The Gary Wittner Quartet featuring Brad Terry
Guitarist Gary Wittner has been performing jazz in Maine for 27 years. His performance career spans 4 decades, 25 countries, and 5 continents worldwide. Twice selected as a Kennedy Center Jazz Ambassador, he has also received Fulbright Specialist and Maine Arts Commission grants. Gary has released 6 CDs and published one book, "Thelonious Monk for Guitar". He has presented concert/lectures on Monk's music/life at many prestigious music schools around the world, was selected to play for Monk's widow, and has been interviewed on the radio with Monk's son.
Gary's performance career has been quite varied - in the late 1970's he started playing jazz standards, and in the 1990's began composing and performing original compositions. Around 2003 he got very interested in Latin music and developed groups with Cuban vocalist Raul Freyre (Dos Canosos), and Chilean percussionist Andres Espinoza (Grupo Mofongo). He also started yearly trips to Ecuador, where he plays with musicians from that area.
Most recently, Gary has been studying voice, and writing original songs with lyrics. Many of these songs are humorous, in the style of Mose Allision and Dave Frishberg - examples include "Winter Song" (an anti-winter protest song), "I'll Quit Tomorrow" (concerning bad habits), and "Did I Say That Out Loud" (regarding speaking when one shouldn't). He has been experimenting with various ways of integrating voice into his music - in addition to singing lyrics, he is harmonizing voice/guitar and singing bass lines while soloing. Last summer he released a new CD with 8 of his vocal originals. Since then his new vocal music has been heard in local concerts and on Portland's WMPG and Maine's public radio station, MPBN. Gary continues writing vocal tunes and this concert at the Frontier will include first performances of several new pieces.
For this concert, Gary will be joined by Maine jazz luminary, Brad Terry. Virtuoso jazz clarinetist and whistler, Brad Terry has performed jazz all over the world for over half a century. He has performed with many jazz great including Dizzy Gillespie, Doc Cheatham, Lenny Breau, and Buddy Tate. A true Maine treasure, Brad plays locally with the cream of Maine's jazz community and travels regularly to Europe as well.
Rounding out the group will be Jacob Forbes on drums and Kinnon Church on bass. These two young musicians are quite active on the local music scene in the Portland area and study music at the University of S. Maine in Gorham.
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