Category Archives: Guitar

Sun Nov 20, 7pm – Trombonist/Vocalist Natalie Cressman & Guitarist Mike Bono

natalie-cressman-mike-bonoTrombonist/Vocalist Natalie Cressman & Guitarist Mike Bono will performing music from their newly released CD at Pops Performing Arts & Cultural Center on November 20 7 pm. Their CD, ETCHINGS IN AMBER, is a duo project by these two  talented young artists. They both live in New York City and perform regularly in the city, around the country and internationally with their own bands and as sidemen for other groups.


The project features Cressman on vocals (she eschews her trombone for this recording) and Bono on acoustic guitar. Cressman and Bono composed all nine tunes on this CD, with Bono penning most of the compositions and Cressman writing all the lyrics. Jazz is a
constantly evolving art form. Ever since its early days, jazz artists have been incorporating different musical styles from different cultures. According to Cressman, “Jazz has always embraced the world outside the genre. It has always reflected the social and political climate of its time. Swing, the blues, and bebop are distinctly American art forms that are important in my own development as a jazz musician, but these days, because of the


Internet and social media, it’s easy to be exposed to great music from all around the world. It has expanded my musical vocabulary and influences my performing and writing. For me, the essence and true spirit of jazz is its improvisatory nature using a rich harmonic palette that can surprise the listener.” With its mix of jazz with folk and indie rock, the
genre-bending music on this CD is complex yet very approachable. Cressman’s
voice has an alluring smoky quality, and her singing style comes out of the tradition of vocal jazz but with a distinctly contemporary feel.


Bono is an accomplished arranger and improviser. He cites Julian Lage and Ben Monder, two popular guitarists who play with a contemporary edge, as current influences. Bono says, “A lot of the music I wrote for this record was inspired by Ben and Julian. The thing that’s most attractive to me about Julian’s music is how singable his melodies are. I try to incorporate Julian’s melodic approach with Ben’s wild and unpredictable harmonies into what I’m going for as a composer, along with my own personal experiences and feelings.” For Cressman, “We want our music to reach people melodically and lyrically, but especially emotionally. We want to tell stories with our music.

Wed July 27 7:30 pm – Gypsy Jazz with Django Reinhardt-style

Ultra Faux performs at Creative Arts AlliancePops is pleased to offer a special Gypsy Jazz Concert with Baltimore-based UltraFaux on Wednesday, July 27 at 7 :30 pm.  Lunchbox Dinners for this show are Thai noodle salad with or without chicken. Order at
Must have 24 hour advance notice. All service, arrangements , payment are directly to Liza Wood.

UltraFaux performs original acoustic music with Romani, Manouche, swing, funk, blues, and musette influences. With two guitars and an upright bass, Sami Arefin and Michael Joseph Harris trade dazzling leads and harmonize together on rich gypsy-inspired melodies. The dynamic Eddie Hrybyk on upright bass holds down the steady swinging pulse and brings his passion for improvisation to the group.  The musicians of Ultrafaux are also the core trio of Hot Club of Baltimore, a larger ensemble which features vocalist Alexis Tantau, specializing in the music of Django Reinhardt and early French Jazz.

Ultrafaux’s original song, Latcho Dromo was recently chosen by acclaimed producer of Hot Club Records, Jon Larsen to be featured on Django Festival #9, an international compilation of gypsy jazz music. Ultrafaux has been featured on WPFW, WTMD, WDVX Blue Plate Special, CBS News, in The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore Style Magazine, to name a few. They have performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in D.C., Charm City Django Jazz Festival, Creative Alliance, and the IMT Folk Series, and were recently chosen to perform at Django By The Sea in Maine, and the Midwest Gypsy Swing Festival in Madison Wisconsin.

Sat June 25 8 pm Vocalist Carlye & Guitarist Don Cornell

carlye-don-fb-headerVocalist Carlye Felten & Don Cornell on guitar with Bassist Steve Lehman
Originally from Sacramento, Carlye has been singing jazz standards for 20+ years in Mendocino County on the coast and in the Ukiah/Willits area in combo and big band settings. Some of her influences are Carmen McCray, Betty Carter, Lambert Hendricks and Ross, Robert Plant and Sting. She also plays a mean harmonica if you can talk her into it.
A recent transplant to the Mt Shasta area from Cleveland Ohio, Don studied jazz guitar at Cleveland State University with Bob Frazier. He has been playing jazz, blues and fusion for 20+ years in combo and big band settings with influences ranging from Joe Pass, John McLaughlin, and Wes Montgomery to Frank Zappa and Jeff Beck.
Steve Lehman will be joining them on bass.

Listen to them as they play in their home studio.
“Autumn Leaves”
“Minor Blues”

$10 at the door, first come first served.
Kids 12 and under free.

Feel free to bring a dinner to go from the Wheelhouse, just next door. by calling 530-678-3502.

Tues June 28 8 pm Theno & Friends

Dave-ThenoDave Theno (guitar, ukulele, vocals) spent 10 years as a singer-songwriter and guitarist / bassist in several Sacramento bands before moving to Siskiyou County in 1996.  In recent years he has pursued his love for swing guitar, early blues, vintage country, and Tin Pan Alley songwriting by performing these classic songs solo and in small groups. Theno and his special guests will play and sing out of the “Great American Songbook;” with songs by Fats Waller, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, and other originators of popular song, from early-century composers of the 20’s and 30’s. Kids 12 and under free.
$10 at the door, first come first served. Kids 12 and under free. 

Wed June 29, 8 pm, Allison & Victor + Midnight Band

2EarthAliveshoesINDIGOGO copyRecognized as the 2015 Spring edition Southern Oregon Magazine’s “Music Pick”, this eclectic duo with Allison on guitar and vocals and Victor on tenor saxophone enjoys performing wineries, festivals, theaters all over the West Coast. With their ever evolving
sound of jazz, blues, pop, and Latin flavors this duo has released three C Ds? as well as shared the stage with blues legend John Hammond, Acoustic Alchemy, Tuck and Patti, and the Blind Boys of Alabama.

stefanStefan Schittko–who also plays with R&B band Sound Advice, and has played in the Ted Taforo Jazz Collective—will be performing on keyboards as alongside a guest drummer. They will be performing at multiple locations during Jazz in the Canyon. They will also be  embarking on their campaign to raise funds on Indigogo See their website for details Listen here.
Tickets available in Mt. Shasta at Village Books and in Dunsmuir at Dunsmuir Hardware. Kids 12 and under free.

Thur Mar 24th, 7 pm, Women in Music

Women in Music

Celebrating Women in Music, three Northern California women of very different musical styles will be highlighted this coming Thursday, March 24, 7:00pm. The evening will highlight Ananta Fiddle Hooper, Leslie Tift, and Allison Scull in three individual performances.  The cost of the show is $10.

Ananta Fiddle Hooper, an internationally acclaimed violinist, electric violinist, cellist, composer, videographer, producer and instructor has touched thousands of lives globally with her music, art and all encompassing world view. Her 25 years of professional repertoire provides a well-rounded blend of Classical, Soul, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Rock, Celtic, Middle Eastern, Indian Classical and Alternative Trance styles.

As an instructor, Ananta has started and/or worked with music programs in San Francisco, Healdsburg, Sonoma & Napa Valley Charter and Music Schools; as well as, internationally in India, Europe and Japan. She also works with ‘dedicated’ students privately in the U.S.. See for more on Ananta.

Leslie Tift is an acoustic guitar, dobro player and vocalist. She arranges songs to fit her style of playing which brings a unique sound to Americana roots music. Her guitar playing is varied from finger style picking with a driving thumb pick to percussive rhythmic strumming. With her passion for singing coupled with years of training she brings forth a style that is strong, varied in range and styles with an emotion that comes from her heart.
Tift’s singing styles were influenced by a wide range of performers from, the blues of Bessie Smith, the classics of Barbra Streisand and the contemporary folk style jazz of Eva Cassidy and Linda Ronstadt. Her passion for singing coupled with years of training brings forth a style that is strong, varied in range, and emotion that comes from her heart. Leslie has performed in many venues but her highlights are: performing for the Firefly Folk Festival in Japan, playing for notable celebrities (Kennedy’s), and sharing the stage with a variety of acoustic professional performers. Tift says, “playing music is the pathway to our souls, helping us stay grounded and therefore providing us with an avenue to communicate with others in its purest form”. Currently, Tift mostly performs a duo with Tom Scott throughout the North State. Learn more about Leslie a

Songwriter, guitarist, and singer Allison Scull’s initial desire to sing in the first place was inspired by the laid-back Brazilian jazz artists such as Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz. Almost as soon as she began to play guitar in her teens, she started to write songs. “Music has been a road to learn about myself, an amazing road to connect to all kinds of people and a road to happiness in general.” Her journey of music evolved to include bits of folk, blues, jazz and includes some French and Spanish. With saxophonist Victor Martin, she had the opportunity to share the stage with Tuck and Patti, blues legend John Hammond, the Blind Boys of Alabama and more. She will present some new, never performed songs. Scull says, “The opportunity to play with these two special female musicians holds an air of excitement for me. I am looking forward to sharing the night with them. ” Learn more about Allison at

Pops Performing Arts and Cultural Center is located at 5819 Sacramento Ave, Dunsmuir. See First come, first served. $10 suggested donation.