Coming Events!

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Mac & Moss Combo

Join us on March 17 at 7:00 pm to enjoy the music of the Mac and Moss Combo, including the standard jazz tunes from the “Great American Songbook” such as Blue Moon, Moonglow, All of Me, Moon River, Somewhere Over the Rainbow, and Satin Doll.

The Mac and Moss Combo features Nancy McLemore on vocals, Mike Moss on guitar, Jon Ford on bass and Don Wendorf on drums.

Tickets are $10.00. For reservations call 205-699-1892 and leave a message after the beep including your name and phone number and the number of tickets you need. Someone will return your call to confirm your reservation. Reservations are not required. Let us know if special seating is required.

The audience is invited to sing along, dance, or just sit back, relax, and listen to these favorites.

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UAB Jazz Faculty Quintet – February 11 @ 4:00 pm

The UAB Jazz Faculty Quintet is made up of some of the finest jazz musicians in Alabama.  It includes UAB jazz professors Gary Wheat (saxophone), Michael Glaser (drums), Carlos Pino (guitar), Brandon Peeples (bass), and is led by UAB jazz director Steve Roberts (trumpet).  They perform together regularly at UAB and around the region including a monthly concert on every second Thursday at noon at the UAB Hospital’s north pavilion atrium.  This fall they will complete their second international tour of the country of Colombia.

Dr. Steven Roberts, Trumpet

Dr. Steven Roberts is associate professor of jazz studies and trumpet at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Previously, he was assistant professor of trumpet and jazz at Mars Hill College after holding a similar position at Iowa State University. He is an active teacher and freelance musician and has performed with Kirk Whalum, Vincent DiMartino, Ryan Anthony, Jon Faddis, Allen Vizzutti, Cecil and Deedee Bridgewater, Chip McNeill, Jim Pugh, Charo and many others. His group “The Roberts Jazz Project” released their album ‘Let’s Fall in Love’ in 2012.  This album features Roberts on both trumpet and keyboard.  He is music director for Unity Church of Birmingham and Saint Junia United Methodist.

As director of the UAB Jazz Ensemble, Roberts has led the group to first place in the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame competition three out of the last four years.  Roberts has premiered arrangements for trumpet ensemble at two International Trumpet Guild conferences, and in October 2012 premiered an original brass quintet arrangement on an Eastern European quintet tour.  In the summer of 2014, Roberts toured Europe for a month, splitting time with the UAB Faculty Brass Quintet, the rock band “Downright”, and completing the tour with his group “The Roberts Jazz Project.”  UAB Jazz returned to Europe under Roberts’ direction in July of 2016 with a mini big band and performed for thousands in Austria, Italy, and Germany.

Carlos Pino, Guitar

Carlos Pino, a Jazz guitarist and composer from Birmingham Alabama, is a graduate from the University of Alabama (B.A.) and Rutgers University (M.M. in Jazz Studies). While in college, Carlos studied guitar under Brian Lutterbie, Tom Wolfe, then Vic Juris. Carlos also studied briefly with Jack Wilkins, Paul Bollenbach, and Ralph Bowen. He has shared the stage with artists such as Ellis Marsalis, Claudio Roditi, Oteil Burbridge, Col. Bruce Hampton, and Bill Kruetzmann.

Pino has performed all over the U.S., Japan, and Colombia. Over the last 15 years Pino led various jazz and fusion groups and is a sideman in several groups, ranging from big band jazz, spoken word improv, to rock and bluegrass. He has released two albums under his name. Pino has also performed on various radio shows such as “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” and “The Rick and Bubba Show”.

Pino is in demand as a guitarist because of his versatility in various musical styles. He was recently awarded honors at the Festival Bandola in 2016 in Sevilla, Colombia, for his contributions to the festival as an artist, and for his work to bring American musicians to perform at the festival and throughout Colombia. Carlos has been invited as a guest artist to the Confajazz festival in Manizales Colombia in September 2017, as a performer and Clinician.

Brandon Peeples, Bass

Brandon Peeples has been playing music since the age of 9.  Starting out on Alto Saxophone, his talents developed quickly, and after only two years on the instrument, Brandon was selected to play with the Denver Youth Wind Symphony while living in Colorado. At the age of 13 Brandon began playing bass here in Birmingham.  By 16 he was playing professionally in local clubs.  Upon graduating from high school, Brandon received a music scholarship to UAB, but soon was getting calls to go on national and international tours with various groups.  From 2002-2006 Brandon toured the U.S., Europe, and the Caribbean extensively, and recorded several albums with the swing band Band the Buzz. In 2006 he settled back to Birmingham where he has toured regionally with Frankie Velvet and The Mighty Veltones as well as several different local bands.  Starting in 2010 Brandon has toured nationally with American Idol Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks.  Brandon has performed with Willie Nelson, John Fogarty, The Little River Band, Silverchair, Derek St. Holmes, Jeff Carlisi of .38 Special, Yonrico Scott, Tommy Talton from the Greg Allman Band and Cowboy, Georgia Music Hall of Fame member Jimmy Hall of Wet Willie, Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell, and many other local and regional legends. While not on the road, Brandon can be found recording in Birmingham at Sound of Birmingham Studios, Boutwell Studios, and Gintown Studios, as well as playing live five nights a week. He is currently endorsed with Euphonic Audio Amps, Lakland Basses, and Thomastik-Infeld Strings.  He teaches as an adjunct instructor for the UAB Department of Music in Applied Bass.

Gary Wheat, Saxophone

Gary Wheat has been performing and teaching professionally in Birmingham for 15 years.  After studying with Dr. Jonathan Noffsinger at the University of Alabama and earning his Jazz Studies Bachelor’s degree, Mr. Wheat moved to Birmingham to play with his first band, Meteorite, and to travel across the country to play with national touring musical acts such as the Temptations, the Four Tops, the O’Jays, Percy Sledge, and Frankie Valli.  At home, he has logged countless hours at gigs and jam sessions with local jazz names like Cleve Eaton, Bo Berry, Chad Fisher, and Tommy Stewart.  Mr. Wheat has taught saxophone and jazz in private and class settings since August 2000, building relationships with band directors at most Birmingham metro area public middle and high schools.  He also has years of college-level teaching experience at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  He released his first album, comprised of original modern jazz pieces, in the summer of 2016.  It is entitled Star Child and is available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon music, and other online retailers.

Michael Glaser, Drum Set

Michael Glaser is the first call drummer for many of the finest sounds in Birmingham: String Theory, Chad Fisher, The Birmingham Seven, Choko Aiken, The Magic Shtetl Klezmer Band, The Jason Bailey Band, Matthew DeVine’s Big Greasy Brass Band, and Rob Alley’s Alabama Songbook.  He covers lots of styles with these groups: original modern jazz, ‘30s-‘40s swing, Afrobeat & funk, classic rock and pop arranged for a string quartet, Jewish folk music, New Orleans sounds, drums for African dance, and more.

He is also a bandleader, transcribing, arranging, and performing the music of his favorite jazz composers and performers.  He has played in major music festivals in New York City and Lucerne, Switzerland, and did a six-city tour of Colombia with a UAB Jazz faculty group in November 2014.  He has worked as a sideman with nationally and internationally-known artists like John P. Strohm (Blake Babies, Lemonheads), Johnny O’Neal (Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Ray Brown, Lionel Hampton), Ron McCurdy (The Langston Hughes Project), musician & spoken word artist Malcolm-Jamal Warner, and Guinean dance master Youssouf Koumbassa.

Michael is a graduate of Davidson College (B.A.).  He enjoys teaching drumset lessons in the jazz and Music Technology programs at UAB as well as playing in the UAB Jazz Faculty Quintet / Septet, and he teaches drummers of all ages in Birmingham.  Visit www.MichaelGlaserMusic.com

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Ann Hill Cohen Exhibit

Ann Hill Cohen is the Leeds Arts Council’s featured artist in February.  The public is invited to the opening reception on February 4, 2018, 1:30-3:30 pm, to view her delightful paintings.  Admission is free.

With an undergraduate degree in Communication Arts from Birmingham-Southern College, Ann has always enjoyed drawing, but it wasn’t until she took a color theory class at Alabama A & M University under Bill Nance that she began to see and mix colors anew.  She would go on to enjoy painting sporadically for the next 20 years as she raised her daughter and pursued a career in Real Estate.

It was through a move from Huntsville to Birmingham, Alabama in 2015 that she took a necessary break from her real estate business and began painting in earnest.  In 2016 she joined the Mountain Brook Art Association and participated in her first art show that spring.

Two days before a trip to Portland, Oregon in 2016 Ann woke up with an inspiration to paint a Mondrian influenced bicycle.  She just HAD to get it finished before she and her husband left town, lest she forget her dream image.  That has led to many more bicycle paintings which are among her client favorites.

Ann and her husband, Dale live in a wonderful 100-year-old house in Birmingham’s Highland Park community.  They have two indoor cats, Percy and Lily, and two outdoor strays–Callie and Sylvester.  Painting her own cats has led to a love of painting birds, animals, and beloved pets of others.

Ann paints in oil and acrylics, with a preference toward oil for still life and animal portraits. Her whimsical bicycles are done in acrylic.

Ms. Cohen’s paintings will be on exhibit through March 2, 2018.  You may view examples of her work at: http://www.anncohenartist.com and on Facebook @ anncohenartist

The Arts Center is located at 8140 Parkway Drive, in downtown Leeds.  The gallery is open during events.  In case of inclement weather, call the center at 205-699-1892 to confirm opening hours.

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Brandi Overbeck and the Shades of Grey

The Leeds Arts Council presents Brandi Overbeck and the Shades of Grey Band on Jan. 27, 2018 at 7:00 pm.  Tickets are $10.00.

The Shades of Grey Band includes Kevin Grigsby on piano, Jon McClaran on drums, Steve Garrett on bass, David Gomez on guitar, and Billy Crocker on saxophone.

Reservations can be made by calling 205-699-1892 and leaving a message that includes your name, phone number, and the number of tickets needed. Someone will return your call to confirm your reservation.

The Leeds Theatre and Arts Center is located at 8140 Parkway Drive in Downtown Leeds.

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Sandy Launius Mann Exhibit

Sandy Launius Mann

Sandy Launius Mann is the Leeds Arts Council’s featured artist in January.  The public is invited to the opening reception on January 7, 2018, 1:30-3:30 pm, to view her delightful paintings.  Admission is free.

Sandy Launius Mann comes from a family of draftsmen, artisans, musicians, and teachers of art. She received a degree in Interior Design from Southern Institute and worked for 25 years with an extensive list of clients from Huntsville to Panama City.   Sandy worked as a commercial interior designer for Henry Coshatt in Birmingham, working on such projects as St. Jude Hospital. She then became a lighting designer, working for Mayer Lighting and during that time worked with Mother Angelica on the Shrine of the Most Blessed located in Hanceville, AL.  In the 90s Sandy became a freelance designer working through her family’s 80-year-old business, Launius Furniture, in Warrior.  In 2013, she opened her gallery/studio in Warrior, a working studio where she also offers art, drawing, and pottery classes and workshops.

Sandy Launius Mann is an award winning abstract artist.  Her work was accepted to the Energen art show in 2015; she won the Marshal County Fine Arts Award in 2016; and she has had solo exhibits at Artists on the Bluff, the Lowe Mill Arts in Huntsville, the Guntersville Museum and Cultural Art Center, and Mountain Valley Art Gallery.  In 2017 Sandy won first and second place in the National Pen Women’s Art Exhibit in Birmingham for her acrylic paintings “Obscured Souls” and “Separations Mist”.  In December 2017 she exhibited with DHGallery of International Artists at Spectrum Miami.

Sandy’s art is best described as non-reference abstract. She enjoys creating art that is completely out of her head spurred by emotions with hidden meaning and images. The latest collection by Sandy is “Mind Games” which uses a scraping technique while keeping the paint wet for hours, letting it dry and then creating objects that are hidden in the paint. In a sense Sandy lets the paint determine a lot of how the piece of work turns. Becoming totally immersed in the canvas finding her emotions take over and the piece when finished reads like a daily.  “At the studio I’m an avid believer in zero stress to produce the best possible art.  I have no contracts, no set rules and we just go with the flow. Everything is about the art and I’ve found that works best for me, you, and the studio.”

Ms. Mann’s paintings will be on exhibit through February 2, 2018.  You may view more of her work at: https://www.facebook.com/sandymannart

The Arts Center is located at 8140 Parkway Drive, in downtown Leeds.  The gallery is open during events.  In case of inclement weather, call the center at 205-699-1892 to confirm opening hours.

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Sounds of Leeds – November 18

5:00    Leeds UMC Praise 365 Band         $5

6:45    The Wes Graham Band               $10   

8:00    The Suburban Love Junkies        $10                             

All 3 Bands $20

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Christmas in Dixie – December 2 @ 7:00 pm

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Moody High School Artists Reception

The Leeds Arts Council will honor the Moody High School Artists with an opening reception on Sunday, November 5, 2017, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the Leeds Theatre & Arts Center in downtown Leeds. The public is invited to meet the artists and enjoy their beautiful and varied works. Admission is free.

These high school artists work in a variety of mediums and styles. Their works reflect their interest in nature, pop culture, music, humor, and everyday life.

Their art will be on display through December 1. For more information regarding the reception, exhibit, and other Leeds Arts Council events, visit http://www.leedsartscouncil.org  In case of inclement weather, call the arts center at 205-699-1892 to confirm opening hours.

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Birmingham Arts Journal Meeting – November 2 – 6:30 pm

FREE AND OPEN TO EVERY LOVER OF ART & POETRY & PROSE

Within the pages of the newest issue Birmingham Arts Journal enjoy the work of:

Mark Barrett
Maud Belser
Allen Berry
Mark Burke
Brenda Burton
Pam Copeland
Tom Dameron
Joan Dawson
Ken Dykes
Stephen Edmondson
David Flynn
Chip Ghinga
Barbara Gordon
Mitchell Krockmalnik Grabois
Saalam Green
Theodore Haddin
Chase Hawkins
Jeff Kalafa
Thomas Locicero
David R. Loope
Sam Pezzillo
Ryan Kim Preskitt
Jim Reed
James Miller Robinson
Karim Shamsi-Basha
Robert Joe Stout
Andrew Tyson
Camille Kleinman Wick

Pick up a copy of the BIRMINGHAM ARTS JOURNAL at the Museum of Art Gift Shop and at Reed Books in Birmingham

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Over My Dead Body

The Leeds Arts Council presents: “Over My Dead Body” — a comedy by Derek Benfield.

Performances on October 20, 21, 27, & 28 at 7:00 pm and Oct 22 & 29 at 2:00 pm.  Tickets are $10.00.

Following his wife’s recent death Gerald hopes to spend the rest of his days alone with his memories. But he reckons without his late wife’s “forward planning”, which results in a series of unexpected events occurring that Gerald had not anticipated. With the help of his daughter and son-in-law, Gerald strives to maintain his independence and keep unexpected visitors at bay. But the recalling of memories revives events from the past that are both funny and sad.

The actors are Scott Nesmith, Katy Walker, Cliff Keen, Jr., Selena Stalker, Madelyn Harbison and Emily Givens.

To purchase tickets call the office at 205-699-1892 and leave your name, phone number, the date of the performance you will attend, and the number of tickets you desire. Someone will return your call to confirm. Reservations are not required.

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