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  • Rain did not dampen enthusiasm of jazz lovers
    by Julie W. Hawk
    Published - 08/28/13 - 11:05 AM | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    (CEDAR CITY, Utah) - (+ Video) An evening of "Jazz Under the Stars" hosted by Joleen and Steve Wise was presented at the historic Braithwaite home in Cedar City. Sunday, Aug. 25, music fans joined at a backyard concert with local artists and guest band Steph Johnson Trio from Southern California, despite oncoming signs of rain.

    Tents were set up for the performers and listeners which kept the evening drizzle from shutting down the activities. The night began with local performers providing music during the bring-your-own picnic supper portion. The musicians were: Tyler Braun and Eric Reed, percussion; Naill Burgess-Hodges, singer/shaker; Kris Lee, singer/guitarist and Steve Wise, saxophone.

    Opening act for the Steph Johnson Trio was David Jorgensen, St. George, Utah, and Laura Lounsbury, Cane Beds, Ariz. The duo performed original jazz compositions by Jorgensen and a few jazz covers. The audience enjoyed the talented Lounsbury as she sang solo, and Jorgensen accompanied with intricate, bossa-nova style on his guitar.

    Returning for a second time to this open air venue, the Steph Johnson Trio entertained the audience with Johnson's original music and covers of jazz favorites. Steph Johnson, jazz singer/guitarist is complimented by her amazing musicians Rob Thorsen on bass and Fernando Gomez on the drums. The trio is on tour with their next stop is in Fort Collins, Colo.

    "I want to express how much fun we had, and I am touched that people sat in the cold, and the rain, some wrapped in blankets to listen to us," Steph Johnson said.

    Joleen and Steve Wise have found their niche in the community by opening their beautiful home to hosting social events for the weddings or college functions in the Cedar City area. Their generosity has expanded to include visiting artists and performers presenting here locally, to stay at their five-bedroom home. The Wises' hospitality benefits their guests with a homey atmosphere and home-cooked meals while they are on the road. Joleen said that they enjoy the impromptu jam sessions and connection with these talented artists.

    After a rich evening of music and socializing, Joleen appreciated the efforts by guests who pitched in to help clean up quickly in the rain, and a memorable experience was had by all.

    To learn more about the Steph Johnson Trio, visit their Web site at: www.stephjohnsonband.com

    Steph Johnson Trio from KCSG.com on Vimeo.

    David Jorgensen & Laura Lounsbury from KCSG.com on Vimeo.

    Steve Wise and local Cedar City musicians from KCSG.com on Vimeo.

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