Wineseller 'Jazzy Valentine' is Feb. 16

Feb 01, 2013
Asheville jazz pianist, Bill Bares, will perform Feb. 16 at The Classic Winseller, in Waynesville.

There will be a Valentine’s weekend dinner at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb.16,at the Classic Wineseller, 20 Church St., in Waynesville, accompanied by live jazz featuring vocalist, Jesse E. Junior; pianist, Bill Bares; and bassist, Zack Page.

The evening includes a specially prepared four-course dinner from the Classic Wineseller kitchen, with entree options such as Maine lobster and rack of lamb. The per person price is $34.99 plus tax and gratuity. Call 452-6000 to make you’re a reservation or email requests to Seating is limited.

Junior, a long time singer on the New York jazz scene, studied with piano legend Barry Harris and Cobi Norita of the Universal Jazz Coalition in New York. Junior played in numerous clubs in the New York area, as well as his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin before embracing the bourgeoning jazz scene in the Carolinas. His main influences include three great talents: Johnny Hartman, Joe Williams, and Louie Armstrong.

Pianist Bares holds a bachelor of arts degree from Amherst College, a masters degree in jazz performance from the University of Miami, and a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from Harvard University, where he studied with Ingrid Monson, the Quincy Jones Professor of African American Music. Bares spent 10 years performing and researching jazz in Europe, and his book, “Eternal Triangle: American Jazz in European Postmodern,” is forthcoming. Other research interests include jazz and race, and music and environmental issues. Bares is an assistant professor at UNC Asheville where he teaches Jazz Band, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Theory and Improv II, and African American Music: Slavery to Sing.

Page has been honing his bass playing skills for 23 years. In high school, it was all about metal, the heavier the better. In college, Page moved solely into jazz and blues, regularly performing in nightclubs. In his 20s, he worked with a traveling theatrical productions company and as an entertainer on cruise ships. He toured the world appearing in Asia, the Far East, the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, and in all 50 states. Since then, he has enjoyed playing in a variety of settings from children's music, to straight ahead jazz, and hard-hitting blues. Page is a regular on the jazz scene in western North Carolina, performing with a variety of groups including the hot gypsy jazz group, One Leg Up from Asheville.

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