The Boykin Jazz Alley Gigs present The Martin Saunders Quintet

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June 24, 2017 – 8:00 PM

Tickets $35 regular/$15 student

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Your final ticket purchase will include a $1.00 per ticket fee that goes to the Paramount’s Historic Theatre Restoration Fund.



Martin Saunders holds three degrees in music; a Bachelor of Music Education from Winthrop University, a Master of Music from Wright State University, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to teaching a Marshall University, Martin spent seven years in the Air Force Band program at Offutt AFB in Omaha, Nebraska. There he performed primarily as the Lead Trumpeter, and later became Musical Director, for the Noteables Jazz Ensemble. Dr. Saunders is an active jazz performer, adjudicator, and clinician for a number of universities and jazz competitions across the United States, and is also a lead trumpeter and featured soloist with the Landau Murphy, Jr. Big Band.  Martin has been an Artist Faculty member of the National Trumpet Competition since 2002, and has chaired the jazz division competition numerous times. He has performed with a number of highly regarded entertainers such as Arturo Sandoval, LeAnn Rimes, Byron Stripling, Rich Little, the Cab Calloway Orchestra, The Temptations, and Frank Sinatra, Jr. Dr. Saunders is a Powell Trumpets Artist.

Jeff Wolfe teaches courses at Marshall University in jazz studies, applied trumpet, conducts the MU Jazz Combo I and Jazz Ensemble II, and coordinates the Jomie Jazz Guest Artists Series. Mr. Wolfe holds an M.M. in Jazz Studies from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied jazz improvisation, pedagogy, history, and composition with world-famous jazz educator and composer David Baker. As an Associate Instructor of Jazz Studies at Indiana University, Jeff conducted one of the IU jazz ensembles and taught jazz improvisation. Jeff also holds a B.A. in Music Education from Marshall University. Jeff is an active performer, adjudicator, and clinician having appeared on NPR’s nationally syndicated program Mountain Stage, and frequently performs with Columbia Records recording artist and former America’s Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. He has served as an adjudicator for the jazz division of the National Trumpet Competition, and appeared as a clinician for the Nashville Songwriters Association International.

Jesse Nolan received his BA in Music Education and MM in Jazz Studies & Percussion from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is currently working toward his DMA in Music Education from Boston University. Jesse teaches jazz courses (arranging, history, styles), music technology courses (intro to music tech, digital recording techniques), and applied jazz percussion at Marshall University. Jesse’s most recent engagement, a four year tenure as a Resident Music Director for multiple Blue Man Group productions, saw him performing with the group on two North American tours and two international tours, as well as drumming as a member of the Chicago and Orlando casts. He has performed and toured the world with artists, bands, and shows including James Moody, Allen Vizzutti, Bob Shepard, Lorraine Feather, David Baker, the Rob Parton JazzTECH Big Band, the Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, the 50th Anniversary European Tour of West Side Story (2 Olivier Nominations), and a 2009 North American Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar (w/ Ted Neeley).  As President of MashPlant, an education technology company, Jesse works to oversee all software development and educational initiatives throughout the United States. He is also the owner of Big Pear Productions, a company that specializes in commercial music, recording, audio & video production and live events for clients including State Farm, Banana Republic, Virgin America, Bergdorf-Goodman, & the Intercontinental Hotel Group.  Jesse is a proud member of the Vic Firth Education team, with whom he holds an educational endorsement.

Bassist Danny Cecil earned his BA in Music and MME (Jazz Emphasis) from the University of Kentucky as well as a BS in Biology from Marquette University, and has been an active member of the central Kentucky music scene since 1999. He has performed and/or recorded with such jazz luminaries as Joe Lovano, Bob Mintzer, Kenny Werner, Sam Rivers, Bob Degen, Jeff Coffin and Howard Levy. Danny brings a wealth of performing, recording and touring experience to his work as an educator, and stresses the importance of versatility and comprehensive musicianship to his bass students.  Brief Discography: DOJO Quotient, ODJ Evidence (2009) and Music of Raleigh Dailey (2011 release), New KY String Ticklers Generations, Andy Mason Illumination, Bob Mintzer GO!, Kenny Ray Kenny Ray, UKSO George McKay’s Epoch, among others.

Duane Flesher has been playing jazz piano for 46 years.  He is the keyboardist with Mountain State Funk, and a pianist with the Smoot Theatre House Band.  Formerly, he was a pianist with the 661st Air Force Logistics Command Band at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, now known as the Air Force Band of Flight.  At present, Duane is the pianist for Landua Eugene Murphy, Jr., and has performed with him all over the world, including performances in Germany when they performed for troops and their families who are stationed there.  In the past year, Duane performed as part of the Boston Symphony Orchestra when Landau was a featured performer for several concerts.

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