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Dylan Meek Quartet with Dylan Meek, Alex Coke, Steve Schwelling and Mike Porter at Susanna's Kitchen, Wimberley, Texas
7:30 PM on Thursday, April 19, 2007 at the Wimberley United Methodist Church, RR 12 at 1492 in Wimberley, Texas
Pianist, Dylan Meek
Sixteen year old pianist, Dylan Meek, makes a new kind of debut with the Dylan Meek Quartet in concert at Susanna's Kitchen. Meek's past solo concerts have sold-out with standing room only crowds and this time, rather than going it alone, the young musician has arranged for some of the state's most talented and highly demanded musicians to be at his side.

Featuring Meek on piano, Alex Coke on sax and flute, Steve Schwelling on drums, and Mike Porter on bass, the Dylan Meek Quartet will be performing two 45 minute sets of music that, characteristic of Meek concerts, lead the audience through an alternating series of moods ranging from soothing intimacy to vibrant high energy.

Meek initially captured the attention of the music loving public and the affection of his home town of Wimberley at his original concert debut in 2005 when, the then fourteen year old musician walked out to an unexpected packed house and proceeded to play his heart out in a powerhouse performance for the Wimberley Concert Association's season opener. Prior to this, Dylan began building a base of supporters while performing professionally at a local piano bar.

The up and coming Meek is the protégé of master pianist Jimmy Neeley who, with demanding yet loving guidance, has mentored the aspiring musician for the past two years.

In 2006 and 2007, Meek was the first and only non-adult musician in the Wimberley Winter Jazz Festival's 15 year history to be booked for solo concerts. Beyond Wimberley, he has been invited to be a featured musician at numerous regional events.  A highlight for Meek was being invited to sit in with Tony Campise, Stanley Smith and the Jazz Pharaohs at the Eddie Durham Centennial Celebration Festival last year. He has recently been asked by saxophonist and twenty year US Army Bandsman veteran Gary Harris, to join his band out of Austin.  Meek will be attending Berklee College of Music's five week performance program this summer and plans to use his proceeds from the Susanna's Kitchen concert to offset the tuition cost.    

Dylan's first piano teacher, Dr. Michal Rosenberger, who remains a close friend and avid supporter, aptly expresses, "Today Wimberley knows that Dylan Meek will become a star beyond our own community and celebrates his intensity, his dedication to his craft and his seemingly unlimited capacity for growth."

Composer and saxophonist Alex Coke is an improviser at heart, with his eclectic attitude leading him to explore everything from Be-Bop to Huddie Ledbetter.  From 1990-2000, he toured and recorded with the internationally renowned Dutch jazz group, the Willem Breuker Kollektief. Prior to moving to Amsterdam, he was an original member of the Creative Opportunity Orchestra and also received several Austin based awards including: 1990 Best Saxophonist, Music City Critics Poll/Austin, Texas; 1990 Best Jazz Bands, Music City Critics Poll/Austin, Texas; 1990 Best Unsigned Bands, Musician Magazine; 1988-1989 Best Jazz Band, Austin Chronicle Music Awards.  Now in Austin, Coke's multifarious bands include his post-bop quintet, The Worthy Constituents. Coke has an extensive discography and has also written original work throughout the years for many groups.
 
During the nearly thirty years he has been in Texas, drummer Steve Schwelling has performed and recorded with numerous artists including Asleep at the Wheel, Elias Haslanger, Susanna Sharpe, Alex Coke, Rich Harney, Joe Neely, Tina Marsh, The Bad Livers, Paul Glasse, Beto y los Fairlanes, Erik Hokkanen, Maryann Price, Gene Ramey, Willie Nelson, Johhny Gimble, Tonino Horta, Junior Brown, and others. He appears on major motion picture soundtracks including The Newton Boys (20th Century Fox) and Infamous (Warner Independent Pictures).  Schwelling's television work includes two appearances on Austin City Limits (KLRU) as well as a performance with Hal Ketchum on The Texas Connection (TNN).  With a notably broad discography, his current projects include the Steve Schwelling Quintet.  

Bassist Mike Porter immersed himself in the jazz program at Southwest Texas State University for two years prior to becoming a freelance musician in the Austin and San Antonio areas.

Come enjoy this concert at Susanna's Kitchen, a smoke free and alcohol free venue. Pie from Wimberley Pie Company, coffee from Hill Country Natural Foods, and tamales are also available. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and are open to the public, available at the door.




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