Java N’ Jazz Jamsession featuring guitarist LaRue Nickelson and drummer David Via this Wednesday 7/8/09 9:30PM $5 Donation

Come join us for a special Musicology Java N’ Jazz Jam featuring original music by guitarist LaRue Nickelson and saxophonist Jeremy Powell. The monthly Musicology Jams were started to facilitate a spot where musicians could play and explore music THEY wanted to play. To often Tampa Bay club-owners or narrow-minded-band band leaders (unfortunately more interested in pleasing the club-owner, than following their artistic gut) have set the tone of what can be played on the bandstand, and as a result the Tampa-Bay musician as well as his audience have suffered! The Jazz Jam has now been going strong since since March of 2007 and amazing music has poured and resonated through the walls of Musicology ever since. Please come out and join us for a cool time, help strengthen and building the music community of Tampa Bay, and of course to experience some serious killer quality music. Many of Tampa Bay’s best musicians frequently come out to hang and create some great music every month“Where There Is No Culture Create Your Own” Marty Morell (drummer w. the legendary and innovative Bill Evans Trio)

Guitarist Larue Nickelson
LaRue Nickelson is a jazz guitarist and composer from the Tampa Bay area. He
has had a varied and diverse music career with many different groups. LaRue
has played in New York, Italy, South Africa, New Orleans, Indianapolis, Montreux,
and California as well as staying very busy doing festivals and clubs in the
Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Orlando, and Sarasota, Florida areas. LaRue
has performed with Rich Perry, Peter Erskine, Jeff Berlin, Ira Sullivan, Ingrid
Jensen, Don Braden, Rufus Reid, Sheila Jordan, Hank Marr, David Leibman,
Chuck Owen and the Jazz Surge, Chick Corea, Conrad Herwig, Robbie Ameen,
Giovanni Hildalgo, Gary Versace, Walt Weiskopf, Frank Foster, Mike Maineri,
Adam Nusbaum, Steve Davis, Marcos Cavalcante, Patrick Bettison, Eric Darius,
and Mike MacArthur. He has also recorded with Chuck Owen and the Jazz
Surge, The Michael Ross Quartet, Greenwich Blue, Shawn Ashby, Kristen
Lomholt, Mark Gould, and Cory Christiansen. As well as recording and
performing, LaRue is also a composer with almost 40 compositions to his credit,
many of which have appeared on recordings by Greenwich Blue, The Michael
Ross Quartet, and his own projects. His first solo project titled Dark Water has
just been released featuring his original compositions. There are also some other
recording projects in the works with Tom Brantley, Jeremy Douglas, Chuck
Owen’s tribute to Michael Brecker, Tom Carabasi featuring the music of Patrick
Bettison, and a duo album with Jeremy Powell. He also has written for two Mel
Bay anthologies. He is the jazz guitar instructor at the University of South Florida
and currently resides in Tampa, FL with his beautiful wife, Joy, and his slightly
less attractive cat, Ornette.

Drummer David Via

A native of Mayodan, N.C., David studied percussion with Keith Copeland and Terri Lynn Carrington. He has performed with an extensive list of Jazz artists including Mose Allison, Barney Kessell, Charlie Bryd, Dizzy Gillespie, Pat Labarbera, Slide Hampton, Carol Sloane, David Baker, Al Grey, Buddy Tate, Nick Brignola, Jimmy Heath, Claudio Roditi, David Murray, Joe Lovano, Billy Taylor, Kenny Werner, Ira Sullivan, John Abercrombie, Jeff Berlin, Rufus Reid, Sheila Jordan, Ted Rosenthal, Larry Coryell, Frank Kimborough and Conrad Herwig.

David has toured extensively with Jon Metzger as part of the USIA Arts America Program in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. These tours involved a rigorous performing schedule as well as teaching numerous clinics. In the States, David has performed in numerous Jazz festivals in Washington DC, Spoleto in Charleston, S.C., Indiana, Kentucky and Clearwater. He also performs with the Billy Siegenfield Jump Rhythm Jazz Project of New York City.

David has appeared on several recordings including pianist Ed Paolantonios Dedications (Paolo Productions), pianist Paul Tardifs Point of Departure (Millisound 100), Minas debut album (Blue Azul Records) and Jack Wilkins Artwork (Koch).

David taught at University of South Florida in Tampa for 8 years. Since 1997, he has taught at Jeff Berlins Players School of Music in Clearwater.

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