OREM The BYU faculty jazz group Q'd Up will cue up in concert at the SCERA Center for the Arts with Raymond Smith on saxophones, flutes, clarinets and electronic wind instrument; Steve Lindeman on piano, Hammond B3 and synthesizers; Matt Larson on acoustic and electric basses; Ron Brough on drums, mallets, steel pan and auxiliary percussion instruments; and Jay Lawrence on vibes, drums and auxiliary percussion instruments. Kelly Eisenhour is Q'd Up's vocalist.
The SCERA concert will include selections from Q'd Up's three CDs.
Former Downbeat magazine editor/jazz critic Dan Morgenstern calls the group "a most unusual sextet. ... What makes this group unusual? For one thing, there is the impressive instrumentarium at its command: some 25 instruments, no less. For another, four are skilled arrangers and composers. And then, and perhaps most significantly, all are first-rate players and improvisers who work together in a way that can only come about when gifted musicians have spent time playing together and have become finely attuned to each other. Add to all that the rare ingredient of good taste, and we are indeed Q'd up for music that communicates to a listener's heart, head and feet."
Smith has studied with some of the most important names in saxophone and performed with Eddie Daniels, Arturo Sandoval, Les Elgart's and Ray McKinnley's big bands. Smith is a saxophone professor at BYU, in his 25th year of directing BYU's premier big band. He is at home in classical and jazz styles, adept at all five woodwinds, electronic wind instruments and ethnic flutes. He has more than 170 CD credits, film scores and television themes. Smith has performed with the Utah Symphony, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and is a member of the Utah Saxophone Quartet. In 1998, he received the Voice of Jazz Award for the state of Utah.
Lawrence has played on more than 80 albums. He has accompanied celebrities such as Liza Minelli, Sammy Davis Jr., Linda Ronstadt, Cher and Tom Jones. He is an adjunct instructor of jazz studies at BYU.
Brough is division coordinator for percussion/performance at BYU and has been the director of jazz studies. He has performed as percussionist in the Utah Chamber Orchestra, the Pioneer Memorial Theater Orchestra, Ballet West, the Utah Opera Company and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Lindeman has studied jazz piano with David Baker, Barry Harris, Ronnie Matthews, Jack Reilly, Kenny Barron and Tamir Hendelman, and Latin jazz piano with Rebecca MaulÚon-Santanta. He teaches music theory and jazz studies at BYU.At 12, Larson was playing with his father's trio and transcribing the bass lines of Ray Brown, John Clayton, Brian Bromberg and John Pattitucci. He is a first-call bassist for jazz-related studio work in Utah. He plays both acoustic and electric bass.
If you go . . .
What: Q'd Up concert
Where: SCERA Center for the Arts, 745 S. State, Orem
When: 7:30 p.m., April 16