Posted 6/23/15 (Tue)
By Jody Michael
Sam Miltich and the Clearwater Hot Club, a jazz band from Grand Rapids, Minn., are coming to Crosby on Monday to perform their repertoire of Gypsy jazz, folk, American swing, tango and Latin music.
The performance, at Divide County High School’s Kirchhofer Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., is open to the public.
The Meadowlark Arts Council collaborated with Stanley’s own local arts group to sponsor the show. (The band is also performing in Stanley the day before.)
“I feel particularly honored to play in a place like Crosby,” Miltich said. “I feel that people in rural communities are sometimes the most interested and appreciative because the arts is not taken for granted in these places.”
Gypsy jazz originated in the 1930s and centers around string instruments. Miltich leads the group on guitar alongside his father, Matthew, on bass and Mike Miller on rhythm guitar.
Joining the trio will be featured soloist Tim Kliphuis of the Netherlands on violin. Kliphuis is an internationally touring musician and holds the jazz violin chair at the Tilburg Conservatory in Holland.
“I know he is quite excited to see the American west,” Miltich said. “People are in for a real treat.”
This is the Meadowlark Arts Council’s second event in its new Elaine Andrist Performance Fund series, following Joe Wiegand’s Teddy Roosevelt presentation last September.