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The Jim Howe Jazz Ensemble

Joe Tucker ~vibraphone/marimba
Jason Lyman ~
Lew Burrus ~
Jim Howe ~

Swinging, melodic, spontaneous and inventive describes the music of the Jim Howe Jazz Ensemble. The particular instruments in the group vibes, guitar, bass and drums - and the styles of the musicians playing them, blend to create a smooth, yet vibrant sound. Whether light music for dinner or dancing, or all-out performing, the Jim Howe Jazz Ensemble creates high energy without high volume. A typical song list for a three-hour performance is shown below (all songs are 4/4 swing unless noted). Depending on the occasion and needs, the group can expand to include vocals and/or horns, or contract to perform as a trio.


~Trio Samples~

All of Me ~ In A Mellow Tone ~ Stella By Starlight ~ Corcovado (Latin)

~Quartet Samples~

All of Me ~ Puttin_On_The_Ritz ~ All The Things You Are

Sample Song List
Summertime (Ballad/Swing)
Girl from Ipanema (Bosa)
Tenor Madness
All the Things You Are
All Blues (Slow 3/4)
Black Orpheus (Latin)
Bag's Groove
Green Dolphin Street (Latin/Swing)
Just Friends
Nearness of You (Ballad)
Beautiful Love
Blue Bossa (Latin)
Out of Nowhere
Take 5 (Medium 5/4)
Mr. PC
Softly as a Morning Sunrise (Funky/Swing)
Billies Bounce
Stolen Moments
Song for My Father (Latin)
Lullaby Birdland
In Walked Bud
Satin Doll
Triste (Latin)
Watermelon Man (Funky)

Brief Musical Bios

Jim Howe began playing drums at age nine and performed in his first band shortly
thereafter. He studied jazz drumming with John Roy in Louisville, Kentucky, and
performed with popular local bands throughout high school and college. In 1978, Jim
moved to San Francisco to further his musical career, but instead ended up a scientist. He
returned to drumming in 2002 and is currently playing with George Melvin's B3 Quartet,
John Carden and Greenwich Swing Time, the Jazz Collective #9, and other Charlottesville groups.

Joe Tucker began playing vibes in the early 1970's and majored in music
theory/improvisation at Cabrillo College in California. He has been traveling and playing
around the country as a professional musician ever since. Although vibes is his forte', Joe
plays all other rhythm-section instruments and can often be found doubling on one of
these. In addition to performing, Joe teaches drums, piano and music theory at the Music
Center in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Jason Lyman received his earliest inspiration in jazz guitar from his grandfather, Frank
Williams, who performed in a Montreal-based trio called the Velvetones in the 40’s and
50’s. Jason took up the guitar in earnest as a college freshman at the University of
Vermont, first getting drawn into folk music, then blues, and then got bit by the jazz bug
after his college buddies exposed him to Coltrane, Davis, Wynton Marsalis, Wes
Montgomery, Charlie Christian and others in the late 90’s. Since arriving in Virginia in
2000, he’s performed with George Turner, Balancing Act, the Nature Boys Jazz Quartet,
and the Haywood Giles Quartet. His other “hats” include husband and father of two
young children, and researcher at the University of Virginia.

Lew Burrus started playing electric bass in high school and has recently been learning
upright. He currently plays with ACME Swing Company, Verbunk, Slinky's Guerrage
and Naked Creek. He plays any kind of music he can get his hands on - jazz, rock, funk,
swing and old time. When he's not carrying a bass, he is usually saving for one as a software developer and database consultant.




Chris Munson
20 South Productions