2018-02-08 / Scene

Misfit Jazz Quintet to perform at the PIX Theatre on Feb. 17

LAPEER — If you like jazz music, make plans to hear the Misfit Jazz Quintet perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 at the PIX Theatre in downtown Lapeer.

The Misfit Jazz Quintet started in August 2016 to combine the talents of two groups: the Stump Brothers and the WS Quartet. They enjoy playing jazz standards from the 1920’s on up, and have played at farmers markets, senior centers, the Concert of Colors (2017) in Detroit, and other venues around the mid-Michigan area. Group members include Trystin Reed on saxophone, Peter Shutt on drums, Kurtis Young on guitar, Joe Stump on trumpet and Reuben Stump on bass. No gray hairs here — this group of young guys under 25 are all working day jobs and balancing rehearsal schedules to make the Misfits the best they can be.

The first three members of the Misfits — Trystin, Peter and Kurtis — were united by a friend who had become serious about jazz and wanted to get a group together. Peter joined them, and they began to play at farmers markets and open mic nights. The two Stump brothers grew up in a jazz-loving family and met the other Misfits at hometown festival. They enjoyed each other’s performances, and ended up deciding to join together to create the Misfit Quintet they are today.

The Misfits are passionate about the style of music they play. Jazz is an amazing style of music, blending pop, folk, and art music throughout the centuries to create one genre. Members of the Misfits say that it is technically challenging and creates a special sound they describe as “different but familiar for players and listeners.” They feel that jazz gives them the chance to take songs and put their own interpretation on them for performances — allowing them to share their own musical thoughts and ideas with listeners.

Tickets in advance are $11 for adults and $9 for seniors, students and veterans. Ticket prices go up at the door to $15 for adults and $13 for students, seniors and veterans. To purchase tickets in advance, visit the PIX Box Office located inside Gallery 194, Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased over the phone at 810-664-4824 or online at www.centerfortheartslapeer.org.

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