Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Friday, June 27, 6 pm, Java Jam will feature some amazing talent not often seen at Milam Street Coffee. World class, International musicians, Phoenix Rhythm and Horns (PRH) will perform as well as jam with the Java Jam Band. PRH is a brass quintet, and there are 7 of them so you know you’ll get your kicks just to see how they manage to cram 7 musicians into a 5 piece brass band. Make no mistake this is no purely classical group. PRH is known for its toe-tapping mix of Country, Pop, Latin and Swing music. You may hear Sweet Georgia Brown and Stardust one moment, Mack the Knife and Back in the Saddle Again next, followed by New York, New York and Happy Trails. When you look at the background of the PRH members you can certainly understand why diversity is a part of their repertoire:
Trumpeter Sterling Ablack was born in Trinidad and moved to Texas at age two. His rare gift of perfect pitch won him a position in the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra as well as the Houston Brass Band and the salsa band, Salsa Classica.
Percussionist Jesus Pacheco was born and trained in Spain. His experience includes the Royal Symphony of Seville and tours around the world with orchestras, playing China, Germany, Italy, Russia and other countries.
Donna Dvorak, horn player, is a native of Missouri and played with the Springfield Symphony for 26 years as well as variety shows in Branson. She has performed in concerts in England, Ireland, even on the Great Wall of China.
Andy Lingenfelter, Sugarland, was taught the basics of trumpet at age 17, by a jazz musician, and self-taught beyond that. He now leads his own swing band and has a busy freelance schedule.
Jerry Garcia, Trumpeter, was born and grew up in Victoria, now lives in Houston and plays with the Houston Symphonic Band and UH Downtown Civic Jazz Orchestra.
Rich Maher, Trombone, was born in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Conroe at age 8. He is director of Bands at Katy ISD. He moonlights with the Houston Brass Band as a regular.
Wharton’s contribution to PRH may be a surprise to some. Coleman Locke, Tuba player, a rancher by profession, formerly played with the Colorado River Band, has been principal Tuba for the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra since 2003.
Come join PRH and the Java Jam Band for Wharton’s most unique dining/live music experience.

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