The Kinston-Lenoir County Friends of the Library will host a performance by the Steve Creech Quintet, featuring Friends of the Library Board member Bob Jeffcott, on Sunday, September 30 at 3:00 p.m. in the Schechter Auditorium of the Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library.
The Steve Creech quintet features Steve Creech on guitar accompanied by multi-instrumentalists Clay King and Jim Gilliam, drummer Macon Dail, and trumpeter Bob Jeffcott.
Steve Creech is a veteran jazz guitarist who resides in Greenville, NC with his wife Catherine. A native of Kinston, he began performing on the ukulele at age six with his family’s barbershop and gospel quartet. He taught himself guitar at the age of 11, and he and a classmate formed his first band, The Hi-Fis, during high school in the fifties. The band became popular enough to have a weekly local radio show. Creech studied music at Wake Forest University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary before obtaining a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Professionally, he worked in the field of mental health for 31 years before retiring after 23 years as Area Director of the Pitt County Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Area Program. Some of his other accomplishments include co-hosting the popular local WNCT-TV show Carolina Today for several years in the early 90s and winning or placing in 125 tennis tournaments. Steve is a past member of the Advisory Committee of the S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series at East Carolina University and a current board member of the East Carolina University Friends of Jazz, and he plays rhythm guitar in the Emerald City Big Band.
Clay King plays Saxophone, flute keyboard, guitar, and sings jazz, pop, blues, and rock. He is an arranger, composer, and performer, as well as a certified music therapist who teaches various musical instruments in his studio. He was formerly a member of the popular Embers band and plays saxophone in the Emerald City Big Band and various other small groups, churches, orchestras, etc.
Jim Gilliam plays saxophone, piano, guitar, bass, and multiple instruments. He is a performer, conductor, arranger, and composer who teaches music at Pitt Community College as well as in his private studio. He received his bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music from East Carolina University.
Macon Dail is a drummer from Greenville, NC, where he also performs with the Emerald City Big Band, Pitt Community College Community Orchestra, Oakmont Baptist Church, and various other jazz and church groups. Macon, who graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, with a degree in engineering, is the Chief Engineer, Engineering and Technical Operations, Edward R. Morrow Transmitting Station, Voice of America, Washington, NC.
The Quintet’s featured performer is BOB JEFFCOTT, a terrific trumpet player from Kinston. Bob went to Syracuse University and was leader of an air training command jazz band that won an award that rewarded them by sending them to perform for the well-known entertainer, actor, and musician, Steve Allen. Bob was employed by Armstong Rubber for many years, while, also, performing with society bands and vaudeville groups.
For more information about the concert or other Friends of the Library programming, or to make reservations, please call 252-527-7066, Ext. 120.