Born: September 27, 1954 Primary Instrument: Sax, alto
Dr. Brent A. Bowman has had a distinquished career as a music educator for 33 years and as performing jazz artist for 45 years.
Notable teachers he studied with: (Berklee College of Music) Joe Viola, woodwind chair John LaPorta, saxophone Bob Patton, saxophone Andy McGhee, saxophone Gary Burton, harmony and improvisation Jan Konopasek, saxophone
Musicians he played with: (Berklee College of Music) Al Di Meola, guitar Tiger Okoshi, trumpet Mick Goodrick, guitar Abraham Laboriel, bass Oliver Nelson II, saxophone Dave Holland, bass Jeff Stout, trumpet Wayne Naus, trumpet
Notable musicians/performers he performed with: Candy Johnson, saxophone Gerry Beaudoin, guitar Sonny Kenner, guitar Carmel Jones, trumpet Alvin Ailey Dancers Kacico Dancers Chris DeMarco, trumpet Mark Southerland, saxophone Bill McKemy, bass Jeff Harshberger, bass Ruth Rhoden, singer/trumpet E.E. Pointer, trumpet Greg Field, percussion Don McCarter, guitar/bass/piano Allan McGinty, bass Michael LaGrega, violin, percussion, synthesizer Connor Bowman, alto saxophone, flute Don Rolling, guitar Ryan Jones, bass
Performers he toured with: Tiny Tim, singer George Goebel, comedian and actor Frank Fontaine, singer and actor The Inkspots, singers George Jessel, comedian and actor Frank Gorshin, impressionist, comedian, and actor
Music ensembles he performed with: Barnum and Bailey Circus Al Pearson Big Band, Kansas City New Vintage Big Band, Kansas City Vince Bilardo Big Band, Kansas City Kix Band, Bonner Springs, KS Feelings, national touring cover band Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra (founding member, clarinet), Dr. Donald McGinnis conductor
Band leader, music arranger and musician for: Chameleon - pop/rock cover band Montage - U.S.O. European touring music ensemble Loose Change - pop/rock cover band Brother Iota - space rock River Cow Orchestra - Zen Jazz collective spontaneous jazz improvisation ensemble
Performing artists he shared the stage bill with: The Carpenters Bob Hope The Temptations The Four Tops O’Jays Captain and Teneale KC and the Sunshine Band The Ohio Players
Awards:Founder of the award winning Red Bridge Arts Festival - Center School District Kansas City, Missouri, Director "Children As Music Composers" project - Blue Valley Schools Overland Park, Kansas, Authored $25,000 grant - Missouri Arts Education Task Force, Co-Founder Topeka, Kansas All-City String Festival, Nationally Registered Teacher-Music Educators National Conference, Outstanding Alumni Award-The University of Akron, Technology Teaching Award - Boatmen's Bank of Kansas City, Teaching Award-Missouri Alliance of Arts Education, Teaching Award-International Innovations in Education Association, Recognized Educator - Learning Magazine, Excellence in Teaching nomination - Kansas City Star Newspaper, The University of Akron Delegate - Rockhurst College Presidential Inauguration, Building Nominee for Kansas Master Teacher - Blue Valley Schools Overland Park, Kansas, District Nominee Master Teacher of the Year - Blue Valley Schools Overland Park, Kansas, Certificate of Honor for Outstanding Contributions - Emporia State University, Winner of the Kindest Kansas Citian Award.
Overall, I found the music genuinely fresh and exciting, as this experienced band has presented a varied set with melodic and rhythmic interest, with plenty of interplay and drama. I especially enjoyed the Pointer horn. But, at the end of the day, it was all just plain fun, holding my interest for several listens through the program. CD Review of Go Wake The Rooster - Roger Atkinson, Kansas City Jazz Ambassador Magazine (Oct 01, 2011)
...They create very open and wide structures and take time to develop things. Their improvisations originate on stage or in studio without much pretension. This results in very captivating music that is never in a hurry and working very consequent to its goal..It's just there.” Dolf Mulder, Vital Weekly, Netherlands
I sincerely believe this is the best creative venture I've ever heard from a midwestern group of cows & give it my MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, as well as the PICK of this issue for best creative jazz! Rotcod Zzaj - Zzai Productions - Improvijazzation Nation
“The best song in the world, right now this morning (3-07-10) is… “Investment Bankers” by the River Cow Orchestra. Kansas City outfit. I just heard about them yesterday and I’m digging their chill.” Jack Pribek - Snake Oil - music web blog
“That approach (River Cow Orchestra's) was what Kansas City was once famous for �� jazz musicians who cut new ground �� or hoped to �� each time they played.” David Knopf - Richmond Daily News
“Ah yes, …improv at its best. To classify the sound as jazz �� where most (of their band) members have a lot of experience �� would be too limiting. The improvisation created newer and deeper textures.” Cory Streeter - The Kansas City Star newspaper
The pieces, or excursions as the trumpet player E. E. Pointer put it, took the audience through a journey of styles from psychedelic to funk, acid jazz, traditional jazz and contemporary classical music in the likeliness of Eric Dolphy, Charlie Haden, Charles Mingus, even Pink Floyd and Radiohead. Little surprises, like a musical quote from the Wizard of Oz and Middle Eastern melodies, Pointer rang out in one of the excursions took me out of my trance. - Nihan Yesil, KCMetropolis.org (Jul 27, 2011)
River Cow Orchestra takes free form jazz and turns it into an experience that delights not only the ears, but the eyes��and the mind as well. As the orchestra begins each piece, it invites the audience to join an original journey, one that begins only in that moment and ends vibrantly but only with a memory, because that exact performance will neither be seen nor heard again. Members of the audience listen as the sounds build and blend and excite. They watch as colors swirl and flow and energize. They feel the mood as it mellows and then bellows. Then, the audience leaves with a smile, because they’ve been not to a concert but to an event. - Sara D. Seidel Vice President, Friends of the Farris Theater Richmond, Missouri, Letter to the Kansas Arts Commission Touring Roster
And then the music began to fill the air that Saturday evening. I felt as if I was being transported through time �� to a different era, the era of Jazz clubs; where Jazz was truly the “music of the streets”; where Jazz was truly alive. I imagined hearing Louis Armstrong playing away on his trumpet while Ella Fitzgerald or Billie Holiday scatted along with him. The music flowed so seamlessly, that it was hard to tell when one song ended and when another one began! But the greatest surprise was learning that ALL of the music that was played that night was 100% improvised! - Jenny Gray, Performance Review (Music 116-PVCC KC, MO) (Jul 17, 2010)
“They create very open and wide structures and take time to develop things. This results in very captivating music that is never in a hurry and working very consequent to its goal.” Dolf Mulder - Vital Weekly, Netherlands
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Berklee College of Music – B.M. 1976 (Bachelor of Music, music education), The University of Akron – M.M. 1981 (Master of Music, music education), The University of Kansas – Ph.D. 1988 (Doctor of Philosophy, music education) Educational mentors: Robert M. Lacey, Berklee College of Music (music education) Joseph E. Viola, Berklee College of Music (woodwinds) Dr. Wallace H. Nolin, The University of Akron (music education) Dr. Sherman D. VanderArk, The University of Akron (music education) Dr. George L. Duerksen, The University of Kansas (music education) Nationally Registered Music Educator - Music Educators National Conference, Certifies Orff Music Educator (Levels 1 &2) - American Orff- Schulwerk Association, Presentations at National Conferences: National Science Teachers Association - Boston, National Association for Gifted Children - Kansas City, Music Educators National Conference - Indianapolis, San Antonio, Washington, D.C., The University of Kansas Symposium of the Psychology and Acoustics of Music - Lawrence, Kansas Presentations at State and Regional Conferences: Kansas State Capitol Technology in Education Fair - Topeka, Kansas, Metro Area Council for Computers in Education - Kansas City, Missouri Alliance for Arts Education - Kansas City, Missouri Arts Education Task Force - Saint Louis, Missouri Music Education Association - Osage Beach, Missouri, Missouri School District Presentations: Center, Raytown, Kansas City, Maryville, Grain Valley, Independence, Fort Osage; Kansas School District Presentations: Blue Valley, Topeka, Kansas City. Published Educational Research Studies: Dissertation Abstracts International, Kansas Music Review, The Music Researcher's Exchange, Proceedings of the Symposium on Practice and Research in Music and Visual Art Education and Music Therapy, Proceedings of the Research Symposium on the Psychology and Acoustics of Music.
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