2014
July
25, 26 & 27

Updated April 5, 2014.
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Band Lineup for 2014

Jeff Barnhart plus Ivory&Gold® Mystic, Conn.

Jeff brought his incredible talent to Evergreen for the first time last year, and there was simply no way we weren’t inviting him back! His amazing keyboard work and lively vocals had audiences cheering, a common occurrence wherever he performs around the world. And this year, special guest Eddie Erickson will add to the excitement. For selected sets Jeff will again be joined by his wife, flutist Anne, as the enchanting duo Ivory&Gold, which has generated its own enthusiastic following on both sides of the Atlantic. It's a genuine pleasure to welcome them back. www.ivoryandgold.net

Big Mama Sue Trio Santa Cruz, California

Raucous. Rowdy. Rambunctious. Those words normally don’t apply to a trio. But then this isn’t a normal trio. Big Mama Sue and her friends make their first appearance in the Evergreen Festival, and it promises to be both entertaining and memorable. With her rousing vocals and blazing washboard, Sue has been a major attraction at countless festivals around the world. She also maintains one of the most distinctive wardrobes in all of jazz. Add in special guest Eddie Erickson, and you’ll want to catch every set! Check out her website here.

Special Guest Eddie Erickson Monterey, California

One of the biggest names in jazz makes his Evergreen debut in 2014.  “Fast Eddie” will be appearing with Jeff Barnhart and with Big Mama Sue, but who knows where else he might show up? Eddie’s banjo, guitar, vocals and wit have made him a premier attraction, and his work with Dan Barrett and Rebecca Kilgore as B.E.D. has dazzled audiences for many years.  When he joins up with Barnhart and with Big Mama, there’s no telling what may happen, but it’s a good bet you’ll want more!

James Dapogny's Chicago Jazz Band Ann Arbor, Michigan

It is a thrill to welcome back one of the all-time Festival favorites.  This marvelous organization appeared in the very first Festival and in six others, always delivering truly incredible performances.  Between its star-studded musician lineup and incredible Dapogny arrangements, it’s no wonder the band is regarded as one of the very finest anywhere. If you haven't heard them, you're in for a treat. Learn more about them here.

After Midnight Denver

If Swing is your thing, this is your band. Led by clarinet great Roger Campbell and featuring the fabulous Rick Weingarten on vibes, they re-create the sound of the Benny Goodman Sextet right down to the last toe-tap. Their repertoire also includes many other big names from the Swing Era, and if previous Festival appearances are any indication, they’ll have the house jumpin’ as soon as they hit the stage. After Midnight Website

Your Father's Mustache Band Denver

One of the mainstays of the Denver jazz scene, the Mustache Band originated at the Your Father’s Mustache Nightclub, a popular downtown spot in the 1960s-70s. Several members of the current band first met at the club and have been making music together ever since, while some other members have left and returned. They have been the “house band” at the Bull & Bush Restaurant and Brewpub in Denver for over 30 years. This is their first appearance in the Festival, and for the occasion they’re bringing back their longtime popular vocalist Mary Kelly. You’re gonna love ‘em! Additional info here.

Peter Ecklund's Blue Suitcase Trio New York City

Whether on trumpet, cornet or flugelhorn, Peter Ecklund’s sound is like no other. It’s been written that “factors ranging from classical training, a bent for rock/folk/blues, swing experience spanning big band to country & western, and a rogue pop sensibility combine to produce the particular jazz hybrid that is Peter Ecklund’s music.” Don’t know that there’s much to add to that! He was lead trumpet with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks in the 19890s and 90s and has also played with such notables as Gregg Allman, Maria Muldaur and Leon Redbone. This is the group’s Evergreen debut, and you’re going to be glad they’re here! Learn more online.

Queen City Jazz Band Denver

Now in its sixth decade of crowd-pleasing performances across the U.S. and Europe, the Queen City Jazz Band is always a big hit at the Evergreen Jazz Festival. Renowned vocalist Wende Harston once again joins the band on every set, including the Sunday morning gospel service — an experience that is not to be missed! Queen City Jazz Band Website

Bogalusa Strutters Colorado

An all-star group created especially for last year’s Festival, these four absolutely blew audiences away with their great, swingin’ sound and were the big surprise of the whole weekend.  Given their top-level talent, it really shouldn’t have been a surprise, but as all-stars, they’d never been together before.  Now that they’ve had a year to get better acquainted, we’re really looking forward to what happens next!

Joni Janak & Centerpiece Jazz Denver

One of the great, enduring stars of the Rocky Mountain jazz galaxy, Joni Janak returns for her eleventh appearance in the Festival. Joined by superb guitarist/vocalist Ed Stephen and special guest Bill Pontarelli on clarinet, Joni's pure, unencumbered vocal renditions would undoubtedly bring a smile and applause from the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart and all the other composers from the Great American Songbook. And wow, can she hit a high note! www.jonijanak.com

Hot Tomatoes Dance Orchestra Colorado

Jitterbug? Lindy Hop? Fox Trot? Put on your dancing shoes – or at least your toe-tappers – and start swingin’ with the Hot Tomatoes’ authentic re-creations of such Swing Era and Big Band greats as Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey and Count Basie. They’ve been doing it for over 30 years now, and their popularity never fades. The musicians’ resumes read like a Who’s Who of jazz, having performed with the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Mel Torme and Clark Terry to mention just a few. Yeah … these guys are good! Check out their website here.


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