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Vocal Jazz at its Best!!

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  • Roland Sharette
    JUST 4 KICKS!! World Class A Cappella Jazz featuring world known artists: Kirby Shaw, Randy Crenshaw, Kirk Marcy & Vijay Singh Saturday, May 1st 2010 - 7:PM
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 20, 2010
      JUST 4 KICKS!!
      World Class A Cappella Jazz featuring world known artists:
      Kirby Shaw, Randy Crenshaw, Kirk Marcy & Vijay Singh
      Saturday, May 1st 2010 - 7:PM
      Opening for them?   Boulder's own
      3 STORY LIMIT!
      @ St Paul United Methodist Church
      4215 Grinnell, in south Boulder
      across from Fairview HS
      Tickets: $10/door
      Come enjoy a special evening of a cappella jazz.

      Seating is limited, so please email <carolyn.peterson@...>
      with the number of tickets you want right now. The program is only 10 days away!
      Your reserved tickets will be held at the door until 20 minutes before; then released for drop-ins.
      Look below for group and individual bios.
      Want to sample the featured "Just 4 Kicks" CD?
      If you're a pop singer, you've got to
      BE THERE!
      Presented by 3 Story Limit.
      3 Story Limit
      Formed in 1996, 3 Story Limit is a 6-voice ensemble who love to sing together so much, they steal time from their families, their jobs and their other hobbies to create a cappella music for the Boulder area and beyond. The name is based on a Boulder ordinance that governs the height of certain new construction. In a way, it also describes the group's range and scope of repertoire. Not small, but not too broad either.☺  Members come from a variety of backgrounds: physicist, social worker, engineer, teacher and designer. They're all great friends also. 3 Story Limit  has presented concerts at CU, DIA, and at Boulder clubs. Like other local groups, once in awhile they sing just for fun on Boulder's Pearl Street Mall.

      Just 4 Kicks
      Within the few short years since they put their quartet together at a jazz festival at Mt. Hood Community College, Just 4 Kicks has become a staple at jazz clinics and festivals all over the United States and Canada. Each of the members of this a cappella vocal jazz quartet is distinguished independently in music and brings an incredible depth to Just 4 Kicks to make it truly unique. As solid performers and educators, they are able to present themselves and their art in a way that everyone can appreciate, understand, and learn. Our members include:

      Randy Crenshaw has been variously described as a "musical general practitioner in an age of specialists," a "utility infielder in the ballgame of music," "the Swiss Army knife of singers," "the 'Zelig' of session singers," and "jack-of-all-trades, master of none" (that last one was from a jealous fellow singer) Randy has degrees form Willamette University's College of Music, Salem, OR (a Bachelor of Music in trumpet performance" and from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA (a Diploma in Commercial Arranging). He has done orchestral and big-band trumpet playing, played and sung Renaissance and pre-Baroque music at the Oregon Shakespearean Festival, been a country singer, and over the years has arranged for and sung with Boston-based oldies/doo-wop acappella group "No Strings Attached," the Berklee Vocal Jazz Choir, acappella vocal jazz quintet "Terra Nova" (1987 Hennessey Jazz Search grand prize winners), acappella world beat/R&B sextet "Vocal Nation," acappella male vocal jazz quartet "Just 4 Kicks," and the contemporary Christian vocal group "The Haven Quartet," among many others. He has over forty published vocal arrangements available through UNC Jazz Press, Greeley, CO.  He currently lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife and three young daughters, and is a Grammy-nominated in-demand free-lance session singer and arranger with hundreds of major film, television, commercial, and record credits to his name.

      Kirk Marcy is a 1983 Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Northern Colorado where he received a Bachelor of Music Education degree. Kirk brought honors to himself and his programs with the 1985 Downbeat Magazine award of "Best High School Jazz Ensemble in US and Canada." IN 1987 he joined the prestigious Four Freshmen and performed with the Count Basie Orchestra, the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra with Buddy Morrow. In 1988, Kirk Marcy returned to the Pacific Northwest to become the Director of Soundsation, the internationally acclaimed vocal jazz ensemble at Edmonds Community College. His duties also include teaching Music Fundamentals, Jazz History and Vocal Jazz Solo Singing classes. An active writer and arranger for vocal jazz music, Kirk has music published through the UNC Jazz Press and Sound Music Publications. In January 1994 he served as guest conductor for the Arizona All-State Jazz Choir, and is in great demand as a clinician/ adjudicator at jazz festivals everywhere. Kirk is a member of MENC, ACDA, and is currently President of the Washington Unit of the International Association of Jazz Educators. He is a primary staff member of the Frank DeMiero Jazz Camp.

      Kirby Shaw has made a major impact in jazz music education and has shared his musical expertise in 44 states, Canada, Australia, the Bahamas, Sweden, and the Netherlands.  A scholar, Dr. Shaw has a BA degree in Music Education and an MA degree in Choral Composition from San Jose State University an DMA degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington. A teacher, Shaw taught in the Mt. Shasta public school system before joining the music faculty at College of the Siskiyous in California where he founded/directed the innovative and highly acclaimed COS Vocal Jazz Ensemble. He also directed similar groups at Colorado State University and The University of Missouri-Kansas City. Dr. Shaw's teaching is infused with a sense of humor and breadth of knowledge that is transmitted in an exciting and highly contagious manner.  As a performer, Dr. Shaw has sung with such notables as Bobby McFerrin, Al Jarreau, Jon Hendricks, and Mark Murphy. He is a member/chief arranger of Just 4 Kicks, a 4 man a cappella ensemble of west-coast vocal jazz educators/performers whose recent album "Just 4 Kicks" was nominated for best jazz album for 1998 by CARA (Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards). Other CD's include a solo jazz album "The Other Side" and duo album with legendary vocal jazz guru Phil Mattson. Shaw also directs Encore!, a 3 woman-2 man a cappella ensemble that specializes in a wide variety of American popular music, and is the trumpet player for Journey's End Jazz Band, a Dixieland band in Southern Oregon'Rogue Valley where he and his wife Markita reside. Dr. Shaw's compositions/ arrangements are sung around the world and have sold millions of copies. This prolific output has resulted in numerous ASCAP awards.  Dr. Shaw's skills a composer/arranger, teacher, conductor, and performer truly make him leading force in choral music education.

      Vijay Singh is an active performer, composer, teacher, and clinician residing in Ellensburg, Washington. After completing his undergraduate degree in Music Education from Willamette University, he taught public school music at the secondary level for three years in Oregon where his choirs were consistently rated among the best in the Northwest. Vijay has a Master's degree from Portland State University where he was a graduate teaching assistant, and has directed ensembles at Western Oregon State University, Mt. Hood Community College, Portland State University, and Frank DeMiero's Jazz Camp. He currently is a professor of music at Central Washington University where he teaches voice, directs the Vocal Jazz program, and conducts the University Chorale.  As a composer/arranger, Vijay writes for all levels in both classical choral and jazz idioms, and his works have been performed at regional and national ACDA, MENC, and IAJE conventions throughout the United States. His works are published by Warner Bros. , National Music, Hal Leonard, BriLee, Lawson-Gould, and Laurel Press Publishers with over 85 works currently in print. He often writes on commission for some of North America's finest collegiate and professional ensembles, and is a four-time ASCAP Composer's Award recipient. Several of Vijay's compositions are featured on Male Ensembles Northwest's holiday CD recording Reflections of Christmas released in 1997, and he has garnered praise from such notable musicians as members of the King's Singers and Chanticleer.  An active classical performer, Vijay has appeared as featured bass-baritone soloist with such notable groups as Choral Cross Ties, the Oregon Symphony, Fairbanks Summer Fine Arts Festival, Bel Canto Northwest, Male Ensemble Northwest, and the Portland Opera Guild. As a solo jazz artist, he can be heard with some of the nations finest jazz musicians and has performed at jazz festivals across the US and Canada. Vijay has sung with the Robert Shaw Chorale as part of the Carnegie Hall Concert Series and has appeared in opera and musical theatre performing such roles as Sarastro in Mozart's Magic Flute, the Voice of God in Britten's Noye's Fludde, Uberto in Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona, the Armchair and the Black Cat in Ravel's L'Enfant et les Sortileges, and Sir Lancelot in Lerner&Loewe's Camelot. Vijay is a member of ACDA, MENC, IAJE, ASCAP, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing....and now Just 4 Kicks.
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