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Route 66 Jazz Orchestra

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Route 66 Jazz Orchestra

Route 66 Plays Pop and Rock

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 @ 7:30 PM

Join this exciting big band and they perform jazz covers of tunes originally made famous by some history’s greatest classic rock groups and soloists including Simon and Garfunkel, The Beatles, Blood Sweat and Tears, Steely Dan, Donna Summer, Tom Jones and more.

The first set will feature the talents of the band’s 17 great instrumentalists, and three fine vocalists, Ron Wilkinson, Valerie Tichacek and Dean Christopher. For the second year in a row, the band will also highlight the work of amazing guest drummer, Joe Weber. Weber graduated with a B.M.E. degree from Southeast Missouri State University and went on to tour with The Glenn Miller Orchestra for four years. While in the band, he recorded two CDs, Moonlight Serenade and Here We Go Again. He has traveled worldwide and performed with celebrities such as Red Skelton and Jerry Vale, and has also made a few TV appearances. After his tour with Glenn Miller, Weber went on to perform with Bill Watrous, Carl Fontana, Warren Vache, Rene Marie, Scott Hamilton, Ann Hampton Calloway, Corey Christiansen, Harry Waters, Steve Lippia, Jim Widner and Jim Manley.

The second set we will feature guest artist Vince Martin. St. Louis' best-kept secret has the vocal characteristics of George Benson, Al Jarreau and Elvis Presley and the instrumental prowess of Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and Albert King. From the young age of 10 years old, Martin spent all of his time immersed in music. He sang doo-wop, harmonized and played guitar, drums, bass and trumpet. At age 15, he played with the Albert King Blues Band and worked with the great Jazz trumpeter and master of improvisation David E. Hines, which earned him a write-up in Downbeat magazine. Martin has opened shows for maestro Barry White, Gladys Knight and the Pips, War, Curtis Mayfield, Jane L. Powell, saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr., Kiss, the Allman Bros. Band, the J. Giles Band, Carly Simon, and many others. He played in a group called The Smith Connection at the world famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem with The Stylistics and three very fine ladies known as First Choice. Martin performs all styles and genres of music and holds true to the philosophy that all good music belongs to all good humankind. He continues to make his own mark in the world of music with his distinctive song stylings and formidable instrumental prowess.

Ticket Prices

$15 at the door