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Rocky Mountain Jazz Collective

The Rocky Mountain Jazz Collective is an organization started in 2019 by highly respected members of the jazz community in Montana. Through education outreach in the community and regular performance in an environment that is best suited for listening, the mission of the RMJC is to create a greater awareness and appreciation for jazz music and history in the Rocky Mountain region. RMJC aims to increase appreciation and awareness of jazz music through the performance of themed programs consisting of material with cultural and historical significance to the history and development of jazz. The Rocky Mountain Jazz Collective is: Scott Jeppesen - Artistic Director, Saxophones, Clarinet, Flute Mark Fenderson - Trumpet John Roberts - Trombone Erik Olson - Piano Parker Brown - Bass Matt Devitt - Drums

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Jimmy Gray

Gray began studying piano in high school at Caddo Magnet High, a school in shreveport,louisiana strongly oriented towards the arts having produced some great musicians such as Kenny Wayne Shephard and Brian Blade. After a long hiatus he began experimenting with the written arts and after struggling with a novel length work and dabbling in performance poetry while studying medicine in New Orleans Louisiana he began his new relationship with sound and the performing arts while in professional school. Unsatisfied with simply mixing sounds with electronic media he picked up his axe again after being inspired by avant garde jazz musican Marzette Watts whom he met before his death while in medical school

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Brazilians Spice Up Annual Montana Guitar Festival

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Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival Flathead Lake Lodge Bigfork, Montana August 30-September 5, 2015 Forget for a moment the stellar roster of international guitar greats at Bigfork, Montana's annual Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival, their inspired performances and enthusiastic, SRO crowds. This annual weeklong mixture of master ...

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John Zoltek Stirs Up Jazz Fusion Storm in Montana

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The John Zoltek Quartet O'Shaughnessey Center Jazz Night with the Maestro Whitefish, Montana May 16, 2015 Watching guitarist John Zoltek bound ecstatically around the stage like one of his rock guitar heroes from the '70s, it was perhaps difficult for some in the audience of about 200 to reconcile that ...


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