Austin Repertory Quartet has performed previously in several Ham Jam House Concerts exploring the compositions by the legendary Benny "King" Carter, Art Pepper, and Jimmy Van Heusen.
Benny Carter is probably the only musician to have recorded in nine separate decades, beginning in 1928 with Charlie Johnson's orchestra and concluding in 2001 with a solo piano recording of one of his own compositions. In the intervening 73 years he performed and recorded with Fletcher Henderson, Chu Berry, Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie, Django Reinhardt, Miles Davis, and many more. He was well known as a superb arranger throughout his career, contributing arrangements to the Ellington, Basie, Fletcher Henderson bands, as well as countless scores for television and film. Many of his compositions have become jazz standards. We will feature wonderful tunes like People Time, Summer Serenade, When Lights Are Low, Only Trust Your Heart, and many more gems written throughout Benny's illustrious carer.
Masumi Jones is one of the top jazz drummers on the Austin scene today. Her career has taken her from her native Japan to Boston, where she studied at Berklee College of Music, to New York, back to Japan, and finally to Austin. Along the way she has performed with many top shelf musicians like Anat Cohen, Jeremy Pelt, and Helen Sung, as well as co-founding Groovin’ Girls with Takana Miyamoto and Noriko Ueda. Since moving to Austin she has become a fixture of the jazz scene, performing with Alex Coke, Rich Harney, Jon Blondell, Jeff Lofton, The Jitterbug Vipers, and others. She live streams Lunch With Masumi every Wednesday at noon featuring some of Austin’s top jazz musicians.
Bart Madeley is a veteran of the Austin music scene and a remarkably fluid guitarist influenced by Barney Kessel, Joe Pass, BB King, John Scofield, Jimi Hendrix, and others. He has performed with Austin jazz luminaries Martin Banks, Alex Coke, Jazzmanian Devil, Texas Tenor legend Clifford Scott, Austin blues icon Toby Anderson, The Platters, and others in his 35 year career.
Mike St. Clair is a versatile bassist and multi-instrumentalist at home in a myriad of musical styles. A native of North Carolina, he moved to Denton to obtain a MM in Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas, where he studied bass with Lynn Seaton and performed with a variety of bands, including Snarky Puppy and The Polyphonic Spree. He later lived in Athens, Georgia before finding a home in the Austin music scene, where he performs in a variety of genres. He joins the Austin Repertory Quartet for this concert between tours with Austin indie rock band Okkervil River.
Owen Summers moved to Austin from his native New York in 2007 and has worked as a
saxophonist and pianist throughout the Central Texas area. He studied piano with Gwen Stevens
and participated in masterclasses/chamber music coaching with Jeremy Denk, Daedalus Quartet,
Tanya Bannister, and others. He later discovered a love for jazz and studied with
saxophonist Tim Price, in addition to receiving on the bandstand training from seasoned
musicians in New York, most notably guitarist Steve Blum. In Austin he works regularly as
both a leader and sideman in a variety of musical situations.