John LaRouche Trio
Saturday, December 3 at 7:30pm
Inspired by traditional jazz, the John LaRouche Trio has added their own unique voice to familiar tunes and their own compositions. Drawing from a wide range of jazz styles, they play jazz tinged with Latin, swing and tango beats. The trio's large repertoire includes jazz tunes from the 40's through the 60's written by Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Johnny Mercer, and others. Special guest Cooie DeFrancesco will provide vocals for the evening.
The trio features John LaRouche on the chromatic harp, Levent Unal on guitar, and Ellen Powell on bass. The group has played at various venues in Vermont, including The Inn at Essex, The Green mountain Inn, the Discover Jazz Festival and many others.
John LaRouche has been playing harmonica for over 40 years. He studied jazz at Pasadena City College with noted cornet player Bobby Bradford. LaRouche also studied with the late Cham-Ber Huang, who was a world renowned classical harmonica virtuoso. His influences include Toots Thielemans, Larry Adler and Stevie Wonder. LaRouche has taught music at college level and continues to give private lessons. His performances of note are with the famous pianist John Coates Jr. and cornetist Bobby Bradford.
Levent Unal has played lyrical and harmonically rich guitar for 20 years. He has mastered the style of such great jazz guitarists as Joe Pass and Jim Hall, adding his own voice and developing his own unique style. Unal has taught music and played in other countries, including Turkey and Switzerland.
Ellen Powell has many years in the music business as a jazz bassist. As a musician, she could be described as one of Vermont's premier jazz icons. She is also a respected teacher of bass having tutored many area musicians over the years, some of whom have made professional careers in music.
Cooie DeFrancesco's clear and vibrant vocal stylings bring lyrics to life, whether she's singing traditional tunes, popular songs, or originals. Her soulful and full voice is a joy to the soul and her passion for a song's meaning and spirit evokes the same feelings in her listeners.
Tickets are $20 with a pre-concert dinner available for $25. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 247-4295 or e-mail us for reservations or more information.
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