Jazz at the Bechtler

Jazz at the Bechtler



Described as “one of the most exciting and consistently creative trombonists in jazz today,” Rick Simerly joins the Ziad Jazz Quartet May 2 as the guest musician for the monthly Jazz at the Bechtler concerts.

Through his performances and recordings with a variety of bands and internationally renowned jazz musicians, Simerly has made a mark on the music scene as a recognized jazz performer. As an educator and clinician, he travels throughout the United States conducting clinics, workshops and performing concerts. He has been referred to as "a rare combination of a world-class performer and teacher."

Simerly has played with jazz greats such as James Moody, Slide Hampton and John Faddis, to name only a few, in addition to performing in the bands of Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman, Charlie Spivak and Nelson Riddle. In addition, he has toured and performed with Frank Sinatra, Jr., Lou Rawls, Vic Damone, Bob Hope and Danny Thomas as well as The O'Jays, Gladys Knight, The Temptations, The Spinners, The Commodores, and The Four Tops.


Concerts are performed at 6 and 8:15 p.m. Each concert is performed without an intermission in the museum lobby.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the 6 p.m. show and at 7:45 for the 8:15 show. Seating is first come, first served. Standing room only is available after all seats are claimed.

Food and Drink

Light bites are sold before and during the concert. The cash bar offers beer, wine and select liquor.

Jazz at the Bechtler attendees who visit e2 emeril's eatery for dinner before or after the concert are eligible for the restaurant's "3 for $35" three course prix fixe menu. Ask server for details.


Tickets for each concert are sold separately. Tickets are free for museum members and $12 for non-members. Buy tickets (Tickets may also be purchased by phone 704.353.9200 or at the admission desk.)


Concertgoers receive discounted parking in the Levine Center for the Arts garage. Bring ticket in for validation.

More Information

Visit the Jazz at the Bechtler webpage for the 2013-2014 season lineup.

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Image: Rick Simerly, courtesy of the musician.

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