Article Published: Sep. 8, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 8, 2011
The Ron Brendle Trio has made a name for itself as one of the top contemporary jazz outfits in western North Carolina. When you add one of Charlotte’s top jazz vocalists, Dawn Anthony, to the trio, then you have a quartet that can’t be beat.
Dawn Anthony joins the Ron Brendle Trio this Sunday for a concert at the Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock. Hosted by the Blowing Rock Jazz Society, the show starts at 7 p.m.
Charlotte jazz lovers are familiar with Anthony from her many performances in that area. In May of 2008, she was Charlotte Magazine’s top choice for vocalist in its annual “Best of the Best” Awards. She was also selected as vocalist for Charlotte’s “Dream Band,” along with bassist Brendle.
In addition to being a powerful performer, Anthony is a pioneering music educator who has partnered with organizations, such as the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Opera Carolina and the Harvey Gantt African-American Cultural Center.
Although she enjoys a wide range of musical styles, it is jazz that speaks to her heart.
A freelance bassist in the Charlotte area since 1981, Brendle is the recipient of two North Carolina Arts Council Jazz Fellowship Grants and was awarded a Regional Artist Grant by the Charlotte Arts & Sciences Council.
His albums include “Here,” “Hypermobility,” “Autumn,” “Big Octave” and “Rhizome.”
Brendle has appeared with numerous jazz artists of international stature, including Nneena Freelon, Clark Terry, Andrew Hill, Charlie Byrd, Charlie Rouse and Mose Allison. His recent collaborations include recording sessions with Loonis McGlohon, Mike Campbell and Frank Kimbrough.
The Ron Brendle Trio also includes pianist Lovell Bradford and drummer Adam Snow. Bradford, originally from Gary, Ind., is fluent at jazz, gospel and rhythm and blues and has shared the stage with musicians like Branford and Wynton Marsalis, Wes Anderson and many others.
Snow has been performing in the Charlotte area for the past 15 years and has shared the stage with Charlie Hunter, Ramsey Lewis, John Scofield and many others. He regularly performs with the Brad Lovell Trio, jazz-fusion group Automatic Chi and dub reggae group House on Fire.
Tickets for Sunday’s BRJS show at the Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock are $15 for the general public, $5 for students, and free for all BRJS members in good standing. For more information, or to make reservations, call the Meadowbrook Inn, located at 711 Main St. in Blowing Rock, at (828) 295-4300.