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Dear Friends,

We're happy to announce the first ART OF JAZZ in-home concert of 2014 on Sunday, May 4, 4 p.m. in a beautiful mountain home southeast of Hendersonville. Hard to believe, but this is ART OF JAZZ's third year of bringing you quality jazz in intimate settings that increase your enjoyment and appreciation of the music.

This concert is special because, for the first time, we're featuring the trumpet, an instrument associated with jazz since its birth in the South. Our trumpeter Jamey Simmons has been playing for many years in all styles of jazz trumpet, including Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis. The program will contain many jazz standards as well as some happy surprises. 

As usual, our gracious hosts will offer light food and wine during intermission, plus a complimentary drink when you arrive. The home seats 45 people comfortably for the concert, so please contact us as soon as possible to make your reservations (see below for specifics). We are looking forward to another great season. Thank you for supporting jazz in Western North Carolina.
Michael Jefry Stevens,
Artistic Director
Nancy Holmes and Elise Pratt,
Art of Jazz Committee


A prime instrument in American jazz music, the trumpet stars in a bravura concert by jazz trumpet player Jamey Simmons, jazz pianist Michael Jefry Stevens & bassist Eliot Wadopian.
Sunday, May  4, 2014 — 4:00 p.m.
Hendersonville, NC

(reservation holders will receive location,
driving and parking directions.)

 Jamey Simmons, trumpet
Michael Jefry Stevens, piano
Eliot Wadopian, bass

Admission price: $35 per person

Seating is limited to 45, so early reservations are recommended.
A complimentary drink is served before the concert and
refreshments and drink are served during intermission.


Secure your reservation(s) by e-mailing your name and the names of the people in your party to Michael Jefry Stevens at; please include everyone's full name, mailing address, e-mail address and telephone number. Michael will respond by giving you his snail mail address for your check(s). This way he can also let you know if the concert is sold out. Once all patron checks are received, he will send you information about the location of the private home, plus driving and parking directions. If you have any questions, please e-mail Michael at



The concert will explore the jazz stylings of some of the great trumpet virtuosos in jazz history through the electric horn of Jamey Simmons, Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies & Jazz Trumpet at Middle Tennessee State University. Some of Jamey's "muses" in trumpet artistry are Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker and Clifford Brown. Jamey will perform with the notable Michael Jefry Stevens on piano and Grammy Award winner Eliot Wadopian on bass. Both Jamey and Eliot are appearing for the fist time in an ART OF JAZZ concert.


JAMEY SIMMONS, trumpet. Jamey realized his musical gifts at an early age. The arranger, composer, trumpeter and educator has a masters' degree in jazz from the Eastman School of Music. As a trumpet player he has performed with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Buffalo Symphony Pops, Nashville Jazz Orchestra, Brussels Jazz Orchestra; plus with individual artists and small groups—the Temptations, Lee Konitz, Buddy DeFranco, Dave Weckl, Duffy Jackson. Jamey is active in the Nashville music scene where he lives and works.

MICHAEL JEFRY STEVENS, pianist. This internationally recognized pianist and composer performs extensively in Europe, Latin America and North America and has composed more than 400 works for large and small ensemble. A band leader for 30-plus years, Michael's current musical ensembles include the Conference Call Quartet, Fonda/Stevens Group, In Transit Quartet (Switzerland), Eastern Boundary Quartet (Hungary), Griffith/Stevens Quartet. He has released over 75 CDs of his own music. Some of the top names in jazz with whom Michael has performed are Dave Liebman, Dave Douglas, Valery Ponomarev, Cecil Bridgewater, Steve Swell, Bill McHenry, Leo Smith, Perry Robinson, Matt Wilson, Mark Feldman, Dom Minasi, Dave Ballou, Pheeroan akLaf. He is a regular artist-in-residence at the EMU Conservatory in La Plata, Argentina. He teaches privately in WNC.

ELIOT WADOPIAN, bass. Eliot is a two-time Grammy Award winner who has been performing on the bass for 40 years. He has recorded over 100 albums in several musical styles; and has performed with many artists throughout the US, Europe and Asia, including Paul Winter, Paul Halley, Jon Faddist, Donald Harrison, Steve Allen, Judy Collins, Eugene Friesen, Hal Galper, Glen Velez, Gene Burtoncini, to name just a few. Eliot has taught bass for over 30 years and is currently on adjunct faculties at WNC and Mars Hill University. He performs regularly with the Greenville and Asheville symphonies.




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Black Mountain, 28711

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