R.J. Marx Quartet
September 30 | 7:00 pm
Hoffman Center for the Arts | 594 Laneda, Manzanita
“The R.J. Marx Quartet features a world-class frontline of saxophone and guitar exploring some of the most challenging and rarely-performed compositions of the major jazz composers from the 1940s to 1970s, as well as an array of traditional favorites.”
The band is led by saxophonist R.J. Marx who began his love affair with jazz while still in high school in 1971, followed by studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and later studies with celebrated jazz pianist Pete Malinverni and saxophonists Ralph Lalama and Charlie Lagond. As a professional journalist Marx maintained his lifelong interest in jazz, writing for the website Jazz Central Station and creating artist profiles for regional and national publications. Marx has been a member of the Jazz Journalists Association for more than a decade.
Guitarist John Orr has played all over the western states. Fluid in many styles of music, his main influences vocally include the Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Mose Allison, Louis Prima, and guitarist influences Django Reinhardt and Barney Kessel.
Bassist Joe Church started playing guitar the age of 16 and by the age of 18 had switched over to bass. He plays many other instruments including lap steel, flute/sax, ukulele, fretless electric bass, mandolin and banjo, though the bass has been his primary focus. Because of his advanced improvisational skills, he soon found himself in the role of a highly sought-after session player who bands would call when they needed someone to fill in with limited rehearsals.
Drummer Dave Gager started playing drums at the ripe old age of 11, influenced by ‘The Beatles’ cartoons. His 5th grade band teacher politely informed him that ‘guitar’ wasn’t an option for the class, so he settled on the drums and has never looked back. Dave has recorded and performed with a host of regional, national and world-class musicians, dividing his time between studio sessions and touring. Dave continues to provide recorded drum tracks from his small, but potent home recording studio, and has gained a reputation as an in-demand session player for musicians/bands of every genre. He also offers drum lessons to students at every skill level and musical style.