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Quad City Symphony Orchestra announces new Concertmaster PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jared Johnson   
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 13:37
After a year-long search, the Quad City Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce their new Concertmaster. The new Concertmaster will be publicly introduced in the NorthPark Mall food court where the Concertmaster will say a few words and give a short performance.

"We were all enamored of the talent and vision this candidate brought to the table during the audition," said Jeff vom Saal, Executive Director of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. "We know our new Concertmaster will be a great artistic asset to the community as well as to our organization, and we wanted the Concertmaster's first performance to be a very public event."

The press and the public are invited to witness this historic occasion.

June 5, 2012, at 11:00 a.m.
NorthPark Mall food court
320 West Kimberly Road
Davenport, IA
Presentation to include brief introduction, opportunity for questions, and a performance by the new Concertmaster

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Written by Daytrotter   
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 14:13

This Friday, June 1st, Two-Thousand And Twelve, we here at Daytrotter -- on the muddy Mississippi River in Rock Island, Illinois -- are posting our 2000th Daytrotter session. Point your browser to and come celebrate with us.

We pulled out the stops and are commemorating the milestone with the debut session from country legend Glen Campbell. The Rhinestone Cowboy performs three classic cuts and the heartbreaking lead track from his new and final studio album.

In a symbolic nod to the sheer volume of killer, one-of-a-kind live sessions that we've posted since the site launched in February 2006, our 2001st posting is from the great Delta Spirit -- their 5th!

In celebration of our 2000th Daytrotter session, we are offering $20 annual memberships to Daytrotter for the next 24 hours only.

Coming at you from The Horseshack in downtown Rock Island, IL, Daytrotter brings you 5 new sessions a day, every day -- 140 Daytrotter session songs each week.

These fine people, traveling through America’s heartland, take two hours out of their travels between shows to stop in for a session in downtown Rock Island, Ill. They use borrowed instruments, play with their touring mates, utilize an often unkempt toilet, eat some food and then cram back into their vans for the last half of the drive. What they leave behind is a pile of ashes, sometimes a forgotten stocking hat and four absolutely collectible songs – song as they are on that particular day, on that particular tour; dirty and alive

Recorded with minimal mic’ing, through discrete preamps and with some limiting, to the mixing console, they are printed to 1/4” analog tape running at 15 inches per second (usually BASF 468). There is no set formula or pattern to the recordings, and they are all live, no overdubs, straight to tape.

Here's to the next 2000 sessions and here's to the great artists we've worked and will someday work with!

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Written by Nate Lawrence   
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 14:11
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June 17th, POLYRHYTHMS brings piano Great Willie Pickens; the same Willie Pickens who performed five years ago at the very first Third Sunday Jazz Workshop & Matinee event. A celebrated educator performer, Pickens returns to the Redstone Room, in the RME on the corner of 2nd & Main, Davenport, IA, to see where his jazz demystifying teachings have taken us 66 Third Sundays later. Third Sunday Jazz Events begin with a workshop at 3 pm and is followed by a matinee concert from 6 – 8 pm.

“As our inaugural performer, Mr. Pickens set the bar for artistry and teaching at the Third Sunday Jazz Workshop & Matinee series”, said Nate Lawrence of Polyrhythms.  “Generous in sharing the benefit of his experience, his counsel imprinted upon us the importance of providing top quality content and to not insult the kids by dumbing it down.  How could we go wrong?”

A piano powerhouse, WILLIE PICKENS began his career on Eddie Harris’ 1961 national hit record, Exodus, since then playing with James Moody, Roy Eldridge, Max Roach, Clark Terry, Louis Bellson, Elvin Jones, Joe Henderson, Quincy Jones, Bunky Green, Ira Sullivan, Wynton Marsalis, and so many more. But instead of joining the national and international jazz scene, Willie chose to make his home in Hyde Park, becoming a public school teacher, an active member of the Hyde Park Union Church, and a mentor to scores of upcoming musicians. Just passing his 81st birthday, Pickens is more in demand and playing better than ever. The Chicago Tribune’s Howard Reich writes that Willie’s intense dramatic performances result from his “large and complex chords, his great splashes of color and dissonance in the right hand and his barrelhouse octaves in the left.” Pickens is joined by Ron Wilson on bass and Manuel Lopez III on drums.

Pickens was born into a Milwaukee family that valued music. Willie’s mother, herself an amateur pianist, saw to it that Willie’s emerging talent was developed by encouraging his formal study of the instrument. His stepfather, an avid jazz fan and alto sax player, introduced him to the music of Art Tatum via the radio; as there were few jazz venues in Milwaukee.  Pickens also discovered the likes of Nat “King” Cole and Bud Powell—artists that would have a profound influence on his musical development.

In 1954, Pickens earned a teacher’s certificate from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee and went on to the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, in 1958, to receive his B.S. in Music Education.  Ultimately, Willie’s love of jazz would drive his musical career. Having “caught the bug” playing with saxophonist Bunky Green and pianist Billy Wallace, Pickens moved to Chicago as soon as he’d finished his degree. “Chicago was where the action was,” he says, and started his baptism by fire in the city many regarded as the hub of the jazz piano world.

Although Pickens met with moderate success as a young musician, he married and started a family in 1959 and quickly realized that “if you’ve got kids, you’ve got to be sure how much money is coming in every week.”  Since then, Willie has had distinguished dual careers as a performer and educator: he has served as band director for Lindblom and Wendell Phillips high schools and as Chair of the Department of Music at Phillips; he started Kenwood Academy’s first jazz band; he has also directed the City of Chicago’s All-City High School Band and taught at the American Conservatory of Music.  Today, he continues to teach piano part-time in the Northern Illinois University’s jazz program and serves in the Ravinia/Chicago Public School Jazz Mentors Program.

At 81, Pickens continues to be one of Chicago’s most in-demand pianists for visiting artists.  He has performed several times at the famed Chicago Jazz Festival, to rave reviews, and has been the featured pianist on impresario Joe Segal’s Jazz Cruises.  He has also performed with fellow pianist Marian McPartland, both in concert and on her well-loved NPR show, “Piano Jazz”.

Polyrhythms Third Sunday Jazz Matinee & Workshop Series at the RME’s Redstone Room is scheduled for, June 17th, and features an all-ages workshop at 3 pm, followed by the matinee performance from 6-8 pm.   Admission to the workshop session is Free for Kids, $5 for adults.  General admission for the 6 - 8 pm concert is $10 or $15 for reserved seating.  For ticket information, call Polyrhythms: 309 373-0790.  For more information, visit our website:

Sunday June 17th, Doors open at 5:30 pm.  Come and experience great jazz with the legendary Willie Pickens Trio “live” at the Redstone Room.

Polyrhythms Third Sunday Jazz Series is made possible with major support of the Riverboat Development Authority, the Scott County Regional Authority, and the RME as well as the support of AT&T, the Doris & Victor Day Foundation, West Music, Davenport Clarion Hotel, KALA, IL Senator Mike Jacobs, Peeples Heating & Air Conditioning, the Austin Family Charitable Fund, Greatest Grains, Skylark Recording Studio and DJ Mixxin Mel.


Nova Singers & Friends Present: Out of the Ordinary -Remembering Brian Nelson PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nova Singers   
Monday, 04 June 2012 14:43

Nova Singers will kick off their 27th Season with their third “Out of the Ordinary Concert: Remembering Brian Nelson” on Sunday, June 10 at 4:00 p.m. at First Lutheran Church, 1600-20th Street, Rock Island, Illinois. Current members, alumni, and friends of Brian Nelson will perform everything from classical to gospel to Shakespeare, from sing-alongs to limericks. Brian Nelson began his career with Nova Singers in their first season, 1986-87.

Our concert represents the eclectic musical taste of Brian Nelson. The audience will enjoy hearing songs from musicals such as “If I Were a Rich Man”, “Fugue for Tinhorns”, “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning”, “If Ever I Would Leave You” and “On the Good Ship Lollipop”. The Prenzi Players will present a short scene in which Brian Nelson played the role of Falstaff. Three magnificent tenors will lead us in a few Kingston trio tunes. “Rock Island Line” will be presented in story and song. Classical cello and vocal pieces will round out the program. And, yes, there will be a limerick contest. The Nova Singers will be performing a piece from their latest Christmas CD as well as “Amazing Grace/ Promised Land” and the Moses Hogan favorite, “God’s Gonna Set This World on Fire”.

This special event is a fund-raiser that will support the Nova Singers’ 27th Season.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students are free. Tickets will be available

at the door. For more information, please contact Nova Singers at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 309-

341-7038 or visit Nova Singers Facebook page!

Concert Announcement: Guy Penrod coming to the Adler Theater! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by New Anthem   
Monday, 04 June 2012 14:08

Guy Penrod

Adler Theatre, Davenport

7:30 p.m. Friday, July 13

Reserved tickets ($18, $24 & $30) on sale today: Friday, May 25 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets will be available at the Adler Theatre Box Office,, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or at select Ticketmaster outlets. The Adler Theatre is located at 136 East Third Street in downtown Davenport.

Penrod’s latest recording, Hymns, debuted at #1 on Nielsen Soundscan’s Southern Gospel retail chart and #5 on the Current Contemporary Christian chart following its release in March. His 2010 Dove Award-nominated release, Breathe Deep, continues to be a benchmark for country recordings within the Christian marketplace, featuring successful mainstream country and southern gospel radio singles.

A 2011 Texas Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee, Penrod made his Grand Ole Opry debut last year.  Prior to his solo career, Penrod spent 14 years with the GRAMMY® and Dove Award-winning Gaither Vocal Band.

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