Artists

Dr. Dave Fox

Dr. Dave Fox

Piano

Mr. Fox performs throughout the Southeast as a classical and jazz pianist. Most recently, he has been active as a composer. On a recent faculty recital Fox presented the world premiere or “How the River Took Daughtry McLamb”, a song cycle for soprano, cello and piano, as well as several of his piano preludes.

Mr. Fox is the pianist in the Greg Hyslop Trio, the Atlantic Jazz Orchestra (formerly the US Airways Jazz Orchestra), the All-Stars, and the faculty jazz group Seven Steps, which he co-founded with Neill Clegg. 

Mike Holstein

Mike Holstein

Guitar & Bass

having studied Music Performance and Education with emphases in Guitar and Bass, Mike Holstein has been serving up some amazing Jazz in this region for many years! He performs frequently with top Jaxx performers including the amazing Sheila Jordan. Mike’s creative style is always fascinating for listeners… the music formation is live, in-the-moment, and new. And he doesn’t just play guitars, he makes them! Fee free to ask him at performances what his latest wood-working projects are! Mike, his wife Kellie, & their kitty live in Marion, NC where they support children through the Foster Care program. His support of holly Hopkins Jazz is most appreciated!

Ron Brendle

Ron Brendle

Bass

When Ron first sat at his Great Grandmother’s pump organ at around 5 years of age and played those first notes, he realized there was a magic that happened when he heard those airy sounds. He believes that moment set him on a lifelong quest of music. Being a musician and learning about music is a journey he is thankful never ends. 

George Hoar

Bass, Piano, Celtic Elements

Originally from Queens NY, bassist and pianist, George Hoar, came from a musical family. His mother was a classically trained piano teacher and composer and taught George at an early age. His father was an amateur drummer with a natural feel for jazz music. At William Patterson College, George studied with Rufus Ried, David Samuels, Harold Maybern, Todd Coolman and Don Funuto. He also studied bass privately with Harvey Swartz and piano with Art Resnick. He has performed with Dave Liebman, Mike Stern, Joyce Bryant, Barbara English and David Samuels. George was awarded an endowment of the arts composition grant for his original improvisational jazz group, Trikus, who recorded the CD, Soul Sojourn, with guest Mike Stern. The group performed at many North East Festivals. George performed regularly at the Harlem club, The Showman, and was one of the artists featured on Jazz Sounds of Harlem hosted by Wynton Marsalis on BET. George currently reside in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.

Neal Davenport

Neal Davenport

Piano & Vocals

The Neal Davenport Band has performed for hundreds of events and receptions in the southeast for the past 25 years. Our extensive repertoire covers the musical spectrum from big band to high energy dance music. We can perform our entire songlist as a trio (keys with vocals, sax, and drums) or customize to larger sizes – often adding a female vocalist and guitarist. In addition, band members are classically trained musicians who can perform on piano, harp, or both in more formal settings. Having been a part of so many events, our experience will help ensure yours is a great success!

Shawn Ervin

Shawn Ervin

Saxophone

John Spurrier

John Spurrier

Drums

Noel Freidline

Noel Freidline

Piano & Vocals

As the leader of the Noel Freidline Quintet for the last 26 years, Freidline has recorded 8 CDs, performed at jazz festivals as diverse as the Jacksonville (FL) Jazz Festival to the Bethlehem (PA) Musikfest to the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, held down a three-year house band position at the Bellagio in Las Vegas and performed for actress Julia Roberts’ surprise 35th birthday party.  In February of 2018, Noel released his eighth album, “Old Devil Moon,” a collaboration with vocalist Maria Howell

Troy Conn

Troy Conn

Guitar

A versatile musician, Troy has been playing professionally for thirteen years.  He holds the B.M. from UNCC and has studied at Berklee College of Music.  An active performer with numerous small groups at various venues and festivals, Troy has also performed with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra in their Pops Concerts and in their rendition of the opera, The Barber of Seville.  Troy’s musical styles include jazz, classical, acoustic, rock, Celtic, folk, and blues.   Troy teaches in the Extended Day Program at Providence Day School and part-time at Pfeiffer University.

Matt Kendrick

Matt Kendrick

Bass

Matt Kendrick, a bass player and composer, is one of North Carolina’s most beloved jazz musicians. From his home base in Winston-Salem, he plays almost nightly with the Matt Kendrick Trio and other groups. He’s a member of the music faculty at Wake Forest University. Matt also serves as Music Director for Carolina Music Ways, an arts education nonprofit and Co-artistic director for Music Carolina a non-profit arts presenting organization.

Rick Cline

Rick Cline

Drums

Rick Cline is a performer/educator in Hickory, NC, as well as a father of 2 boys, Reese and Gabriel.  As a native of Hickory, Cline enjoys a wonderful musical career filled with numerous weekly performances and an abundant weekly teaching load. He teaches applied percussion at Lenoir Rhyne University, and the University of NC at Charlotte, and currently directs the Piedmont Percussion Program, a program for kids ages 6-18 for 7 years. Prior to that, he also founded and taught the Lenoir-Rhyne Percussion program for over 8 years. The P3 program contains over 60 kids, divided up into 4 percussion ensembles and 2 community steel drum bands. The program performs yearly at the NC Day of Percussion, has won national acclaim among educators, and has been acknowledged for excellence in the internationally distributed “Percussive Notes“. 

Wayne Christensen

Wayne Christensen

Guitar

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