Celebrating the release of my newest recording “Song for You!” with my New York friends! With my Minneapolis band (Phil Aaron, Jay Epstein and Graydon Peterson) we’ll have a good time with music from the recording and a special feature, a new ballad, music by Phil Aaron and lyrics by me. You can never tell what will happen at our shows…hold onto your seats! CDs’s will be available for purchase following the show...
"Finally got to listen to your CD. It’s gorgeous!!”
~ Steve Katz (founding member of Blood, Sweat & Tears and The Blues Project
Joyce Lyons (joycelyons.net)
(AEA, SAG-AFTRA) is part singer, actress and comedian. Reared in Gaithersburg, Maryland, she found her way to Colorado Women's College where she majored in Voice Performance and Theater." Joyce has trod the boards of theaters in New York City, Connecticut and areas all around. Joyce also performed in many of the cabaret rooms in New York, once being to as “What Cabaret is All About!” Joyce has performed at the Supreme Court for a private party for Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, created a master class for vocal students that she teaches yearly in Durango, Colorado. Joyce has even spent some time on the comedy circuit. Leaving NYC in late 2009, Joyce has continued her journey in the upper midwest of Minnesota, where she has developed a loyal following; performing at the renown "Dakota Jazz Club," and the amazingly intimate “Dunsmore Room at Crooners Lounge & Supper Club.” Joyce is also the vocalist for The West Metro Big Band. She is a member of the STMA Fine Arts Council as well as a two-time panelist at the Central Minnesota Arts Board grant reviews.
Phil Aaron (philaaronmusic.com)
Phil Aaron is an emmy-winning composer and musician based in Minneapolis, MN. As co-owner of Aaron | Stokes Music + Sound, who has spent the last 18 years composing for film, television and advertising. While his days are devoted to composing, you can find him on many nights and weekends playing jazz piano at the best jazz clubs in the Twin Cities. He loves to compose for moving pictures. He loves to play jazz. This is what he does.
Jay Epstein (jayepstein.weebly.com)
Jay Epstein has played jazz drums for several decades performing, recording, & tour-ing. After college, he studied polyrhythmic concepts in Manhattan with Barry Altschul, the drummer in Chick Corea's Circle. He's lived in Hollywood, Oklahoma City, Montana, Miami, Minneapolis, played in house bands for 5 years on several cruise ship lines, and has been on 7 European tours with pianists Bill Carrothers & Giacomo Aula. He has shared a few choruses with Barney Kessel, Roseanna Vitro, Manfredo Fest, Sheila Jordan, Terry Gibbs, Eric Alexander, Richie Cole, JoAnne Brackeen, Ernie Watts, Wayne Johnson, Karrin Allyson, Kenny Werner, Howard Levy, Toots Thielemans, Avashai Cohen, and Sarah Vaughan. Jay's CDs, 'Long Ago' & 'Easy Company', featuring bassist Anthony Cox and pianist Bill Carrothers, have garnered luminous reviews in the international press. Current bands include Red Planet, Klezmerica, Framework, Firebell, Tall Tales, & Five By Design. He's endorsed Bosphorus Cymbals since 1997.
Graydon Peterson (www.graydonpetersonquartet.com)
Completed his bachelor's degree in music composition at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he studied classical bass with James Clute, a former bassist with the Minnesota Orchestra. While Graydon was a member of the Down Beat award-winning UWEC Jazz Ensemble I, he performed with such guest jazz artists as Lewis Nash, Ingrid Jensen, Jason Marsalis, and Chris Botti. Now a resident of Minneapolis, Graydon is one of the area's top-call bassists, performing nightly with a variety of vocalists and small ensembles including Debbie Duncan, Arne Fogel, Firebell, Snowblind and his own Graydon Peterson Quartet. A consummate accompanist, writer and arranger, he has become one of the backbones of the jazz scene in the twin cities.