Geoff LaCrone & Joan Griffith
November 26 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
$10 general admission, $5 for students with ID & musicians with instruments. Doors open 15 minutes before music starts.
Geoff LeCrone was fortunate to study with Joan while a student at the University of St. Thomas. He is a founding member of ACME Jazz Company and also plays with the Andrew Walesch Big Band and the Yohannes Tona Band. Geoff often plays in local theater productions, and his recent credits include shows at the Children’s Theatre Company, Ordway, and Guthrie.
Joan Griffith is known in the Midwest as a teacher, performer and composer. She has toured and recorded extensively as a classical and jazz guitarist, a bassist and a mandolinist. The 2011 CD “A Girl Named Vincent” with Prudence Johnson, the 2008 jazz CD, “Sambanova” with pianist Laura Caviani, her 2009 CD “Alma Brasileira” with recorder player Clea Galhano and CD “Enter You, Enter Love,” with Lucia Newell feature many of her own compositions. Enter You, Enter Love” was chosen as one of the top ten best recordings for 1996 by jazz radio station KBEM. Her choral composition “Sweet Noel” won the 1998 Christmas Carol Contest sponsored by the American Composer’s Forum and Vocalessence. Her performances on mandolin include the Minnesota Orchestra‘s recording of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde and as soloist with the South Dakota Symphony on their premiere recording “Journey to the Badlands”. Her mandolin and bass playing can be heard on the many recording of singer/songwriter Ann Reed. She is teaches jazz improvisation, guitar, bass and mandolin at the University of St. Thomas and Macalester College. She is also a roster artist in jazz for COMPAS, the Minnesota State Arts Board and Young Audiences.
Joan and Geoff will explore the possibilities of 2 guitars with their take on standards as well as a couple original compositions.
Graydon Peterson – bass
Mac Santiago – drums
Joan Griffin – guitar
Geoff LaCrone – guitar
About the Monday Featured Artist:
JCS invites a local jazz masters to play and direct new collaborations.
This performance is followed by a traditional jam session hosted by the featured artist. Novice and experienced, are invited to play and hone their skills.