Jazz quartet and guests performing March 18

CEDAR CITY–Iron County Acoustic Music Association (ICAMA) continues to showcase live acoustic music with an eclectic mix of genres– this month featuring David Balsover’s MB3 Quartet playing original and classic jazz with special guest vocalist, Sally Hunter, Friday, May 18, at Community Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 2279 N Wedgewood Lane, Cedar City. Opening for the MB3 Quartet is Cedar City’s own R&B Gospel band, East from West. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the music starts at 7 p.m.

Jazz makes its first appearance at an ICAMA show with David Balsover’s MB3 Quartet, a local quartet pumping out the rhythms of classic jazz tunes and original compositions. Sally Hunter will bring her dynamic vocals to many of the favorites.

The lineup features Sally Hunter on vocals, David Balsover on saxophone, Christian Bohnenstengel on keys, Trekker Burt on bass, and back beat by percussionist Lydia Feild.

Featured vocalist Sally Hunter, aka The Wizzlady, has been performing since she was a just a girl when she accompanied her father, an accomplished bass/baritone. Over the years, she came out from behind the piano and sang in operas, musicals, solo, and in small groups. She is a classically trained soprano. While she appreciates the passion of opera, Sally says she favors jazz, rock and folk music. She often joins the Neil Simon Festival cast in their productions. The tunes she sings with MB3, the standards, are some of her oldest friends.

David Balsover is classically-trained and a long-tine jazz performer who has appeared with Wynton Marsalis, Eddie Harris, and Wayne Bergeron, among others. He has also backed up Roy Clark, Tennessee Ernie Ford, the Temptations, and Marilyn McCoo. Balsover has been arranging and composing jazz pieces for quartet, dectet and Big Band for many years. One of his big band compositions was recently performed at the Aspen Music Festival. David says his musical influences include King Curtis, Cannonball Adderly, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington and Herbie Hancock. David also co-leads the Cedar Jazz Dectet.

Christian Bohnenstengel is at home with a wide range of musical genres. He is a founding member of Southern Utah University’s Faculty Jazz Combo, Kind of Blue, has appeared as a soloist with the Orchestra of Southern Utah. Christian’s performances have taken him throughout the United States and internationally to South America and Europe. He is currently Director of Keyboard Studies at SUU.

Trekker Burt has been playing bass in a variety of bands and musical genres—jazz, blues, salsa rock, reggae, and ska. Trekker says his love of music has been a significant factor in his life. He also plays piano and guitar. He is currently a music student at SUU.

Lydia Field keeps the band in time with a steady backbeat. She plays drums in the quartet and symphony orchestra percussion instruments—tympani, bass drum, and xylophone in orchestra. She studied percussion under Patrick Roulet and Lyn Vartan at SUU. Lydia has a number of performance awards to her credit. She also currently plays with the Cedar Jazz Dectet.

East from West is Cedar City’s R&B gospel group. Formed in 2017 as an outtake from the Community Presbyterian Praise Band, they have performed at church services and recently were the opening act at the Springdale Earth Day Festival. The band features Robyn Eddy’s vocals which can growl, soar, and calm all in one phrase. Dennis Greggz brings original riffs and rhythms on guitar. Keyboardist Harry Taylor‘s melodies keep the songs moving. Dan Morrison locks the band’s groove with his tight electric bass. Jim Howells adds rhythm and leads on mandolin and guitar. Gordon Strang is a recent addition on drums. Together they bring solid R&B to gospel favorites and some seldom-heard classics.

A suggested donation of $5 per person helps promote live acoustic music in Iron County.

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