sjfWhen Bill Bergen, jazz trumpeter about town, asked me to write a review of an upcoming Feb. 9th concert presented by his educational foundation, Synergy Jazz, I happily agreed — especially when I learned that along with sax player Jack Wilkins, music professor at the University of South Florida, it would also feature tenor/soprano sax player Dave Sharp, backed up by three extremely talented local heavyweights: pianist Jason Danielson, bassist Dave Altemeier, and drummer John Kizilarmut.

I’d already heard Dave, a music professor at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, perform a couple of times — once with Brazilian trumpeter Claudio Roditi and prior to that with Czech pianist Emil Viklicky, both of whom I’ve interviewed for the Web site ‘All About Jazz.’

It was a terrific show in a nice venue, Drake University’s Patty & Fred Turner Jazz Center, with a great audience, and my write-up will be posted soon on SJF’s Web site.

(l to r) Jason Danielson, Jack Wilkins, Dave Sharp, Dave Altemeier, John Kizilarmut

(l to r) Jason Danielson, Jack Wilkins, Dave Sharp, Dave Altemeier, John Kizilarmut

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