601 Preserve Way, Hoover, AL 35226 US


September 17th, 2016

The Preserve

Seats 3,000


Jazz music is America’s past and its potential, summed up and sanctified and accessible to anybody who learns to listen to, feel, and understand it. The music can connect us to our earlier selves and to our better selves-to-come. It can remind us of where we fit on the time line of human achievement, an ultimate value of art.

Wynton Marsalis



Stooges Brass Band


Six Times Cool Featuring Cleve Eaton


Joe Carnaggio


Masters of Fusion

Alex Bugnon

Masters of Fusion

Gerald Veasley

Masters of Fusion

Chieli Minucci

Vann Burchfield


Cashmere Williams


Gary Motley


Veronica Motley


Hoover HS 1st Edition Jazz Band


About the Artists

Stooges Brass Band

The Stooges Brass Band is a modern New Orleans brass band gumbo!

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The Stooges Brass Band consistently delivers a high energy show engaging audiences with their innovative blend of traditional New Orleans brass sounds, contemporary jazz and hip-hop beats.

The Stooges Brass Band has earned their rank as one of the elite brass bands in New Orleans.  The band consistently provides a welcome blast of true New Orleans spirit engaging audiences with their innovative blend of traditional New Orleans brass sounds, contemporary jazz and hip-hop beats.

Emerging onto the scene in 1996, the Stooges Brass Band has gained notoriety as a full-blown musical party immersing the crowd in a cut-loose vibe that is contemporary yet deeply rooted in the culturally rich musical legacy of New Orleans.  The band has shared the stage with: Ozomatli, Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli), Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Shemekia Copeland, Pedrito Martinez Group, Galactic, Brownout, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, The Funky Meters, and Jessica Simpson, among others.

The band is undeniably one of the hardest working bands out of New Orleans, and their dedication to their craft has made an impact. The Stooges Brass Band victoriously battled for the title of “Red Bull Street Kings: Best Brass Band” (the subject of the documentary Brass Bands of New Orleans: Red Bull Street Kings). Along with this auspicious title, the band won a recording and mentorship session at the Red Bull Studios in California. You can watch the results of this project here: The Red Bull Studio Sessions. The band also received the award for “Best Contemporary Brass Band 2011” at the Big Easy Music Awards.

The Stooges Brass Band continues to tour performing at venues throughout the country and appearing at famed festivals such as New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Bonnaroo, South by Southwest, Utah Arts Festival, Discover Jazz, American Folk Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, , Great American Brass Band Festival, and more.

The Stooges Brass Band has also answered the call to serve as cultural ambassadors and were employed by the US Embassy to tour, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.  Other international appearances include the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, the Durham Brass Festival in the UK and Nuits D’Afrique, Tremblant Blues Festival in Canada.  Whether they’re second-lining in the back streets of the Crescent City, or performing their spirited stage show, the Stooges Brass Band delivers an authentic New Orleans celebration.

joe carnaggioJoe Carnaggio

Legendary Jazz Bassist Cleve Eaton with whom Joe performs with weekly has said this of Joe’s guitar playing

With the facility you have you can play and do anything you want. When the world gets to hear what I hear you will be up there with all of them!

High praise coming from a man who has played on numerous platinum and Grammy winning albums…

Birmingham, Alabama born guitarist Joe Carnaggio began playing guitar in the 7th grade at the age of 12. Joe was so excited and motivated to play that he rapidly developed the skills to play chords and to begin learning improvisational concepts. At 13 Joe auditioned for a 2 hour gig at a local Birmingham Restaurant. The owner was so impressed that he hired the young teen to play solo guitar every Friday evening. His parents support for him was incredible bringing him to and from every Friday for well over a year. That same year Joe and his band of super talented teens was selected to be a musical representative of the City of Birmingham by performing at the prestigious Birmingham Festival of Arts. The Festival was a cultural sharing event which brought musicians and other artists from Europe to Birmingham. After High School Joe’s desire to earn a college degree led him to the University of Alabama graduating with a BS degree in Marketing and double minors in Economics and Statistics.

Joe was discovered by Cleve Eaton who heard Joe playing at a Jazz jam session with Alabama Jazz Hall of fame musicians. He soon offered Joe a position in his Trio which consisted of Bass, Drums, and now Joe on guitar. The group has played numerous gigs and music Festivals. Highlights for the Band include performing a concert for Bright House Cable which aired for 6 months and traveling to Memphis, TN to the Ditty TV sound stage to perform a concert of original music written by Joe and Cleve. The concert was broadcast live via the internet!

Six Times Cool Featuring Cleve Eaton

Ain’t no way to describe his bass playin’ – except “AMAZING!”

A legend in his own time since he started playing the piano at age five, Cleve Eaton has graced the orchestras of Billy Eckstein, Henry Mancini and Count Basie – laying down smooth bass lines for the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Frank Sinatra.

Over a ten-year span with The Ramsey Lewis Trio, he contributed mightily to hundreds of live jazz performances and more than 30 recordings, including four gold albums, four gold singles and the Grammy Award-winning “Sun Goddess” album.

During his seventeen-year stint with the Count Basie Orchestra, Cleve’s musicianship proved so impressive that he was dubbed “The Count’s Bassist.”

Born in Fairfield, Alabama, on August 31st, 1939, Cleve the consummate bass player evolved into composer, arranger, producer and music publisher. His version of “Bama Boogie Woogie” became an international best seller in England, France, Germany, Switzerland and Australia.

No wonder he’s been honored again and again over the past six decades – by the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, the Mayor and City of Birmingham, the Governor’s Arts Award and the Playboy Jazz Poll.

Amazing bass, indeed…

Website: http://www.clevelandeatonmusic.com/

Masters of Fusion

The Masters of Fusion headliners include artists:

True Masters of Jazz, this Fusion of Sound promises to be something special at this year’s Jazz Festival!

Check out the artists on their sites, videos and facebook pages!

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Vann Burchfield

Alabama Native.  Vann is nominated for this year’s 2016 Alabama Music Awards for male Jazz Artist of the Year.  In February 2000, Vann set a new Guinness world record for circular breathing, holding one continuous note for 47 minutes, 6 seconds, surpassing Kenny G’s record of 45 minutes, 47 seconds.  August 2001 Vann won first place at GMA’s seminar in the Rockies at Estes Park, Colorado for the national Solo Instrumental Artist competition.

Vann has had the honor of performing at the White House for their Annual Holiday Open House during the Christmas season over the past five years!

Vann was also privileged to entertain guests of Alabama’s Governor Bob Riley at a Christmas party at the Governor’s Mansion in Montgomery, Alabama.  Vann and his wife Teresa have traveled all over the world performing and sharing their talents!

It was until I found an old saxophone in my grandparent’s house when I was 10 years old that my life would be changed forever…

gary motley 05Gary Motley

Gary Motley is a jazz pianist and composer. He is best known for his captivating performances, classic yet current sound, and popularity in the southeastern United States jazz music scene.

Motley has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Great American Jazz Piano Competition and the American Composers Forum (ACF). Featured in Downbeat Magazine and on Piano Jazz With Marian McPartland, his notable performances include duo performances with pianists Dave Brubeck and Kenny Barron, and concerts with Regina Carter, Jon Faddis, and Benny Golson. Other engagements include the 2014 National Black Arts Festival with Wynton Marsalis and Marcus Belgrave, the 2015 Emory Jazz Festival with violinist Regina Carter, and the 2016 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival with Victor Goins.

Recognized by his home state for his achievements as an artist and educator, Gary is a 2015 inductee into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.


Cashmere Williams

Cashmere Williams has become one of the most prominent musicians in the Southeast; he has recorded three albums on lenoah records label established in 1998. He started playing the guitar in church at the young age of seven years old where he honed his skills and learned how to interact with different musicians. In 1995, he was accepted into Berklee College of music on a partial scholarship where he majored in composition and arranging while studying with world-class musicians. In 2000, he recorded “Set the mood” which received rave reviews with a placement on the “smooth jazz” charts, he knew then he was ready to pursue music full-time as a professional musician.

In 2003, he was asked to back Ruben Studdard and began touring nationally appearing on shows like: the David Letterman show, the Ellen DeGeneres show, the Jay Leno show, the view, and many more.

After three years on the road, cashmere slowed down so he could focus on spending time with his newly born daughter Harmonie Williams which spawned his latest release “New Birth” Presently, cashmere’s working on publishing his first book due for release in 2016.

Veronia Motley

Imagine blending the compositional depth of Abbey Lincoln, the phrasing of Betty Carter, and the swing of Anita O’ Day. That’s how Veronica Motley’s musicality has been described by one listener. A graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Georgia School of Professional Psychology, she is an accomplished vocalist and composer who began singing professionally in Fairbanks, Alaska in 1990.

She was formerly a vocalist for the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame’s Heritage Big Band and Jazz Combo.

Among her performance venues are the Atlanta Jazz Festival, the W.C Handy Music Festival, the Fourth Avenue Jazz Festival, the Atlanta Music Festival, the Weindorf Arts Festival, the University of Montevallo’s Music Fest, the Intonne Jazz Festival in Diersbach, Austria and the Highlands Chamber Music Festival.

She has shared the stage with artists ranging from the Commodores, the LaGrange Symphony Orchestra and the Magic City Orchestra to Barbara Morrison and guitarist Mundell Lowe.

She can be heard on the Birmingham Heritage Band’s recording Birmingham is Our Home (2000) and has also been featured on BET’s Jazz Discovery. Other recordings include The Good Life (2001), Keypers (2002), Everything I Love (2005), Where Land Meets Sky (2006) and Seasoning (2011).

Three of her compositions (co-written by jazz pianist Gary Motley) are among those included on the critically acclaimed cd, Departure (2014). She lives in Atlanta with her husband, Gary, and German Shepherd, Thelonius Monk.

The Hoover “First Edition” Jazz Band

The Hoover “First Edition” Jazz Band is under the direction of Mrs. Sallie Vines White. The group performs regularly at many school and civic functions. Membership in the group is by audition.  Some of their performances over the years have included:

  • Bluff Park Art Show
  • the Today Show with Willard Scott
  • the Young Author’s Conference
  • A Concert at Carnegie Hall
  • A performance for the “Welcome Home Celebration” for American Idol winner Taylor Hicks
  • The Hoover High School Touchdown Club pre-game patio parties at the Hoover Met, various school assemblies, and a number of concerts throughout the year
  • In the summer of 2001, the group was the featured entertainment at Alabama’s Salute to President Bush at the BJCC. President George W. Bush was the speaker at that event
  • In March 2006, the group performed in the prestigious North Texas Jazz Festival held in Addison, TX
  • A highlight for the First Edition was their selection through audition as a participating ensemble at the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Savannah Jazz Music Festival. The group was included in the March, 2010 issue of “Downbeat” in their article about the Swing Central Jazz Competition. Twelve groups were selected from the national pool of applicants.

The group is regularly represented in the Alabama All-State Jazz Band.


The 2016 Preserve Jazz Festival is back and better than ever!  The Over the Mountain Festival will be held at the Preserve once again!  Back to its roots, the Jazz Festival this September 17, 2016 promises to be GREAT TIMES WITH GREAT JAZZ!

Why Choose Us?

You like Jazz?  The Preserve Jazz Festival is for you!  A great lineup, great choonz, a great venue, friendly and organized event for all ages… this is living, this is life!  Jazz!

Vann Burchfield Live

Check out one of our awesome artists, Vann Burchfield!  Vann will be joining the Preserve Jazz Festival at this year’s event!  Check out these choonz and jazzy beats!

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