The Great River Shakespeare Festival will host both Border Patrol Jazz Quartet and Ann Reed to perform this weekend outside the Winona State University’s Performing Arts Center. Each “Concert on the Green” will begin at 6:00 PM. Border Patrol Jazz Quartet will play on Friday, August 2nd and Ann Reed will play on Saturday, August 3rd. Admission to both events is free, and food will be available for purchase.
The Border Patrol Jazz Quartet has been playing together for several years – appearing mainly at the Starlight Lounge in La Crosse, WI, and at the 2011 Great River Jazz Festival in La Crosse.
The group is made up of Greg Balfany, alto and tenor saxophones; Larry Price, Piano; Karyn Quinn, bass; and Rich MacDonald, drums. MacDonald and Price are professors of jazz studies at Winona State University, and Balfany and Quinn are their counterparts at the University of Wisconsin/La Crosse.
Ann is a Minnesota native. She began teaching herself how to play the guitar at the age of 12 and has been a performer for her entire adult life. Growing up with two older brothers, she was influenced by whatever they were listening to — Kingston Trio, early Joni Mitchell, Vanilla Fudge, Cream, Buffalo Springfield, Beach Boys, Beatles, Pete Seeger — plus the writers and singers of her parents’ era: Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney. Mary Travers — of Peter, Paul and Mary fame — was the first singer Ann heard who sang low, just like her.
Ann has been a traveling musician for over 30 years. She has appeared on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, ABC’s Good Morning America, and NPR’s Morning Edition, not to mention countless radio stations across the U.S. She wrote and performed Heroes, a theatrical presentation produced by Minnesota Public Radio. And in a departure from her usual repertoire, has developed (with Denise Tabet) Nothing But Class: The Songs of Dorothy Fields.
Visit www.grsf.org/FREE-CONCERTS for a complete season line-up with additional information provided for each band.
The Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) is a nonprofit, professional theatre company in Winona, MN dedicated to dynamic and clearly-spoken productions of Shakespeare’s plays that enrich people’s lives. More information about the company can be found at www.grsf.org or by calling the GRSF office at (507) 474-7900.