07Thursday April 7th – Matt Wauchope Trio

Matt Wauchope is a musician who has lived in Atlanta for the last 10 years. He studied music at Florida State before graduating from UGA. After college, he toured and recorded with Sean Costello,traveling through 48 states, Western Europe, and Scandanavia. Playing in Sean’s band allowed him the opportunity to play with blues legends such as Jody Williams, Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins, James Cotton, and Elvis Costello. He is playing on three of Sean’s CD’s in addition to numerous local sessions including the Blind Boy’s of Alabama.

Matt is thrilled to be recently reunited with Sean’s former rhtym section and his long time musical family members, Terrence Prather on drums and Melvin Zachary on bass. They are also frequently joined by on sax by the great New Orleans transplant Clarence Johnson III or Ryan Whitehead.

14Thursday April 14th – Bonaventure Quartet( with Amy Pike)

The Bonaventure Quartet was originally just Dave and Charles who were nuts about Django. But we needed some low end, so we dragged Mark Bynum over on Sunday afternoons and became an all-acoustic trio based in Atlanta whose initial inspiration came from the great French gypsy guitarist, Django Reinhardt.

At least, that’s how it started…

Since Amy Pike was a close friend and just happened to be the best singer we’d ever met, we begged her to start singing with us, and once she did, we didn’t want her to stop…

So then we were a quartet. (Mark got busy on the road and Kris Dale stepped and stayed for years! Now Kris is on the road and Mark is back in the fold.)

But we were still greedy for another melody instrument, so we went looking and found Don Erdman on clarinet and we became a quintet.
Inevitably, however, we had to meet a swing violinist. So naturally, when Marla Feeney stepped into the room, we grabbed her, too, and now we have the Sextet!!!!!!

But then we recorded the Secret Seduction of the Grand Pompadour. Charles and Mark had worked with the amazing Joel Morris previously in a wacky funk group called the Sargasso Cs, and when some songs called for drums, we said “Yo-Joel!!” And he fit in like a glove. So now we had a Septet….

While recording the above CD, our wonderful friend and engineer, Ken Gregory played some trumpet and trombone, and he was so tasteful, we said, “bring it on, Ken!”

Dave got busy with some other stuff and had to step out, but luckily Dan Coy, a great Atlanta jazz guitarist, turned out to be a Djangophile, too, and stepped right into the fold.

Which brings us to the Fabulous Bonaventure Double Quartet…..

But that didn’t last long. Gabe Granitz showed up at a gig we did playing the accordion and we said, “wow, it’s so shiny!! And it sounds so French!”

So now it’s a Nonet.

The repertoire of the group is diverse.

Our performances of classic standards, western swing, gypsy jazz and original compositions all fall under the spell of the Reinhardt influence. Moviegoers might be familiar with this style featured in the Woody Allen* film “Sweet and Lowdown,” or “Chocolat.”

21Thursday April 21th – Zodiac Quartet

Zodiac has been delighting and provoking Atlanta audiences for more than a decade with a fearless approach to swing and Latin standards that never loses sight of their origins. With a signature mix of intricately beautiful melodic lines, harmonic sophistication, and spot-on improvisation, listeners are guided over terrain that feels at once familiar and strange on a journey that never fails to excite the senses.

28Thursday April 28th – Darren English

South African born trumpeter Darren English, is the two-time recipient of the Fine Music Radio (FMR) Award and the 2012 recipient of the SAMRO Overseas Award.

He has performed with UK Reggae artist Finley Quaye, UK Pop star Craig David, South African writer/musician/director David Kramer, guitarist Jimmy Dludlu multi-instrumentalist Mark Fransman, saxophonists Jonathan & Ryan Kilgore (Stevie Wonder), trombonist Saunders Sermons (Maxwell, Jay-Z), drummer Duffy Jackson, organist/trumpeter Joe DeFrancesco and pianist Joe McBride.

His most notable performances have been with Grammy® Nominated trumpeter Russell Gunn, being featured in his Krunk Jazz Orkestra featured at the Atlanta Jazz Fest (2014), with vocalist Carmen Bradford (Count Basie) as well as performing regularly and recording with Grammy® Award saxophonist Kebbi Williams (Chris ‘daddy’ Dave. Tedeschi Trucks), Greg Tardy, Melvin Jones (Tyler Perry), Joe Gransden, the Joe Gransden Big Band, Dwayne Pate, Yacht Rock Revue, Deszon Claiborne, Mike Burton (Jill Scott/Tyler Perry) Dave Matthews (Carlos Santana), Louis Heriveaux and the Kevin Bales Quartet to name a few.

Recently he has been featured in the US at the Atlanta Jazz Fest with his own quintet, as well as being the featured young artist at the 2015 Sitka Jazz Festival in Alaska and in Livorno (Italy) with vocalist Michela Lombardi.

He has recently recorded his debut album ‘Imagine Nation’ under Atlanta’s top jazz label, Hot Shoe Records®, which features trumpeter’s Russell Gunn and Joe Gransden, vocalist Carmen Bradford (Count Basie Orchestra), saxophonist Gregory Tardy, pianist Kenny Banks Jnr, drummer Chris Burroughs and bassist Billy Thornton. Darren is exclusively endorsed by B.A.C. Custom Artist Series Trumpets.

2010 Fine Music Radio Nassburn (FMR) Award Winner (SA) 2011 UCT Honors Award (SA) 2012 Fine Music Radio P’nP (FMR) Award Winner (SA) 2012 SAMRO Instrumentalist Overseas Award Winner (SA/USA)