February 14, 2013
Lovely renditions of jazz favorites from the likes of Thelonious Monk, George Gershwin and Rodgers and Hart grace the Valentine’s Day Concert Hour stage this week. Jazz guitarist (and Palomar staffer) Bob Boss, the young and talented violinist Nora Germain and inveterate bassist Marshall Hawkins will tug at your heartstrings with swing and groove shaped for this special day. Enjoy!
Bob Boss is a jazz guitarist with experience in a variety of styles. Bob began playing rock & roll in junior high school at dances and parties, eventually working up to night clubs, concerts, shows, and musical theatre. Bob studied under Jerry Hahn, Bobby Addison and Davis Ramey. Bob has played numerous festivals and concerts including Wolf Trap, Idyllwild, Pine Knob, Ravinia, Winter Park, San Diego Street Scene, and several in Europe. He has performed with a diverse array of artists and groups, such as Daniel Jackson, the San Diego Symphony (Pops), Dave Pike, Marguerita Page, Mike Wofford, Herb Jeffries, Eddie Harris, Richie Cole, Harry Pickens, and more. Bob has also recorded with a great many jazz and pop artists and has appeared on such television programs/stations as the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, CNN, CBS This Morning, Entertainment Tonight, and national shows in France, Holland and Belgium. Bob has taught at UCSD, Palomar College, SDSU, and Idyllwild Arts. He has given many public school performances/lectures and has countless private students. Bob earned an MA in Humanities from CSU Chico in 1975. www.bobboss.com
Nora Francesca Germain is an American jazz and blues violinist based in Los Angeles. She has performed alongside many of today’s most esteemed musicians including Marshall Hawkins, Jonathan Batiste, Casey Abrams, Bob Boss, Phil Kuehn, Josh Richman, Bruce Forman, Darrell Diaz, Richie Cole, and Harold Mason. She was born in 1991 in Wisconsin and began studying the violin at the age of two. She studied classical violin and Irish fiddle music and performed constantly throughout the midwest during her childhood. After hearing Stephane Grappelli, she left home at 16 and moved to Southern California where she studied jazz music with Marshall Hawkins at the Idyllwild Arts Academy for two years. She graduated as Idyllwild Arts Academy’s first jazz violin major. She has appeared with Jonathan Batiste and The Stay Human Band in NYC and LA, with Casey Abrams in Marshall Hawkins’ Seahawk Modern Jazz Orchestra in San Diego, performed on stage in the Hallmark TV movie Strawberry Summer (scored by Act of Valor Composer Nathan Furst), and has worked on a total of six Hallmark Channel movies on camera or in the recording studio. She also appeared in the USC Orchestra at LA Live accompanying Barry Manilow and as a violinist on the Fox TV hit Glee. She attended Thornton School of Music at The University of Southern California as the first and only jazz violin major, and studied with Bruce Forman. Her current ambitions are to travel all over the world playing jazz, and to collaborate with other musicians that have influenced her such as Martin Taylor, John Mayer, and others.
Marshall Hawkins is currently head of the Jazz department at Idyllwild Arts Academy, a position he has held since its inception in 1985. He is also Music Director and co-founder of the Jazz in the Pines festival. Born in Washington, D.C. on July 14, 1939, Marshall won first place honors in a talent show playing upright piano at age 12. He joined the Miles Davis quintet in 1968 and traveled throughout the United States, and organized the Marshall Hawkins Quintet in 1971 and performed for ten years in the D.C. area. Marshall moved to California in 1978 and joined Eddie Jefferson and Richie Cole. His live performances in the nineties include appearances with Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Pharoah Sanders and others. www.greencafe.com/mhawkins.html