Trumpeter / keyboardist Chris Klaxton and vocalist Taylor O’Donnell return to the Dance Hall with a new quintet featuring virtuoso guitarist Peter Herman, recent transplant to the Seacoast area – NYC drummer John Mettam, and the Seacoast’s busiest bassist – Scott Kiefner.
Having studied from masters such as Clark Terry, Terrance Blanchard, Fred Hersch, and Peter Eldridge, both Klaxton and O’Donnell are firmly rooted in the jazz tradition yet share a wide ranging and eclectic repertoire; swinging the standards of yesterday while maintaining a firm grasp on the music of today. O’Donnell has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show with producer David Foster, sung background for singer / songwriter Ben Folds, and has performed alongside Janis Siegel, The Real Group, New York Voices, and choral group Seraphic Fire. Klaxton has made a reputation as being a gifted multi-instrumentalist and composer, focusing heavily on jazz trumpet, yet contributing horn, keyboards, guitar and percussion to a variety of award winning hip-hop, rock, and indie projects.
A daring group of improvisers, this quintet also delivers lyric, texture, and melody with a keen sensitivity and inviting warmth. With selections ranging from classic jazz standards to the works of Bjork, Paul Simon, Randy Newman, and Elliot Smith, this performance is sure to provide a little (or a lot!) of something for everybody.