David Sharp Quartet
Where: Cherokee Depot
When: Friday, January 13
Pub Crawl: 5:00pm-7:00pm
One of the memorable and valuable educational experiences associated with the Cherokee KeeLive Music Festival each year is the High School Jazz Band Clinic conducted by highly skilled guest musicians at the Cherokee Middle School band room, featuring area high school musicians.
This year’s clinic is Friday, Jan. 13 and will be hosted and conducted by the acclaimed David Sharp Quartet.
The clinicians are David Sharp, James Poulsen, David Altemeier, and Tim Crumley.
Sharp is the Professor of Instrumental Music and Jazz at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa. David served on the faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music and earned his Bachelors of Music degree in composition from the University of Miami in Florida and holds a Masters of Music degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
As a free-lance saxophonist and woodwind specialist, David has performed extensively throughout the United States working with several internationally renowned jazz and pop artists including the Woody Herman Orchestra, Mel Torme, Aretha Franklin, Lou Rawls, Rod Stewart, Shirley Jones, and has performed in pit orchestras of numerous Broadway national touring shows. He is a prolific composer and arranger of jazz, big band, brass ensemble, and orchestral music.
James Poulsen teaches music theory, ear training, and piano at Simpson College. He holds an M.M. in Piano Performance from the University of South Dakota with doctoral studies at the University of Iowa. He is also a freelance composer, residing in Des Moines. He has received 41 awards for commercial and classical music, including numerous Tellys and Addys, plus ‘Best Score’ at the Iowa Film Awards 5 times. Poulsen is also an avid jazz pianist and performs over a hundred times a year in Des Moines and throughout Iowa.
David Altemeier holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a Bass emphasis and Jazz Studies Minor from the University of Northern Iowa. While there he was in Jazz Band One for four years and principal bass in the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra. He has taught for more than two decades in central Iowa and performed with the Des Moines Big Band, Orquestra Alto Miaz, and the Jack Oatts Quartet, among many others.
Tim Crumley is a Marion-based drummer/percussionist. A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Tim is a versatile, well-respected drummer. He’s performed with numerous, nationally acclaimed groups through the years, including David Sharp, Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra, Des Moines Big Band, Bob Dunn, Terry Bradshaw, The Diamonds, and many more. Tim currently works at West Music-Marion as a Combo Sales Associate specializing in drums and percussion.
David Sharp and the CMS Clinic by Paul Struck, Cherokee Chronicle Times Editor