Friday, October 20, 7:30 pm
37North is a group of jazz musicians living in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia who have united to bring their personalities, energy, and stylish jazz interpretations together. 37 degrees north is the latitude coordinate for Bedford County, Virginia, and the group enjoys celebrating this area of Virginia with their name and music.
Each musician’s experience in playing a variety of music genres comes together in an eclectic jazz soundscape. The group's repertoire includes a crossover style that brings a jazz interpretation to standards, folk, regional, and pop songs, including some originals by Nichols and Walter. Their music takes aim at creating a sense of scenery, introspection, and inspiration and mesmerizes listeners.
About the Musicians
Jazz trumpeter Scott Walter, Bedford Community Orchestra (BCO) conductor enjoys introducing and interweaving melodic and harmonic ideas with Karen Nichols, on keyboard and vocals. Karen, who also plays with the BCO has a versatile background as a performer and songwriter, adding rich, textured chords to the harmonic mix. Ben Masters, on upright acoustic bass, is another member of the BCO and enjoys adding low tone colors to 37North’s tonal palette, while BCO drummer/percussionist Patrick Skelley, who has played for thirty years with ensembles up and down the East Coast, adds rhythmic figures, timing and interesting percussive sounds to the group’s performances.
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