Friday, November 22, 2002

The West Coast
featuring Guest Artist

Nate Birkey, trumpet

 

Though a California resident for the past fifteen years, trumpeter Nate Birkey hails from Colorado, learning piano at age seven and falling in love with his father's trumpet in the fifth grade. He attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston studying Jazz performance and composition and went on to study classical trumpet and composition at U.C. Santa Barbara. Nate has recently received awards from the Santa Barbara Arts Fund and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. As a studio musician he has appeared on over sixty different recordings, and has performed with pianists Roger Kellaway, Eric Reed, and Doug Carn. Nate has also made television appearances on ABC's Good Morning America and KTLA's Morning Show, and has performed at such notable clubs as Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood, Yoshi's in Oakland and Adagio Jazz Club in Savannah, GA. Nate Birkey's quiet but intense demeanor typifies an artist restlessly pursuing the evolution of his own musical personality. As composer, trumpeter and vocalist, he imbues warmth and broiling energy into his music, as heard in the contrasting, yet complimentary new releases, The Mennonite and Ballads. The success of 1998's Indelibly You pushed the Nate Birkey Quintet to the forefront of the West Coast Jazz scene, performing at clubs and festivals throughout the region. They returned to the studio in February of 2001, with cohesiveness and familiarity wrought by hundreds of live performances. Jim Connoly again tackles stand up bass with poignant stability as drummer Cougar Estrada, who has recently recorded with Los Lobos , Raul Malo and Los Super Seven, effectively propels the ensemble. Tenor saxophonist Justin Claveria and pianist Jamieson Trotter, son of famed pianist Terry Trotter, keep the quintet capable of quirk and combative with creativity. Birkey, aside from playing trumpet and singing, composes a majority of the music for the group. With studio dates scheduled, he got his hands dirty writing nearly a dozen songs in just weeks. Early mornings and later nights typify the Birkey songwriting ethic, a dedication that has grown since his years as a composition major at U.C. Santa Barbara. On those selections that he didn't write, Birkey steadfastly holds the quintet together with thoughtful arrangements that instill a sense of wonder as to what¹s coming next.

 

Program

Fuego Cubano Johnny Richards
From Cuban Fire Suite, Stan Kenton Orchestra

Relaxin at Camarillo Charlie Parker
UCSB Jazz Combo

Way Out West Sonny Rollins

You're Making Me Crazy Pete Rugolo

Jessica McAllister, voice

Invisible Ornette Coleman
UCSB Jazz Combo

Someday My Prince Will Come arr. by Bill Holman
Trombone and Rhythm Sections

Sugar Stanley Turrentine, arr. by Bob Florence

Intermission

Pussywiggle Stomp Don Ellis

Walkin' Shoes Gerry Mulligan
UCSB Jazz Combo

Hot Monky Love Gordon Goodwin

 

featuring Nate Birkey

Round Midnite Thelonious Monk, arr. by Marty Paich

On to Guadalupe Nate Birkey
UCSB Latin Jazz Combo

I'll Be Seeing You
UCSB Graduate Jazz Combo

Uno Mas Paul Lopez