THE FOLK CLUB of SOUTH FLORIDA presents
Saturday, July 6, 2013 – 8:00 PM
LUNA STAR CAFE
775 Northeast 125th Street
North Miami, Florida
Epic Righteous Invincible Combo (ACOUSTIC)
Eric Wagner-vocals & acoustic guitar
Fred Hsia-electric guitar
Bob “Bebob” Grabowski-upright bass
Original Songs composed by Eric Wagner performed acoustically by Miami Jazz Masters
ABOUT THE BAND:
Eric Wagner is Coconut Grove-based composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist, known locally for his work with the string band “Solar Dogs.”
Fred Hsia is a Berklee educated finger-style jazz guitarist in the tradition of Wes Montgomery, but with modern tonal palate reminiscent of Jeff Beck and Roy Buchanan.”I’m old and have played a long time,” is how Fred describes himself.
Robert C. Grabowski is an educator, author, bassist, Jazz historian, composer, arranger, audio engineer, and visual artist. For over 23 years, he has held the position of Adjunct Professor in Jazz Studies at Florida International University, where he teaches jazz history to approximately fifteen hundred students every year using his own text, The Evolution of Jazz In America, now published as an etext by Pearson Publishing. He has produced the FIU Jazz Festival for ten years, featuring such artists as David Sanborn and Maynard Ferguson. He co-wrote and produced four National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters grants featuring Clark Terry, Nat Adderley, Louis Bellson, and Dr. Billy Taylor. He is an active writer and musician, having recorded six cds of his own work. The latest, Deepest Blue, won rave reviews from the Miami Herald. He has recorded live at the Kennedy Center with Alan Harris, and in the studio with Melton Mustafa, Ira Sullivan, Phil Strange, Larry Marshall, and many others. He holds a MMEd with emphasis in Jazz Studies from FIU (‘90), with graduate work at FSU and UM as well. His BM was from UM in Composition and Conducting. His major professors have included Dennis Kam, Lucas Drew, John Boda, Fredrick Fennell, and Dick Dunscomb. He is a radio personality, having hosted Monday Night Jazz on WLRN, the NPR affiliate for South Florida for over two years and had a regular show on WTMI for nine years. . His teaching outside FIU includes being an Artist in Residence for Arts in America in 2006, teaching Jazz History at various MDC Campus, lecturing in Jazz History for the New World School of the Arts, and was chosen as a Artist in Residence for the Thelonius Monk Institute and taught Jazz Composition and Arranging Techniques at NWSA as part of that program.