Jazz Studio program is uniquely designed to:
• EDUCATE using the traditional Jazz curriculum.
• ENGAGE using historical retrospectives of legendary artist who inspired and molded both genres.
• EXPOSE using live performance opportunities, travel and master classes
The Jazz Studio is please to announce their first soon to be released CD titled The Jazz Studio-VOLUMN ONE.