Week 1: New Orleans

Tuba Bach Week 1 – New Orleans

Check out photos from the concerts!  Thanks Jeff Pedelty for capturing this wonderful event.

Tuba Bach 2018: New Orleans Photos

Saturday, September 15, 2018 — 7 PM
Sunday, September 16, 2018 — 4 PM

Big Rapids High School Auditorium
21175 15 Mile Rd, Big Rapids

Saturday, September 15, 2018 – 12 PM Lunch Bachs Family Concert at Three Girls Bakery (106 N Michigan Ave, Big Rapids, MI 49307)

Jazz straight from the French Quarter of New Orleans, played by one of the city’s most celebrated treasures – the incomparable “Queen Clarinet,” Ms. Doreen Ketchens, along with the Amazing Alvin Waddles at the piano and Ed Mallett on tuba.

 

Doreen Ketchens

Doreen Ketchens is a classically trained clarinetist who stumbled upon jazz after falling in love with her now husband of 28 years, Lawrence Ketchens. She began performing on the streets of New Orleans in 1987 and has traveled the world performing and teaching through master classes and workshops. Doreen and her husband Lawrence educate students of all ages, from pre-school to the elderly. Doreen has performed for four US Presidents and a host of dignitaries and royalty. She started playing clarinet in elementary school and proceeded through high school where she began her studies with Stanley Weinstein. She attended Delgado Community College, Loyola University, Southern University In New Orleans, and through numerous scholarships – including one from the New York Philharmonic – attended The University of Hartford. She has an innovative and distinct playing style that has been described as “amazing” and “brilliant.” Doreen has been performing professionally for over 30 years and has earned the respect of musicians of all styles from all over the world.

 

Check out Doreen in action!

 

Alvin Waddles
Alvin Waddles

Pianist, singer, composer, director, Alvin Waddles began studying the piano at the age of eight in his hometown of Detroit, MI. He continued his studies at the Interlochen Arts Academy and the University Of Michigan School Of Music after which he returned to the Detroit area where he currently resides. After returning home he immediately immersed himself in the rich musical culture of the city, benefiting from the diverse influences that would eventually shape his own unique style.

Mr. Waddles has worked in the Detroit and Ann Arbor Public Schools as well as the Music Ministries of several churches; among them, the historic New Bethel Baptist Church, Hartford Memorial Baptist and Hope United Methodist in Southfield, MI. where he has served as the Director of Music since 1995.

He has been musical director and/or pianist for numerous theatrical productions including: The Wiz, The Color Purple, Dreamgirls, Chorus Line, West Side Story, Sophisticated Ladies and received rave reviews as a featured performer in the Detroit Music Hall’s long running production of Ain’t Misbehavin’. During the 2010-2011 season his diverse gifts were on full display when, within a two week period, he sang the role of Crown for Bolling Green University’s production of Gershwin’s ‘Porgy and Bess’ and played the composers ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ with the Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra.

Mr. Waddles has delighted Detroit music lovers with performances in a variety of musical events including the Detroit International Jazz Festival and the Detroit Festival of the Arts. He is the featured piano soloist in annual productions of “Too Hot to Handel” in Detroit and Chicago and can frequently be heard performing his own Fats Waller Revue.

Mr. Waddles’ engagements as a soloist and featured artist have taken him to a variety of destinations including Barbados, Beijing, Paris, Barcelona and Ghana, West Africa. He has also traveled extensively as musical director/pianist for Cook, Dixon and Young (formerly of the Three Mo’ Tenors). He has been blessed to work with some of the world’s finest musicians including Robert Shaw, Margaret Hillis, Brazeal Dennard, Minister Thomas Whitfield, Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Placido Domingo, George Shirley, Marcus Belgrave, Jack Jones, Haley Westenra, Stephanie Mills and Tramaine Hawkins.

Check out Alvin in action!