Monday Musical Club's November Program presents the Jazzmin II Quintet featuring Steve Reed on trumpet and Larry Schanker on piano; and Rebecca Derbas-Selvidge, Katherine Rohwer, and Carrie VanDenburgh as The Three Divas. The program is Monday, November 7th, 6:30 PM at the Heritage Center in St. Joseph.
Jazzmin II is a swingin' jazz quintet featuring members of the local Lake Effect Jazz Big Band and guest artists. The quintet has been together for six years and plays jazz standards and classics from the "Great American Songbook” including swing tunes, bossas, ballads, and popular jazz tunes going all the way back to the 20's and 30's.
Jazzmin II is led by Steven Reed on trumpet and flugelhorn, and features Christopher Keech on saxophones, Tim King on standup bass, Chuck Hartzell on drums, and pianist/composer Larry Schanker.
Reed has been on the music scene in the twin cities area for over 40 years teaching music at St. Joseph High School and performing in numerous jazz and classical organizations in and out of the area during those years. In retirement he is now conducting the Lake Effect Jazz Big Band and fronting the Jazzmin II quintet.
Christopher Keech is one of the top jazz saxophonists in the area and is a soloist with the Lake Effect Jazz Big Band, Ed Bagatini's jazz groups, and many others. Chris teaches at Coloma Public Schools, and is an adjunct saxophone teacher at Lake Michigan College, Andrews University and Southwest Michigan College.
Tim King is a well known musician in the area and excels on double bass, electric bass and woodwinds. Tim teaches at the Citadel Music Center and runs his own sound and recording business.
Chuck Hartzell is a local business owner and jazz drummer extraordinaire performing tasty rhythmic accompaniment in large and small combos. Chuck was the drummer in the original Jazzmin quintet formed in the late 1970's.
Larry Schanker is an exceptional musician, pianist and composer. Larry teaches music at the Brookview Montesori School and is also the head administrator at the school this year. He has written numerous arrangements and compositions and is in demand literally around the world.
The Three Divas sing the music of Mozart, Hahn, Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart using their background in opera, musical theatre and Jazz to entertain the Southwest Michigan area.
Rebecca Derbas-Selvidge, soprano, holds a Bachelors of Music in Choral Education from Western Michigan University and a Certificate of Musical Theatre Professional Performance from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. She is the Choral Director at Coloma Community Schools. Rebecca has performed with various ensembles including: Gold Company under Dr. Steve Zegree, WMU Chorale, and VOICES LMC as well as regional and local theatre productions such as Sandy in Grease!, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, Mother in SMSO's Ragtime, and Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown. She has been musical director for TCP's Sound of Music, CMW's Hairspray, and TeenStock's summer productions including Les Miserablés and Spamalot; most recently directing Xanadu.
Rebecca has performed at the International Association of Jazz Educators conference in Toronto and has appeared on several albums including: Gold Company's Who Could Ask for Anything More and 30; Tim Hauser's Love Stories, and Ditties for Kiddies, a benefit CD for Little Kids Rock. She was writer/producer/performer for A Woman's World Cabaret at Danny's Skylight in New York City and other local cabaret productions. She has performed pop and jazz charts at such venues as The Cutting Room, The Triad, and Studio One in New York City. Rebecca was co-singer/songwriter for the band Stoney End, a back-up singer for the Erin Hill Band and is a BMI affiliated songwriter. She enjoys performing with her "diva" friends in the group, Three Divas of Southwest Michigan. For more information, please go to our website: ThreeDivas.us
Carrie VanDenburgh, soprano, is a California native who grew up in a musical family, studying piano and violin from an early age. Although she loved to sing and grew up singing in choirs, she never thought it was something she would pursue until her high school choir teacher gave her a solo. Following her graduation from high school, Carrie studied with Dr. Genevieve Kibble at Pacific Union College for two years before transferring to Andrews University to study under the tutelage of Mr. Stephen Zork. Carrie completed her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance in 2000 and obtained her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance in 2002, both from Andrews University.
Carrie has been the soloist for Bach’s Magnificat, John Rutter’s Gloria, Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Laudate Dominum, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Ramirez’s Misa Criolla, played a role in the musical Godspell, and was Julie in the musical Carousel and Marian Paroo in The Music Man with the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra. Mrs. VanDenburgh was also a winner in the Young Artist Competition, 2000 and 2001.
She has taught at Bridgman High School as the choral director and at Lake Michigan College where she taught aural comprehension, music theory, and voice lessons. Currently, Carrie VanDenburgh is the choir teacher at Berrien Springs Middle and High School where her choirs continually receive Excellent ratings at the district and state level. She is also the Choir Director at Harbert Community Church.
Katherine Rohwer, mezzo soprano, received her degree in Choral Music Education and Vocal Performance from Western Michigan University, studying under Elizabeth Cowan and Kenneth Prewitt. Her performance credits from Western Michigan University include the roles of Dorabella from Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Meg Page from Verdi’s Falstaff, and Mrs. Anderssen from Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. She has been a featured soloist with the Kalamazoo Bach Festival Chorus, performing Rachmaninoff’s Vespers, and served as the alto section leader. As a member of the World Youth Choir, Katherine explored and performed a vast array of musical styles in Italy, Switzerland, France, Thailand, Belgium, Germany, South Africa, Spain and Namibia, where she sang under the direction of conductors such as Peter Dijkstra, Gunnar Eriksson, and Bob Chilcott. Katherine is currently the Director of Choirs at Lakeshore High School in Stevensville, MI.