Tuesday, November 25, 2014

December Java Jam and other events

The Friday, December 5th, 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. 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. 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 for a great night of Christmas music.
**Here's the way the Java Jam works:
6-7 pm opening music
7-8 pm buffet
8-9 pm second round of music
What you'll need to enjoy the evening:
    1. Bring your own wine if you wish.
    2. Bring $15 per person to help pay for the guest musicians. This is an honor system donation designed to help attract and pay a little gas money to out of town musicians.
    3. Don't forget to bring a covered dish with a little extra to share!
Other Events to put on your calendar -
Come and shop downtown every Friday Night in December!
Friday, December 5th
Friday, December 12th
Friday, December 19th
Open until 8pm for Christmas Shopping with Mystery Discounts, Refreshments, and great music each night!!

Directions from Houston, Sugarland or Rosenberg, Texas --
Take Highway 59 South, take first Wharton exit which is Business 59 to Hwy 60 (Bay City), turn left, go around the Courthouse Square on one way streets. We are on the northwest corner of the square. If you need any help, please call 979-282-9771.
Linda King

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