Music at the Frist: Billy Contreras and Friends
Frist Center Cafe
Thu, Mar 21 6:00 pm
Billy Contreras has been called "the finest jazz violinist of his time," and has performed or recorded with a stunning array of notables, including Lionel Hampton, Doc Severinsen, George Jones, Crystal Gayle, Charlie Louvin, and Hank Thompson. He has also appeared with the Cincinnati Pops and Nashville Symphony Orchestras. In addition to teaching at Belmont University, Billy leads his own band that traverses an amalgam of styles including jazz, country, blues, western swing, rock, and jam. Matt Menefee’s music has pushed the boundaries of every genre of music he’s touched, and with every foray, he returns to his musical roots and brings a bit of that reach home. From contributing to the soundtrack of the Indian film Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewanihas to performing at the American Legion on Gallatin Road, Matt Menefee revels in making music. With Ross Holmes, Matt founded the band Chess Boxer to explore music at the boundaries of genre, style, rhythm, and form. Jake Stargel is a native Georgian, seemingly born with a guitar in his capable hands. After being named the Georgia Flat-picking Champion as a young teen, Jake first came to national attention with stints in the Lovell Sisters and later as a member of Grammy-nominated The Greencards and most recently Bearfoot. In addition to the guitar, Jake also plays piano, mandolin, mandola and electric guitar. Jake’s intensity, fire, and unbelievable musicianship are legend in the city's music business. Grammy Award-winning bassist Geoff Saunders is a versatile performer and composer experienced in a wide range of styles and genres. Originally from Simsbury, CT, Geoff has received his undergraduate degree in jazz bass performance from the Eastman School of Music and earned his master’s degree in jazz pedagogy from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Currently, he can be seen on tour with the O’Connor Band with Mark O’Connor. Their album Coming Home won a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album in 2017. Dave Racine is a recording and touring drummer based in Nashville, TN. His sophisticated, solid groove and his commitment to playing for the song have made him a first-call for many Nashville artists, players, and producers. Dave has been the groove behind Patty Loveless, Jim Lauderdale, Angel Snow, Peter Bradley Adams, Justin Townes among many. He has appeared on the Grand Ole Opry, the CMA Music Festival, and has toured extensively throughout the United States, Caribbean, and in Europe.