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Tue, Sep 22, 2020
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An Evening of Classic Jazz



Celebrated Greenville jazz artists Steve Watson (guitar), Vee Popat (saxophone), Greg Alewine (acoustic bass) and Rick Dilling (drums) come together for an evening of classic jazz sounds. The evening will delight with songs from the Great American Songbook including works by Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Jimmy Van Hussein plus Sambas and Bossa Novas by Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Grab a drink and unwind with a night of live music overlooking the Reedy River.

About the Artists

Watson’s career spans the decades serving as a member of The Bruce Hornsby Band and a studio guitarist in Los Angeles playing for television, movies, and records. Watson has recorded four albums since 2011 including his most recent in 2018, Reflections. His vast experience as a musician has allowed him to guide future generations. He served as an adjunct professor at The University of Southern California and a lecturer at The University of Miami. Watson is currently the Director of Jazz Studies at The Fine Arts Center, an art magnet high school in Greenville.

Popat is an accomplished saxophonist and music educator. In 2001, Popat won a Downbeat Magazine Award as a member of the UM Monk-Mingus Ensemble. CD credits include “An Evening with Saturday” with the Garrett Lynch Quartet and a live 2-CD set with Vee’s Olim Jazz Trio. He has performed and recorded with a range of professional jazz big bands and a host of jazz greats. A dedicated music educator, Popat has served in the award-winning arts programs of the Randolph Township Schools (Randolph, NJ) and as Middle School Principal in the West Essex Regional School District (North Caldwell, NJ). Popat is proud to serve as the current Director of the Fine Arts Center – South Carolina’s first public high school for the Creating, Performing, and Visual Arts.

Alewine has performed bass with the Grammy-nominated University of North Texas 1 O’Clock Lab Band and is a former member of the United States Air Force Band. He has performed with jazz luminaries such as Dizzy Gillespie and Dave Brubeck and has served on the music faculty at the University of South Carolina, Clemson University, University of North Carolina-Asheville, University of South Carolina-Upstate and Southern Wesleyan University. Alewine is currently the Instructor of Bass and Commercial Music at Anderson University.

Dilling has performed with such jazz legends as Clark Terry, Herb Ellis, Ernie Watts, Phil Woods, Houston Persons, Tony Monaco, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, and has shared the stage with drummer Louis Bellson. As a freelance player, Dilling performs with some of the region’s top jazz artists and is the drummer for the Asheville Jazz Orchestra, The Michael Jefry Stevens Trio, The Richard Sulman Group, The Todd Wright Quartet, and The Wendy Jones Quartet. He also leads his own dynamic big band, Time Check, that pays tribute to the music of Buddy Rich. Dilling has been on the jazz faculty at Appalachian State for 38 years teaching drum set studies.

Health and Well-being Protocol

This performance is designed as an intimate listening room experience while adhering to COVID-19 CDC protocols. Please note the following:

  • Only 25 tables of four will be sold allowing you to enjoy a socially distanced performance with your close family and friends.
  • Face masks are required except when seated at your table.
  • This concert will not have an intermission.

Food and Beverages

A small bites box from Table 301 will be available for pre-order along with a selection of wine and beer. Additional beverages may be purchased at the show. Details will be sent to ticket holders prior to the performance.

We look forward to celebrating a night of live music with you!

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