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At little later in 2013 I performed in Salida, Colorado, with Lisa Downing, and Argentine pianist, Julio Mazziotti. What a wonderful artisan community Salida, Colorado is now. The performance was at the SteamPlant Events Center, and was well received by the entire audience. A bonus for me was that the concert was hosted by a good friend of mine, Jan Justis, an extremely talented dancer and choreographer. In fact she created the Jan Justis Dance Company in Denver, which is how I met my life partner Nancy, one of the company’s original members.
May of 2013 offered me a unique experience of hosting my first house concert here in Mancos, Colorado, at Nancy’s and my house. Again it was sold out, and featured my good friend, award winning solo pianist Lisa Downing in concert with me. Lisa and I have performed with Liz Story, Kathleen Ryan, Joseph Akins, and Julio Mazziotti, to name a few. The experience was so wonderfully received that another concert with Kathleen Ryan and myself is in the planning stages for the early summer of 2014 at our house.
In February of 2013 I accompanied the renowned cabaret singer, Gillian Kelly, along with bassist Chad MacCluskey. The performance over two nights was a fundraiser for the Durango Arts Center Theater Department. Both nights were sold out shows. Her program entitled, “From Pops to Classics,” was a true challenge of classical repertoire showing classical themes that have gone on to become themes used in both pop music and jazz.
Lee Bartley continues to solo piano concerts as often as possible around the country. Last year he performed with 3 additional pianists in Duluth, Georgia. During the performance a solo pianist stopped by from Spring Hill, Tennessee.
His name is Philip Wesley. Lee did not know him, but the other three perfrormers (all from the southeast) knew him and invited him to play a few songs in their concert. Immediately Lee decided he would find a way to perform with Philip. Now it has finally happened. Lee will be traveling to Nashville (Spring Hill) to perform with Philip in a wonderfully intimate house concert at Philip’s home. For information on the concert please visit the “performances” section of Lee’s website. Lee will then travel to Birmingham for another concert the next night (8-27-11) with Joseph Akins and Walter Knapp. For information click on the blue arrow next to the date on Lee’s calendar. Philip’s address is: 2948 Buckner Lane, Spring Hill, TN, 37174.
Solo Piano Concert with Joseph Akins and special guest Walter Knapp. The concert will be at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham, 4300 Hampton Heights Drive at 7:30pm on August 27th. The music will include classical, duets, classical art songs, and new age from three remarkable artists. Please join us.
For Tickets: www.lisadowning.com or call 303-979-7011.
My second solo CD, “A View From Above” was recently voted “CD of the Year” by Whisperings Solo Piano Radio for 2010. Launched in 2003, Solo Piano Radio now boasts more than 200 piano artists and broadcasts via the Internet to nearly a million fans from all over the world every month. Read more about Solo Piano Radio here.
Well, it is official – an historic and long awaited reunion concert of the IMAGES band that I helped found, recorded with, and toured nationally with “back in the day” we shall say! The original IMAGES quartet: Myself – piano, Joe Anderies – saxophone and flute, Rich Sallee – bass, and Dave Small – drum set – will be coming together for 4 concert sets at Denver’s great jazz venue Dazzle. So mark your calendar and don’t wait too long to get tickets for one of these shows if you are interested. I would guess that they will all sell out by the time of the event. Hope to have a wonderful reunion with all of our past and present friends and fans! Here are the details, a promo photo, and a direct link to Dazzle’s website and the page to do advance online ticketed reservations.
Best wishes, hope to keep in touch!
IMAGES Reunion Concerts
Dazzle – 930 Lincoln St.
Denver, CO 303-839-5100
Saturday, June 4th – shows at 7 pm and 9 pm
Sunday, June 5th – shows at 6 pm and 8 pm