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Backstage Cafe Jazz Series to Present Holiday Jazz on Dec. 16

Posted 11/03/2017
Submitted by Tricia Coppolo
Category: Campus Announcements

The Backstage Café Jazz Series
Holiday Jazz

The Backstage Café Jazz Series will be holding its 18th performance on December 16, 2017 – Holiday Jazz. The concert will take place in the Roberts Theater at the Handel Performing Arts Center, and will feature Shawnn Monteiro, Nat Reeves, Steve Davis, Rick Germanson and Josh Bruneau-world renowned musicians and faculty from The Hartt School's Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz.  

Shawnn Monteiro has delighted audiences from USA to Europe with her highly popular jazz repertoire laced with blues-oriented improvisations and the American Songbook. Shawnn's father was the late renowned bassist Jimmy Woode, veteran of the Duke Ellington band.  

Nat Reeves (bass)has built a successful career touring the world with some of the most important figures in jazz in the last half-century. His work as a prominent educator at The Hartt School's Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz has spanned over 30 years. As a bassist, he is regarded as a precise accompanist, known for his impeccable time, deep tones and great earthy, organic sound. As an educator, Nat mentors some of the future greats of jazz.  Today, Nat is committed to Jackie McLean’s legacy at The Hartt School, as well as continuing his career performing. 

Steve Davis (trombone) is well-known as one of the most prominent jazz trombonists in the world today. Steve has several recordings as a band leader as well as a sideman and has worked with many jazz icons.  Included with his numerous musical collaborations is his association as a member of the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Star Big Band.  

Rick Germanson (piano) is a native of Milwaukee, WI, and has been a highly in-demand pianist on the New York City jazz scene for over a decade.  He is also an experienced educator, having given clinics and master classes at such institutes as New York University; The Julliard School; New Jersey Performing Arts Center Jazz for Teens Program – to name a few.

Josh Bruneau (trumpet & flugelhorn) is a graduate of The Hartt School’s Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz. Josh is a trumpeter who has already been making a splash in the jazz world, having played with the likes of Eddie Henderson, Jim Hall and Curtis Fuller. The Josh Bruneau Quintet brings together the best of Hartford with NYC, and the promise of jazz’s next generation alongside established world-class musicians.

Sarah Hanahan (alto saxophone) has been playing saxophone since she was 8 years old - inspired by her dad who is a drummer. Sarah has been dedicated to music from a very early age and is considered one of the most promising future greats in jazz. Currently a junior at The Hartt School's Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz.

Enay Tamikoe (drums) has been interested in music since the age of two, using pots and pans out of the kitchen  cabinet as his drums.  Won best rhythm soloist and two NJ state titles with the Scotch Plains Fanwood Moonglowers.  Currently a senior at The Hartt School's Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz.

Tickets are on sale now through the Lincoln Theater Box Office at: