The Mike Crotty & Deater O'Neill Sextet has entertained audiences nationwide for 25+ years with its dynamic horn/vocal sound captured by Mike Crotty's masterful writing talents. Performing a combination of jazz standards, original music and the great music and lyrics from the vast American popular songbook, singer/songwriter O'Neill joins Crotty, who performs on trumpet, flugelhorn, saxophones and flutes, Ryan Haines on trombone, Armand Boatman on piano, Thomas Williams on bass and John Lewis on drums.
Feature performances have included the Kool Jazz Festival, the Ella Fitzgerald Music Festival, New York City's Jazz Times Convention, Washington, D.C.'s Corcoran Gallery of Art jazz series and its famous jazz supper club, Blues Alley (17 consecutive years). The group represented the nation's capital in performances in Bangkok, Thailand, in the Royal Pacific Cultural Exchange. As resident guest artists at the John F. Kennedy Center, they were presented in a four-concert series. That same year, Crotty and O'Neill were featured as ASU's Jazz Week guest artists, one of their first trips to Arizona.
In 1995, Crotty & O'Neill began a sojourn into the symphony orchestra pops world, performing four distinctive, thematic concerts with rhythm section and full orchestra. In 2002, Crotty & O'Neill relocated to Arizona, forming a new sextet. The group has performed for enthusiastic audiences at venues throughout the Phoenix Metropolitan area, including the Kerr Cultural Center, Sacred Grounds, the West Valley Art Museum, Jazz in AZ parties, Saddlebrook, the Chandler Jazz Festival, numerous community concert series, the Charles Mingus Jazz Festival and a state-wide 25-concert tour. Dedicated to supporting young student musicians, they have traveled to schools around the state presenting a wide array of jazz instrumental and vocal clinics and concerts to students in middle schools, high schools, colleges and universities, under the auspices of Sedona Jazz on the Rocks, Arizona Jazz Educators, Jazz in AZ and various arts councils. They recently completed a performance and teaching residency in Southeastern Arizona, through the Gila Valley Arts Council, for high schools and Southeastern Arizona College.
Tickets available at La Cinderella.