The Ken Foberg Jazz Quartet with Alva Anderson
Ken Foberg – Bio
Bio – The Ken Foberg Jazz Quartet with Alva Anderson
The Ken Foberg Jazz Quartet features the unique sound of the trombone as played by Ken Foberg accompanied by guitar, bass, and drums. Joining them is the internationally known jazz singer and violist Alva Anderson. Together Ken and Alva create both a relaxing and toe-tapping mood for audiences as they perform standard tunes and classic jazz in the styles of ballads, swing, Latin, and jazz rock.
Ken Foberg, Trombone; Alva Anderson, Vocalist; Ryan Flannery, Guitar; Mary Madden, Drums; and Arnold Gottlieb, Bass
Bio – Ken Foberg
Ken Foberg is a professional trombonist and music educator located in North Charleston, South Carolina. Ken teaches private lessons for lower brass players and currently performs with the Charleston Jazz Orchestra, the Joe Clarke Orchestra, and other local groups. He leads the Ken Foberg Jazz Quartet and is a co-leader/musical director of the Joe Clarke Big Band.
Ken’s formal musical education includes a Bachelor of Music degree in Applied Trombone from the Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) and a Master of Education degree with Special Emphasis in Music from the University of La Verne (La Verne, CA).
Faculty assignments have included The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Chaffey College, Cerritos College, Saddleback College, University of La Verne, Cal State Fullerton, Orange Coast Community College, Mt. San Antonio College, Southwestern Community College, Professional Entertainers Academy (Los Angeles), Hemet School District, Dos Pueblos High School, and Metairie Park Country Day School (New Orleans).
Professional playing credits include performing with the Boston POPS; touring with the Platters and the Glenn Miller Band; traveling with major show attractions; and performing with artists Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Kenny Rodgers, George Burns, Milton Berle, Henry Mancini, John Williams, Rob McConnell, Phil Wilson, and Brandon Fields, The Rat Pack show in LasVegas, George Benson, Darius Rucker, Wayne Newton, Joan Rivers, Don Rickles, Florence Henderson, Shirley Jones, and many others.
Bio – Alva Anderson, Jazz Singer and Violist
Born in the Bronx to parents from Charleston, who fostered a great appreciation for the Arts, violist/vocalist Alva Anderson began piano lessons at the age of 10. Her desire to be a part of the music program in high school led her to the viola. At the time, she didn’t know what a viola was but it soon became her ‘voice’.
Her other voice revealed itself while Alva was on tour in Europe with a chamber music ensemble. Late one night at a jam session in a jazz club in Switzerland, a good buddy invited her to the microphone. The song was “My Funny Valentine.” The feeling and audience responses were intoxicating. The message was clear; she was twice blessed.
With the acknowledgment of those gifts came the great joy, the responsibility to support, develop and share them with others.