Jazz Spotlight: Cameron Voorhees + Upcoming Local Jazz Dec 19 – Jan 3

Happy December 19th; Bob Brookmeyer was an American jazz valve trombonist, pianist, arranger, and composer born on this day in 1929. Check out Wikipeda for more information.

Cameron VoorheesWho is Cameron Voorhees?

Master Sergeant Cameron R. Voorhees is a Guitarist with the United States Air Force Band of Flight’s Concert Band, Night Flight, and Prism Brass, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. Cameron is one of many Band of Flight members both past and present who make a tremendous impact in our local jazz scene.

Sergeant Voorhees was born and raised in Leavenworth, KS, where he began studying guitar in the fourth grade. He graduated from LeavenworthSenior High School in 1976 and continued his studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Sergeant Voorhees graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Composition.

Sergeant Voorhees enlisted in the United States Air Force in August of 1992 and completed tours with Air Force Bands at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, and Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. He began his current assignment with the USAF Band of Flight in August 2004. In addition to his performance duties, he serves as Unit Security Manager and Operations Representative.

A couple of years ago I met Cameron at Jazz Central where he was a regular part of their jazz jams for a period of time. One thing led to another and he helped me book the Band of Flight Nighthawk Jazz Combo (one of the groups of which he was a member), for Jazz Advocate’s 2011 Jazz & Peace Festival that we held in Centerville at Stubbs Park.

I just recently receive an email announcement: Cameron will be retiring from 21 years in the USAF in January of 2013. Cameron has had a great career over the past 21 years and has done some amazing things.  We are very proud of him and wish to celebrate his career. His official ceremony will be on Friday, January 25, 2013 here in Ohio at the base. He will be missed and we wish him the best in the next chapter of his life. If you have any stories or photos you would like to share, please send to: rebecca.taylor@wpafb.af.mil

In his spare time, Sergeant Voorhees is active in his local church and enjoys spending time with his family, studying the Bible and playing jazz in the local community.

Jazz Calendar

Here are some (not all) of the upcoming jazz events for the next couple of weeks:

Tonight Wednesday, December 19 – Tonight, for you dancers The Dayton Event Connection is featuring a ten piece swing band and The Steve Schmidt Organ Trio Christmas Spectacular w/Eugene Goss & Mandy Gaines is at the Comet Bar in Cincinnati.

Thursday December 20 – The Generations Big Band invites you to their “End of the World Concert “ at Jazz Central.

Friday December 21 – James and Moore are performing at the C’est Tout Bistro in Oakwood and the Dan Karlsberg Quartet is at the Blue Wisp in Cincinnati.

Saturday December 22 – Schwartz’s Point in Over-The-Rhine has The NEW Ed Moss Trio in Cincinnati and Steinhaus Restaurant has the Phil DeGreg Trio in Florence, KY.

Sunday December 23 – Wade Baker & Friends Christmas Party from 5 to 9 pm and  the Jazz Jam Session w/ Kenny Baccus continues at Jazz Central in Dayton from 9 pm to midnight.

Monday December 24 – the John Taylor Trio is at the Brio Tuscan Grille in Beavercreek and James and Moore are at the C’est Tout Bistro in Oakwood.

Tuesday December 25 – Christmas Day – Happy Holiday!

Wednesday December 26 – John LaIacona is at Eddie Merlot’s in Cincinnati and Ricky Nye & Bekah Williams is at Chez Nora in Covington,KY.

Thursday December 27 – Songwriter showcase with Lisa Biales is at Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza in Worthington, OH and Ricky Nye & Dottie Warner is at Arnold’s Bar & Grill in Cincinnati.

Friday December 28 – Shawn Stanley Trio is at Carvers Steaks & Chops in Centerville, OH and April Aloisio sings at Bella Luna Café inCincinnati.

Saturday December 29 – There is a tribute to Ray Charles at Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza and the Erik Augis Trio is at the Worthington Inn both in Worthington, OH.

Sunday December 30 – the Jazz Jam Session w/ Kenny Baccus is at Jazz Central in Dayton  and Hoo Doo Soul Band is at the Rumba Café in Columbus.

Monday December 31 – Vaughn Wiester’s Famous Jazz Orchestra is at the Clintonville Woman’s Club and the Worthington Inn has the Rachel Sepulveda Trio in Worthington, OH.

Tuesday January 1 – New Year’s Day – Happy Holiday!

More info and jazz listings can be found at JazzAdvocate.com

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Ron Gable is the founder of Jazz Advocate, a non-profit organization dedicated to using jazz as a tool to bring our communities together! He is a past jazz column writer under five different editors for the Impact Weekly and the Dayton City Paper. He is presently the webmaster for JazzAdvocate.com and JazzCentralDayton.com. In addition sends out newsletters to 2,000 jazz fans in Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus and is always interested in your input and questions relative to jazz. Ron can readily be contacted at rgable1@gmail.com, on Facebook or call (937) 732-5173.