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.

Alice Spencer

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 abilities.

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, amongst others.


-- 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


Concert...
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!