Ham Jam House -Concert

Mirage Jazz -Sammy Epstein
01/03/2015, 06/29/2013

Mirage Jazz will play a fine acoustic concert on Saturday, January 3rd, 2015, at 7:00 PM. Mirage Jazz Ensemble is a "chamber jazz" group that plays standards from the Great American songbook, and some less well known compositions that are melodic and interesting.

Sound samples at www.miragejazz.com, below.

Mirage Jazz Ensemble has a unique mix of instruments including the vibraphone (relative of the xylophone), which is not often heard in Austin. When played with the "four mallet" technique, the vibes and performer will dazzle both the ears and the eyes.

The Players...

Sammy Epstein – Reeds

Sammy Epstein, saxes and clarinet, moved to Austin 2006 from his adopted home state of Oregon. Sammy leads Mirage Jazz Ensemble. He also co-leads Brazilian quintet Rio Novo, and leads Mazel Tov Orchestra, a Jewish "klezmer" band. In addition, Sammy returns frequently to Portland to play with the Portland edition of Mirage Jazz Ensemble, and with Portland's Mazel Tov Orchestra.

Aaron Lack – Vibraphone

Percussionist and drummer Aaron Lack has performed concerts throughout North America and Europe and has been living and performing in the Austin, Texas area since 2000. Lack has shared the concert stage with jazz greats such as Benny Green, Roy Haynes, Chuck Israels, Alex Acuna, David Friedman, David Samuels, Ndugu Chancelor, Terry Gibbs, Ken "Professor" Philmore, and Andy Narrell as well as James Brown drumming legends Jabo Starks, and Clyde Stubblefield. Lack has performed on vibraphone, drums, steelpan, congas and other percussion instruments with Robben Ford, John Primer, The Robert Hohner Percussion Ensemble, The Ernie Durawa Trio, The David Palmer Quartet, The Brannen Temple Quartet, Earl "Pool" Ball, The Midland(MI) Symphony Orchestra, The Golden Arm Trio, Michael Shay, The Drew Smith Band, The Invincible Czars, The Stingers ATX, Los Jazz Vatos, RokkaTone, and many more. Lack's jazz festival appearances include the Montreaux/Detroit Jazz Festival, The Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival, The Grand Rapids Arts Festival, the Austin Jazz Festival, The Texas Jazz Festival, The San Antonio Jazz Festival, and the University of Texas Jazz Festival. Lack is currently performing in the Austin area with The Organic Mechanics, The Aaron Lack Steelpan Ensemble, Aaron Lack's Vibetet, The Monstas, Mirage Jazz Ensemble, The Belltower Trio, and many other projects encompassing a broad range of musical styles.

Utah Hamrick – Bass

Dr. Utah Hamrick is a Lecturer in Jazz at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and a bass instructor at Austin Community College. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Central Michigan University and a Doctorate in Jazz Performance from the University of Texas. As a bassist Utah performs with numerous Austin bands including Mr. Fabulous, Monster Big Band, Strings Attached, Mirage Jazz Ensemble, Graham Reynolds and Golden Arm Trio, and Jennifer Zavaleta.

-- Marage Jazz Website: http://www.miragejazz.com/

Doors open at 7:00 and the concert is 8:00 to 10:00.
$10 suggested admission donation

BYOB and hors d'oeuvres are welcome!