ElegantM is a vintage style jazz ensemble with a fresh millennial twist. Featuring a line up of original jazz songs that have an effervescent sound, engaging to both music lovers and dancers. Vocalist and lyricist Marieke Schuurs combines with pianist Allan Stuart and Sax/Flutist Tony Johnson to create flowing combinations of melody and harmony. Bassist Terry Tokohoshi uses both upright and electric to lay the right groove. Percussionist Connor Hopkins lays the foundation for all with an array of hand drums and the traditional trap set.
In addition to their growing repertoire of tracks ElegantM covers a wide variety of standard and progressive jazz, funk, R&B, and latin with pop and a little country thrown in. Allan sings with Marieke to offer variety and harmony, and the sax leads weave throughout. Tony plays Tenor, Alto, and Soprano Saxes and Flute to give even more sonic variety and add emotional color.
The band is very experienced in virtually all types of event and venue from corporate affairs to night clubs. For weddings and other programmed events, Within the group are solo piano and classical voice, and flute for ceremonies and presentations. Refer to our websites for further bios on Allan, Marieke, Connor, and the Ash Trio.
Embedded within ElegantM are smaller combos under the name the Ash Trio (or duo, quartet, etc.). It can be bass piano and drums, piano and vocalist, piano and sax, or whatever combination suits your fancy. All will play with virtuosity, professionalism, and joi de vivre to bring the excitement of live original music to your affair. Playing live original tunes for a live audience is the best!
Allan has spent over 25 years as a pianist and entertainer in Colorado, Oregon, the Caribbean and Europe. He has shared stages with John Denver, Tom Petty, Ray Charles, Judy Collins, The New York Philharmonic and troops from The New York Metropolitan Opera. Now living in Eugene, Allan works as a composer for the TV and film industry when not playing piano around town.
By day a research scientist in biological acoustics, Terry steps out to study the acoustics of bass with the Trio. Playing many styles including jazz, funk, and Latin music with a variety of ensembles, he has performed throughout the west coast for the last 15 years. Terry brings his experience to the Trio's sound, playing with unusual sensitivity and awareness - and with a whole lot of fun.
Not only master of rhythm, Connor is an engineer of it as well. When not playing and teaching, he runs a drum design and construction company that is at the cutting edge of hand drum development. As an educator, he teaches privately and travels across country to run clinics and seminars. With his experience playing both standard drums kits and hand percussion, Connor has a flexibility that is rare. For more than decade he has played with a variety of working groups in Oregon and North Dakota.
Vocalist Marieke Schuurs, Allan's partner in the ElegantM songwriting duo, brings the finest vocal jazz to the group. Popular in Oregon, Markieke's virtuosity adds excitement and color, emotion and meaning to a wide range of the best classic and original songs. Marieke, an accomplished teacher, runs the Cantare Voice Studio, sharing her expertise with many leading and aspiring singers in Oregon and beyond.
Saxophonist Tony Johnson interprets the soulful repertoire with the best. Tenor, Alto, Soprano, and Flute, are all featured, giving the music soaring leads, depth and texture. Extremely well educated in jazz lore, Tony draws on a rich life of performance and study to render his memorable performances.
- With Guitarist Mike Radliff on hand, the band becomes a big ensemble, capable of rocking out a bit, or smoothing dance beat. Both players bring outstanding chops and musicianship.
The Ash Trio is a utility band that plays dances, dinners, receptions, festivals, and stages, always with the repertoire that fits, a volume that's right, virtuosic excitement, and a love of music and fun that connects with all music lovers.
Wedding Cocktail Hours
After You've GoneCreamer & Layton
All My LovinBeatles
All Of MeSimons & Marks
All Or Nothing At AllAltman & Lawrence
All The Things You AreKern & Hammersein
Almost Like Being In LoveLerner & Lowe
And I Love HerBeatles
Angel EyesDennis & Brent
As Time Goes ByHupfeld
Auld Lang SyneTraditional
Autumn LeavesKosma & Mercer
Basin Street BluesWilliams
Beer Barrel PolkaBrown
Blue Eyes Crying In The RainRose
Blue MoonRodgers & Hart
Body & SoulGreen
Breaking Up Is Hard To DoSedaka
Brown Eyed GirlMorrison
But BeautifulVan Heusen & Burke
Bye Bye BlackbirdHenderson & Dixon
Bye Bye LoveEverly Brothers
Candle In The WindJohn & Taupin
Call Me IrresponsibleVan Heuson
City Of New OrleansGoodman
Crocodile RockJohn & Taupin
Day DreamEllington & Strayhorn
Days And Nights WaitingJarrett
The Days Of Wine And RosesMancini
Do Nothing Til You Hear From MeEllington
Don't Be That WayGoodman
Don't Get Around MuchAnymore
Don't Go To StrangersKent & Mason
Easy To LovePorter
EdelweissRodgers & Hammerstein
EmilyMercer & Mandel
Fields Of GoldSting
FlamingoGrouya & Anderson
Fly Me To The MoonSinatra
Gee BabyRedman & Razaf
The Gentle RainBonfa & Dubey
Georgia On My MindCharles
The Girl From IpanemaJobim
God Bless The ChildHoliday
Gone With The WindWrubel & Magidson
Good Hearted WomanJennings & Nelson
Good Morning HeartacheFisher
Green Dolphin StreetKaper & Washington
Have You Met Miss JonesRodgers & Hart
Hey Hey Good LookinHank Williams
Here's That Rainy DayVan Heusen & Burke
Honeysuckle RoseWaller & Razaf
Honky CatJohn & Taupin
How High The MoonLewis
I Fall To PeicesHank Williams
I Left My Heart In San FrancisicoCory
I Love YouPorter
I Can't Get StartedDuke
I Should CareCahn
I Thought About YouVan Heusen & Mercer
If I Were A BellLoesser
If You Never Come To MeJobim
I'll Take RomanceOakland & Hammersein
ImaginationVan Heausen & Burke
I'm Beginning To See The LightJames
I'm Getting Sentimental Over YouBassman & Washington
In addition to Eugene, ElegantM, with the Ash Trio will also travel to Springfield, Alvadore, Junction City, Thurston, Veneta, Cheshire, Harrisburg, Elmira, Greenleaf, Pleasant Hill, Creswell, Marcola, Noti, Saginaw, Lorane, Halsey, Cottage Grove, Lowell, Monroe, Fall Creek, Brownsville, Blachly, Crawfordsville, Dexter, Shedd, Walterville, Walton, Curtin, Dorena, Sweet Home
and many other locations in and around the Eugene area.
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