Iowa Wesleyan College presents the Tolson Quartet in concertWritten by Theresa Rose on March 16, 2015
Mount Pleasant native Jerry Tolson will return to Iowa Wesleyan College with his jazz ensemble, The Tolson Quartet, to present a free concert on Friday, April 10. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel Auditorium.
The Jerry Tolson Quartet is a Louisville-based jazz group that features jazz standards, contemporary originals, and Latin influenced selections. The sound of this group ranges from the feel good, foot tapping, infectious sound of the hard bop era to the contemporary smooth jazz sound of artists such as Grover Washington and Kirk Whalum. Jerry Tolson is a pianist, vocalist, saxophonist, and composer in the jazz idiom. He teaches jazz studies at the University of Louisville School of Music and taught previously at Central College (IA) and the University of Nebraska-Omaha, as well as several Iowa high schools.
A graduate of Mount Pleasant Community High School, Drake University and the University of North Texas, Tolson is an active clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor throughout the United States, and has written numerous instrumental and vocal jazz works.
Playing both acoustic and electric piano in this ensemble, Tolson is joined by Natalie Boeyink, bass; Dwight Dozier, drums; and David Clark, alto saxophone.
The group has headlined the Louisville Jazz Festival, performed on the Kentucky Center for the Arts Jazz Cabaret concert series, and made numerous regional television appearances. They have been the featured artists at numerous regional colleges and. A versatile ensemble, they have served as backup for such artists as The Drifters, Leslie Gore, Little Anthony and the Imperials, and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. They have served as the opening act for jazz artists Eric Reed, Wycliffe Gordon, and Mark Whitfield. Members of the group have also worked with, among others, Kevin Mahogany, Benny Golson, Marvin Stamm, Ndugu Chancler, Antonio Hart, Don Braden, Delfeayo Marsalis, Rufus Reid, and James Moody. Their most recent CD, “Fresh Squeezed,” that features Marsalis, Hart, and Reid was released in 2013. The group has toured Europe with performances at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy among others and has also completed a performing tour in Barbados.
The free concert is made possible by the Haselmayer Endowment for the Arts at Iowa Wesleyan College.