Third Wednesday Jazz Series
Featuring The Leister Quartet and Cliff Thompson
From the smooth melodies of Sinatra and the Great American Songbook, to the eclectic solos of Monk, with the energy of Setzer, the Leister Quartet will transport you to another place and time with their sophisticated menu of Swing, Jazz and Blues standards as well as smart original compositions. Monte Leister fronts the quartet bringing his decades of musical experience. The fabulous Jay Fenner adds soulful soothing sounds on the tenor saxophone, the prodigy of Johnathan Davis holds down the bottom and the super fine percussion prowess of Jake Fine keeps everything in time. The Leister Quartet continues to keep audiences captivated and coming back for more.
They’re joined by guest musician, Cliff Thompson, a Maryland-based trumpeter. Cliff is currently active performing with the Leister Quartet as well as developing a larger “power band” focusing on a fusion jazz format. He is also an on-call trumpeter for the Covered Bridge Theater at Cecil Community College where he has played in productions such as “West Side Story,” “Gypsy,” and “Big.” In addition, he has directed and played for the “Jim Dudley Memorial Big Band,” a group formed in tribute to one of his former jazz band directors. Cliff is also active in the concert band world as the Musical Director of the Upper Chesapeake Community Band. As a private teacher, many of his students have been selected to various All-County Bands as well as the Maryland All-State Band and Maryland All-State Jazz Band. He is often called upon to work with middle and high school trumpet sections as a clinician, primarily focusing on embouchure development.