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Shops at Highland Village offers Jazz in May

May 8, 2013

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A special TUESDAY Evening Jazz at the Fountain – DREW ZAREMBA QUARTET

(Originally scheduled for May 2, the show was moved to May 7, due to inclement weather.)

Tuesday, May 7, 2013; 7pm

The DREW ZAREMBA QUARTET will perform on a reschedule date on TUESDAY, May 7th from 7p.m.-9 p.m.

Come out to The Shops at Highland Village for an evening of Jazz every Thursday in May, from 7pm to 9pm.  All performances will be held, weather permitting, in the fountain area located next to Patrizio’s.

The Shops at Highland Village – located at the NW corner of FM 2499 and FM 407, in Highland Village, Texas.


About Drew Zaremba

Drew Zaremba is a composer, arranger, saxophonist, and woodwind player living in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Drew enjoys a versatile career with performance work in jazz, gospel, and pit orchestra settings, and as a composer and arranger.

Recently, Drew played tenor saxophone in the renowned UNT One O’Clock Lab Band and served as lead alto in the All-American College Band at Disneyland. Mr. Zaremba also received ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s Award for “Race to the Finish”, a DownBeat Award for “A Happy Song”, and won third prize in the international Vandoren Artist Competition.

For more music, listen to Drew’s Soundcloud page:;

Thursday Evening Jazz at the Fountain -ROSANA ECKERT QUARTET
Thursday, May 9, 2013; 7 p.m.
Come out to The Shops at Highland Village for an evening of Jazz every Thursday in May from 7pm to 9pm.  All performances will be held, weather permitting, in the fountain area located next to Patrizio’s. 

About Rosana Eckert

Rosana Eckert is an internationally recognized live and studio vocalist, songwriter, arranger, jazz educator, and voice-over talent based in Dallas, TX.  As a vocal artist, she has recorded four solo CDs and performs regularly throughout the United States and Canada.  She has had the pleasure of performing with such jazz greats as Lyle Mays, Kenny Wheeler, George Duke, Jon Faddis, Marvin Stamm, and Bobby McFerrin, and she toured Europe and Scandinavia as a sub in the Grammy Award-winning vocal quartet New York Voices.  Her debut CD, At the End of the Day, was praised as “an occasion for celebration” by and “a superior debut” by the prestigious Cadence Magazine, and the CD was a finalist for Best New Jazz Album in the 2006 Independent Music Awards.  Her newest CD, Small Hotel, once again showcases her knack for songwriting as well as her unique arranging style.  The CD includes liner notes and a guest appearance by legendary trumpeter Marvin Stamm as well as contributions from renowned arranger Michele Weir and the incomparable Christian McBride on bass.

A well-rounded musician, Rosana studied music theory, French Horn, and later, vocal jazz, at the University of North Texas and became the first female to join the esteemed jazz faculty in the Fall of 1999.  Since then, she has been the primary private jazz voice teacher at UNT as well as faculty and co-host of the UNT Vocal Jazz Summer Workshop.  Rosana is in demand as a clinician, festival adjudicator, and choral arranger, and she has been the guest conductor for many All-State jazz choirs, including California, Colorado, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Nebraska, Arizona, and Iowa.  Her vocal ensemble arrangements are published by Sound Music Publications, Hal Leonard, and Rosana Eckert Music and have been performed worldwide.

In addition to her extensive live performing and teaching, Rosana also works regularly as a studio vocalist and voice-over talent in Dallas, having sung or spoken on hundreds of commercials, album projects, publishing demos, and radio IDs around the world.

Thursday Evening Jazz at the Fountain – RODNEY BOOTH TRIO
Thursday, May 16, 2013; 7pm
Come out to The Shops at Highland Village for an evening of Jazz every Thursday in May from 7pm to 9pm.  All performances will be held, weather permitting, in the fountain area located next to Patrizio’s. About Rodney Booth

Rodney Booth has been an active professional musician for more than 30 years. A native of El Paso, Texas, he began his professional career at age sixteen as a trumpet player in his father’s bands. He received his degree in Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas and was a student of Don “Jake” Jacoby. Rodney was a member of the renowned North Texas State One O’Clock Lab Band.

He traveled across North and South America and Europe with Woody Herman’s Thundering Herd Big Band. He has performed with many major recording artists such as Lou Rawls, Nancy Wilson, Wayne Newton, Michael Feinstein, Dionne Warwick, Ella Fitzgerald, Marvin Hamlisch, Ray Charles and Natalie Cole. He has recorded professionally with the popular artist Al Green and country star Janie Fricke.

Rodney is very active in studio and commercial recordings. He can be heard on national commercials for the Fina Corporation, Texaco, McDonald’s Corporation, Domino’s, Miller Brewing Company and Chevrolet. In addition, he performed on the commercial recordings for the Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, CNN News, U.S. Postal Service and the popular television series “Wishbone.” He also recently recorded the music for a national documentary, “The United States and Mexican War.” His various bands have been chosen to perform for companies such as Exxon, Zales Corporation, Gordon’s Jewelers, Merle Norman Company and Cartier’s Jewelers. The Rodney Booth Big Band and his seven-piece dance band are in demand for weddings, private and corporate events and award shows throughout the area. Rodney has a full-time lecturer position at the University of North Texas, where he teaches improvisation, ear training, and jazz trumpet lessons. Rodney has directed the UNT Jazz Repertory Ensemble as well as interim director of the UNT Jazz Singers.

Rodney’s CD Look Over There features his own jazz quartet; this CD received a very favorable review by music critic Thor Christensen in the Dallas Morning News and can be ordered through itunes, or His second CD Ten and One features his big band with vocals by Rodney. An exciting duo CD with piano great Bill Lohr was released in 2011.

Thursday Evening Jazz at the Fountain – BRIAN PIPER TRIO
Thursday, May 23,2013; 7pm
Come out to The Shops at Highland Village for an evening of Jazz every Thursday in May from 7pm to 9pm.  All performances will be held, weather permitting, in the fountain area located next to Patrizio’s.  About Brian Piper

Brian grew up in a musical family. His parents met in New York in the 50’s, performed and traveled with many of the biggest musical names of the day, and eventually settled in Hollywood, California, where Brian was born. In 1967 the family moved to Texas, where his father became an institution in the Dallas music scene. His dad was a writer and producer for two of the largest “jingle” companies worldwide. As a child, Brian became a professional musician at age 10, when he began singing commercials for Manor Bread and Dole bananas, as well as many others.

Brian has followed in his father’s footsteps, and has also blazed a trail of his own in the commercial music industry. He was Vice President and Director of Operations at The Axcess Group in Dallas, for several years and now has his own company, Piper Nagy Media. If you’ve watched television or listened to the radio just about anywhere in the world for the last 20 years, you have heard his music. From local jingles to national advertising campaigns, Brian has written, produced and/or performed music for Miller Brewing, Barbecues Galore, Ford, John Deere, Wyndham Hotels, American Airlines and countless others. Recently he produced the music for NBC Sports Arena Football League. He has become one of the most sought after studio musicians in the business. Brian is also in demand as a conductor, orchestrator, arranger and producer.

As a player he has made quite a name for himself, performing and recording with musicians and artists of all musical styles, from Texas legends Jerry Jeff Walker and Lloyd Maines to jazz greats Cab Calloway, Kenny Rankin and Clark Terry. He has conducted for Eartha Kitt, Rosemary Clooney and many others as the assistant musical director at Dallas’ famous Venetian Room in the Fairmont Hotel. He has also played for the Dallas Summer Musicals and traveled with New York touring companies of several shows, including Grease and Godspell. He has worked with actors James Earl Jones, Tim Curry, Kris Kristofferson and Patrick Bergen. He has recently performed with Sheila E, Will Kennedy, Mike Davis and Bill Reichenbach.

Brian can be heard locally performing with bassist John Adams and singer Rosana Eckert, and is finally underway with his first jazz trio recording project, featuring Lynn Seaton and Ed Soph, on the 90th Floor record label. Be sure to check him out with a new contemporary jazz band called Tactical Jazz, which is starting to make quite a splash!

Brian’s first love in music has always been jazz of all kinds, but especially New Orleans jazz, so what could be better than playing with the N’Awlins Gumbo Kings? Like the rest of the Kings, there were several early influences in his life. The late Fred Crane, who worked with his father in the Dallas studio scene, and who played for years with Al Hirt, was one such powerful influence.

Brian lives in Lewisville, Texas (just across the bridge from the infamous de facto “home base” of the Gumbo Kings, (Tierney’s Duck Inn) with his wife and two daughters. He is a commercial pilot and an avid snow skier, and he stays way too busy for his own good!

Thursday Evening Jazz at the Fountain – GREG WAITS QUARTET
Thursday, May 30, 2013; 7pm
Come out to The Shops at Highland Village for an evening of Jazz every Thursday in May from 7pm to 9pm.  All performances will be held, weather permitting, in the fountain area located next to Patrizio’s.About Greg Waits

Greg Waits has had a remarkable and impressive career, having played in a wide variety of genres.

He has played with countless artists, including Dave Douglas, Kenny Wheeler, Joe Williams, Al Grey, Red Garland, Benny Goodman, Harry Connick, Jr., et al. He toured with the Woody Herman Band as lead and solo trombonist. In addition, he performed on 5 cross-country big band tours with Columbia Artists International, and was employed by the cruise ship orchestras of the S.S. Norway and the S.S. Constitution.

Greg is a veteran of the US Army’s Jazz Knights big band of West Point N.Y.  (1981- 84).

Greg has lived in Europe, where he toured and recorded with a number of bands, including his own. While overseas, he continued his connection with  jazz trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff, the acknowledged master of technique multi-phonics. Albert cited Greg as the one trombone player on the scene today who not only understands what it is that he is doing, but is carrying on the tradition.

In 1999, Greg released his debut CD. He is joined by jazz artists Dave Liebman, Ed Soph, John Adams and Dan Haerle, et al. His CD was selected as one of Cadence Magazine’s “Critic’s Choice” CDs for that year.

Greg earned Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Jazz Studies from the U. of North Texas, and authored the popular trombone text “Advanced Flexibility Studies for the Jazz Trombonist”.

Locally, Greg can be heard leading his own quintet, as well as playing with other bands. In addition, he leads his own dance bands. He also teaches a select number of private jazz trombone and composition students in the area.

Greg plays Conn trombones exclusively.

  1. Steve permalink

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