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Barker Quartet wraps up Intimate Jazz series
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Pianist Larry Barker will lead his quartet in the Evenings of Intimate Jazz series finale Sunday.

Larry Barker Quartet

Evenings of Intimate Jazz series

When: 8 p.m. May 19

Where: Smithgall Arts Center, 331 Spring St., Gainesville

How much: $30, plus tax

More info: The Arts Council, 770-534-2787, info@TheArtsCouncil.net, www.TheArtsCouncil.net

The Larry Barker Quartet is the last of five featured performers in the Evenings Of Intimate Jazz at The Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center.

The quartet will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 19.

Gainesville resident Barker is a jazz pianist with an eclectic musical background. Originally from St. Louis, he holds a masters degree in jazz performance and teaches elementary music in Gwinnett County schools.

He has performed or recorded with Charles Glenn, the U.S. Army Band, the Glenn Miller Band, Tom Kennedy, Theo Peoples, Peter Mayer and The Drifters. He has collaborated frequently with vocalist Charles Glenn, resulting in one CD release (“Offerings”) and many jazz club performances.

Since moving to Georgia in 2006, Barker has performed with Atlanta Acoustic Jazz, Atlanta Beat, Sam Skelton, Ken Watters, the Sweet Lu Quartet, FootLights, and regularly plays solo piano at Grapes & Hops Bistro in Flowery Branch.

Accompanying him in the group are Dave Frackenpohl on guitar, Neal Starkey on bass and Clay Hulet on drums.

Frackenpohl is an active jazz guitarist and composer/arranger in the Atlanta area who has collaborating with artists such as Hank Crawford, Bobby Watson, Buddy DeFranco and Carl Allen. He has performed at Spivey Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, the Fox Theatre and Rialto Center for the Arts. He has appeared with big bands such as Moments Notice and Les Elgars, touring Broadway shows such as “High School Musical,” “Chicago” and “42nd Street,” as well as the Atlanta Symphony, Florida Orchestra and Atlanta Chamber Players.

Starkey is an American jazz bassist originally from New York who has lived in Atlanta for 25 years. His career has included performances with notable jazz names such as Kenny Barron, Eddie Harris, Sonny Stitt, Duke Pearson, Al Cohn, Charlie Rouse and Barney Kesseland. He is a regular featured performer at the W. C. Handy Music Festival, and a member of the W.C. Handy Jazz All-Stars. He has served as bass instructor in the jazz program at Georgia State University.

Chicago native Hulet performed regularly in that city’s jazz scene with such local luminaries as John Campbell, Joe Daley, Bunky Green and Tom Hope. He appeared frequently on radio, television, and recordings, most notably on Richard Drexler’s album “Flaming Spirit” and with Dave Liebman, Tom Harrell and Steve La Spina. Now living in Atlanta, Clay plays regularly at clubs, festivals, and hotel venues in and around the city.

Tickets are $30. To order, call 770-534-2787 or visit www.TheArtsCouncil.net.

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