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Bloom/Funkhouser Duo Presents Duke Ellington Classics

Please join us for an exciting evening of music from the acclaimed jazz duo of Peter H. Bloom, flute, and John Funkhouser, piano, on Thursday, October 27 at 6:30 pm, at the Hardin Center in downtown Gadsden.

Tickets are $10 per person for all ages and are available online and at the door. A special 4-pack of discounted tickets is also available for only $20 (a 50% savings).

Chairs will be provided and coolers are welcome.

The concert is part of the duo’s week-long tour in Alabama and Georgia, celebrating their new album, Exuberant Ellingtonia, with classics by Duke Ellington and his circle, including Take the A Train, Caravan, I’m Beginning to See the Light, and In a Sentimental Mood.

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Praised for “style and brio…verve and sophistication” (AllAboutJazz.com), the duo of Peter H. Bloom, flute, and John Funkhouser, piano, will perform an exhilarating tribute to Duke Ellington and his extraordinary collaborators Billy Strayhorn, Juan Tizol and Mercer Ellington.  Peter and John bring virtuosity and inventiveness to beloved classics like Take the A Train, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, Caravan, Things Ain’t What They Used To Be, and In a Sentimental Mood.  The concert celebrates the duo’s CD, Exuberant Ellingtonia (Americas Musicworks, 2022), called “a treasure trove” (Textura Magazine, Ontario) and “one of those albums that we know are unique jewels” (Jazz, ese ruido, Spain).

Bloom and Funkhouser have performed together for almost 30 years.  Both are veterans of the legendary Aardvark Jazz Orchestra (50th season, “one of the best jazz ensembles in the world” – Jazz Podium, Germany).  Each of them has impressive credentials performing nationally and internationally. 

Peter H. Bloom performs in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, New Zealand and Australia, and appears on 48 CDs.  Acclaimed for virtuosity and versatility, he performs widely with both classical and jazz ensembles.  He has shared the stage with Charles Neville, Sheila Jordan, Geri Allen, Ricky Ford, Jaki Byard and other jazz greats.  He is contributing editor for Noteworthy Sheet Music and is a winner of the American Musicological Society’s Noah Greenberg Award.  Jazz Improv praised his “exquisite melody…the improvisations growing organically out of the theme,” while ArtsFuse wrote, “Bloom’s solos on flute and amplified flute are always highlights of a performance.” 

John Funkhouser has appeared with notables like Luciana Souza, Tierney Sutton, Ran Blake, Herb Pomeroy, Laszlo Gardony, Stan Strickland, and piano savant Matt Savage.   Hailed for “a unique and engaging sound” (North Denver Tribune), he has performed at Birdland, Blue Note, Dizzy’s in New York, the Kennedy Center, and in top venues from Kansas City, New Orleans and Chicago to Paris, Singapore, and Hong Kong.  He taught at Berklee College of Music from 2001 to 2021.  “Funkhouser is masterful…maintaining a delicate balance of power and agility with an instinctive musical sense.” 

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