MCA JAZZ NIGHT
FRIDAY, OCT 27, 8:00 p.m.
Red Deer College Main Stage & Lobby
6 Minute Warning
Eric Marienthal & the River City Big Band
Admission is included with delegate registration fees.
Non-delegate tickets are available for $20 (general admission)
6 MINUTE WARNING
6 Minute Warning is a Canadian vocal group based out of Edmonton, Alberta. The group consists of six members with extensive backgrounds in rock, pop, jazz, classical, and choral music. 6 Minute Warning is renowned for its exceptional singing tight
harmonies, seamless phrasing, thrilling leadsolos, and intricate beatboxing. Their love for singing and their ability to create a soundscape with their voices continues to inspire audiences both young and old.
The group's repertoire ranges from the upbeat stylings of rock and pop music to the complex nuances of jazz, drawing influence from Boyz II Men, Take 6, Michael Jackson and many others.
6 Minute Warning has had the pleasure of performing with many talented artists and
organizations, including Ben Folds, Glass Tiger, Mark Masri, Ruben Studdard, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and Pro Coro Canada. They have also performed as guest artists at various festivals including the Canadian Cantando Festivals, and ChoralFest North alongside the talented contemporary vocal ensemble Sixth Wave. In 2008 they competed in David Foster's Star Search, placing as finalists and performing at his prestigious charity auction.
Recognizing the importance of encouraging choral and vocal education and encouraging young men to sing, 6 Minute Warning performs and presents workshops for many high schools and community groups.
Marienthal is a two time Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles-based contemporary saxophonist best known for his work in the jazz, jazz fusion, smooth jazz and pop genres. He has 7 Grammy nominations and is also a member of the Chick Corea Elektric Band and Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band.
Having performed in over 70 countries and played on hundreds of CD's films and TV shows, Marienthal has recorded 14 solo CD's including his latest entitled "Bridges" with guitarist Chuck Loeb. His CD's have produced several top 10 radio singles including three #1's.
Marienthal is the recipient of the Berklee College Of Music Distinguished Alumnus Award for outstanding achievements in contemporary music; and was also named one of the top 3 alto saxophonists in Jazziz Magazine's Reader's Poll along with Phil Woods and David Sanborn.
For the past 19 years, Marienthal has organized an annual charity concert for the High Hopes Head Injury Program in Tustin, CA. These concerts have raised awareness for this great organization and have raised over 1.5 million dollars.
Additional career details are available at http://www.ericmarienthal.com/bio.html
RIVER CITY BIG BAND
The River City Big Band is one of the most well known jazz big bands in the Edmonton area. Formed in 1995, RCBB has been heard by thousands over the years, performing in jazz clubs and concert halls, and at community service events such as music festivals and concerts in support of school system music education. Many of these performances take place outside Edmonton: recent successful “road trips” have taken us to Banff, Vermillion, Westlock, Spruce Grove, Fort Saskatchewan, Camrose, and Wetaskiwin. Special guests who have joined us along the way include Juno award winners Tommy Banks, PJ Perry, and Bobby Cairns. The band has also provided accompaniment to featured performers such as local rising star vocalist Mallory Chipman, L.A. trumpet session giant Wayne Bergeron, award winning blues duo Two Blue, Downbeat Magazine trombonist of the year Wycliffe Gordon, and Simone, performing a tribute to her mother, jazz great vocalist, Nina Simone.
Although our repertoire includes classic arrangements of big band music of the last fifty years, we pride ourselves on programming many original compositions and arrangements, mainly by member Allan Gilliland, and by the band’s former Musical Director Larry Schrum. “Just Friends” and “River”, our first albums, are proof of that: Allan and Larry either composed or arranged every track!