The Southside Jazz Quartet

The Southside Jazz Quartet has offered the best in mainstream jazz to audiences in Central Virginia since 1994.  The group performs frequently at such locations as Meriwether’s Restaurant in Lynchburg and Charley’s Restaurant, both in Farmville and at Stony Point.  It has also appeared regularly at a number of annual events, including the Heart  of Virginia Festival in Farmville, and the Spring Open House at the MacCallum More Gardens in Chase City.  Members of the group are Charles Kinzer, saxophone and clarinet; Stan Smith, piano; Pat Lawrence, bass; and Gordon Smith, drums.  The band’s style reflects the entire gamut of jazz, from the snappy dance hits of the 1920s to the energized jazz-funk fusion of recent years.  The members of the SSJQ have also performed often with Rick Neller, trumpet; Steve Howard, bass; Tray Eppes, gtr/bass/vocals; Denise Jackson, vocals; Scott Haley, bass; and others.  Since 2001 the quartet has appeared regularly with vocalist Lanaux Hailey at the Jazz Street Grill in Lynchburg.  In the summer of 2003 the group recorded a CD of jazz and jump-style selections with Ms. Hailey.

The SSJQ with Rick ("Chet") Neller, trumpet  (Photo by Joe Kocevar)

A sample cross section of the SSJQ repertoire (this list is by no means complete - it serves simply to indicate the variety of music we play):

Traditional/Standard tunes
All of Me
Bye Bye Blackbird
All the Things You Are
Pennies from Heaven
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
How High the Moon
Autumn Leaves
Sunny Side of the Street
When I Fall in Love
Who’s Sorry Now?
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
What a Wonderful World
Night Train

Jazz classics
Afro Blue
All Blues
Black Orpheus
Dolphin Dance
Forest Flower
Groovin’ High
I’ll Remember April
In A Mellow Tone
In A Sentimental Mood
Lady Bird
Stella by Starlight
Well, You Needn’t

Jazz/Rock fusion
Tune 88
Watermelon Man
Song for My Father
Lucky Southern
Iko Iko
Cissy Strut
Hip Hug-Her
Cantaloupe Island
La Fiesta
Gingerbread Boy

PLUS originals, special vocals, pop songs, seasonal music, and whatever requests we can cover . . . !

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At the Heart of Virginia Festival, 2001