Collins is a skilled musician and composer who has played Music Over Menomin in the past and has been a supporter of the event since its beginning. Barbara Lyon’s description of Jayson’s wide-ranging musical scope tells the story:
“Comprised of some of the best and most experienced musicians in the Chippewa Valley, the popular jazz ensemble plays original compositions by group leader Jayson Collins, who incorporates odd meter and melodic layering inspired by Thelonious Monk, Dave Holland, Charles Mingus and Wynton Marsalis. Playing alto and baritone saxophone, Collins is also a member of the Chippewa Valley Jazz Orchestra, The Sue Orfield Horns, and Weapons of Brass Destruction. Septet members include Dean Granros on guitar, Josh Gallagher on piano, Eric Thompson on bass, Jeff Reitz on tenor saxophone and flute, Pat Binford on clarinet and soprano saxophone, and Adam Nussbaum on percussion. The members of the band each have decades of performance experience and have traveled the United States and around the world. Local pianist/composer Patrick Pesek-Herriges of Take2Day calls the septet “the most innovative jazz group in our cultural landscape … edgy, rhythmically challenging, and high energy, then … meditative, soulful and balladic. Every arrangement gives generous space for improvisation by the fine musicians in this ensemble.”
We are pleased to announce that Menomonie Market Food Co-Op will have food concessions at all Music Over Menomin events.