An enchanting evening of mostly bossa nova, with a few Brazilian folk tunes and other jazz favorites. Katie will be singing in both English and Portuguese.
Katie, originally from Michigan, studied vocal performance at Interlochen Arts Academy and University of Michigan with a concentration in opera. Since moving to Hendersonville, she has sung with Asheville Lyric Opera, Flat Rock Playhouse, Parkway Playhouse, and many others. Over the Christmas season, Katie performs with her a cappella trio, the Belle Tones, singing 1940's Andrews Sisters-style hits. She is currently the soprano soloist at Trinity Presbyterian Church and recently appeared in a Viennese operetta concert with the Blue Ridge Orchestra in Asheville as well as a Christmas gala at Isis Music Hall with the Russ Wilson Orchestra. She regularly presents classical recitals in addition to her jazz and pop performances.
Bill is a well-known and well-travelled guitar player as well as a Hendersonville native. With over 30 years experience, he has played in rock, blues, and alternative bands, including the Crystal Zoo, Crocodile Smile, and his current blues "groosion" trio, Big Block Dodge. Bill makes regular appearances as musician and as music director at Flat Rock Playhouse, both on the mainstage and at the downtown theater, and has appeared in more "Music on the Rock" concerts that any other musician. In addition to electric and acoustic guitar, he plays the dobro, mandolin, electric bass, banjo, lap steel, and pedal steel. Mark Fullington, in an article for The Indie File, commenting on Crystal Zoo's album "Pouch", recorded at the Power Station in New York, wrote "the guitar of Bill Altman has a broad sonic palette that includes ominous chords, tormented rapid-fire leads that range in mood from mega-blues to sci-fi in a perfectly executed display of how much power and emotion a guitar can generate."
Grant Cuthbertson is a bassist residing and performing is Western NC since 1995. He is an alumnus of UNC-Asheville where he studied jazz performance under the direction of Tim Haden. Through the late nineties, Grant performed with the funk jazz outfit The Tyler Ramsey Trio where he played regularly around the Southeast sharing the stage with such artists as Ray Charles, John Scofield, Samba Ngo, Charlie Hunter, and others. Since this time Grant has focused primarily on Jazz and Latin styles. He performs with numerous jazz combos and regularly with the Asheville Jazz Orchestra. These have provided opportunities to perform with the likes of Bobby Shew, Rick DellaRatta, Eve Cornelious/Chip Crawford group among others. Latin music is Grant's focus as a band leader. He is director/arranger for Nuevo Montuno Salsa Orchestra and Grupo Ahora Si (Son Cubano and Latin Jazz). Latin music has enable Grant to work with such notables as Charlie Rodriguez, Luis Mangual, and Alfonzo "El Panameno" Joseph. He also made a significant contribution to the film "La Epoca", a documentary on the Palladium era of Latin music. Parallel to Jazz and Latin have been Grant's involvement with popular music. He is a regular sideman for funk, R&B, and blues outfits in the region. In 2004 Grant became a partner in Collapseable Recording Studios where he works with local and regional artists as an engineer, producer, and musician.
Robin Tolleson was playing drums. He recorded at the Capitol Records studios in Hollywood with Indigo Swing, and worked on the So Flows The Current album with Grammy-winning composer (and former Zappa bassist) Patrick O’Hearn. He founded the San Francisco jazz-funk-dub trio Hip Bones, played on two critically acclaimed albums by fusion guitarist Gregory James, and plays with a number of popular regional groups including soulsters The Secret B-Sides, groosion trio Big Block Dodge, flamenco-funksters Cabo Verde, and world jazz outfit Klarcnova. He is percussionist at Trinity Presbyterian Church, and also a DJ who spins vinyl at Southern Appalachian Brewery in Hendersonville, NC.