Jazzoompah all over musical scale
EAGLE – It’s not often that a person can find a single band that plays a mixture of music ranging from the bouncing beats of a polka to the freewheeling notes of a jazz song.
But that is just what has evolved with a group of Eagle musicians, who have formed a new band, with a name that reflects their range of talents: Jazzoompah. Actually, the name just hints at the music genres the group, which consists of the Burki family (Rosie, Uli, Allen and Roy), Beth Milton, Cathy Keil and Stephen Ridgway, delivers. In any set, in addition to the oompah and the jazz, an audience can also expect to hear a little rock music, some country songs, a little folk music and perhaps even a familiar tune from a musical stage production.
Jazzoompah will make its local debut Friday at the Grand Avenue Grill in Eagle. The group will entertain during a Friday afternoon set that will run from about 4:30-8 p.m.
“It has always been my dream to have a band that can play anything,” says Uli, a retired mechanic, who has enough talent with a trumpet to have gained a spot in a number of local bands. He also plays congas for Jazzoompah, unless son Roy is available to handle percussion. For information on booking Jazzoompah, contact Cathy Keil at 471-4097 or 328-1517.