WHAT: Wayne Wilkinson Group featuring Nelson Rangell in Concert

WHEN: Thursday, February 14, 2013

WHERE: Business of Art Center (BAC) Venue 515, 515 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO

TIME: Doors open at 7pm; show time is 7:30pm.

TICKETS: $30 advance; $35 day of show



The Wayne Wilkinson Group featuring Nelson Rangell will perform their second Valentine concert together this February 14th.  After the rave reviews of last year’s Valentine concert, Wilkinson and music promoter Amy Whitesell of A Music Company Inc. decided to bring the show back once again. There will be a "meet and greet" with the artists after the concert.


This year the concert will also be used as a fundraiser to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Colorado. Feb 14, 2013 marks twenty six years since opening the doors to the Ronald McDonald House at 311 N. Logan Avenue in Colorado Springs. In that time, the Ronald McDonald House has been a home-away-from-home to over 8,000 families with critically and seriously ill children, giving them the gift of togetherness. Funds raised at this event stay local, supporting the cornerstone programs of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Colorado, the Ronald McDonald House, the three Ronald McDonald Family Rooms and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile that serve over 5,000 local children and their families annually.


Jazziz magazine writes that Nelson Rangell is "an artist of depth, a master of song, and an improviser non pareil." The Times of London notes "his extraordinary facility on a range of instruments and his undoubted virtuosity," adding that Nelson is "one of fusion's most accomplished exponents." Saxophone Journal writes "He commands the alto saxophone with such authority there can be no denying that Rangell is a true artist," and Flute Talk Magazine states "Nelson Rangell creates the impression that anything is possible when he improvises." Such praise is a confirmation of what contemporary jazz fans have known since the Denver based saxophonist emerged in the late 80s: that Rangell is one of the most exciting and diverse performers in the genre, equally adept at soprano, alto, and tenor saxophone, as well as being a genuine virtuoso on flute and piccolo.

Nelson Rangell has now released 15 CDs nationally and internationally.


Joining Rangell for this performance is some of Colorado’s finest jazz musicians and educators.


Wayne Wilkinson is a guitarist originally from San Antonio, Texas and now lives in the Colorado Springs area. He teaches guitar at Colorado Springs Conservatory and Colorado State University at Pueblo. He is a former member of the premier Air Force jazz ensemble “The Airmen of Note” based in Washington, D.C. prior to joining "The Airmen of Note" in 1991 he played in The Air Force Academy Band’s "Falconaires" jazz ensemble from 1983 to 1991. In 1989, he was a semifinalist in the national Cognac Hennessy Jazz Search competition.


Ken Miller (piano) is a composer/pianist/conductor, and has over three hundred compositions published through the production music branch of IMAGEM Music, on the ABACO label.Ken’s musical studies took him to the The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and The Juilliard School.  While in the US Air Force and stationed at The US Air Force Academy, Ken became chief composer and arranger. Ken performed for many dignitaries and U.S. Presidents while in the US Air Force. He retired in 1997. The Broadmoor Hotel named Ken Miller, Director of Entertainment on January 1, 2003. Ken has performed, written or conducted many great artists such as Suzy Bogguss, Maureen McGovern, Earl Klugh, Tom Scott, and many more.


Mike Marlier (drums) is in his 16th year as the Director of Drum Set Studies at Lamont School of Music, University of Denver. Mr. Marlier has performed and recorded with countless professional artists, including Dave Grusin, Benny Golson, Nelson Rangell, Dotsero, Rob Mullins, the Neophonic Jazz Orchestra, and is the staff drummer for the Conference on World Affairs, which is held annually at CU.


Mark Simon (bass) has performed and recorded throughout Colorado for more than 20 years. He was the bassist with Carmen McRae’s trio in the late 80′s early 90′s touring Europe, Japan and the U.S. Mark has been a sideman with many of the biggest names in music, including Dizzy Gillespie, Rosemary Clooney, James Moody, Benny Carter, Joe Farrell, Robben Ford, Dave Grusin, Mose Allison and Kenny Rankin, to name just a few. Mark is a faculty member at the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts, is a mentor for the Douglas County Schools, and teaches privately.


“We’re thrilled to be able to bring this outstanding group of musicians together for a Valentine concert” explains Amy Whitesell of A Music Company Inc., promoter of the concert. “The turnout for the Valentine concert last year with Wayne and Nelson was wonderful and attendee’s had nothing but positive things to say. With the addition of Ken Miller this year it should be another wonderful evening.”


Tickets for this event may be purchased on line at or at the Business of Art Center, 513 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs CO. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 the day of show.


This concert is being sponsored by Heuberger Motors, Blues Colorado Dot Com, Easy Street Designs, Peak Radar, The Crowne Plaza and the Colorado Springs Independent.


For more information contact A Music Company Inc. at (719) 576-5945.




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