Enjoy great music in a house of books when Jazz @ Pontiac Public Library presents Airey B and Trio. The concert program is Saturday at the Pontiac Public Library. The music begins at 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 8.
The concert is free and open the public of all communities. Tickets are required, due to space limitations. Click here for reservations.
About the musicians:
Airey B is bold, impressive, and admirable, a bodacious singer/songwriter, guitar player and piano player. Her voice is captivating, expressive, and emotional. She invokes the spirit of the first ladies of the blues like Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith and Lizzie Miles. A breath of fresh air, she helps to revive the true spirit of the blues for other generations to come.
James O’Donnell (trumpet) is a native Detroiter. He lived in Mexico City playing at a jazz club for several years & has traveled the world as a bandleader on cruise ships. James studied with Carlos Rivera of the DSO as well as trumpet masters Russell Green (Jimmy Lunceford band), Marcus Belgrave & Herbie Williams, and also Uan Racey (MGM Studios). His playing style encompasses the use of the various techniques using the plunger/growl and other muted effects that were handed down to him to carry on a tradition of this music. He has performed with Jerry Gonzales, Sir Mack Rice, Pinetop Perkins, Lou Reed, Hubert Sumlin, and the Regal Brass Band of New Orleans. Currently he plays with RJ’s Kansas City Six, King Sweat, Motor City Street band and the Coachmen Orchestra. James leads his own groups the Nickyboy Street band and The Motown Mariachi Band. Co-leading the Planet D Nonet with RJ Spangler has been a long term dream project come true. James teaches privately at Anderson Music in Troy. James is on every PD9 recording since the very beginning.
Jeff Cuny (string bass) recently completed work on his Graduate degree in jazz studies at WSU and is a fine young string bassist. He is also the chief arranger for the Planet D Nonet and appears around the city with Tbone Paxton and also the Rhythm Society Orchestra.
Jake Matthews, Metro-Detroit drummer, percussionist, and educator, has been professionally performing since the age of sixteen years old. Receiving the degree of Bachelor of Music, concentrating in jazz drum set, from Wayne State University’s College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts, Jake has studied as well as worked with some of Detroit’s finest musicians, including Russ Miller, Edward Gooch, and David Taylor, among others. Over the past few years, Jake has been frequently performing throughout the greater metro-Detroit area, playing in all genres as well as various venues such as Cliff Bell’s, Meadowbrook Theatre, The Dirty Dog Jazz Café, The Cube at Orchestra Hall, and Royal Oak’s Arts, Beats, and Eats, just to name a few. Additionally, Jake is also a freelance recording session drummer and has played on multiple local artists’ albums.