All Ages Show added 1/17/14
FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE*****
Live Jazz Event: Ann Arbor, MI
Friday 1/17/14, 8pm
Bobby Streng Group
featuring Bobby Streng (saxophone), Kris Kurzawa (guitar), Dale Grisa (piano), Jeff Halsey (bass), and Jonathan Ovalle (drums)
Kerrytown Concert House
415 N 4th Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
This Ann Arbor jazz event will feature the five piece Bobby Streng Group. The project combines his loves for arranging multiple colors with the improvisational flexibility allowed in a small group performance. Bobby states: “I love the instrumentation of this group. The versatility is very fun to work with. Having the guitar and piano allows me to often use guitar like a second horn player. The color achieved from a tenor sax and electric guitar unison is well documented in fusion, my favorite being the recordings by Mike Stern. With the five piece, I take that sound and liberally apply it into my own style jazz composition.” That style, seen in his Saxomble and House Big Band, is an instrumental mix of jazz, latin, pop, and funk. The Kerrytown show will see the premiere of new works for the quintet as well as adapted arrangements from Bobby’s recording catalouge.
About Bobby Streng:
Bobby Streng is a saxophonist, composer, and arranger of all genres of music. When not leading or co-leading his own jazz fusion groups such as Liquid Street, the House Big Band, Saxomble, or the Bobby Streng Group, he can be heard as a member of Walter White and Small Medium at Large, the Paul Keller Orchestra, and as a freelance musician around Detroit and the Midwest. Since 2007, Bobby has enjoyed the privilege of traveling nationally and internationally with the Harry James Orchestra led by trumpeter Fred Radke. This has included multiple tours of the US and Canada, a trip to South America, two consecutive performances at the Montreal Jazz Festival (2009 and 2010), and two double bill tours with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. In addition to his work with HJO, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra featured Bobby in the lead alto role of Jimmy Dorsey on a 31 concert tour across the US in 2009. He has also performed with Motown legends like The Temptations, The Four Tops, and The O’Jays.
In the classical music realm, Bobby recorded under Maestro Lenard Slatkin on William Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and Exerience which earned the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Classical Recording. He is a former member of the Larry Teal Saxophone Quartet, was a concerto competition winner at the University of Michigan, and performs with Taiwanese marimba virtuoso Isabelle Huang in the Jazoe Duo. This past year, Bobby performed a concerto grosso with the San Louis Potosi Symphony Orchestra (Mexico) with the Toledo based quartet Sax Fourth Avenue and gave a series of master classes at Universities in Taiwan.
Bobby holds a bachelors degree from the University of Dayton and a masters from the University of Michigan where he studied with the renowned saxophonist Donald Sinta.