Archive for February 17, 2011

 

The talented composer, arranger, keyboardist, and trombonist Culbertson began his musical training at the age of eight with piano lessons, at nine he moved to drums, at ten trombone, and at 12 bass. Bored with classical recital pieces, he began composing in junior high. His dedication earned him six individual and five group Down Beat student awards in high school. After completing his studies at private DePaul University in Chicago, Brian went on to compose jingles for clients such as United Airlines, Oldsmobile, Sears and McDonald’s.

At age 20, he self-produced his debut album “Long Night Out”. In 2001, Brian released “Nice & Slow” (featuring special guest trumpeter Herb Alpert and singer/songwriter Kenny Lattimore), which spent six weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart thanks to the #1 singles “Get It On” and “All About You”. On stage and in studio, Brian performed with stars such as Patti Austin, Will Downing, Chris Botti, Kirk Whalum, Dave Koz and Boney James. In total, he has released 12 albums and produced or performed on over 20 #1 records. His actual album “XII” (2010) hits #2 of the Billboard Jazz Album charts.

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After 16 years of musical training, classical guitarist Jesse Cook established a serious musical career in composition and production, seemingly incognizant of his own talent for performance. A gifted instrumentalist, Cook’s ability as a performer came to widespread public attention in the mid 1990s and only because a cable television company played his recordings as piped in background music for the television channel guide.

Accordingly, he released his first album literally by popular demand and in response to the myriad call-in requests from television viewers who enjoyed the background sounds on the channel guide. The album debuted at number 14 on the Billboard New Age chart. By 2000, Cook’s performances regularly drew sell out crowds, and his recordings sold quickly to an eager public. In 2001, three of his four albums had attained gold certification in his native Canada.

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The YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts of the Great South Bay YMCA seeks to establish itself as a premier cultural institution on Long Island. The YMCA Boulton Center’s mission is to provide high quality arts programs that entertain, educate and inspire the culturally, racially and economically diverse population of Long Island. A wide range of programs and classes are offered across the arts spectrum including music, dance, film and spoken word. Particular emphasis is placed on education and outreach.

YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St, Bay Shore, New York

Saturday, February 26, 2011 – 8:00 pm