Class Wineseller’s January LIVE Music Series Opens with Gypsy Jazz Duo

By Kay Stegall Miller | Dec 30, 2013
Courtesy of: Steve Trismen John Stinemen (foreground) and Steve Trismen (background) perform Friday, January 3rd at the Classic Wineseller in Waynesville.

Waynesville, NC - The Classic Wineseller, 20 Church Street, will host the One Leg Up gypsy jazz duo on Friday, January 3 at 7pm. The Wineseller’s restaurant opens at 5:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays serving freshly prepared small plate fare. There is a $10 per person minimum on live music nights which includes food, drink, and retail purchases. Reservations are accepted between 6pm and 7pm by calling 828-452-6000.

The One Leg Up duo of John Stineman (guitar, vocals) and Steve Trismen (violin, vocals) plays a vibrant mixture of upbeat Gypsy Jazz, Latin, Swing and original jazz compositions. The duo performs music in the style of famed French gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. The repertoire includes fresh arrangements of Django classics, vocal harmonies, original compositions, and innovative adaptations of classic jazz numbers in the French “hot club” style.

Singer-songwriter and pianist Joe Cruz will entertain with hits of the Beatles and Elton John on Saturday, January 4 at 7pm. Raised in New York City, Cruz began performing in church as a child. As a young man he performed regularly on the New York nightclub scene. He has opened for such notable groups as Chicago, Santana, Bonnie Raitt, and Average White Band.

On Friday, January 10, Bohemian Jean performs at 7pm. Bohemian Jean is a duo comprised of Waynesville residents, singer-songwriter Matthew Welborn, and his vocalist wife Jessi Stone. Stone chooses covers that suit her soulful alto voice — including hits from Janis Joplin, Stevie Nicks, Patsy Cline, and Carly Simon. Welborn complements his wife’s voice with rich harmonies, also adding his own fun covers and original music to the mix. Since meeting and falling in love in high school, the duo’s natural chemistry shines through when they perform the music they love.

The Classic Wineseller welcomes singer-songwriter, Paul Cataldo (guitar, banjo, vocals) on Saturday, January 11 at 7pm. Cataldo has been playing music since he was 14 years old, when he heard Neil Young for the first time. He landed his first job playing lead with Shortbus, a Boston-based cover band.Cataldo regularly tours the eastern US--from Portland, ME to Savannah, GA. His first full length LP "Rivers, Roads & Mountains" (2009) has been receiving steady airplay on college stations in the northeast. The LP was recorded at Quad Studios in Nashville, the same room where Neil Young recorded his breakthrough record Harvest.

Beginning January 16, the Classic Wineseller will present three evenings of live music leading up to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend. The DuPont Brothers (guitars, vocals) perform an early kick-off to the holiday weekend on Thursday, January 16 at 7pm. Leo Johnson (guitar, vocals) entertains Friday, January 17 beginning at 7pm, and Joe Cruz (piano, vocals) plays Saturday evening, January 18 at 7pm.

The touring DuPont Brothers are bringing the best of Vermont-made folk-rock-Americana to western North Carolina. For years, singer-songwriter siblings Sam and Zack honed their skills independent of one another. A groundbreaking show in Burlington, Vermont early in 2013 convinced the brothers to blend their unique writing and singing styles and become co-conspirators in this shared family passion. For more information about the DuPont Brothers visit www.dupontbrothersmusic.com.

Versatile jazz, gypsy jazz, and swing performer, Leo Johnson (guitar, vocals) will play swing from the 30s and 40s on Friday evening, January 17 at 7pm.

On Saturday, January 18, Joe Cruz is back at the piano at 7pm delivering the best of the Beatles and Sir Elton John. Cruz grew up singing in church, then became a regular on the club scene in New York City. He has opened for Chicago, Santana, and Bonnie Raitt.

Ben Wilson plays hits from the 60s, 70s, and 80s on Friday, January 24 at 7pm. Wilson, voted one of Florida’s Top Five Songwriters in 2009 and 2010, has toured for the last 15 years singing and playing guitar and harmonica. His repertoire is extensive and includes originals, Americana, and acoustic classics. His style has been compared to Elvis Costello, Bob Dylan, John Prine, and Todd Snider. Ten albums, two charted songs, and 2,000 live shows later, Wilson makes his home in Asheville where he teaches songwriting to students as part of the school system’s artist residency program.

Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Stuart McNair entertains on Saturday, January 25 beginning at 7pm. McNair wows audiences by performing on guitar, piano, harmonica, trumpet, accordion, washboard, mandolin, and other instruments. With a busy touring schedule both in the United States and overseas, Stuart combines folk, country, bluegrass, zydeco, and reggae traditions to transport his audience on a musical journey. McNair has been called "one of the South's musical treasures" by the UK publication, Maverick Magazine.

The complete January schedule includes:

Friday, January 3 - One Leg Up Duo guitar, violin, vocals. Gypsy jazz

Saturday, January 4 - Joe Cruz piano, vocals. Beatles and Sir Elton John

Friday, January 10 - Bohemian Jean featuring Jessi Stone, vocals and Matt Welborn, guitar, harmonica, vocals. Original songs plus soulful classics from the 60s to today

Saturday, January 11 - Paul Cataldo guitar, vocals. Originals, Americana, folk, soft rock

Thursday, January 16 - The DuPont Brothers guitar, vocals. Vermont-made folk-rock-Americana

Friday, January 17 - Leo Johnson guitar, vocals. Swing from the 30s & 40s

Saturday, January 18 - Joe Cruz piano, vocals. Beatles and Sir Elton John

Friday, January 24 - Ben Wilson guitar and vocals. Music of 60s, 70s, 80s

Saturday, January 25 - Stuart McNair guitar, vocalsClassics, and originals influenced by country, bluegrass, zydeco

Friday, January 31 Closed

The Classic Wineseller, Waynesville’s premier retail wine and craft beer shop, small plate restaurant, and intimate live music venue presents local, regional, or national talent each Friday and Saturday night at 7pm in the underground environs at 20 Church Street, Waynesville.

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