Ham Jam House -Concert
Oxblood Melodians featuring Alice Spencer
03/16/2014, 05/15/2013, 05/21/2012
Oxblood Melodians are featuring Alice Spencer in a fine acoustic concert on Sunday,
March 16th, at 2:00 PM.
The Oxblood Melodians are a new Austin, Texas based band focusing on jazz
and blues from the 1920s. Led by David Jellema on cornet and clarinet and
Jonathan Doyle on bass saxophone, the group will also have Mark Gonzales on
trombone, Austin Smith on the violin, and JD Pendley on guitar. Alice Spencer
will be featured on vocals!
The Players for this concert...
-- Alice Spencer - Voice
Alice Spencer began singing early jazz and blues as a little kid in her family's
living room accompanied by her dad on piano and her grandfather on reeds. She
currently divides her time between Austin and St. Louis singing with some of
the finest musicians those cities can claim.
-- David Jellema - Cornet, Clarinet
David Jellema plays the cornet and clarinet, and may sing an occasional vocal
for the Thrift Set Orchestra. Born and raised in the Washington DC area, Jellema
began studying cornet in grade school, but pursued musical interests outside of
formal education by studying vintage recordings and by sitting in with local
dixieland jazz bands. After a bachelors education in classical civilizations,
and a masters in library services, Jellema’s career moves spanned overseas refugee
relief work in the Middle East, then archival work at the Smithsonian Institution’s
American History Museum and at the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee
State University. Jellema has toured and recorded with an experimental rock and
numerous jazz groups in Tennessee before moving summer 2007 to San Antonio to
play at Jim Cullum’s Landing. He has lived in Austin since autumn 2009 and plays
music full time, appearing as member and frequent guest with a dozen groups in
the area. His musical influences include Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong,
Bobby Hackett, and Jack Teagarden.
-- Jonathan Doyle - Bass Saxophone
Clarinetist, saxophonist, composer, and arranger Jonathan Doyle bases himself in
Austin, TX (Thrift Set Orchestra, Albanie and her Fellas) while spending time in
New Orleans (Tuba Skinny) and Chicago (Fat Babies) and on the road.
Jonathan briefly went to Depaul’s School of Music in Chicago and Studied under Mark
Colby. He left school to pursue a full time career in music during the neo-swing
movement of the mid-90s, playing with the Mighty Blue Kings and then the Four
Charms. He also played with Chicago’s emerging improvisers such as Josh Berman,
Jason Adasiewicz, and Design Flaw and developed an interest in country blues and
jug band music with the Wabash Jug Band. In 2004, Mr. Doyle moved to Austin to
pursue his love of acoustic and roots music afresh. After a brief stint with the
Asylum Street Spankers, he went on to freelance in Central Texas’ vibrant
traditional jazz and western swing scene, getting to play with well established
acts such as the Jim Cullum Jazz Band and Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel
as well being a part of many younger bands such as Hot Jazz Caravan, Warren Hood
and the Hoodlums, and the Giant Three.
2013 has had Jonathan focusing increasingly on arranging, composing and organizing,
leaning towards crafting original material and playing with bands that are hot,
swinging, and danceable; rooted yet distinct.
In the Oxblood Melodians Jonathan plays the bass saxophone; an instrument somewhat
commonly used as a string bass or tuba substitute in the 1920s. The bass saxophone
has fallen out of common usage since the 1920s, but is still quite a delightful and
impressive instrument to see and hear. It was actually the member of the saxophone
family that inventor Adolf Sax designed first.
-- Mark Gonzales - Trombone
Grammy award winning Mark Valentino Gonzales, or “SpeedyG” as he is often called,
has been impressing audiences with his style, versatility and musicality since he
arrived in Texas from Philadelphia in 1990. While attending the University of North
Texas he had the honor of being a member of the famed One O’Clock Lab Band under
the direction of Neil Slater. He received a Bachelors in Music Education and began
gigging regularly in the Dallas-Fort Worth area absorbing a vast number of musical
styles and genres.
During his time at U.N.T. he joined the Soul/R&B/Funk powerhouse, Mingo Fishtrap
which has enjoyed great popularity since the early ’90's. Mark and the group moved
to Austin in 1999.
Joining Grupo Fantasma in late 2008, his gritty trombone sound has been a welcome
addition to the band. Their 2011 album, El Existential which featured many
arrangements done by Gonzales won a Grammy for best Latin Rock Alternative/Urban
album. Amongst many awards and accolades, they have recently been inducted into
the Austin Music Hall of Fame.
When in Austin, Gonzales is very active in the Hot Jazz/Dixie scene, playing with
Aunt Ruby’s Sweet Jazz Babies, the East Side Dandies and others. He has also
become popular among composers, producers and songwriters for his horn arranging
Throughout his career, Mark as had the honor of playing and/or working with artists
such as Erykah Badu, Bonnie Raitt, Justin Timberlake, Questlove, Delbert McClinton,
Steve Berlin, GZA (Wu-Tang Clan), Lila Downs, Kris Kristofferson, Galactic, Greg
Boyer, Spoon, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Larry Harlow, Stephen Bruton, The Neville Brothers,
Ozomatli, Stanton Moore, Raul Malo, Frankie Valli, The Scabs and Bob Schneider,
-- Austin Smith - Violin
Austin Smith fell off of the monkey bars when he was five years old and woke up
backstage before this performance.
-- JD Pendley - Guitar
Doors open at 2:00 and the concert is 3:00 to 5:00.
$15 suggested admission donation
BYOB and hors d'oeuvres are welcome!