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“It’s A Hit” featuring David (The Doctor Of Bebop) Watson, Pete Petersen and David Kim

“It’s A Hit” featuring David (The Doctor Of Bebop) Watson, Pete Petersen and David Kim will be performing at Pops on Sunday, May 29 at 7pm. Here is some background on the three musicians. Listen and learn more and Listen here, too. 

David (The Doctor Of Bebop) Watson
Portrait of jazz artist David Watson
Born in Fort Meyers, Florida on May 30, 1937, David grew up in Philadelphia. “I started singing when I was in third or fourth grade,” he remembers, “and I have mostly listened to jazz all of my life. Ella was my first love. Her singing turned my head around when I was around seven years old.” After hearing Ella Fitzgerald, he knew that that was the musical direction that he was born to follow. He sang in talent shows and school concerts and was particularly inspired by Nat Cole, Cab Calloway, the Mills Brothers and the Ink Spots. David also became a very skilled scat-singer, learning from the recordings of Ella, Eddie Jefferson, Jon Hendricks, Dizzy Gillespie, Betty Carter, and King Pleasure. “I remember being a teenager at parties and seeing people dance to jazz. It was always the music that interested me the most. In Philadelphia at that time one could go to practically any bar and hear jazz playing, live and on jukeboxes. I would often sing along with the records including to Eddie Jefferson and Jon Hendricks; that is how I learned to sing jazz.”

As a teenager, David went to Jazz At The Philharmonic concerts, other concerts, and hung outside of many jazz clubs. After he grew up and went into the Army, he returned to Philadelphia and scored a job as a bartender for four years at the Showboat Jazz Theater, finding that musicians consistently encouraged him. David learned from many of the jazz immortals while working at The Showboat. During that period, he taught himself drums and mastered the difficult task of playing and singing at the same time.  David later moved to California, attending Santa Rosa Junior College and the College of the Marin, playing gigs at night with Michele Hendricks in a band they called Chelsea. On a couple of gigs, Jon Hendricks sat in with the group, as did the members of the Manhattan Transfer after a concert in San Francisco.Later as a professional vocalist and drummer, he had opportunities to play with such greats as Michele Hendricks, Billy James, Sam Dockery, Shirley Scott, Mickey Roker, Bob Cranshaw, Michael LeDonne, Essiet Essiet, Sylvia Cuenca, Bobby Hutcherson, John Handy, Eddie Henderson, Milt Jackson, Joe Sample, and Stanley Turrentine among others. And wherever David lived, “The Doctor of Bebop” brought his love of jazz including eight years in Hawaii, and periods in Alaska and the San Francisco Bay area. He performed at a countless number of clubs, wineries, concerts and special events during the past 40 years in addition to booking other jazz artists. Since 2012, he has been a major part of the Portland jazz scene.

Back in 1998, David Leshare Watson formed the Music In The Vines label, making his recording debut with the impressive Imprisoned Splendor. In addition to some vintage pieces (including “September In The Rain,” “Polka Dots And Moonbeams” and “A Hundred Years From Today”), the set introduced some of David’s originals including “Fat Cat” and “Please Take Me Back To New Orleans.” Since then, the singer has recorded other enjoyable albums including Loves Swinging Soft & Ballads, Live At Lo Spuntino, Let’s Swing Christmas, His Happy Feeling, and Big Town.

“We had such a great time recording the Big Town album,” remembers David. “It is funny but I had been good friends with Mickey Roker for a long time before my Mom told me that we were actually cousins. I had no idea.” On Big Town, David was joined by Roker on drums, veteran bassist Bob Cranshaw (best known for his 40 years with Sonny Rollins), and a brilliant pianist, Michael LeDonne, who was recommended by the drummer. “Mickey said that I couldn’t do any better than him, and he was right. We recorded everything in three days and it turned out great.” Big Town is highlighted by the title cut (a composition by vibraphonist Joe Locke for which David wrote the lyrics, saluting jazz history in New York, his cousin, and jazz in general), the singer’s new piece “Our Night In Heaven,” several blues, and his lyrics to “Limehouse Blues” (renamed “Ball & Trane”).

David Leshare Watson, who co-founded the group Re-Birthing The Cool, Bebop N Beyond with multi-instrumentalist Pete Petersen (resulting in two CDs so far), is profiled in the short film David Watson –  The Doctor of Bebop. He remains very committed to spreading the gospel of jazz and he looks forward to gigging much more now that the pandemic is nearing its end. “I try to always be creative like any top jazz instrumentalist, performing jazz songs and originals. I am going to sing jazz the rest of my life, until I can’t do it any longer. As long as I love the music, I have no plans to stop.”

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Pete Petersen

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Pete Petersen has worked with many big bands (including the Harry James Orchestra, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, the Portland Jazz Orchestra, the Ezra Weiss Big Band, the Carlton Jackson/Dave Mills Big Band, and Art Abrams’ Swing Machine), has been greatly in demand as a tenor-saxophonist for work with pop/rock groups and horn sections, and has led his own group “Porkpie” for quite a few years. His most recent CD Keep Your Hat On was released on the Pony Boy Records label. Petersen plays baritone sax and bass clarinet with Rebirthing The Cool, Bebop N Beyond in addition to contributing arrangements.

David Kim

unnamedPianist David Kim was featured as a soloist with the Oregon Symphony as a teenager. Since discovering jazz, he has worked regularly in the Portland area during the past decade, playing in a style influenced by Oscar Peterson, Red Garland, Erroll Garner and Bill Charlap.

Learn Argentine Tango!

 B3C5BEA5-1435-48CE-B1A4-DF2824E777EELearn Argentine Tango in Dunsmuir
If you can walk, you can tango!
Mondays beginning in June 6
Drop-In Friendly Class $10
no partner or experience needed
veterans & high school students free!
What is Argentine Tango?
This beautiful, heartfelt social dance is all about connection. It’s simple to learn and easy to love. Anyone can learn tango! Tango is an amazing way to make new friends, connect more deeply with a partner, or just bring more movement into your life. Tango is more than just a dance — from complete beginners to lifelong maestros, it’s a community of people all over the world. 
 
About the Teachers:
Jericha & Dexter have been dancing tango together for nearly a decade. They’ve studied with some of the greatest tango dancers in the world, in particular Maxi Copello and Raquel Makow of Argentina, and they travel regularly to dance, learn, and compete. The joy of tango is central to their lives, and they love sharing it with others. Tango even brought them to Siskiyou County, where they moved after experiencing the stunning Burning Tango Festival held every year in McCloud. 
 
About the Class:
Dexter & Jericha’s teaching focuses on connection, musicality, and the joy of dancing. Their class is meant for anyone who is interested in learning a fun and beautiful social dance; everyone is warmly welcome, whether you have two left feet or or lots of dance experience. Ongoing students will have a chance to experience live performances and field trips, too!

Yoga Classes at Pops

The focus for POPS yoga classes in Dunsmuir is “Yoga For Healthy Aging,” and includes a variety of practices to assist students along these lines. Those who attend can expect to improve strength, flexibility and balance, as well as finding support in reaching their own personal goals. Yoga teacher Jan Cowan is trained in traditional Iyengar-style yoga; and in addition has experience in practicing and teaching other styles, including Vinyasa yoga, Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga.

Jan began teaching at Shasta College in Redding in 1992, continuing to teach at Sun Oaks Health Club there as well. After moving to Mt. Shasta in 1999, Jan taught at the Mt. Shasta Wellness Center and at College of the Siskiyous in Weed, as well as offering private classes in Dunsmuir and McCloud. She participated in the Yoga Teacher Training program offered by Amy Cooper, completing the 200-hour course in 2009, deepening her teaching as well as her personal practice as a result. She joyfully offers classes to instruct, inspire and uplift all who choose to participate.

NOTE: At the present time (March 2022) students are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

For more information, call, text or e-mail Jan at 530-859-2845 or jscowan@snowcrest.net. Be sure to check the most recent schedule.

Allison and Victor + The Midnight Band 1-15-2022

allisonandvictorSaturday, January 15th, 6:30pm
Allison and Victor +The Midnight Band
Acoustic Jazz Soul 
with Bruce Calin on stand up bass, Mike Harris on congas, Victor Martin on saxophone and Allison Scull on guitar and saxophone. The concert will continue to support their efforts to complete their recording project.
Advanced Ticket Link $10
 Option 1: Live in Person $15 at the door for in person. Please follow all Covid-19 Protocols. Please wear a mask and follow all Covid protocols. Please stay home if exhibiting any flu-like symptoms.
Option 2: People will also have  the option to view the Concert from home on Facebook.
 Online Concert by donation  or tip via Paypal (no account necessary)  CLICK HERE Live Streaming Concert at www.facebook.com/AllisonAndVictor

With Allison Scull on vocals, and Victor Martin, Bruce Calin will be joining them on stand up bass. Allison Scull and Victor Martin’s unusual collaborative style–singer-songwriter plus saxophone–connects grown-ups and little people alike. Together, they create a fusion of musical forms uniquely their own. They blend roots music — a fusion of jazz, folk, blues, a little funk, originals and some jazz standards laced with some French lyrics. Allison learned French where she grew up in Belgium while Victor was born and raised in Middletown, Delaware.

As a duo, Allison and Victor have shared the stage with The Blind Boys of Alabama, Tuck and Patti, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Craig Chaquico, Shana Morrison, Archie Lee Hooker, Acoustic Alchemy and blues legend John Hammond. Their sound has also hit the Touchtunes scene–and can be heard on over 40,000 digital jukeboxes in the U.S. and Canada. Their constant performance schedule has contributed to their growing fan base in California, Oregon, and Washington. Their music has also struck a chord in the west coast’s wine country and the festival circuit (Britt Festivals, Art and the Vineyards, Napa Artistan’s Festival 2013, 2012, 2010, Mt. Shasta Music Festival, Dunsmuir’s Jazz in the Canyon, Mossbrae Music Festival 2010, 2012). Mostly performing as a duo, they have also developed a show with a stellar array of musicians.

Chase Chandler & Laura Krusemark – Dunsmuir Second Saturday

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Saturday, November 13, 7-9 pm
Chase Chandler (opera) and Laura Krusemark (Classical Piano)

Dunsmuir Second Saturday
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chase-chandlerChase Chandler (b. 1991) composes with a unique combination of beautiful color-timbres, fearless counterpoint, and organic musical development, drawing inspiration by challenging traditional melodic emphasis with functional dramatic texture and rhythmic integrity. With a strong vocal performance background and a passion for honest expression, his contemporary music challenges musical categories through his balance of novel accessibility and intriguing complexity. Read more.

In recent years, Chandler’s works has been performed nationally and internationally by groups such as the PHACE Ensemble in Vienna, UNICAMP Percussion Ensemble in Sao Paulo, the Eclipse Quartet in Fullerton, CA, as well as Bent Frequency, the Humboldt Brass Chamber Music Workshop, the Aperture Duo, Divan Consort, the Saddleback Lab Band, the Christ Lutheran Sinfonietta, and the CSUF Percussion Ensemble. In June 2019, while attending a masterclass hosted by the Vienna Summer Music Festival in Austria, Chandler’s violin solo, Shoreline Avulsion, was selected and performed by Irvine Arditti.

 Laura Krusemark
laura-krusemarkWith a B.F.A not only in Fine Arts – Oil Painting and Piano Performance from Bethany College, but also a Bachelors in Fashion Design from The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago, Laura brings a broad range of inventive knowledge and ideas to her creations. Read more.

Many of her current artworks focus on the female archetypes, connecting us to the Divine Mother and a remembrance that is once again awakening at this time on our beautiful Gaia.  Embracing both the feminine and masculine parts of ourselves, we are able to evolve and awaken to an even greater level of awareness and wholeness.  Her works bring together those aspects, representing the duality as well as the unity of One.

Inspired by the endlessly fascinating patterns and magic found within the harmony of nature,  Laura expresses this beauty through her art and music. She works as a fine artist and classical pianist, exhibiting her creations worldwide, while recording original compositions for her future record release and performances.

Laura’s artwork will be on display at the Mossbrae Hotel around the corner from Pops from Sat Nov 13 through Jan 3.

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Mumblefinger at Pops

Mumblefinger will be playing at Pops on Saturday,  September 18 at 6:30 pm. Entrance will be $10 at the door. Listen to Mumblefinger here.

Singer/songwriter, Story Teller, Humorist MUMBLEFINGER (aka Brian Birkes), is the vocal & guitar guy.  He began playing guitar and writing songs at the age of 12.  As an adult, he kicked around New York, San Diego, San Francisco, & Nashville perfecting his unique tone and talent. He has shared the bill with such greats as John Lee Hooker, Leon Russell, Average White Band & Northern Buffalo (of theDoobie Brothers and Steve Miller Band). 
Mumblefinger has released many CDs independently & his songs have been showcased on the nationally syndicated House OF Blues Radio, NPR & other radio stations in the U.S., Germany, & Brazil. He has also had his song/video, Exactly Like You, played on CMT (Country Music Television)Mumblefinger’s original songs vary from Funk to Jazz to Blues/Soul to Country to Reggae all with a Rock-n-Roll Flavor.  Style is similar to, but not a clone of, Leon RussellJoe CockerDr. JohnRobin TrowerThe Subdudes, and JJ Cale.

Joining him are two very accomplished and talented musicians: 
Drums, Patrick Wiseman 
Bass, Alan Ernesto Phillips

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Mission Blue brings Blue Grass to Pops

458D09EC-4010-4BD7-8AC1-965BCF1F88CA 19BCF2BA-754C-40BF-893B-489EF82C8F30 BA185B05-2EBA-4135-B111-72874A672F99A collaboration of Dana and Avram (AJ) Frankel, and originally based out of Pacifica, California, Mission Blue delivers real deal traditional bluegrass featuring our special brand of father/daughter harmony singing. A deep well of tradition informs Mission Blue’s sets – one can expect songs from the The Stanley Brothers, Larry Sparks, Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Mac Martin and Red Allen, as well as bluegrass innovators such as J.D. Crowe and The New South, Hot Rize, and Southern Blend. We also salt each set with reinterpretations of older folk tunes and ballads.  No strangers to the North State, having performed at the McLoud Bluegrass Festival in 2019 and with AJ and his wife now spending significant time in Dunsmuir, Mission Blue looks forward to performing at POPS with our all acoustic five piece band: Dana on fiddle and vocals , AJ on guitar and lead vocals, David Thiessen on mandolin and vocals, Jesse Personeni on banjo and vocals, and Tom Sours on bass.