JENN CORNELL


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MAY 12 | 8PM

GRANGE HALL
10640 Serenbe Lane
Chattahoochee Hills

JENN CORNELL

A Dance of Instrument & Body

Jenn Cornell is a cellist performance artist that plays with a spirit that bursts into an ecstatic dance of instrument and body. The outcome is a sensation of joy that emanates from her performances and her instrument.

Jenn attended the University of Georgia on a 4 year music scholarship and completed advanced studies at the Academia Musicale Chigiana, Sienna, Italy. This led to her touring Europe, Asia and the U.S. performing in halls like the Seoul Arts Center and the Moscow International Auto Show.; as well as to teaching where she held master classes at schools and universities including the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, CA; Georgia Tech; and most recently at the Community Music Centers of Atlanta where she mentors young musicians.

Jenn’s performance career began with the highly successful guitar/cello duo Montana Skies which toured for a number of years and was praised by presenters and fans for the unique and creative duo it was. Montana Skies hit #1 on the World and Instrumental Music radio charts and was highlighted on national broadcasts, including on NPR and the Travel Channel and on PBS where they composed and scored music for PBS.

Jenn has developed a new sound with percussionist Emrah Kotan and is taking her progressive music around the U.S. as she continues to perform both acoustic and 6-string electric cello to her own compositions with Emrah. Jenn has recently recorded for Michael Malarky (Vampire Diaries) on his new album and his single “Scars”, and has recorded for the rap artist B.O.B.. In addition, she appeared on the TV shows The Vampire Diaries and Dynasty where she performed cello on episodes for both.

Jenn has developed a new and mesmerizing sound with her cello and with the joy that she brings in touching people’s hearts with her music.

EMRAH KOTAN

Emrah Kotan is a classically trained percussionist who came to the United States from his native Turkey and received a Master's degree in Jazz Studies from Georgia State University.  

Emrah is one of the most sought after musicians in the Atlanta music scene, and is the drummer/percussionist for Grammy award winning artist, India.Arie.  He has performed in renowned venues such as the Istanbul Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Java Jazz Festival, Singapore Jazz Festival and The Blue Note in New York.  

Emrah is Director of the Jazz and World Percussion Ensembles at Agnes Scott College and he proudly endorses Pearl drums and percussion.

Jenn Cornell, Cellist Performance Artist Accompanied by Emrah Kotan on percussion/drums "Skipping" by Jenn Cornell jenncello.com Video: www.octoberskiespro.com Audio: Calvin Durand for Dark Alley Music Group
Jenn Cornell, Cellist Performance Artist Accompanied by Emrah Kotan on percussion/drums "The 13th Good Wild Horses" by Jenn Cornell jenncello.com Video: www.octoberskiespro.com Audio: Calvin Durand for Dark Alley Music Group

Sarah Potenza

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APRIL 7 | 8PM

Grange Hall
10640 Serenbe Lane
Chattahoochee Hills

SARAH POTENZA

Rolling Stone says “Potenza is to the blues what Adele is to pop: a colossal-voiced singer who merges her old-school influences with a modernistic sound.”

After years of touring with her band Sarah & The Tall Boys, Sarah Potenza was chosen over 50,000 candidates to appear on The Voice. Judge Pharrell Williams’ reaction to Potenza’s on-air audition gives you a pretty good idea of the level of talent of this incredible singer. Williams’ immediately exclaimed, “You’re giving this generation something they've never seen before". Potenza left the show as a top 20 finalist then headed to Nashville, where she quickly integrated into the local music scene, becoming a staple at the world renowned Bluebird Café and the globally broadcast Music City Roots program. She continues to earn raves for her big voice, which seamlessly blends roots, rock and soul.

NPR Music exclusively premiered the music video to Potenza’s debut album, ‘Monster’.  Programmers have been supporting her gritty sound and unstoppable resolve, resulting in ‘Monster’ moving quickly up the Americana Radio chart. NPR Music calls the album a “blistering, riff-propelled personal anthem,” while No Depression states, “You won’t find any gimmicks on MONSTER, just pure unadulterated rock and roll.” Sarah’s album also received rave reviews from Rolling Stone. In September the magazine named her one of the top 10 artists you need to know, stating “Potenza is to the Blues what Adele is to Pop.”

MIKE FARRIS

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March 24 | 8PM

Private Home/Public Concert
837 Middleton Way
Serenbe in Chattahoochee Hills

MIKE FARRIS

with  the BONES FOR J.R.JONES

Mike Farris is a musical renaissance man. He’s toured as lead singer for the Southern Rock Band Screaming Cheetah Wheelies, and following the demise of blues & rock legend Stevie Ray Vaughn, as the lead singer for the incomparable blues band, Double Trouble. In his solo career he began to rediscover and reinterpret traditional black spiritual music by adding his own mix of vintage southern soul. For his efforts, Farris won the prestigious Americana Music Award for Best New & Emerging Artist, a Dove Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album of the Year and a 2015 Grammy® award for Best Roots Gospel Album. 

“Out of this diminutive, self-described southern boy comes an extraordinary soulful voice with a range, talent and emotions that make him seem possessed.”

-Terry Stewart, President & CEO, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum

thE bones of J.R. JONES

What has continued to define The Bones of J.R. Jones is the musician’s hypnotic live show. He operates as a one-man band — playing guitar, drums, and singing in unison, creating the feeling of a raucous blues band with more immediacy. “Anytime I think about my live show I try to view it from one of my audience member’s perspective,” conclude Jonathon Linaberry, the artist who performs as The Bones of J.R. Jones. “I do a lot up there. I cover a lot of ground sonically.  I’m trying to give myself room to grow.”

The Bones of J.R. Jones’ latest album, Spirit’s Furnace, a crisp nine-track effort that bubbles with barroom dust and hard-won wisdom, finds the musician expanding the scope of his musical vision while stripping away the excess.

McGarry, Ganz, & Versace Trio

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FEBUARY 3 | 8PM

OAK ROOM AT INN AT SERENBE
10950 Hutchesons Ferry Rd.
Chattahoochee Hills

kate MCGARRY

Grammy nominated vocalist KATE McGARRY celebrates the release of her debut trio album The Subject Tonight Is Love feat with guitarist Keith Ganz and pianist Gary Versace.  For their early Valentine’s CD release celebration, the acclaimed trio reimagines beloved standards, sets music to the words of 14th century Sufi poet Hafiz, and mines the depths of McGarry’s soul-stirring originals. The result is a fresh, cinematic approach to jazz that invites listeners into the music through unexpected doorways.

 

The formidable talents of these GRAMMY nominated musicians are in full bloom on this ambitious outing. Ganz shines on nylon, steel, electric and bass guitars while Versace moves masterfully between piano, electric keyboard, organ and accordion. Together they create a richly nuanced sonic canvas. McGarry’s voice rings true throughout, painting pictures that penetrate and illumine the human journey.

As an educator she has taught at New England Conservatory and currently serves on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music.  In July of 2016 DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE 64th Critics Poll named McGarry the #1 Rising Star Female Vocalist.  

"Austere and elegant...an exceptionally appealing blend of folk and jazz" ~ Wall St Journal

" Astute and sensitive" ~ New York Times