The Featured Artists Line-Up:
The Max Groove Trio
One of the pioneers of the smooth jazz style that has dominated the airways and captivated countless listeners for years. Proclaimed a “Missouri State Jazz Treasure” in 2007 by then Gov.Blunt, He has twelve internationally released CDs, three in the top twenty Billboard Jazz. His CD “Night Owl” has his signature urban smooth jazz sound while showcasing his innovative Funky jazz structures. In 2019 Max was signed to Unisoul Records and has a single “Love’s Waiting” released in time for Valentine’s Day 2020!
Along with Terry Hancock on drums, Clay Johnson bass. They bring their world of sound, melody, and emotion to the stage, a refreshing combination of original and contemporary jazz that guarantees to satisfy the most avid fan.
Over the years, national tour appearances with performers such as Joe Sample & the Crusaders, the Temptations, Four Tops, Peabo Bryson, Count Basie, Chaka Khan, Jeff Lorber, Ronnie Laws, Joan Armatrading, Russ Freeman and the Rippingtons, Marcus Miller, Dave Koz, and many other greats have added to the reputation of “The Groove”.
Clark Gibson Quintet
The Clark Gibson Quintet is a star-studded original music jazz ensemble featuring original compositions and arrangements compositions by Gibson, the tremendous B3 organist Pat Bianchi, legendary trombonist Michael Dease, the fantastic tenor player Jim Pisano and OKC native drummer Jeremy Thomas.
The group has a history that is tied in the history of the Denver, CO jazz scene. Saxophonist Clark Gibson grew up as a native of Denver, CO, spending his formative years in clubs such as Dazzle, Sambuca’s, the Mount Vernon Country Club, Herb’s Hideaway, and ran a jam session for several years in downtown at the Blues Ice. His favorite jazz hang was at the El Chapultepec where he met organist Pat Bianchi. Active in booking gigs around town, Clark hired Pat Bianchi on multiple occasions forging a musical relationship that seeded the roots for what eventually has become the Clark Gibson Quintet.
In 2018, the Clark Gibson Quintet recorded their first album “Tri-Colored Eyes” which was released in August of 2019. Celebrated in numerous reviews from the US, Russia, Japan and Europe, the album is an hour long journey of original music with a unique instrumentation, three horns, organ and drums. The newest addition to the band, Michael Dease provides all the firepower necessary to match Bianchi’s exhilarating power behind the B3 organ. This band is sure to provide an exciting performance for all.
Sax player/vocalist/songwriter Paula Atherton has shared the stage with such contemporary jazz notables as The Rippingtons, Nick Colionne, Chuck Loeb, Cindy Bradley, Brian Simpson, Althea Renee, Four80East, David Sanborn, Bob James, Marc Antoine, Hiroshima, Gerald Albright and Chieli Minucci.
Paula has also worked in the traditional jazz field; one of the notable performances being a week long engagement at the Blue Note NYC with pianist and jazz legend, Hank Jones. . Paula also performed with Grammy award winning singer Dee Dee Bridgewater at the Annenberg Theater, for the Palm Springs Women’s Jazz Festival.
Atherton has enjoyed 5 Billboard Top 30 charting singles ( prior to her #1 May 2020 hit “Can You Feel It”), being, “Sassy Strut,” “Herbie,” “Between You & Me,” (from “Ear Candy”), “My Song For You,” and “Into the Night.” Atherton was also featured on Cindy Bradleys’ single, “Girl Talk,” which hit #2 on Billboard.