Tuba Bach Chamber Music Festival

The Tuba Bach Chamber Music Festival is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Big Rapids, Michigan.

Since its inception in 2006, Tuba Bach has brought hundreds of exceptional musicians from around the world, across the United states, and from every corner of our state to present concerts and educational programming in West-Central Michigan, free of charge and available to all.


Past Seasons Archive > 2009 Concert Season > Concert 1

Concert 1
Sunday, September 13, 2009 • 4:00 P.M.

I Got The Blues

Presented by:
Ferris State University - G. Mennen Williams Auditorium
Country Inn and Suites
CK's Place

Big Rapids High School Auditorium, Big Rapids, MIarrow Map

Guest Artists Appearing with Edward Mallett:

Eve CorneliousEVE CORNELIOUS has enjoyed a remarkable career, touring Europe, Japan, and Cuba with Roy Hargrove, Jon Hendricks, Chucho Valdez, Mulgrew Miller, Carl Allen, Rodney Whitaker, Mark Whitfield, and Tim Warfield. She has peformed to critical acclaim at festivals around the world, including North Sea, Monterey, Montreaux, Newport, Middleheim, and the JVC Jazz Festival at Lincoln Center. She has recorded with Norman Conners and Ramsey Lewis.

Currently the jazz vocal teacher at East Carolina University, Eve's education in music spans both the formal and the personal, with a degree in music to supplement her careful transcription work of vocal giants Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae and Billie Holiday. Born in Newark, NJ and raised in Newport News, VA, Eve feels a special kinship with Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald, who came from those two towns respectively. Eve also studied with pianist Mary Lou Williams. arrow Website

Larry OchiltreeLARRY OCHILTREE is one of the top drummers in the Midwest. He has played and toured with Maynard Ferguson, Mark Murphy, Hendrick Merkins, Marcus Belgrave, and Terry Lower, to name a few.

Chip CrawfordCHIP CRAWFORD began his career at Berklee College of Music in the early 70's and within a year found himself touring and recording with such music legends as the Four Tops and Billy Eckstein. In 1974, Chip formed the group Workshoppe which attracted the attention of Weather Report founder and producer Joe Zawinul.
His association with jazz giants continued through the next two decades, as he worked extensively with Donald Byrd. He has also been a long-standing arranger for Miles Davis' producer Teo Macero.

A well respected educator, Chip received a Masters in Music in 1991 and taught at Duke University, North Carolina Central University and Shepard Magnet School. A twice recipient of the North Carolina Jazz Composers Fellowship he recently took first place in the International Songwriter's Competion in the jazz category for his composition "The Wrestler". He currently resides in Manhattan. arrow Website

Rick HicksRICK HICKS is Michigan’s answer to BB King.  Wes Montgomery and Albert King…this warm, versatile guitar/vocalist guides you through blues, funk, soul, jazz, Motown and R&B. arrow Website