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Joseph Henson Jazz Project "Music from the Heart"

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Henson Jazz Project plays "Music From the Heart" in JAVA AND JAZZ series at Second Stage Amherst. Modern Jazz

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Amherst Glebe Arts Response (AGAR) and Second Stage Amherst (SSA) present Joseph Henson Jazz Project in “Music from the Heart,” LIVE AND IN PERSON on Friday, April 16, 2021 beginning at 6 pm. Joseph Henson Jazz Project musicians on this performance of “Music for the Heart” are Joseph Henson on Saxophones; Neal Perrine, bass; Daniel Kelly, drums; Jon Werking, keyboards and Lauren Muensterman, vocalist. Seating is limited by current state COVID-19 regulations. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Advance tickets are recommended and can be obtained from LynchburgTickets.com or by calling 434-989-3215. This is a LIVE enhanced replacement show for the Amherst Java and Jazz concert by Henson Jazz Project in February that was cancelled due to technical problems with Internet and broadcasting. Joseph Henson is director of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at Liberty University. From 1997-2018 Henson served as tenor saxophonist in The U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, based in Washington, DC, and was the Enlisted Musical Director from 2015-2018. During his tenure with the Blues, he shared the stage with many jazz legends including Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dr. Billie Taylor, Freddie Cole, and Chris Potter. Henson’s compositions and arrangements for the band, including Things Ain’t What they Used To B and Live at Blues Alley can be heard on several Army Blues recordings. Henson says, “The theme is Music from the Heart,” meaning, the songs we'll play have a pa rticular meaning for me personally. He added in an email to AGAR’s Lynn Kable, “The opportunity to play for the community -- its wonderful knowing there are people…. who love and care about this music. The area needs more jazz! ”

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Joseph Henson (Saxophones) is director of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at Liberty University. From 1997-2018 Henson served as tenor saxophonist in The U.S. Army Blues Jazz Ensemble, based in Washington, DC, and was the Enlisted Musical Director from 2015-2018. During his tenure with the Blues, he shared the stage with many jazz legends including Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dr. Billie Taylor, Freddie Cole, and Chris Potter. Henson’s compositions and arrangements for the band, including Things Ain’t What they Used To B and Live at Blues Alley can be heard on several Army Blues recordings. Tonight’s concert will feature many of Henson’s latest tunes.

Jon Werking (Piano) is a pianist, composer, and producer who has been working in the New York Metropolitan area for over 20 years. He has toured extensively in the United States, Europe, and Japan during his career. His musical experience includes performing and recording in many diverse genres of music including Rock, R&B, Jazz, Country, Latin, Contemporary Christian, Classical and more. Besides being an accomplished pianist, he is also a prolific composer/arranger and producer.

As a pianist Jon has worked with many great vocalists such as Toni Braxton, Patti Austin, Deborah Cox, Donna Summer, Angela Bofil, Rob Evan, Roberta Flack, and Phyliss Hyman. He's also performed with the vocal groups Destiny's Child, The Manhattan Transfer, The New York Voices, and the Saturday Night Live Band. Jon was a member of the Bill Evans superband and has performed with Michael and Randy Brecker, Steve Gadd, Chuck Loeb, Dennis Chambers, Will Lee, Buddy Williams, Omar Hakim, Mark Egan, Victor Bailey, Bob Berg .

Daniel Kelly II “D.K.” (drums) has been sharing his talent since the young age of two. His playing styles include Gospel, Jazz, R&B, Rock, Latin, and Classical and has been showcased on both the east and west coasts, as well as around the world. Kelly has performed with the Shenandoah Conservatory Jazz Band in the John Moawad Jazz Festival at Central Washington University and Vancouver, BC, and the Christopher K. Morgan and Artists Showcase at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park, MD. During the summers of 2014-2016 and 2018, he performed in the Shenandoah Summer Musical Theatre Pit Orchestra as a percussionist/drummer. Some show titles included The Addams Family, The Wiz, Man of LaMancha, Mary Poppins, The Secret Garden, and City of Angels to list a few. He has also performed with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and The Virginia Symphony, as well as participating in the Guitar Center’s Drum Off Competition. Kelly is currently enlisted and performing with the Virginia Army National Guard band.

Neal Perrine (bass) is a recent alumnus of James Madison University’s jazz studies program. He began playing electric bass at the age of 12, and upright bass at the age of 15 falling in love with jazz while in high. Perrine has gotten the opportunity to study bass with Eddie Gomez, Ben Williams, Mimi Jones, Marco Panascia, Lauren Pierce, Sam Suggs, and Karine Chapdelaine to name a few. He performs all over Virginia and has gotten the privilege to perform with jazz greats and local legends such as Nate Smith, Robert Jospe, Devonne Harris, John D’Earth, Bob Hallahan, Charles Owens, Luis Perdomo, Randy Johnston, and Stephanie Nakasian.

Lauren Muensterman grew up in Colorado for most of her life before coming to Lynchburg. She was the Liberty University Jazz Ensemble vocalist for three years. Lauren admires and draws inspiration from vocalists such as Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Anita O' Day, Dinah Washington, and Peggy Lee.

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