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A Century of Jazz

Article Published: Aug. 30, 2012 | Modified: Sep. 10, 2012
A Century of Jazz

Most jazz groups tend to play music from a certain era. Some dip into the big band songbook of the 1940s, while others prefer the “cool jazz” sound of the 1960s.

The audience at September’s Blowing Rock Jazz Society show is going to hear music from two opposite ends of the jazz spectrum.

The Stephen Anderson Trio, from Chapel Hill, will perform early 20th century tunesm, such as George and Ira Gershwin’s “Strike Up the Band” and “But Not For Me,” as well as Irving Berlin’s “Puttin’ on the Ritz.”

The trio will also perform Anderson’s original songs from the early 21st century, such as “Pig Pickin’,” “Forget Not,” “Left in a Red State,” “Squeaky,” “Waiting” and “Serenity.”

The Blowing Rock Jazz Society’s Second Sunday Series concert featuring the Stephen Anderson Trio will take place at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Meadowbrook Inn. Tickets are $20 for the general public, $10 for students and free for all BRJS members in good standing.

About the Trio

The Stephen Anderson Trio features Anderson on piano, Jason Foureman on upright acoustic bass and Dan Davis on drums.

Earlier this year, Anderson unveiled his new 15-minute opus, “Edge,” written for piano, wind ensemble and electronic media. Commissioned by conductor Evan Feldman, the piece includes classical-sounding interludes meshed with wild electronic effects that would be more at home on a science fiction movie soundtrack.

“Edge” was performed by the University of North Carolina Wind Ensemble at the College Band Directors National Association Conference in Kennesaw, Ga., in February of this year.

For more information, or to reserve tickets, call the Meadowbrook Inn at (828) 295-4300. The Meadowbrook Inn is located at 711 Main St. in Blowing Rock.

For more information on the Blowing Rock Jazz Society, visit or email (

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