The last post showcased photos of Matt Otto’s remarkable group. But Johnson County Community College’s Jazz Winterlude, on January 20th and 21st, offered plenty more jazz than that. I didn’t catch it all, but I had the chance to photograph many of the exceptional acts over the weekend.
For instance, Sam Wiseman’s Crosscurrent, playing music by and inspired by Lennie Tristano, was a Friday night favorite, with Sam on drums, Matt Otto and Steve Lambert on tenor sax, T.J. Martley on piano and Ben Leifer on bass.
The Jazz Disciples opened Saturday with Gerald Dunn on tenor sax, guest Jason Goudeau on trombone, Everett Freeman on piano, Bill McKemy on bass and Michael Warren on drums.
The Brandon Draper World Jazz Quartet followed with Brandon on drums, Peter Sclamb on vibraphone, Rich Wheeler on tenor sax, and Jeff Harshbarger on bass.
Later on Saturday, the Will Matthews Quartet featured Will on guitar, Charles Williams on piano, James Ward on bass, and Ryan Lee on drums.
Photos of all are below. As always, clicking on a shot should open a larger version of it.
Jazz Disciples. Left to right: Jason Goudeau, Gerald Dunn, Everett Freeman, Bill McKemy, Michael Warren
Count Basie Orchestra guitarist, former president of the Mutual Musicians Foundation and leader of the Will Matthews Quartet: Will Matthews
Crosscurrent. Left to right: Steve Lambert, T.J. Martley, Matt Otto, Ben Leifer, Sam Wiseman
Leader of the Brandon Draper World Jazz Quartet: Drummer Brandon Draper
Jazz Disciples bassist Bill McKemy
Brandon Draper World Jazz Quartet. Left to right: Jeff Harshbarger, Rich Wheeler, Brandon Draper, Peter Schlamb
Jazz Disciples pianist Everett Freeman
Brandon Draper World Jazz Quartet saxophonist Rich Wheeler
Jazz Disciples rhythm section: Everett Freeman, Bill McKemy and Michael Warren
Crosscurrent saxophonist Steve Lambert
Charles Williams, pianist with the Will Matthews Quartet
Brandon Draper World Jazz Quartet vibraphonist Peter Schlamb
Crosscurrent: T.J. Martley on piano and Ben Leifer on bass