'Jazz Brunch' defines a musical gem

Dan Maier on piano, Ann Gilbert on bass, and Bill Marx on drums will entertain the crowd at the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council's Jazz Brunch on April 28. Photo by Louise Seeholzer

The Britannica Encyclopedia declares that trying to derive a “precise, all-encompassing definition of jazz is probably futile.” But on April 28, three outstanding musicians will present a gourmet menu of jazz music and provide an opportunity to define jazz as sheer enjoyment for those in attendance.

The Jazz Brunch, sponsored by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council on Sunday, April 28, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Westwood Country Club, marks the third year that the WWAC is sponsoring this distinctive musical event. Proceeds benefit the Scholarship Fund of the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, which aids area high school students pursue another level of education.

“One important aspect of jazz, clearly does distinguish it from other traditional musical areas … the jazz performer is primarily or wholly a creative, improvising composer – his (her) own composer, as it were,” the Britannica further states. Those who have heard the blended sounds of Ann Gilbert on bass, Dan Maier on piano and Bill Marx on drums can validate that description.

Abbreviated musical profiles of these exceptional musicians reveal Gilbert is the principal bassist with Cleveland Pops, Akron Symphony and Blue Water Chamber Orchestra. Maier is a former member of Blood Sweat and Tears and is currently a member of the North Coast Jazz Collective. Drummer and percussionist, Marx, has his own jazz ensemble, plays in area big bands, local orchestras and Brazilian ensembles.

The idea for a Jazz Brunch took root following a free program, “Bass Extravaganza,” which the WWAC sponsored in 2016. Following the performance, the overflow audience gave Ann Gilbert and “Friends” a spontaneous standing ovation.

Enjoy this distinctive musical event on Sunday, April 28, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Westwood Country Club, 22625 Detroit Road, Rocky River (complimentary valet parking provided). Tickets are $40 per person,  and include a cash bar, Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle. For information call 440-554-7522 or go to www.w-wac.org.

Louise Seeholzer

Publicist for Westlake-Westshore Arts Council

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 9:46 AM, 04.02.2019