Jazz-N-July 2021

We had an amazing time at the Tennessee Valley Jazz Society – Huntsville Annual Jazz Festival.

Festival Artist Spotlight

Daniel Jose Carr, Jr.
An Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame inductee, Carr has been instrumental in the Birmingham Jazz Community and we are thrilled to have him be a part of this year’s festivities. He currently hosts
a Tuesday night jam session at B.O.S.S. Ultra Bar and Lounge is located in downtown Birmingham.
Josh Couts is a jazz guitarist and educator. In addition to teaching the jazz band at Calhoun CC and guitar lessons at Alabama A&M, Josh performs regularly with local jazz musicians in various settings. Josh’s first album as a leader “Time Marching On” is available on all major streaming platforms. Josh has appeared on other recordings including two duo albums with Jim Cavender and a quintet recording by Sohyun Hong that featured incredible Boston-based musicians: George Garzone, Mark Walker, and John Lockwood. In February of this year, Josh recorded his 2nd album with world-renowned musicians Curtis Lundy, Terreon Gully, and Louis Heriveaux at Wilson Works studio in Atlanta. The album, “All Things Green” will be released later this year.
Long time percussionist, has played in most bands in Huntsville since
1966, Ivy Joe & the Snowballs soothed racial tensions in this area. Has three
CD’s to his credit, Global Healing, Been Down Low, and a live performance at
the HSV. Library! Has been doing drum circle in Big Springs Park for 30 years
with another percussionist. Has opened Jazz on the Mountain festival since its
inception ‘’ Live”.
The group, Nossa Samba (which means Our Song in Portuguese), was started in 2019 by jazz
guitarist, Stan Lee. The goal is to feature a large sampling of Brazil’s great music including songs
and artists rarely heard in this country but are just as deserving as the relatively few Jobim
standards that have been absorbed into the American Jazz Songbook. Stan asked Sharla Bell to
play flute in this project unaware that Sharla is also a long-time devotee of Brazilian music and
can sing in Portuguese. This fortunate coincident inspired finding other musicians having
similar enthusiasm for this music. Nossa Samba’s well received debut concert was at the Lowe
Mill in September 2019. The year 2020 was bust for live concerts, but the audio and video
recordings were made at Sound Cell studio, culminating in a concert at the Cooper House in May
1, 2021. Current band members: Sharla Bell, flute/vocals; Stan Lee, guitar; Devere Pride, bass;
Tom Branch, drums; Pete Harrison, piano; Steve Motz, tenor sax; Sandy Roll, trumpet/
flugelhorn; and Billy Bargetzi, trombone. More info available at nossasamba.com and Facebook.com/Nossa-Samba
Both Marlène and Jerry Tachoir had an early start as professional musicians. Jerry
became a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony as a mallet percussionist at the young
age of 15, meanwhile in Québec Canada, Marlène was playing keyboards with her
father’s swing band at 13 years old.
After both graduated from Berklee College of Music, they started a lifelong musical
collaboration, playing, composing, recording and presenting masterclasses.
“Shades of Blue” is the Tachoir’s 10th album, it features a selection of original, eclectic
jazz Duo compositions infused with blues influence. It also includes the classically
styled “Reflections for Vibraphone and Piano”, a challenging and emotion filled Suite in
3 Movements, which reflects Marlène’s state of mind during these difficult times in our
Jerry Tachoir
The Tennessee Valley Jazz Allstars were created around 1990 (before or after, lol) as musicians that the jazz society presented.
Thru the past 35 years, the Tennessee Valley Jazz Allstars (TVJA) has been the headline group or backed many jazz greats such as Rickie Cole, Ellis Marsalis, Jimmy Heath, and others.
There is no leader of TVJA; however, I rely on bassist Devere Pride and keyboardist Pete Harrison to arrange bands for various gigs. Most of the gigs I’m proud of with the Tennessee Valley Jazz Allstars is the Tennessee Valley Jazz Society’s education initiative, “Jazz Education is Cool in the Schools.”
Howard Bankhead, the director of TVJS, created this educational initiative in 1998 to give and offer the young people of the world other musical options to chose from. But, unfortunately, the popular sounds (not music) were negative lyrics, images, and beats.
Yes, having a voice and freedom of choice is what democracy is all about. Therefore, I believe in options in the marketplace of ideas. By presenting since 1998 “Jazz Education is Cool in the Schools” to over 38,400 students, facility and staff in area educational and community locations, we are exposing this grand art form and creating options to chose from.
For this festival, Bo Berry, Birmingham; Devere Pride, Huntsville; Marcus Pope, Huntsville; Pete Harrison, New York; Barron Robinson, Huntsville and Eugene Flemings, North Caroline, makes up the Tennessee Valley Jazz Allstars.
Howard Bankhead

Lineup Subject to Change

2021 Jazz-N-July Festival on the Mountain
12:00 Noon – Gates Open.
1:00 Drum Call – Ivy Joe Drummers.
1:15 – 2:00 Josh Jazz.
2:20 – 3:20 Nossa Samba.
3:40 – 4:40 Tachoir Duo.
4:50 – 5:50 TVJS Jazz Allstars including: Devere Pride, Marcus
Pope, Pete Harrison, Bob Berry, Barron Robinson, Eugene Fleming, and others.
6:10 – 7:10 Jose Carr and The Jazz Cats.

Festival Activities Include:

♫ Jazz Education ♪ Jazz Menu’s ♪ Jazz on YouTube Videos

♫ Jazz for Seniors ♪ Youth Poetry Presentations ♪

♫ Jazz on the Mountain-June 27 {Major Event}

♫ Jazz Concert ♪ Jazz Jam Session

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Huntsville, Alabama