IMPORTANT UPDATE: Although COVID-19 restrictions on large group gatherings do not allow us to return to live concerts to start the 2021-2022 concert season...
LCCCA will continue offering Virtual Concert Seasons
until we can again gather safely in large groups!
The Gentlemen Trio
GENTRI, which is short for “The Gentlemen Trio” was established in June 2014 and is comprised of three dynamic tenors: Brad Robins, Casey Elliott and Bradley Quinn Lever. Pioneering a signature sound they call “Cinematic Pop,” the music of GENTRI is transfused with lush, epic orchestrations and rich, dynamic three-part harmonies all composed by the group’s producer Stephen Nelson.
To date, GENTRI has released three EP’s and three full length albums, the most recent being “Noel”, GENTRI’s second Christmas album, which debuted #6 on iTunes pop charts, just under Taylor Swift. Almost all of GENTRI’s albums have reached #1 on various Billboard charts. The Gents are also known for their award-winning music videos, which have been featured on news outlets around the world including ABC World News, NBC Nightly News and Inside Edition.
GENTRI has performed all over the United States and across the globe. They have shared the stage with world-renowned talent, including Tony Award-winning powerhouse Kristin Chenoweth, international tenor sensation Alfie Boe, Tony Award-winning vocalist Idina Menzel, and legendary rock bands Journey, Blondie and One Republic.
The Side Street Strutters
In 1983 a group of talented musicians attending Arizona State University formed a musical ensemble whose artistic focus centered around the musical traditions of early New Orleans jazz. Now, over 25 years later, the same core members are still together and have expanded their musical palette to include over a half-century of jazz styles from early New Orleans Dixieland and blues to big band swing and popular standards. The Strutters have presented formal concerts, symphony pops performances and student outreach programs in fifty states, seven European countries, Canada and Mexico. Their superb musicianship and award-winning orchestrations have earned them national and international acclaim: NEA awarded fellowships and grants; California Arts Council and Northwest On Tour Roster Artists; First Place Honors, Breda International Jazz Competition, Holland; National radio and television appearances; International Association of Jazz Educators Outstanding Musicianship Award; appearances at dozens of European and U.S. jazz festivals, and a guest presidential performance — all this, in addition to their regular performances at California's Disneyland. In concert, The Side Street Strutters weave a delicate tapestry of lush ballads, whimsical novelty selections, and powerful, challenging arrangements which showcase the individual artistry of each performer. Together, this energetic and entertaining septet brilliantly captures the essential charm and vibrant energy of Jazz — America's musical heritage.
Each year we present one special concert that is only available to audience members who support the concert series with a patron donation of $30 or more. This special concert is our way of saying “THANK YOU!” To learn more about becoming a Patron, click here to view our Patron page.
This year we had hoped to feature pianist, Jason Coleman and his combo. Jason was an audience favorite when he last appeared in Lebanon in the spring of 2015 and entertained us with The Piano Magic of Floyd Cramer. As we learned in 2015, Jason is the son of Floyd Cramer’s youngest daughter, Donna, and highlights his grandfather’s “slip note” piano style throughout his concerts.
Floyd Cramer was one of the most admired and beloved instrumentalists of all time and his distinctive touch at the piano, which he called the “slip note”. Although Floyd’s life was cut short by cancer in 1997, his “piano magic” is instantly identifiable in country, pop, and rock music legends such as Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves, Roy Orbison, the Everly Brothers, and Elvis Presley.
From a young age, it was evident that Jason had inherited his grandfather’s “slip note” touch at the piano, as it managed to “slip” its way into even the most elementary songs from his early piano lessons. Jason’s keen ability to play music by ear led to a childhood spent arranging his own renditions of the songs he loved, just as his “Grandad” did throughout his career.
In addition to sharing the piano bench at home, Jason grew up performing with Floyd at his concerts and on national TV, and though he was only 12 years old when Floyd passed away, the close relationship they shared formed the foundation upon which Jason has built his own career in music. He continues to produce his own piano albums and while touring the country with concerts that pay tribute to his grandfather’s legacy and signature "slip note" piano style.
A Nashville native, Jason makes his home in Hendersonville, Tennessee, with his wife, Natalie, and their new baby boy, Avery Cramer.