As part of the 2017 Escape to Create Program, musicians, artists and writers are invited to Seaside for a residency while exploring the beauty of South Walton, making lasting friendships and fine-tuning their crafts.
Seaside homeowners and businesses open their doors to the artists to provide a place for them to live and share their talents with the public. On Jan. 19 and 29, from 4 to 6 p.m., 45 Central Wine bar welcomes saxophonist Matt Otto and jazz guitarist William Flynn. Chef Jim Shirley and his staff invite everyone (21 and older) to come listen and enjoy. The concerts are FREE.
Composer, saxophonist and bandleader Otto is Assistant Director of Jazz Studies at Kansas University and Adjunct Professor at Rutgers, New Brunswick. A Los Angeles native, Otto is co-founder of the esteemed L.A. Jazz Collective, an ongoing outreach program advancing young jazz composers and performers.
Otto has performed internationally with a variety of leading jazz artists, including Grammy-nominated Anthony Wilson Nonet and the Alan Ferber Big Band. His jazz quartet performs regularly in Kansas City and is attributed with elevating the level of jazz through Otto’s compositions and solos imbued with grace and serenity. While in Seaside, he will perform a public concert and offer a master class in jazz performance for area students.
Jazz guitarist, composer and educator Flynn is Assistant Professor of Jazz Guitar at Wichita State University in Kansas. He is considered one of the region’s most important and creative new voices currently working in the genre. Flynn has performed with numerous jazz luminaries, including the Grammy-nominated One O’Clock Lab Band.
While in Seaside, he will complete a second collection of modern jazz arrangements for his multi-volume The Songbook Project. His critically praised arrangements, influenced heavily by pop music of ‘90s and 2000s, are dedicated to introducing a new generation to the world of jazz. Flynn will also perform on guitar and conduct a jazz improvisation clinic for middle school students.
For more info, visit escapetocreate.org.
– Jill Tanner
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