First Fridays Jazz w/Finkbeiner, Kaminski, Pappas, Kretzer
Our First Fridays Jazz 2019 series concludes with the killer quartet of Paul Finkbeiner (trumpet), Keith Kaminski (woodwinds), Mark Pappas (keyboards), and Scott Kretzer (drums). Happy Hour is from 5-8pm so get those cocktails, beers, wine, or espresso drinks on the cheap. As always with FFY JAZZ, there is NO COVER!
Paul Finkbeiner was the fourth Jazz Major to graduate from Western Michigan University. He’s performed in various jazz groups all over the world, including on cruise ships, the Orange County Jazz Festival in Los Angeles, the Evergreen Jazz Festival in Colorado, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the symphonic hall of the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, Spain. He has also appeared on several CD’s with Paul Keller, Jan Krist, Bess Bonnier, Glenn Tucker, Steve Fentriss and Phil Ogilvie’s Rhythm Kings.
Keith Kaminski received his bachelors’ degree in Jazz Studies and Contemporary Music from Detroit’s Wayne State University. While at WSU, he studied saxophone and jazz performance privately with Detroit jazz great Larry Nozero, woodwinds with Detroit multi-reed instrumentalist Earl DeForest, and arranging techniques with pianist/writer/arranger Matt Michaels. After graduating, Keith did two stints with Carnival Cruise Lines, where he met fellow Motor City Horn bandmate Mark Byerly.
Keyboardist Mark Pappas is the former coordinator of the Eastern Michigan University Jazz Combo Program, both teaching the ensembles and setting up performance opportunities. He was also the assistant jazz ensemble director, running one rehearsal per week. His EMU appointment as Part-time Lecturer Faculty began in the fall of 2003 until he left in December of 2018 to pursue other opportunities. A regular performer at the Tower Inn until last year, he has been gigging locally since 2000.
A graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in music education, Scott Kretzer is a freelance percussionist and teacher in the Northwest Ohio/Southeastern Michigan area. He teaches applied percussion, world music, and directs the Jazz Ensemble at Heidelberg University. Scott performs regularly with the Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra, Carl Cafagna and North Star Jazz, The Sixth Edition, and the Murphy’s Place Jazz Orchestra. He has performed with many top jazz artists including Clark Terry, Delfayo Marsalis, David “Fathead Newman”, Shirley Jordan, John Clayton, Sonny Fortune, and Jon Hendricks.