Jazz Night at the Cafe
Time & Location
About the Event
Guillermo's Gourmet Coffee will be hosting our very first Jazz Night on July 12th, 2019 from 7PM - 9PM. These folks are all All-Star Hall of Fame performers and very well known in the jazz community. Come out and support your Little Rock and West Village music scene! Listed below are these amazing performers and a little bit about them.
Shirley Chauvin, bio
A founder of the Hot Springs Jazz Society, Shirley has emphasized the importance of music in our schools and assists in fund raising for the society scholarship awards.
Chauvin has toured the South and Mid-West with Buddy Morrow, Les Elgart, Charlie Barnett, Paul Neighbors and others. She managed and conducted her own Jazz Fusion and Swing Ensembles. She was also the opening act at the “Summertop” series in Dallas, Texas for Dionne Warwick, John Davidson and Mel Torme She appears regularly with her own combo, S’Wonderful, at statewide venues sponsored by the Arkansas Arts On Tour. Shirley is the featured vocalist of the Arkansas Symphony Big Band. Chauvin’s tour schedule includes, the Hot Springs and Little Rock based Stardust Big Band and is the featured vocalist in concert with the Arkansas Jazz Orchestra.
Chauvin’s unique style is truly her own. Her interpretation of the classic jazz big band charts is upbeat and contemporary. She lends a sensuous sultry blues feel to the ballads and vocalizes with humor on the special materials in her repertoire.
Drew Stewart, bio
Drew is an accomplished drummer having played with numerous noted musicians and bands. These include the All-American Jazz Orchestra with conductors Doc Severinsen, Henry Mancini and Burt Bacharach. He also played with the Stardust Big Band, The Pacers, Daryl Price and jammed with artist such as, Levon Helms, The Bar-Kays, Booker T and the MG’s, B.B. King, the Cate Brothers and many more.
David Higginbotham, bio
David is a music specialist with the Little Rock School District where he teaches young people the joy of music. He also plays upright bass and sings with a popular local dance band, the Bob Boyd Sounds.
His live music performance experience is quite varied with an emphasis on jazz. He's had the priviledge of playing with some great musicians and learning on the band stand what is impossible to learn from books. Highlights of his experience include touring with the rock band Gibraltar, a two year stint with the Tom Cox Trio, nine months at Cajuns Wharf with Joe Holland's Good Time Jazz Band featuring Charles Thomas on piano, El Buho (Gary Gazaway) and Friends, three years with the John Puckett Trio, six years as music director at Unity Church of Little Rock, Broadway touring production contractor for local venues as well as pit musician, and since 1994 the Bob Boyd Sounds. He is also a member of ASCAP and the American Federation of Musicians (AFM), Local 94 (Tulsa).
Chris Parker, bio
Chris Parker is originally from North Little Rock, AR. As a young pianist, he was mentored by several local pianists and musicians, including Lee Tomboulian, Charles Thomas, Michael Bates, and Art Porter. In 1991, he moved to Memphis to study jazz piano with Gene Rush, at Memphis State University. He also studied classical piano there, with Daniel Fletcher and Samuel Viviano. During this period, he sought out the tutelage of master musicians including Alvin Fielder, Kidd Jordan, and Vernel Fournier. After college, he moved to New York City, where he continued to hone his craft, working and studying with more master musicians that include Benny Powell, Chris Anderson, Warren Smith, Harold Ousley, and Frank Lacy. Chris returned to Memphis and received his Master’s Degree from University of Memphis, in 2009. His studies included classical piano, especially repertoire from the early 20 th century, with Victor Asuncin, and jazz composition and arranging, with Jack Cooper. It was during this period that he met one of his future bassists, orchestrator and arrangers, Rufus Reid. In 2011, Chris returned to North Little Rock.
His most recent work, the “ No Tears Suite”, was debuted, for Jazz Septet, in 2017, as a part of the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the integration of the Little Rock 9 into Central High School in 1957. Chris currently teaches jazz band and orchestra and Mann Magnet Middle School, in Little Rock. The studio recording of the “No Tears Suite” also for release very soon. The orchestral arrangements, done by Rufus Reid, were debuted by the ASO this March. His ensembles for the suite, included Brian Blade on drums, Bill Huntington and Rufus Reid on bass, Bobby Lavell on tenor sax, Chad Fowler on alto sax, Marc Franklin on trumpet, and Kelley Hurt on vocals. The expanded ensemble with members from the ASO was conducted by Geoff Robson. Chris also has multiple releases on Makahala records coming soon, featuring William Parker and Bernard Santacruz on bass, Alvin Fielder, Anders Griffin, and Gerald Clayton on drums, Daniel Carter, Kidd Jordan, and Chad Fowler on reeds, Jaime Branch on trumpet, and Kelley Hurt on vocals.
- Jazz Night at the Cafe$10$100$0