The Ashe County Arts Council will present “I Get a Kick Out of You” with Martha Bassett at the Ashe Civic Center in West Jefferson Saturday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m. The program repertoire will include music by many classic composers and songwriters such as George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Lennon and McCartney and more.
The concert, performed by the Music Carolina Jazz Quartet, will feature acclaimed vocalist Martha Bassett. The jazz quartet will include Matt Kendrick on bass, Federico Pivetta on piano, Ken Wilmot on trumpet and John Wilson on drums.
Music Carolina Jazz Quartet is part of the Music Carolina family, who bring musicians together from all over North Carolina to present concerts including classical chamber music, jazz, tango, dance and theatre. In 2007, Music Carolina SummerFest premiered in August in Winston-Salem and in 2012, Music Carolina added a Winterfest to its seasonal offerings. Music Carolina’s mission is to present outstanding and affordable chamber music performances in all-musical styles, including classical, jazz, tango and Americana in a variety of intimate and accessible styles.
Martha Bassett was raised on the bluegrass and gospel of her native West Virginia farmland. Classically trained, Martha is blessed with a crystalline tone, a remarkable range and sultry delivery. Mixing originals with choice covers, she navigates sexy torch songs, rip-your-heart-out ballads and slinky groove tunes with ease supported by a band equally comfortable in acoustic and electric settings. With her fourth disc, “The Goodbye Party,” Martha explores longing, anger, loss and love. The songs are heartbroken and wistfully triumphant. No Depression describes Martha’s music as “intricate and resoundingly captivating, each song takes me further into a scene.” Regularly seen on stages at Merlefest, the Eastern Music Festival, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival and concert venues throughout North Carolina and Virginia, she’s opened for Lyle Lovett, Tony Bennett, the Avett Brothers, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Jim Lauderdale and Chuck Prophet. Her tours have taken her up and down the east coast and into the Midwest.
Matt Kendrick has appeared on bass with artists such as Marian McPartland, Gene Bertoncini, Archie Shepp, Jaki Byard and JoAnne Brackeen, who was a guest star with his group “The Matt Kendrick Unit” at the Carrboro Arts Center. Kendrick has released five CDs and he teaches Electric Bass and Jazz Improvisation at Wake Forest University.
Federico Pivetta, a versatile pianist with a unique mastery of both classical and jazz styles, is an active accompanist, chamber musician and teacher. He has performed with jazz greats such as Ernie Watts and Arturo Sandoval.
John Wilson has performed with artists such as Jon Hendricks, Milt Grayson, Stefon Harris, Chris Potter, and Mark Turner, in addition to playing with the Glen Miller Orchestra and the AS-Is Ensemble. He teaches at Davidson College and actively performs in the Triad.
Ken Wilmot is a member of the Winston-Salem and Greensboro Symphonies and is a founding member of the Giannini Brass. He has also performed with the New World Symphony and with the Eastern Philharmonic. He has appeared and toured with a variety of popular and jazz artists such as The Four Tops, Ray Charles, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and the Guy Lombardo Orchestra.
Tickets are $20 adults and $5 students and are available at the Ashe Arts Center or by phone at (336) 846-2787. For more information please call (336) 846-2787.