Mitch Towne Quartet featuring Chuck MacKinnon Wednesday, February 27, 2019

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6:30pm Show | 60-70 minute performance | Doors open at 5pm |

Food and Beverages will be served from 5pm -7:30pm



$5.00 tickets for college students, just show student I.D. when you arrive.

8:30pm Show | 60-70 minute performance | Doors open at 8:00pm |

Food and Beverages will be served from 8;00pm -10:00pm

Mitch Towne – Organ

Chuck MacKinnon – Trumpet

Brandon Draper – Drums

David Valdez – Saxophones


Mitch Towne

Mitch Towne

Mitch Towne is a Grammy-nominated keyboardist and touring musician, and is the “go-to” organist in the Midwest. His ability to move seamlessly between diverse styles has made him a sought-after side-man with artists as varied as jazz/R&B artist and Grammy-winning producer Terrace Martin, jazz heavyweights Ryan Kisor, Dave Stryker, Adam Larson, and Marcus Lewis, blues artists Eric Gales and Ben Poole, and multi-platinum artist Aloe Blacc. In 2015, Towne played organ on the track “Push” for the album “Velvet Portraits” by Terrace Martin, which was nominated for a 2016 Grammy for “Best R&B” album. Towne is an endorsing artist for Crumar Instruments, Motion Sound Amplifiers and Lounsberry Pedals.


Chuck MacKinnon

Chuck has been making a living in music as a performer and educator since age 18.  MacKinnon’s palette has ranges from pioneering new sounds for the trumpet including delay, distortion, and live samples to his latest music project, the “Mactet,” an all acoustic venture that features classic funky Blue Note sounding three horn jazz writing.

With over 20 CD credits to his name, MacKinnon has performed with many of the top names in jazz including the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Cab Calloway Orchestra, Joe Henderson, James Moody, Rufus Reid, Randy Brecker, Mark Levine, Bruce Forman, Sam Rivers, Bob Mover, Kenny Brooks, and Dred Scott.  Chuck has also toured or performed with crossover groups including John Mayer, Norah Jones, Isaac Mizrahi, Charlie Hunter, Benevento and Russo, Peter Apfelbaum, Will Bernard, Groove Collective, Dig, DJ Logic, and the soul jazz band, Gravy, which he co-led and recorded the “Live at Brunos” CD in 1999.

Chuck resided in New York City from 2000-2010 where he composed music and lead his own bands.  In NYC, he worked extensively as a sideman in jazz, rock, pop, hip hop and private party bands.  In addition, he was also in demand as a composer/arranger having completed 8 commissions for big band and was a staff arranger for JC Hopkins’ Biggish Band.

Currently Chuck is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition at University of Kansas on full scholarship where he also teaches jazz courses.  Chuck has previously taught at College of San Mateo, Diablo Valley College, University of Santa Cruz, Sonoma State University, California State University East Bay, California State University San Jose, Stanford Jazz Workshop, and the Lafayette Summer Music Workshop.  He has taught at several high schools, as well as having taught New York City inner-city music programs for several years.

Chuck credits his apprenticeship in the San Francisco Bay Area where he learned extensively in his youth by sitting in with local piano legend, Smith Dobson, performed with the San Francisco Youth Orchestra, Santa Clara Vanguard Drum and Bugle Corps, and Mcdonald’s All American Bands.  Chuck won a music scholarship to UCLA and later earned his Bachelor of Music degree from William Patterson College in Wayne, NJ, and a Master of Arts in Composition degree from California State University East Bay where won a Downbeat Magazine Award for Best Extended Composition by a Collegiate Musician in 1996.

Brandon Draper

“Folks, Drapers range of ethnic styles has me hooked!”

~Santa Fe Reporter

Brandon Draper is the most diverse, in-demand drummer living in the Midwest.  He has enjoyed a celebrated career as drummer, percussionist, producer, multi-instrumentalist and educator.   In addition to freelancing and teaching, he currently performs as a solo artist, multi-instrumentalist.  With the Turkish-Jazz group Alaturka, Draper recorded, co-mixed and performed on the 2013 release Yalniz (4.5 Stars – Best albums of 2013 – Downbeat Magazine).  Brandon plays guitar with his father (a renowned Hammond B3 organist) in The Draper Family Band and he runs the acclaimed children’s interactive music program Drum Safari with his wife of 14 years Teryn.

Currently Draper is on music faculty at the University of Kansas where he teaches jazz drums, world percussion, steel band and is the director of Music Enterprise certificate combining music business and entrepreneurship.  He holds a Bachelors degree in percussion performance from Bethany College, and a Masters of Music with distinction from the University of New Mexico.Draper has performed at many festivals, universities, concert halls, and conventions in the U.S. His extensive resume includes performances with both the New Mexico and Santa Fe Symphony Orchestras and the Kansas City Symphony.  In contemporary and jazz settings, Draper has performed and/or recorded with Ottmar Liebert, DJ Logic, Donna Summer, Mose Allison, Steve Coleman, Dick Oatts, Mike Moreno, Bobby Watson, and Kevin Hays.  He toured the U.S. with the live-tronica pioneers Particle and contributed work on a new album yet to be finished (2011-2014).  In past years he performed in the critically acclaimed world premiere of the new hiphop musical “Venice” in Los Angeles Fall 2010, and premiered his original work “Bass Darabukas” with Quixotic and the Kansas City Symphony in Spring of 2011.  Draper was musical director and live drummer for Quixotic Fusion 2007-2012.  He continues to write, consult and occasionally perform with the KC-based cirque group.

As an educator, Draper has taught at the University of New Mexico, University of Missouri-Kansas City, East Mountain High School, and multiple high schools throughout the Midwest and Southwest as a clinician and as world and marching percussion consultant. He has led master-classes at the Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion in Kansas, Nebraska, and New Mexico, and performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. He has also led workshops at Music Educators Association conferences in New Mexico, Kansas, and Missouri.

“Draper mashes up his DJ and percussion talents into a world-music dance party with some of the most polyrhythmic beats you’ll hear this side of the Atlantic Ocean. ”

“Draper’s excellence in hitting things with sticks — will make everything in your life okay.”

Pitch Magazine

“Brandon Draper does things on the drums that seem near-impossible. His intense beat keeps the fire burning all the time….”

KC Star

“…Brandon Draper’s a must-see and must-hear, at all costs.”

David Valdez

In the fourth grade, David Valdez picked up the the saxophone, and by the age of seventeen, he was working as a professional Jazz saxophonist three nights a week around the Bay Area, graduating Berklee College with an Interdisciplinary Music degree.

For the last thirty-five years Valdez, an internationally recognized saxophonist, bandleader, and clinician, has performed at major jazz and music festivals in Canada, Europe, Japan, Mexico, India, and across the United States, with some of the biggest names in Jazz. He has released six CD’s as a leader. His 2007 CD, Oasis, received radio airplay in 14 countries worldwide. In 2017, Valdez released a Chamber-Jazz CD, Shades of Happiness, on the ARC label. Valdez has worked with players like Kurt Rosenwinkle, Dave Holland, Clark Terry, Bob Mintzer, Lewis Nash, Pharaoh Saunders, Mal Waldron, Ben Monder, and Avishai Cohen. He has performed at Jazz festivals around the world, including: North Sea (Holland), Montreaux (Swtz.), Boston Globe, Vienne (France), Monterey, PDX, Yamano (Japan), and Stresa (Italy).

In 2017, Valdez left his position at Portland State University to relocate to the Kansas City area to study Jazz Composition at the University of Kansas, where he also directs large and small Jazz ensembles. Valdez can be heard around Kansas City with groups like; the KC Monktet, the Jim Lower Big Band, and Cubanism. He continues to present jazz clinics and perform internationally while teaching at the University of Kansas.



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