The 9th annual Jazz On The Green concert at Martin Methodist College will feature a contemporary guitarist and vocalist whose innovative styles have taken the music industry by storm.
Steve Oliver will bring his singular and progressive sound to the Grissom Gazebo on the Martin Methodist campus for a 7 p.m. concert on Tuesday, April 10. Admission is $7 at the gate, and advance tickets can be purchased by calling 931-363-9815. All students, kindergarten through college, are admitted free of charge. (In the event of bad weather, the concert will be in Martin Hall Auditorium.)
For West Coast native Steve Oliver, he has dedicated his professional life to becoming a world-class musician, composer and producer, incorporating music styles from global genres with a mix of pop/rock/soul and contemporary. The result is a fresh, new, crisp and chart-topping sound as an unparalleled guitarist and signature vocalist.
His hit song, “Fun in the Sun” from his Global Kiss album held the number one spot in Billboard’s Smooth Jazz category for eight weeks, on other charts for more than eight weeks, and the top spot on the Indie Chart for 21 weeks.
In 1999, First View was his debut album, featuring the hits, “West End” and “Highway One,” and it was nominated for an Association For Independent Music (AFIM) Award for best smooth jazz recording of 199. His second album, 2002’s Positive Energy, featured the Top 5 smooth jazz hit, “High Noon,” while 2004’s 3D included “Chips and Salsa” and “Oh Yeah.” Radiant, released in 2006, offered the hit, “Tradewinds.”
In October 2010, Oliver participated in the 9th annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days, a global network of events to promote peace and understanding through the language of music, whose honorary board members include former President Bill Clinton, Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, noted academic John L. Hennessy, and icons such as Barbra Streisand, Herbie Hancock, Dave Koz, Elton John and Russell Simmons.
“I’m an advocate of music healing and bringing people together in the global community,” Oliver said. “It’s healthy. When you’re hearing a song and you get goosebumps as it’s moving through you, there’s power there. I write most of my songs thinking of a live performance; I want to get that live essence across when I step into the studio and start recording.”
Audience members attending Jazz On The Green are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets for an evening of music under the stars. For more information, call Grant Vosburgh at 931-363-9815.
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