Jazz Night at Bonnie Kate Jan. 28; Stemwinder Band will perform Jan. 21

Published 11:59 am Thursday, January 12, 2023

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A night of jazz music will be celebrated January 28 at the Bonnie Kate Theater, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The program will feature two great bands — the ETSU Jazz Band and the Tri-Cities Jazz Orchestra.
The ETSU Jazz Band is directed by Martin Walters. The band has done jazz arrangements of music from various genres, including Funk, Latin Jazz, and Fusion.
The Tri-Cities Jazz Orchestra is directed by Eddie Dalton. The 17-piece band specializes in classic jazz and swing, with excellent arrangements by Eddie Dalton, Sloan Hill, and others. There are some great soloists in this band as well. Tickets are $10. Funds will go to the Bonnie Kate Restoration Project.
The Stemwinder Band will perform at the Bonnie Kate Jan. 21, beginning at 7 p.m. The group performs traditional bluegrass/folk music.
From Norman Blake and Tony Rice to Tom Paxton and the Carter Family with stops along the way to visit the Eagles, the Byrds, Sam Bush, Dan Fogelberg, Richard Thompson, Michael Martin Murphy, and even the Rolling Stones, each of the four band members bring their own personal influences to the mix creating an interesting and diverse listening experience.
Shannon Morton, a native Elizabethtonian, holds down the guitar duties with his smooth, laid back playing style and adds his voice to both lead and harmony vocals. Dennis Ellis, also from Elizabethton, does the mandolin chores and sings baritone. If enough of his “fans” are in the room he may be persuaded to sing a lead vocal as well! Pam Minke lives in Jonesborough and when not working with her horse “children” “Red Molly” & “Bailey” keeps the band in line with her rock solid, inventive bass playing while adding her voice to the harmony mix. Bob Minke {Pam’s husband and lifelong partner in music} plays banjo, guitar and sings both lead and harmony vocals to complete the quartet.
What started out as four new friends getting together to jam occasionally has become four really good friends getting together to play music for their family, friends, and fans whenever and wherever they get the chance.
Tickets are $10.

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