Song of Simeon featured in Wall St. Journal, NPR’s ‘A Blog Supreme,’ and XM Radio

Thanks so much to all those who supported or contributed to SONG OF SIMEON this past holiday season.  It meant so much to me as an artist to get this music out into the world, and I hope those who heard it were uplifted!

We were very fortunate and grateful to receive some major critical praise, including this write-up in the Wall Street Journal. We were also featured on NPR’s “A Blog Supreme” and heard on 4 nationally syndicated radio programs including Sirius/XM Real Jazz ch.67 and PRI’s “Jazz After Hours With Jim Wilke.” The photo above (by Mark Adams) was published in the Wall Street Journal on Friday, December 14, 2012.

We hope to be able to build on this year’s success and bring our musical message to a wider audience in 2013, so if you know a church or concert series that would be interested in a performance, please refer inquiries to cathy@willscruggs.com. If you want to think ahead for Christmas 2013, we’re keeping our popular “Buy 4 Get 1 Free”  and you can order aytime at www.willscruggs.com/retail-shop.

Happy New Year! –Will

CC Booker III heads back to WVA for Summer Jazz Weekend 2012

The West Virginia Jazz Society is at it again!  Their big Summer Jazz Weekend is coming up August 24-26th, with events at multiple venues throughout the state.  CC Booker is returning this year with Will Scruggs, David Ellington, Dan Baraszu, and Marlon Patton.  On Friday, August 24th we are the festival headliners, performing a concert in the Stonewall State Park Resort Ballroom.  Saturday the 25th we will participate in a free clinic for area jazz students (also at Stonewall) and then perform a second evening concert at the Tygert Lake Lodge in Graffton, WV.  Over the years West Virginia has become one of our favorite places to play, and thanks to the amazing audiences our performances there are always memorable.  For tickets and more details, please visit the West Virginia Jazz Society Website.

New Show added!!!
We will perform at the Bridgeport Farmers’ Market on Sunday, August 26 from 11 AM – 1 PM
Free – please support market vendors!

Check out a preview of our trip by Julie Perine at Connect Bridgeport

Playing with Tito Puente Jr at 2012 ATL Jazz Fest

On Sunday, May 27th I’m playing an exciting show at the 2012 Atlanta Jazz Festival.  My good friend and fellow sax player, Dave Freeman, was called on to put together a 5-piece horn section to back up one of the festival’s big headliners and I was honored that he asked me to join him along with Paul Garret and Karl Libratore on trumpet and Eric Alexander on trombone. We’ll be playing with Tito Puente, Jr. on the Main Stage in Piedmont Park on Sunday, May 27th at 9 PM.  The ATL Jazz Fest is FREE and open to the pubic, so come on out to the park and hear us play with one of the best Latin Jazz artists in the world!

Funderhorns on the New Wood Brothers CD

On August 2, 2011 the Wood Brothers released their 4th CD, Smoke Ring Halo, on Southern Ground Records.  For those who don’t already know about the Wood Brothers, Oliver Wood is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter based here in Atlanta.  His brother, Chris Wood, became famous as the bass player for Medeski, Martin and Wood.  I have been a fan of Oliver’s music for several years so I was honored to get the call to play in the horn section for this record along with Wes Funderburk, Joe Gransden, and Marcus Henderson.  The title track was written for and about our friend Adam Mewherter, a wonderful trombone player who passed away in 2009.  Adam’s death left a big hole in the Atlanta music scene, and many people in town still miss him greatly.  The recording session was an emotional experience for all those involved and we’re very grateful to Oliver for capturing Adam’s spirit in this music.  Click here to buy Smoke Ring Halo from the Wood Brothers’ website.

Will Heads to Belgium to Reunite with Pierre Anckaert

One of the musical highlights of 2010 was my collaboration with Belgian pianist/composer, Pierre Anckaert.  Pierre traveled to the states to perform his brilliant suite for jazz quintet and chamber orchestra, “Strings Attached, stopping first in Atlanta for a concert at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur.  This summer I’m heading over to Belgium for the first two weeks of July to collaborate with Pierre and his band.  Aside from a quick one-nighter backing the Tabou Combo back in 2007, this will be my first time traveling to or performing in Europe.  I’m extremely excited to re-unite with Pierre and his band, including Stefan Bracaval, Hendrik Vanattenhoven, and Guy Nikkels.  We have three confirmed concerts already and are currently investigating a possible recording date.  Stay tuned for more details…

Kingsized Elvis Royale

Saturday, August 13th at the Variety Playhouse in Little 5 Points.  This show will sell out, so get your tickets in advance.  Big Mike Geier, one of Atlanta’s most popular entertainers, has been thrilling audiences with his over-the-top Elvis Tribute Shows for more than 10 years.  Backed by the Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll Orchestra and featuring the Dames Aflame dancers, this is an experience you don’t want to miss.  Come out and “Feel the Power of Elvis” with us on August 13th.  For more information, visit the Elvis Royale Website.

Jazz from Belgium comes to ATL

brussles trip On Thursday, July 1, Eddie’s Attic presents a very special performance featuring some of the finest jazz musicians in Europe in collaboration with two of Atlanta’s most popular performers. Celebrated pianist/composer Pierre Anckaert brings his critically acclaimed quartet from Brussels to the USA to support their PROVA RECORDS release, Strings Attached, a jazz suite featuring the Belgium Chamber Orchestra.  But before they hit the Chamber Music Festival Circuit they will perform an intimate concert at Atlanta’s finest acoustic music venue, Eddie’s Attic.

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