Jazz quartet plays at BMS on Thursday
A jazz group with an admittedly odd name will be playing at the Basalt Middle School auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, courtesy of The Valley Jazz Concert Series and the Carbondale Council on the Arts and Humanities.The B.E.D. Jazz Quartet, featuring several internationally known musicians, also will be at Rick’s Steak House, on Midland Avenue in Basalt, for cocktails, appetizers and a little pre-concert music by the Uptown Strutters, from 5 to 7 p.m.According to Maury Allen, who with popular valley jazz bandmaster Walt Smith is among the organizers of the event, the B.E.D. Quartet took its name from the first names of three of the musicians in the group – guitarist and singer Becky Kilgore; guitar and banjo virtuosos Eddie “Fast Eddie” Erickson; and trombonist Dan Barrett, who has played in the valley before.”Get ready for B.E.D.,” quipped Allen, himself a jazz drummer who once played with the Woody Herman big band on the East Coast.The fourth member of the quartet, Colin Geig on bass, is standing in for the regular bass player, Joel Forbes, who could not get to this gig.Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and can be purchased in advance by calling the organizers of the series: Allen at 927-1581; Leslie Newbury, 963-3351; Connie McCrudden, 963-3136; and Walt Smith, 285-9711.Tickets also are available by calling CCAH at 963-2123. The Middle School is on the east side of Basalt, at 51 School St., off Two Rivers Road near the car wash.
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