Stirling Club christens weekly jazz series

Jan 6, 2003 2:24 AM

The Stirling Club will feature Down Beat magazine’s 2002 Jazz Vocalist of the Year, Nicholas Brooks and the Playas plus special guests every Saturday, for live jazz and dinner at the Nightclub from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Brooks is an accomplished vocalist and composer who has performed with jazz musicians like Wynton Marsalis, Frank Wess and Benny Golson. With his powerful four-octave range, Brooks has performed all over the globe as one of jazz’s rising stars.

Playa musicians are from distinct backgrounds united by their jazz talent. Alician Hill, an alto/second soprano vocalist, has performed in several venues in Las Vegas.

Cocho Arbe, keyboard/pianist, has performed on the David Letterman Show; Pete Thoennes, guitarist/vocalist, has performed with musical artists like Carlos Santana, BB King, Albert Collins, Robben Ford and The Emotions.

Darryl Williams, bassist, began playing the bass at the age of 13 and has become fluent in several musical styles, from R&B, funk, jazz and Latin.

Dixie Dawkins, a saxophonist, is a music director and arranger and has been on tour with Huey Lewis and has made TV appearances on the Tonight Show, Arsenio Hall and the March of Dimes Telethon.

Franklin Vanderbilt, drummer, has toured with Chaka Kahn and many more.

Before the jazz begins, comedian James H. Bean, takes the stage with his thematic approach to comedy. Often compared to Dennis Miller and Dick Gregory because of his keen insight into America’s social ills, he has opened for Patti La Belle, D.L. Hughley, Weird Al and many others.

For more information about the weekly jazz fest, call (702) 784-4607.