Corea'n Mayhem (Eric Gunnison, Bijoux Barbosa, & Mike Marlier)

Corea'n Mayhem (Eric Gunnison, Bijoux Barbosa, & Mike Marlier)

Fri, September 8, 2017

7:30 pm

$10.00 - $25.00

Mayhem plays Chick Corea

Eric Gunnison - piano
Bijoux Barbosa - bass
Mike Marlier - drums

Built upon the trust, camaraderie and love that can form between longtime
bandmates, this trio produces a sound that is edgy, intriguing, rhythmically
complex and always compelling. Over the course of nearly two decades, these three Denver jazz icons have played countless shows together in a myriad of different scenarios. Through these experiences they have developed a deep connection and birthed a unique musical language between them that they are excited to share with the audience . The Mayhem Trio will feature a very challenging selection of music as their vehicle, focusing on the works of Grammy award winner Chick Corea, as well as many original works by the members.

Corea'n Mayhem (Eric Gunnison, Bijoux Barbosa, & Mike Marlier)
Corea'n Mayhem (Eric Gunnison, Bijoux Barbosa, & Mike Marlier)
Based in Denver since 1980, pianist and composer Eric Gunnison has led a distinguished career during which he has not only established himself as one of the mainstays of the Mile High City’s vibrant jazz scene as an instrumentalist, bandleader and educator, but has also attracted a global following performing, touring and recording with internationally renowned jazz artists, particularly jazz vocalists.

Born on March 26, 1956 in Canandaigua outside Rochester in New York State’s Finger Lakes region, Gunnison was raised in Buffalo and graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1979. After playing piano for The Lettermen during the famed male vocal group’s 1980 tours of Asia and the U.S., he toured and recorded as the pianist and synthesizer player for the popular vocal quartet Rare Silk from 1982 to1986. From 1986 to 1991 he toured internationally and recorded as the pianist and arranger for the legendary jazz vocalist Carmen McRae and was the pianist accompanying McRae on her tours of Switzerland in 1988 and of Cuba in 1999 with Dizzy Gillespie. He also played keyboards for and toured with Nelson Rangell from 1993-1996 U.S and appeared on several recordings the saxophonist made for GRP during those years.

Gunnison’s current associations include touring internationally as well as recording with the sensational vocalist Roberta Gambarini, whom he has accompanied since 2001, and, since 2005, as pianist with the Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars Big Band and Sextet with which he has toured the U.S., Europe and Asia. He has also performed with vocalist Rene Marie and the Christian McBride Big Band among others.

Fellow Denver-based artists Gunnison has worked with extensively include trumpeter Ron Miles with whom he has toured and recorded since 1997 including appearing as a clinician and pianist with Miles’s quartet at the 1st Annual Thailand Jazz Conference and at the Bangkok Jazz Festival in 2009. Gunnison has also been the pianist and a composer/arranger for the cooperative band Convergence, one of Denver’s leading jazz ensembles, since 1991. In addition to releasing several recordings, Convergence hosts a monthly series of appearances with special guest jazz artists at Denver’s premier jazz club Dazzle that since February 2010 has featured Roberta Gambarini, Rene Marie, Randy Brecker, Jim McNeely, Chris Potter, Christian McBride, Wallace Roney and Bobby Watson among others. Gunnison has also been leading and performing his own music with Wake Up Call, a fusion-oriented quintet he formed in 1991 featuring keyboards/synthesizers, saxophone, guitar, bass guitar and drums.

Active for more than 30 years as a sideman and studio musician on piano, synthesizers and other keyboards, Gunnison has also been a member of the adjunct faculty of the University of Denver’s Lamont School Of Music and on the faculty of the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts since 2000.

Eduardo “Bijoux” Barbosa is a bassist/composer/ arranger, and was born in Sao Paulo-Brazil where he studied music with Prof. Nadir Dos Santos. Bijoux also studied double bass with Carlos Verenzuela. In 1997, Bijoux moved to Denver. Since arriving in Denver, he has been very busy performing both on double bass and electric bass. Bijoux is one of the top studio musicians in Colorado, he's been on over 500 recording sessions including many award winning recordings. Eduardo “Bijoux” Barbosa has performed with a wide array of stars: Herbie Mann, Dave Grusin, Don Grusin, Bryan Lynch, Russell Ferrante, Chuck Loab, Gerald Albright and Lee Ritenour, Ron Blake, Paul McAndles, Jaleel shaw, Donald Harrison to name a few. Currently, Bijoux performs with the Nelson Rangell Quartet, gogoLab, the Littleton Symphony Orchestra, and the worship band for City Presbyterian Church. He performs with just about every local jazz musician, as well as with many of the touring jazz soloists who make a stop to perform in Denver. Bijoux also teaches bass for the Jazz department at the Colorado University at Boulder - Colorado.

Mike Marlier is a professional drummer who is in his 22nd year as the Director of Drum Set Studies at the Lamont School of Music at Denver University, and also directs the Lamont Jazz Ensemble. He started playing drums at the age of 5 and hasn't stopped. The groundwork for a lifetime in music was established from the day he was born, as he was immersed in the jazz records his father played both at home, and on the radio stations he worked at. Growing up in Sandusky, Ohio, Mike started playing drums in the school band program in the 4th grade, and also began playing string bass in the orchestra. In high school, he studied bass with Lawrence Angel, a member of the world renowned Cleveland Orchestra, and attended the Interlochen Arts Academy in 1975, where he played drums and bass, and performed with Bob Hope and Maynard Ferguson. His senior year he won the prestigious Louis Armstrong Excellence in Jazz award, and accepted scholarships from the University of Tennessee on both percussion and bass. After finishing at Bowling Green State University, he moved to Denver in 1981.

Mr. Marlier has performed and recorded with countless artists, including Dave Grusin, Kenny Loggins, Stanley Jordan, Lee Ritenour, Benny Golson, Nelson Rangell, Charles McPhearson, Rob Mullins, the Colorado Jazz Repertoire Orchestra, and many others. He is the drummer for the annual Conference on World Affairs, held at the University of Colorado in April. He is also the staff drummer for the Mile Hi Church in Denver, and also plays annually for the Kendor Publishing New Music recording session. He was the featured drummer for the Buddy Rich Memorial Celebration Concert in 2009 presented by the Gift of Jazz. His drumming can be heard on many national and regional radio and TV commercials, and was the featured artist and clinician at a “Gospel Chops” drumming seminar in Taipei, Taiwan in 2011. In addition to playing, Mike has also adjudicated at many high school and college jazz festivals, including the Mile High Jazz Festival, the Greeley Jazz Festival, the Kinser Jazz Festival, and the Tri-C Jazz Festival in Cleveland. He has presented at scores of masterclasses and clinics, both as a drummer, and as a rhythm section coach. As a teacher, Mike strives to share his vast playing experience with his students, creating a curriculum that is engaging, compelling, and diverse.
Venue Information:
Dazzle @ Baur's
1512 Curtis St.
Denver, CO, 80202