Eat, drink & be merry as we celebrate Mardi Gras this year at BLU with native New Yorker & reedman extraordinaire, Eric Seddon! The Burning River Jazz Band returns for a 5th annual celebration with the roarin' sounds of New Orleans' French Quarter featuring Eric Seddon, George Foley, Kevin Richards, Gene Epstein, Bill Fuller.
Eric Seddon’s Burning River Jazz Band is a band in the New Orleans jazz tradition, emphasizing soul, blues, and tuneful melodic invention. Focusing on trad jazz style, they perform numbers from over a century of jazz history, from the earliest spirituals to present day originals. The band debuted in March of 2015 at The Wine Spot in Cleveland Heights, as part of ChamberFest Cleveland’s “Uncorked” Concert series and has gone on to play such venues as BLU Jazz +, Tri-C Jazz Fest, the Music Box Supper Club (where they served as the opening act for the Preservation Hall Jazz Band), The Bop Stop (where they recently completed a concert series dedicated to the history of jazz clarinet), the Cleveland Museum of Art, and many others.
The Burning River Jazz Band is based in Cleveland and lead by Eric Seddon on clarinet. A Native of New York, Eric has performed in the French Quarter of New Orleans, and with Grammy winning artists such as Doc Severinsen, Steve Allen, The Moody Blues, Mark O’Connor, and the Emerson String Quartet. An advocate of the sound and history of jazz clarinet, he performs on refurbished, vintage clarinets with mouthpieces from the golden era of jazz.
Join us as we bring the storied sounds of New Orleans’ French Quarter to the Historic Arts District of Akron, Ohio! Bring your feathered masks, colored beads, and doubloons and get into the Big Easy state of mind as we celebrate with Eric Seddon’s Burning River Jazz Band – get your tickets today for this very special Tuesday show! Featuring Eric Seddon (clarinet), Jim Davis (cornet/trumpet), George Foley (piano), Kevin Richards (guitar), Gene Epstein (upright bass), Bill Fuller (drums).