Autumn Leaves- A Tribute to Stan Getz

by Saxophonist Joel Bowers

“An intimate evening of beautiful Jazz & Bossa Nova”

*One Show Only*

A special tribute concert to legendary tenor saxophonist Stan Getz and his extraordinary recorded career, presented by Los Angeles/ Sedona based saxophonist Joel Bowers ( and featuring special Sedona guests:  David Vincent Mills - piano; Chris Finet - bass;  Ron James - drums;  Eric Miller – guitar & vocals; Susannah Martin – vocals.

Sunday,  October 20, 2013

Sedona Creative Life Center - Great Room

Show ~  4-6pm     Doors open 3pm

$20 advanced tickets, $25 at the door


Advanced tickets are available for purchase at  Sedona Creative Life Center and Crystal Magic in West Sedona, Sedona Worm Bookstore in the VOC, and at Verde Valley Discount Music in Cottonwood.

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This concert is co-sponsored by the Gorchesky Family

Eric Miller – Guitar, Vocals

Eric Miller was born in Alpena, Michigan, but grew up in Detroit. He began seriously playing guitar at the age of twelve, inspired by all the great rhythm-n-blues and rock-n-roll of the area. Coming from a family of musicians and artists, Eric started playing professionally when he was sixteen. In no time he was playing some of the hottest and biggest venues of the Detroit Metropolitan area.

Hungry for travel and exposure to different sounds and music, Eric left Detroit in the mid 90’s to travel to Europe where he spent months busking on the streets of France, Italy, England, Ireland, and eventually Spain. It was there that he was seduced by the art of flamenco.

After returning to the states, he was privileged to meet and eventually perform with La Dama Maria del Carmen, a world-renowned flamenco dancer who has performed with such flamenco greats as maestros Carlos Montoya and Juan Serrano.
After several years of disciplined study and performance of flamenco, Eric found himself drawn towards Brazilian music, inspired by the brilliance of masters such as Antonio Carlos Jobim and Caetano Veloso. Eric says, “There is so much ocean and sun in bossa nova and samba that it is always refreshing to listen to.”

Eric has toured the Southern United States with Karren Pell, a Nashville songwriter with whom he still writes many of his songs. He also tours with the flamenco company Arte Y Pureza, playing with the band Sir Sultry in the flamenco rock opera A Spanish Day.

Eric has toured the Southern United States with Karren Pell, a Nashville songwriter with whom he still writes many of his songs. He also tours with the flamenco company Arte Y Pureza, playing with the band Sir Sultry in the flamenco rock opera A Spanish Day.
Most recently, Eric co-collaborated to compose music for a documentary film called The Accidental Mummies of Guanajuato, Mexico for the Detroit Science Center.

Today Eric has found his own voice, emerging with an interwoven cultural style that is unique unto him. His music is diverse, and he continues to travel and play, collaborating with many great musicians around the world.

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Susannah formal voice and music training started at the age of ten at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts and culminated in a music degree from Willamette University in Oregon. Susannah has performed in concerts, festivals, clubs and cruise ships across the U.S. and has released a debut album entitled “Tropico Sur”.

During her long career, Susannah has sung with Big Bands, Jazz combos, Latin Jazz ensembles and A Cappella vocal groups, as well as Motown, Classic Rock, Top 40 and R&B/Funk bands. She has also served as director of jazz choirs and vocal jazz workshops, as private vocal coach, and as program director of Urban Harmony, a network of community a cappella choirs and Sedona Jazz on the Rocks, running jazz education programs for youth and co-managing a mid-sized annual jazz festival.

Based in Sedona, Susannah is currently showcased throughout the state of Arizona, although she also performs occasionally in her hometown of San Diego, CA. As an instructor, she coaches contemporary a cappella choir, vocal workshops, and individual voice lessons in Arizona.

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Susannah Martin – Vocals

Vocalist, Susannah Martin, is known as much for her professionalism as a singer and musician as she is for her scintillating vocal renderings of jazz, razilian bossa nova and classic pop tunes. Her rambling 25+ year singing career has carried her along the West Coast through San Diego, the San Francisco Bay Area, to the Pacific Northwest, onto cruise ships through the Caribbean, Alaska and Canada, into Kentucky and Arizona and finally, back to her hometown of San Diego.

In the summer of 2005, Susannah arrived on the northern Arizona music scene and immediately established herself as one the area’s most in-demand singers. Her fluid, sultry voice is colored with jazz and R&B, along with a spicy international flair ignited by her multi-lingual singing in latin styles. Her well-honed abilities in improvisation and scat-singing lift her performances to further enticing heights.

Ron James – Drums

Ron James has been playing and teaching professionally for over 20 years in AZ and the Southwest. He studied percussion performance at Northern AZ University and has worked with many prominent musicians such as Joel DiBartolo (Tonight Show Band) and Emillio Castillo (Tower of Power) and has toured Europe, Asia, and the U.S. extensively playing New Orleans Jazz fest, House of Blues, Playboy Jazz fest. And much more.

Ron has appeared on more than 40 recording projects playing drums, bass, singing, and arranging. Presently, Ron plays with guitar master, Chuck Hall, his own jazz project Giant Steps, Dave Logan Band, Muskellunge Blugrass, The Monday Night Blues Band and many more.

Ron prides himself as one of the most versatile drummers in the Southwest, and one of the busiest.

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Once finished with his studies at MSM, Chris was in demand as a freelancer in New York in both the jazz and classical realms. Orchestral positions include the Chamber Orchestra of New York, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Allentown Symphony Orchestra (PA), Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra (PA), the Binghamton Philharmonic (NY), and Principal Bass of the Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra (NY). He worked with renowned conductors such as Kurt Masur, Sydney Harth, Pinchas Zukerman, Raymond Leopard, and others. In 2008, he also became a member of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas under the direction of Alondra de la Parra. It was with that orchestra that Chris performed at the 2008 Latin Grammy Awards, toured Mexico multiple times including performances at the 2010 Bicentennial Celebration, and recorded 2 critically acclaimed albums for Sony Classical.

While maintaining a busy schedule as an orchestral musician, Chris has also performed with jazz greats such as Doc Severinsen, Roy Hargrove, Dave Douglas, Dave Liebman, Benito Gonzales, Dave Gruisin, John Tchicai, Flora Purim, Jimmy Cobb, and many others. Performance venues include Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, the Blue Note, the Jazz Standard, and the Telluride Jazz Festival.

Chris is currently on faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (MI) during summers, as well as Principal Bass and bass instructor at the Endless Mountain Music Festival (PA), along with Assistant Principal Bass at the Music Festival of the Americas at Stowe, VT. He has presented master classes at California State University Fresno, Arizona State University, and Mannes College The New School for Music (NYC) among others.

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Christopher Finet – Double Bass

Chris Finet joined the faculty of NAU's School of Music in the fall of 2012. He teaches double bass along with directing the jazz ensembles and teaching jazz improvisation courses.  Originally from the Phoenix area, Chris attended NAU as an undergraduate studying under late professor, Joel DiBartolo.

While in Arizona he worked with many of the state's great jazz artists including Chuck Mahronic, Fred Forney, Dom Moio, and others, along with holding a position in the Flagstaff Symphony.  As an undergraduate, he was awarded full scholarships to attend summer programs at the Berklee School of Music, the Skidmore Jazz Institute, and the Henry Mancini Institute.

After completing his undergraduate studies, Chris received scholarships from both classical and  jazz departments to attend the Manhattan School of Music in NYC. He Studied with New York Philharmonic bassists Orin O'Brien and David Grossman as well as Metropolitan Opera Orchestra members, Tim Cobb and Jeremy McCoy, and graduated with his Master of Music degree in 2008.


Mills also works as a composer creating jingles for radio, soundtracks for videos, audio books, websites, television and original songs for his projects and independently released CDs. In addition, Mills has been a studio musician as well as a producer for numerous recording artists in the genres of jazz, rock, and folk.

In 2006, Mills and his wife, Jen Valencia, relocated to Sedona Arizona for a change of pace and to be inspired by Sedona’s natural beauty so that they could focus on their creative pursuits, specifically to Mills, his own compositions and his own ‘sound’. Since then, he has developed what he calls “something of a musical prayer” with his improvised solo piano playing and shared it on May 15, 2008 in his first recorded solo piano concert launching the “Conversations in Music” series.

In addition, Mills has started all of his other bands and projects, many of which, such as the jazzy funk Projects ‘Junk’ and ‘Sticks & Bones’ were a new direction for Mills. Recordings for these projects are slated for 2011-2012. Also, Mills has been a member, sideman, musical director, arranger, studio musician, and producer for many other Arizona bands. In the process, Mills has been rewarded by playing with many local and famous talents.

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David Vincent Mills

David Vincent Mills is a funky jazz pianist and keyboardist, composer, recording artist and producer with over 20 years of professional experience whose roots are in jazz and classical music as he studied both piano and trumpet from a young age. Born in Royal Oak Michigan, and growing up in Southern California, mostly in Lake Arrowhead with a brief stint in West Hartford Connecticut, Mills’ home was filled with the sounds of jazz due to his father being a jazz aficionado and trumpet player. His mother was a lover of classical music and it was she that first exposed Mills to that side of his future training. 

In addition to performing extensively in Southern California and the greater South West, Mills has performed throughout the world, including the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Playboy Jazz Festival and has opened up for Chick Corea, Lionel Hampton, and Eek-A-Mouse. He was the keyboardist for American Idol’s, Kimberley Locke, with whom he performed in stadiums, concerts halls, clubs throughout the U.S.A. and on national television, The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He has also shared the stage with Eric Marienthal and Bobby Shew. In a review of his CD, “Have We Met?”,  with his band, 3 Squares, Jerome Wilson of Cadence magazine wrote, “David Vincent Mills’ piano has some of Carla Bley’s simple and elemental style.”

Joel Bowers – Saxophonist, Bandleader

Joel Bowers is a 38-year-old native of San Jose, California. In 1997, Joel graduated from the 
New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies. In May of 2002, he completed his Masters of Music Jazz Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

While attending CU Boulder on a teaching fellowship, Joel was the jazz department’s teacher assistant and his duties included assisting the jazz faculty, coaching ensembles and teaching private students through the Universities continuing education program.

Joel, who has been playing the saxophone since age nine, is unique among most saxophonists in that he has a very strong interest in older styles of jazz. His influences include such legendary saxophonists as Lester Young, Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Hank Mobley and Stanley Turrentine. Joel has personally studied under celebrated saxophonist’s Jimmy Giuffre, Plas Johnson, George Garzone, John McNeil, Joe Maneri and Jerry Bergonzi.

Joel has performed and or recorded with many established bands and legends of the music world including: Alicia Keys, Cee-Lo, De La Soul, Jennifer Hudson, Slick Rick, Too $hort, Redman, Big Daddy Kane, Far East Movement, EstelleFred Wesley, Clyde Stubblefield, Ms. Spanky Wilson The Greyboy Allstars, Pete Escovedo, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Rebirth Brass Band to name a few.

Joel has also recorded for numerous motion pictures soundtracks and television shows including: The Tonight Show, Sex and the City, Cheaper By The Dozen 2, Our Family Wedding, Joey, Take Home Chef, Deck The Halls, 100 Greatest Stand-Up's of All Time and many more.

In 2011, Joel and his wife Maria, with their two children moved to Sedona to assist Joel’s aging parents and to raise their children in a safer community. In 2012, Joel recorded on the two-time Grammy award winning song “Fool For You” by the vocalist Cee-Lo Green which won for “Best R&B Song” and “Best Traditional R&B Performance.”   Also in 2011 and 2012, Joel performed shows in the U.S. and internationally with hip-hop legends Kurtis Blow & Big Daddy Kane.

So far in 2013 Joel has been gigging with the platinum record selling, Los Angeles based hip-hop group, The Far East Movement. Recently in August of 2013, Joel and former student, bassist Alex Gorchesky, had a successful performance at the Sedona Performing Arts Center supporting the comedian Rita Rudner.  

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