Artist Description |
A cornucopia of funk-tinged, free-spirited, melodic jazz and R&B...\"
That\'s how music critic, Shannon Wells, summed up the sensational audio-impact of Steve Himes\' first CD, interchange. And this description certainly carries over to his live performances as well.
He may be best known, locally, as one of the driving forces in The Blue Notes and as the leader of The Steve Himes Connection, but he has also been performing as a soloist and in dynamic duets with numerous musicians for many years.
In describing one of his solo performances, the Charleston (WV) Gazette wrote that Steve Himes\' \"jazz guitar is as smooth going down as single-malt scotch\".
Through his efforts to promote his fellow musicians, he has developed a solid reputation for presenting the unique sound that can only come from open interplay. \"Himes\' writing features all the players, not just himself\" wrote John Blisard while critiquing The Connection\'s second CD, Running Ahead Of Time, for Tamarack: The Best Of West Virginia.
Doug Imbrogno of the Charleston (WV) Gazette has called him \"one of the classiest jazz guitarists between the Potomac and Mississippi Rivers.\" But his influences range far and wide as he demonstrates at every show. Although he is self-taught, he credits \"everyone I ever heard play\" as a teacher.
Jim McCutcheon of radio station WDPR (Dayton, OH) wrote: \"He is certainly a solid, versatile player.\"
Whether performing by himself or with any conceivable combination of musicians, Steve Himes presents a unique style of playing which easily adapts to any situation. Such versatility has delighted audiences in clubs, theaters, restaurants and concerts for many years. He leaves an indelible mark on listeners with expressive ballads, solid funky grooves, unrestrained riffs, smooth vocals and a generous helping of zaniness.
\"As a performer, Himes projects a casual confidence that reflects his wealth of experience...\" -The Charleston Gazette
The Steve Himes \"New Connection\" is made up of two familiar faces and a new one.
Drummer Cliff Riley joins Steve and Chris Allen (the original bass player from the Steve Himes Connection) to form the trio.
With 30+ years of experience, Cliff Riley has appeared with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, Don Ellis, The Diamonds, The Sound Express, Janna Parsley Project, The Zanter Trio, and a variety of other jazz groups locally including the Jazz Syndicate. Cliff, an active teacher, is a member of PDT (Vic Firth educational team), Percussion Arts Society (PAS), International Association for Jazz Education( Vice President/ President elect West Virginia Chapter), and a Zildjian endorser (ZAP)
Chris Allen, a recording and gigging musician for the past 15 years in the tri-state area was most recently a member of the Zanter Trio. Prior to that he held down the bass chair with the Bob Thompson Unit, but he has also appeared with Crazy Jane, the adrenaline-soaked Freak Tent, and has shared the stage with Ann Magnuson, and Fontella Bass of Motown renown. Chris has built his reputation on his expressive, virtuosic playing style. He and Steve also frequently perform duets at a wide variety of venues.
The group plays many of the original compositions which appeared on the first two Connection CD\'s (interchange and Running Ahead Of Time) plus many jazz standards, new originals and selections from all over the musical map.