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The Jim Martinez Quartet and Dayton Philharmonic Bring "A Charlie Brown Christmas" to Schuster


The Dayton Philharmonic is presenting a special Holiday Pops event this holiday season, fronted by The Jim Martinez Quartet for "The Jazz Music of A Charlie Brown Christmas." Arranging team Tim and Louise Berens stopped by WYSO's Excursions to talk about the beloved holiday favorite, their treatments for the orchestra, and what to expect for this performance.

The Jim Martinez Quartet and Dayton Philharmonic are presenting "The Jazz Music of A Charlie Brown Christmas" this Saturday, December 28 at 8 PM at the Schuster Center. More information can be found at DaytonPerformingArts.org.

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Evan Miller is a percussionist, lover of sound, and is probably buying too many cassette tapes online right now. Evan got his start in radio in 2012 at WWSU at Wright State University, where he was studying percussion performance. He followed through with both endeavors and eventually landed a lucrative dual career playing experimental music at home and abroad and volunteering at WYSO. Maintaining a connection to normal music, Evan also plays drums in bands, and fills in for Niki Dakota on Excursions. When not doing something music-related, Evan is most likely listening to podcasts or watching food videos at home with his cat.
Born a Hoosier, but only living there in spurts, Niki Dakota spent much of her young life moving around the United States with her archeologist mother. Throughout these years, there was always a ukulele somewhere close at hand. By the time the family settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, Ms. Dakota found herself in pursuit of professional music-making as she headed-up the Alterna-Folk band, Plow On Boy. In the course of her first live radio interview to promote the band, Niki’s keen excitedness manifest itself in extreme chattiness. At the conclusion of the segment, the DJ closed the mic and said, “You need to be in radio."  That was in 1990.