FCAG’s Sweet Tooth Theater presents the Dean Martinis

The Franklin County Arts Guild (FCAG) will host a Sweet Tooth Theater at the end of January. As always, the evening will be filled with dancing, music, delectable desserts, beverages, and door prize drawings. The Dean Martinis of Nashville will set the groove with their own special blend of blues, jazz, boogie-woogie and R&B.

Tickets are $15 per person, or $25 per couple. Tickets are available at the Artisan Depot or Breakfast in Cowan, as well as at the Winchester Antique Mall. If any are left, tickets will also be available at the door the night of the event. Seating is limited, so advanced purchase is strongly recommended.

The Sweet Tooth Theater is a benefit for the Franklin County Arts Guild Scholarship Fund. Every year FCAG awards a scholarship to a Franklin County high
school senior wishing to pursue a degree in the arta at a college or university level.

About The Dean Martinis

Hey, Daddy-O, let me tug your coat about The Dean Martinis. Put these cats in the mix and you’ll have an instant lip-smacking, hand-clapping, boogie-your-woogie good time. Stirring up a heady brew of jump blues, swinging jazz, and 1950’s New Orleans R&B, The Dean Martinis keep the jitterbugs jumping and the lindy hoppers hopping, yet manage to give the wallflowers something to hang their hats on. When they aren’t playing the music, chances are they are out dancing to it. So, if you need your joint to jump, shake things up with The Dean Martinis!

Originally from Troy, Missouri, Geno grew up like many musicians do; singing in the choir at church, playing trumpet in his high school band, and playing piano for school and church functions. After graduating with honors from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, he moved to Nashville in 1991 and began performing and recording with a virtual who’s who of local artists, including Kristi Rose, The Road Runners, Annie Sellick, Delicious Blues Stew, and many others. From 2000 through 2002, he was on the road performing extensively throughout the United States and Canada with The Scott Holt Band. Geno’s heroes include boogie woogie pioneer Pete Johnson (Big Joe Turner), bop master Oscar Peterson, early rocker Johnnie Johnson (Chuck Berry), and New Orleans legend Henry “Professor Longhair” Byrd. He incorporates all of these styles into rollicking piano playing that keeps the dance floor jumping.

Bassist John Owen began his musical career in Evansville, Indiana in the late ’60s playing upright bass in small jazz groups and big bands, moving to Fender Bass in the ’70’s playing in original blues and rock & roll groups in Louisville, Ky, then in Nashville, where he hit the road with songwriter Tim Krekel, then later with Americana hero Dave Olney in his seminal band the X-Rays.
He rediscovered his jazz roots after hearing, then sitting in with, Gene Haffner doing piano bar in the early 90’s, and has been playing with Geno since then. John still plays the 1966 Precision bass that he bought new in Louisville, through a 1961 Fender Bassman amp.

Our resident Brit, Chris grew up in Portsmouth, England. Back in the UK, he worked with everybody. Since moving to Nashville in 1997, he has worked with and/or recorded with Jack Greene, Jeannie Seeley, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, The Drifters, Ben E. King, The Platters, The Three Degrees, Greg Holland, Steve Hall, Rick Altizer, Sam Moore, Mark Collie etc,etc. Chris brings the technical prowess of his idol, Gene Krupa, to the stage, but he can also work the brushes like Philly Joe Jones. He endorses Soultone cymbals and Silverfox sticks.

Ben represents an eclectic history of musical experience; in high school in rural Tennessee he was a neo-folk/classical guitarist, a jazz saxophonist, and the lead singer in a band that would become the platinum-selling hard rock outfit Fuel. He attended Wesleyan University and Berklee College of Music, where he was awarded scholarships for both saxophone and voice. After Berklee, he won an assistantship at Washington State University where he earned a master’s degree in music and was recognized as “outstanding alto saxophonist” at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. Ben is a true multi-instrumentalist; he’s jammed on guitar and harmonica with Lyle Lovett and Nanci Griffith, played electric bass with Kid Rock and at the Grand Ole Opry, and has blown saxophone with Modern Jazz Quartet bassist Percy Heath, Late Show drummer Anton Fig, and tons of people you’ve never heard of. His voice-over and instrumental skills have contributed to dozens of jingles and original recordings. Ben is truly the olive in The Dean Martinis.

Reggie moved to Nashville several years ago from his hometown of New Orleans, LA. Before emigrating from the Big Easy following hurricane Katrina, he attended Loyola University and the University of New Orleans, where he earned a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies. In addition to playing saxes and flute, Reggie also plays keyboards and bass, and he loves composing music as much as performing live. He has played with Bonnie Raitt, Russell Batiste of the Meters, and the late, great gospel artist Raymond Myles, and has opened for Larry Carlton with contemporary jazz group Entourage. Reggie enjoys a very eclectic mix of music from old to new, and he is active in worship music with his wife Sandy.

Cowan Center for the Arts Theater
301 Montgomery St., Cowan, TN, 37318

Date(s) - 01/29/2011
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm