The Bill Carrothers Jazz Trio headlines the first performance of the new “Gem of a Season” Sunday, June 3, at the Crystal Theatre at 2 p.m. Carrothers, now a resident of Mass City in the U.P., has performed throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. (Crystal Theatre photo)
CRYSTAL FALLS—The curtain rises on Crystal Theatre’s 2012 “Gem of a Season” with the Bill Carrothers Jazz Trio Sunday, June 3, at 2 p.m. playing the Steinway Model ‘D’ concert grand piano, recently gifted to the theatre. Bill Carrothers will be joined by Drew Gress on bass and Bill Stewart on drums.
The ensemble improvises completely in the moment, reading the musical tastes of every audience.
Carrothers has been a professional pianist for more than 30 years, receiving critical acclaim on his 20 recordings.
He has played many venues throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, including the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Audi Jazz Festival in Brussels and the Marciac Festival in France.
He headlined a week with his trio at the Village Vanguard in New York City and performed solo at the Gilmore Keyboard Festival there.
Having once lived in the jazz mecca of NYC, he fled to Mass City in the Upper Peninsula, where he bought and restored a century-old house.
When not on the road, he and his family appreciate living in the North Woods.
“I first met Bill when he inquired about the theatre’s old grand piano we had listed on Craig’s List to make room for the new Steinway,” said Crystal Theatre Manager Charlie Sandstrom.
“When he came to try out the old grand, the visit kind of turned into an audition. By the end of the day, we had a buyer for the piano and a performer booked for our season. It’s fitting that the new owner of our old grand plays a concert on the new grand,” said Sandstrom.
The Bill Carrothers Jazz Trio is the first event in Crystal Theatre’s eight-event season running from June into September.
The ticket package, which includes all eight events, may still be purchased before the June 3 performance in Stage Left, next to the theatre entrance, beginning at 1 p.m.
Those who purchased season tickets in December may pick up their official season passes prior to the concert in Stage Left as well.
Advanced tickets for this one event are available for $12 at the following ticket outlets: Ben Franklin’s in Crystal Falls, Central Arts and Gifts and the Iron County Chamber Office in Iron River, the Music Tree in Iron Mountain, and Steamin’ Joe Coffeehouse in Florence, Wis.
Ticket packages and advanced tickets may also be purchased online at thecrystaltheatre.org or by phoning 875-6867. Admission at the door is $15 for adults and $5 for youths under 18.