Wednesday, July 22, 2009


August 14th is the date for the next Bowling Green Gallery Hop and John Martin and Marshall Scott will release their new CD , JMS, to the public. It is really great and I wish I could let you hear a few cuts from it but technologically, I am not that savvy. You will just have to come downtown on the 14th to meet the artists and hear the music. They will be here from 5 until at least 8pm. CD's, old and new will be available.

As WKU colleagues, John and Marshall have enjoyed a 20 year friendship and performed together in jazz combos, big bands and even classical ensembles. The JMS Jazz Duo began as a "necessary experiment" as many gigs required less performers and/or less sound. This wonderful combination soon evolved into one of the most creative and rewarding ensembles

Marshall Scott began playing trumpet at the age of 9 under the direction of Jack Basil in Elkins, West Virginina. He has been teaching trumpet and directing the Jazz Band at WKU since 1990. As a performer he has played in a wide variety of roles ranging from playing principal trumpet with various orchestras to performing with brass ensembles. He has accompanied many entertainers and jazz artists including Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops & Temptations, Natalie Cole and Bernadette Peters.

He can be heard on CD recordings including: "Lumen" as a member of the Louisville Trumpet and Brass Ensembles, "Earth Dances" as a member of the Kentuckiana Brass and performing his own compositions on"The Marshall Scott Jazz Quintet."

John Martin is currently director of guitar and music technology studies at WKU. He has appeared in Guitar Player magazine, is an artist for Godin guitars and GHS strings. He has made concert appearances with Al Martino, Norm Crosby, Clint Holmes, Joe Nichols and Tracy Lawrence.

John frequently performs with Michael Scott. He and Michael spent Thanksgiving 2007 on tour in Iraq. Along with teaching at WKU, he keeps quite busy as a freelance musician.

Plan to join the Steve and the fabulously talented Jazz Duo on Friday, August 14th at
The Gallery at 916 for the next Bowling Green Gallery Hop!

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