Three time Grammy nominee Jon Metzger has performed throughout the world as a jazz ambassador for the US Department of State and as a clinician/recitalist for Musser. The author of The Art and Language of Jazz Vibes, he has appeared on more than 40 recordings for the VSOP, Soul Note, Jazz Karma, Summit, and Elon Improvibes labels and has been named to numerous Jazztimes Critics Polls and the Downbeat magazine Readers and Critics Polls. A recipient of the Miles Davis Jazz Education Service Award and 30 consecutive ASCAP Plus Awards for the use of his compositions, Metzger is the Artist in Residence and Professor of Music at Elon University where he received the University Distinguished Scholar Award for 2005.
Cave Spring High School Jazz Cafe
Cave Spring High School Bands present their 14th annual Jazz Café on Friday, February 28, from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church located at 4608 Brambleton Avenue in Roanoke, Virginia.
This concert highlights both jazz bands from Cave Spring high school as well as a small group of local musicians supporting our 2020 guest artist, Jon Metzger.
Headlining artist for the evening is Jon Metzger, jazz instructor, composer and professional vibraphonist from Elon University.
This long running event is promoted and endorsed by local businesses and parents support and it is a professional honor to bring in artists to Roanoke and to work with the students at Cave Spring high school. This collaboration allows the guests to rehearse and perform jazz music with our students that will be presented as a community concert later that evening. John Carlin, WSLS anchor, will emcee the event and there will be silent auction baskets from local retailers and restaurants to bid on. All monies generated go to offset operating costs and promote future endeavors by the band program.
Ticket prices at $12.00 for individuals and $100.00 for a table of 8. The ticket price at the door on the night of the concert will be $15.00. Doors will open at 6:30pm.
The Jazz Bands at Cave Spring high school have evolved into dominant performance ensembles. The diversity and artistry students gain from this class gives them access to performing different styles of music from big band to funk to rock and beyond. Students are also able to engage in soloing opportunities many are eager to experience. The Jazz band classes, yes, classes, are comprised of students in combined ensembles of upperclassmen working with new-comers. This is a wonderful component of our program and can be seen performing many times through out the school year.
Believed to be our most important contribution to our jazz program is our artist-in-residence opportunities. We bring in guest artists that are some of the top in their field and are considered "educator-musicians". These individuals bring experience and knowledge to our rehearsals and our students are able to perform along with these outstanding performers as they, the artists work with the bands and soloists for their upcoming concert.
Here are some of the artists we have had the pleasure to work with
Guest Soloists with the Cave Spring Jazz bands NEW!!! Upcoming for 2020 Jazz Cafe' Jon Metzger, Vibraphone Elon University
Tom McKenzie,Trombone, Harrisonburg, Va., Spring 2020 Willis Greenstreet, Saxophone and Guitar, Roanoke, Va., Fall 2019 Joseph and Daniel Henson, Saxophone, Liberty Univ., North Texas State, 2019 John D'earth, Trumpet, University of Virginia, 2019 Greg Moody, Saxophone, Staunton, Va., 2018 Dr. Chris Magee, Trumpet, University of Lynchburg, 2018 Sherrie Maricle, Drummer, DIVA Jazz Ensemble 2018 Chris Vadala, Saxophone, University of Maryland 2017 Dr. Dayl Burnett, Trombone, Radford University, 2017 Rick Simerly, Trombone, Milligan College 2016 Brandon Lee, Trumpet, UNC Greensboro 2015 Chad Eby, Tenor, UNC Greensboro 2014 Jon Metzger, Vibraphone, Elon University 2013 Rick Simerly, Trombone, Milligan College 2012 Radford University Jazz faculty 2011 Keenan McKenzie's Jazz Quintet 2010 Roanoke Jazz Guest Artists 2009 David Wiley and friends, Roanoke Symphony, 2008 Radford University Jazz Ensemble 2007 Old Timers Jazz Ensemble 2006
Recently, members from the Airmen of Note came to Cave Spring for a clinic during their tour. Thank you for your time and insight. November 2018
John D'earth - Artist in Residence, Jazz Cafe' 2019
Sherrie Maricle - Artist in Residence, Jazz Cafe' 2018
THANK YOU Brian...it was a pleasure and joy, musically and personally! It would be an honor to return ANYTIME!
Artist in Residence 2017 Chris Vadala working with the band.
Chris Vadala passed away on January 17th, 2019. He was an amazing educator and musician! I was wishing to be able to work with him again, but it was not meant to be. What I am proud of is that he enjoyed his time with our bands and Jazz Cafe' event and requested us to contact him so he could participate again.
The students and audience were astounded at his ability and kindness. A truly poor way to begin 2019!
One incredible day!
A letter from Chris Vadala
Brian A succinct albeit sincere thank you for inviting me to participate on your Annual Jazz Cafe evening. Your attention to details on and off the stage and your genuine and generous hospitality was most appreciated. Your students did a terrific performance tonight, much to your credit. I would certainly entertain the prospect of returning to Roanoke to work with you in the future. Thank you again for a wonderful visit! Best Chris V