Ham Jam House Concert

Owen Summers... Music of the band's Favorite Composers

Austin Repertory Quartet will be performing compositions by their Favorite Composers on Sunday, March 4th, at 2:00 PM.

The Austin Repertory Quartet returns the Ham Jam House to present compositions by some of the alto masters. This marks the band's fourth performance at Daren Appelt's home. They will perform several 2-3 song mini-sets featuring compositions by (and associated with) Johnny Hodges, Benny Carter, Paul Desmond, Art Pepper, and Charlie Mariano. This format should provide an interesting opportunity for the listener to hear and discuss the music of these significant alto players side by side.

The players...
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.

Matt Muehling is a veteran of the Austin music scene and a fine guitarist.

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.

Doors open at 2:00 PM and the concert is 3:00 to 5:00.
$10 suggested admission donation

BYOB and hors d'oeuvres are welcome!