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Anthony Jay Houston

Percussion from Crystal Lake, IL - Will travel up to 3000 miles
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Any performance provided here is entirely customized for the client. If you want Solo Vibes, or you want a full Steelband, or a Jazz duo, or anything else, Anthony Jay Houston will put together the show YOU want. Background music? No problem. Evening Concert? No problem. Special tune requests? No problem. Once you decide what you want in your performance, what you will ALWAYS get with Anthony Jay Houston is professional quality music, clear communication before and leading up to the event, early arrival and set up, and happy guests enjoying a great performance!

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Anthony Jay Houston is a Percussionist in the Chicagoland Area. Not only is he a double-degree holding musician (BA in Music Education, University of Dayton. MM in Percussion Performance, Roosevelt University), but he is a frequent and accomplished performer. Houston's music is mostly rooted in jazz, but style is not a limitation for him -- if you ask him to play something, he'll either be ready to do so, or he'll learn how! Houston performs mostly on Vibraphone, and works to incorporate the instrument in as many musical settings as he can. He also plays steelpan and other percussion instruments. At a typical solo performance, Houston will bring his Vibes, his pans (double seconds), and some backing tracks and perform a mix of solo acoustic pieces on either instrument and fully arranged pieces with backing tracks. For extra fun, he sometimes will even bring along his looping pedal so he can lay down an accompaniment on the vibes, then play a tune on pan to the "live" backing track.

Beyond Solo performance, Anthony works extensively with Potts & Pans Steelband. If you want the full Calypso experience, you don't need to travel to Trinidad, it's right here in Chicago with Potts & Pans. Anthony can give you a taste as a soloist, or bring out a P&P ensemble for any event. Potts & Pans is THE steelband to hire for ANY event!

Anthony is also a founding member of the Jazz Quartet Totem. Totem grew out of the desire of 4 Roosevelt Jazz Students wanting to continue sharing their music beyond the halls of the Chicago College of Performing Arts. Vibes, Guitar, Bass and Drums come together to play originals, standards, and standards in an original style with Totem. Heavily influenced by the ECM record label, Totem's favorite artists are Joe Henderson, Joe Locke, Carlos Antonio Jobim, and too many more to count.

Beyond the Jazz and Calypso, Houston plays pretty much any percussion instrument. The big ones, Timpani and Drum Set, are ready to go, along with a wide selection of latin percussion and hand drums from around the world. Of course, if you are looking for something he hasn't had a chance to learn yet - he'll learn it for you!
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2016
Jan
14
Pierce Elementary
Chicago, IL
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
2015
Aug
26
Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens
Rockford, IL
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2015
Aug
22
Gordy's Boat House
Fontana, WI
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2015
Aug
13
Gordy's Boat House
Fontana, WI
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2015
Aug
11
Woodstock Square
Woodstock, IL
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2015
Aug
8
Private Wedding
Kohler, WI
2:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Originals
Anthony Jay Houston
Jazz Standards
Various
Calypso Standards
Various
Keyboards
Percussion
Steel Drum
Brazilian Guitar
World Music Guitar
Jazz Keyboards
80's Hits Keyboards
90's Hits Keyboards
60's Hits Keyboards
50's Hits Keyboards
40's Hits Keyboards
Ambient Keyboards
Beach Music One Man Band
Jazz One Man Band
Jazz Percussion
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Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note Anthony Jay Houston will also travel to Cary, No Suburban Facility, Algonquin, Fox River Grove, Island Lake, Carpentersville, Huntley, Mc Henry, Wauconda, Barrington, Dundee, Gilberts, Woodstock, Elgin, Hoffman Estates, Union, Wonder Lake, Ingleside, Lake Zurich, Ringwood, Schaumburg, Fox Lake, Long Grove, Palatine, Plato Center, Round Lake, Mundelein, Solon Mills, Hampshire, Hebron.
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