On Sunday, April 12 at 4 pm, Chris Coulter and the Blue River Jazz Band will perform at Talmadge Hill Community Church in Darien, CT. The concert benefits KEYS (Kids Empowered by Your Support), a Bridgeport-based non-profit organization that brings free music instruction to kids in Bridgeport who would otherwise not have access to this life-changing experience.
The concert will be traditional jazz music featuring songs by Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Sidney Bechet, and more, and will be a wonderful afternoon of music. The performers are Chris Coulter (saxophone), Joe McWilliams (piano), Steve Taylor (bass), and Peter Hohmeister (drums).
Chris Coulter has been performing on saxophones, flute and voice for over thirty years. He is a Connecticut state-certified music educator and currently teaches music in New Canaan Public Schools. Former students have participated in Connecticut All State Festivals and some have gone on to careers in music. Chris is the jazz ensemble instructor at the Trumbull Summer Band Camp jazz program. He has been a guest soloist and clinician at schools in the tri-state area. Chris has his Bachelor's Degree in Music from the University of Bridgeport, and his Master of Science in Music Education from Western Connecticut State University. He has studied with Phil DeLibero, Gary Klein, the legendary teacher Joe Allard, and Grammy winning jazz artist Joe Lovano. Chris has performed with such jazz greats as Clark Terry, Gerry Mulligan, Pepper Adams, Bob Brookmeyer, Slide Hampton, and Dave Weckl. He has recorded commercials and award-winning children's videos. Chris is featured on CD's with local composer/pianist Rob Silvan, guitarist John Cain, and local singer Steve D’Agostino. Chris currently performs with local artists such as the Bales-Gitlin Band, The Rob Silvan Quintet, Steve D'Agostino, Tony Reno, Richard “Cookie” Thomas, “The Sounds of Frank”, and his own groups.
Talmadge Hill Community Church is at 870 Hollow Tree Ridge Road in Darien. Suggested donation is $20. For more information please call 203 761 0150 or to reserve online, go to keysmusic.org, click on “Donate Now” and write “Chris Coulter” in the designation box. Checks can be mailed to KEYS, PO Box 532, New Canaan, CT 06840, write “Chris Coulter” in the memo line.