GAMBIER — The joyous sound of jazz and funk will raise the roof at the historic Quarry Chapel in a free concert by Fat Tuesday on Sunday, Aug. 18, at 3 p.m.
The concert is hosted by the Friends of the Quarry Chapel at 10930 Quarry Chapel Road, Gambier. Fat Tuesday is a five-piece combo whose members also perform with the Knox Community Jazz Orchestra.
“Fat Tuesday draws on New Orleans jazz and funk, but we all enjoy playing a wide range of jazz styles,” said Ted Buehrer, who founded the Knox Community Jazz Orchestra in 2017 and is a professor of music at Kenyon College. Fat Tuesday sharpened its chops this spring during several performances at a local pizza restaurant.
The group plans to perform jazz standards as well as original numbers. “Some of our favorites that are likely to be heard include standards like ‘All of Me,’ ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ and ‘When the Saints Go Marching In,’” Buehrer said. Contemporary, funky songs will also be in the mix.
“While most people know that New Orleans is the cradle of jazz, fewer people are aware that the city also gave birth to funk,” he said. “At the risk of oversimplifying, I’d define funk as a highly rhythmic, groove-based popular music style that evolved in the 1960s.”
In addition to Buehrer on trumpet, the combo includes local musicians Eric Snyder on tenor and soprano saxophone; Andrew Clarkson, Jr., on guitar; Andrew Clarkson, Sr., on bass; and Skip Trask on drums.
“We are looking forward to playing in the intimate setting provided at the chapel,” Buehrer added. “If you’ve ever been to Preservation Hall in New Orleans you know that it is a similarly intimate space that five or six musicians in the Preservation Hall Jazz Band fill with joyous sound. We are looking forward to bringing that same spirit to Quarry Chapel.”
Seating on the lawn outside the chapel is also a pleasant experience for listeners who bring lawn chairs and blankets.