BLOWING THE ROOF OFF
ONE IMPROVISATIONAL CONCERT AT A TIME
Portion of the proceeds to benefit the Music Department at the Heights Center
TICKETS ON SALE NOVEMBER 1st, 2018
Jennifer has been performing and composing professionally for over 25 years. Classically trained with an eclectic background of R&B, funk, fusion, rock, jazz, pop, new age, and experimental. She records & performs internationally having toured with artists such as Alexander O’Neal, former Paisley Park recording artist David “T.C.” Ellis, Mallia “The Queen of Funk” Franklin from Parliament-Funkadelic and Parlet , Czech artists such as Pavel Bobek, Karel Šůcha and the Czech alt-rock jazz group, Laura A Její Tygří (Laura and Her Tigers).
Lisa George is a true vocal alchemist singer songwriter, having performed in both the United States and Japan. She has opened for the Platters, Burned Spear, & Special EFX and appeared in New Orleans on the same stage as Fats Domino, Taylor Dane, and Ronnie Dove. Her soulful and unique voice is a crucial element in the creation of alchemical improv and her ability to take an audience along a soulful journey is unparalleled, mezmorizing, and authentic.
David C. Johnson, born in Detroit, Michigan, began studying piano at the age of 7. He then went on to take up the bass guitar on his own at the age of 11. At an early age, David knew that music was his calling. He performed all over the Detroit Area until he took an offer to work with a band in S.W. Florida in 1989. Since that time, David has become one of S.W. Florida’s premier musicians, and a “first call” bassist. Since 2000, David has toured with the Grammy Award winning legends, The Neville Brothers. He is also currently Bassist/Vocalist/Keyboardist of the Aaron Neville Quintet, with performances on Steven Colbert, CBS This Morning, David Letterman, Jay Leno, the Today Show, Ellen DeGeneres and The Martha Stewart Show to his credit.
Marsh Demott has performed in the MT. Washington Hotel Orchestra and has played for legends such as Tom Jones, Della Reese, Jerry Vale, Milton Berle, and Glenn Campbell. A former Maine-based band teacher and music educator he has worked with Ricky Howard, Sarah Hadeka, Sky Jammer, and Forman Five & many other southwest Florida groups. Marsh has such an extensive creative background and experience he can take the listener from the back streets of Berlin's doom jazz to the highest funk Sly Stone groove all within the course of one evening.
Not many musicians have had the variety of musical experience that Tim Torres has had in his young career . With nearly 10 instruments under his belt and receiving his Bachelor of Music Education degree (B.M.E) from FGCU in 2017, Mr. Torres is fluent in styles ranging from classical to jazz, musical theater, EDM, and even extreme death metal. Tim got his start in music as a drummer, playing professional gigs at 17. At the same time, Tim was honing his skills as a guitarist, and as a cellist. As a cellist ( both classical and electric) he has rubbed elbows onstage with some of the world's finest musicians and conductors, as well as great DJs and heavy metal artists. Tim has played guitar and banjo for many musical theater productions, has had radio airplay in the United States, and a majority of Europe. He currently lives in Naples Florida, where he teaches privately, works closely with local community orchestras.
BILL E. PETERSON Drums
Born in St. Louis, Mo., drummer Bill E Peterson spent his formative years in Naples, Florida, where inspiration to become a professional musician took root. Forgoing a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music, in Boston, Peterson opted to pursue a liberal arts education and play Division I soccer at Furman University, in Greenville, SC. With 3 years of education completed, highlighted by a Southern Conference Soccer Championship and a performance with the South Carolina All-College Jazz Ensemble, he transferred to the University of South Florida (USF), in Tampa, Fl., to complete his undergraduate degree. As the drummer for USF's Jazz Ensemble and Combo I, Peterson performed with many renowned jazz artists including: Ron Blake, Jon Faddis, Mulgrew Miller, Ira Sullivan, Marvin Stamm and legendary drummer Louis Bellson. Professional live performance beckoned and Peterson abandoned his academic pursuits in order to pursue a music career in SW Florida. Since doing so, Bill has played with many notable regional and national artists including: Kenny Drew Jr, Fred Johnson, The Platters, Charlie Brent, Doug Cameron, Ritchie Cole, Davell Crawford, Othello Molineaux, Luther Kent, Noel “Paul” Stookey and Charo. Peterson currently plays with a variety of SWFL’s finest musicians. He resides in Naples, Fl with his wife and three children.
Percussionist Steven Emerson has performed with The Blue Tones, The Black Cat Bone, Space Jam Band, Band of Misfits, Rock Solid Band just to name a few. He can also be found performing with artists such as David Johnson, AJ Mullans, Rickey Howard, Michale Balsucci, Diego Verney, Justin ross along with many other fantastic southwest Florida artists.
Born in Burlington, Vermont, Dan LaChance grew up in a large musical family that inspired him to learn sax and flute. Influences included Spyro Gyro, The Rippingtons, Steely Dan, Chicago, Pink Floyd; with a passion for smooth jazz from Grover Washington Jr., Richard Elliot and other great current artists. He attended several Jamey Aebersold Jazz improvisational workshops in Vermont and Indiana. After raising two children and operating a business for 30 years, time became available to play music again more regularly. Summers in Vermont bring blues bands to life, and in the Naples area many opportunities have opened up as a woodwind side-man for talents including Foreman Five, Bonita City Limits, Spinzone, Blu-Tones, Kate Roads, Michael Blasucci projects, Sarah Hadeka and others. In 2015, Dan played with Richard Perron, songwriter and singer in concert at the Norris Center, Naples. It is the unique creative energy and eclectic jazz roots that draws him to Alchymie music. He currently resides in Bonita Springs with his Artist wife, Lydia.
Warren (guitar) and Gregory (bass) Van Kirk are two brothers who are known for their creative high energy virtuosity and out of the box performances all over southwest Florida. Founders of the innovative and all original well known group Strange Arrangement. Performing at southwest Florida high profile charity events or music festivals, the brothers Van Kirk will definitely marinate the rhythm section with reggae, fusion, or greasy funk and everything in-between.