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March 11th, 2017 – Ed Carney Memorial Jazz Concert featuring the Shawn Thunder Wallace Quintet January 10, 2017

Posted by eng112f09 in Upcoming concerts.

Join us on March 11th for the Shawn Thunder Wallace Quintet! The concert will begin at 7:30 pm on Saturday, March 11th at Chapel Lane Presbyterian Church, 5501 Jefferson Ave. Students are welcome to come out the night before for a jazz and improvisation clinic on March 10th at 4:30pm at Chapel Lane. The clinic is free, open to the public and food will be provided!


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Meet the Band!

  •  Shawn Thunder Wallace – Saxophone & Flute
  • Anthony Stanco – Trumpet
  • Kevin Turner – Guitar
  • Bradley Mellen – Bass
  • Maxwell Button – Drums

Shawn Wallace is the director of Jazz Studies and associate professor of jazz saxophone at The Ohio State University. He is also the Minister of Music and Worship Arts at Second Baptist Church in Columbus, OH. Shawn has released 8 CDs, is a multi-instrumentalist (saxophone, flute, clarinet, piano, bass and guitar) and is the leader of The Ohio Jaztet, Perfect Storm and The Shawn “Thunder” Wallace Quartet. Wallace is a Vandoren Artist and endorses Gemeinhardt musical instruments. Wallace recently appeared in the movie Miles Ahead and is currently pursuing a DMA in saxophone performance at The University of Cincinnati (CCM).

As a trumpet player, composer and educator, Anthony Stanco is a rising talent in today’s music scene. Anthony’s brilliant trumpet style is exciting and demonstrates his understanding of the jazz tradition. Anthony is equally passionate as an educator and composer. After graduating from high school in 2007, Anthony was accepted at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music to pursue his bachelors in jazz performance and also studied privately with trumpet technician Laurie Frink. In 2014, he finished his graduate degree at Michigan State University where he had the chance to learn from jazz greats including Rodney Whitaker, Reginald Thomas, Michael Dease, and Etienne Charles.

Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Kevin Turner began playing guitar at the age of 9. He was trained as a jazz guitarist but spent an equal amount of time playing in the pop genre. At the age of 16, Kevin was introduced to the professional scene by jazz great Hank Marr when he joined Hank’s jazz organ trio. Hank was Kevin’s music teacher at the performing arts high school where he attended. Quickly becoming known throughout his hometown for his consummate skills on both guitar and bass, Kevin soon found success on the national stage when he served as sideman for pop and jazz legend Ray Charles in 1984. His soulful guitar solo on Ray Charles’ “Winter Wonderland” can still be heard each Christmas season throughout the world. Further, over the years, Kevin has performed, recorded and/or toured alongside a number of artists including Charles Earland, Jimmy Smith, George Howard, Diane Schuur, Destiny’s Child, The Winans, Oleta Adams, Dr. John, and Lalah Hathaway. Kevin currently tours and records with Grammy award-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum.

Bradley Mellen is an active bass and cello player in the Columbus area. Fluent in both classical and Jazz genres, Brad is involved with the world fusion band Chakra and also leads his own band the Brad Mellen Quartet.

Maxwell Button was born in Tenafly, a suburb of New York City in the northeastern corner of New Jersey. He began piano lessons at the age of six but switched to drum lessons before long. After high school he attended Otterbein College on an audition-based scholarship. After two years Maxwell auditioned for the pop/rock band The Big Creak and was asked to join in August of 2000. He left Otterbein to play and tour with the Big Creak. After the Big Creak disbanded in 2004, Maxwell decided to go back to school and graduated from The Ohio State University with a Jazz Performance degree in 2007. Currently, he is involved in many different projects, including The Jazz Crackers, Brett Burleson Trio, The Moonbats, Men of Leisure and plays mainly freelance gigs as well as leading his own group. Maxwell teaches all styles on the drum set and is an active musician in the Columbus scene.



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