Eric Jones Trio with Jaron McCarr & Stutz Wimmer
Eric Jones – Bio
Eric Jones was born in Moultrie, Georgia, and started to play piano by ear at the age of five. At 11, Eric began studying trumpet. At 16 he started formal lessons on piano and within two years, he was awarded a piano scholarship to Andrew College.
Eric went on to pursue his education at Armstrong Atlantic State University, studying under Dr. Kevin Hampton, graduating with a B.A. in Piano. In addition to teaching private lessons, composing and arranging, he completed his Masters in Composition from Georgia Southern University, where he studied under Dr. Martin Gendelman.
Eric has worked with many prominent artists including Grammy Awardwinning
Esperanza Spalding, Stewart Coplandof the Police and Keith Miller of the Metropolitan Opera. In 2011 Eric premiered his latest work, “Songs of Creation,” which combines spiritual, jazz and African influences with the poem of James Weldon Johnson’s “The Creation.” Eric is the pianist with the Savannah Jazz Orchestra and performs with them annually at the Savannah Jazz Festival. Eric has also performed several times during Sunday concerts for Coastal Jazz Association. Currently Eric teaches at Savannah State University.
Jaron McCarr – Bio
A native of Savannah, GA, Jaron McCarr began studying music at an early age, starting on piano before switching to trombone in the 5th grade. It was in high school as a member of the Savannah Arts Academy Skyelite Jazz Band under the direction of Michael Hutchinson that he developed a love and passion for music. Jaron would go on to obtain degrees in Jazz Studies from Valdosta State University (BM) and Northern Illinois University (MM). At NIU, he was named a Graduate Assistant where he not only taught classes and coached student combos, but also performed with the NIU Rosebud Jazztet all over the country, most notably at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York. Jaron has been fortunate to have performed with many local and national jazz acts including Teddy Adams, The Savannah Jazz Orchestra, Russell Gunn, David Gibson, Vincent Gardner, and The Chicago Jazz Orchestra to name a few.
Stutz Wimmer Bio
In June of 2016, after more than 30 years playing and teaching in and around Atlanta Georgia, saxophonist and vocalist Stutz Wimmer and his wife moved to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Having completed a Master’s Degree at The Eastman School of Music, he embarked on a music career that has afforded him the opportunity to work alongside some of the finest musicians and entertainers in the country. He served six seasons with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, playing on its Chastain Summer Concert Series. He has performed professionally (since the age of fourteen) as a side-man with countless society groups, cover bands and jazz ensembles. He has arranged music for, and/or played on, hundreds of recordings; for radio, television (HBO) and albums (Ohio Players, Gap Band, etc.). For five years, Mr. Wimmer served as Musical Director for Rupert’s Orchestra Atlanta, a sixteen-piece show band and the house band for Rupert’s Nightclub. (With a capacity of 2000 patrons, it was the premier Atlanta night-spot at the time.)
His success as a jazz educator has been highlighted by the numerous local and national honors and awards he and his groups received during his twenty-nine years at The Lovett School. He is married to pianist Carla Wimmer. Together, they are in the final stages of developing a saxophone/piano duo to focus on what they bill as “elegant music” for the Lowcountry. Stutz and Carla (stutzandcarla.com) have five children and a very spoiled dog.