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Event Details | Showcase at Studio Bee: Tom Taylor & The Needlewood Orchestra, Ryan Braithwaite and Andy Clifton & Company


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When: Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 6:30 PM (Doors open 6:00 PM)
Ticket Info: Tickets on sale soon!

FREE! No ticket required!

Thursday, March 22, 2012
6:45PM – 7:15PM    1. Tom Taylor and The Needlewood Orchestra
7:30PM – 8:00PM    2. Ryan Braithwaite              
8:15PM – 8:45PM    3. Andy Clifton & Company 

About Tom Taylor and The Needlewood Orchestra:
Phil Allen, valve trombone
Marc Neihof, acoustic and electric bass
Mark Rose, saxophones and woodwinds
Lisa Smith, horn

Tom Taylor ( is an internationally known guitarist, composer and recording artist. His music is a hybrid of jazz, classical and rock and even includes a dash of blues and bluegrass. His new CD, Home, features the world-renowned Turtle Island String Quartet.

Tom is one of the winners of Musician Magazine's "Best Unsigned Band" contest. His winning entry, "Aubade," from his CD The Crossing is described as "the hardest tune I ever had to record" by mandolin virtuoso David Grisman. The Crossing also features the Kronos Quartet. Tom premiered a full orchestral arrangement of "Big Basin Breakdown" from The Crossing in Europe. It received a five-minute standing ovation at the famed Hercules and Prinzregenten theatres in Munich.

Tom’s current ensemble is the Needlewood Orchestra, which features the following:

Phil Allen, valve trombone, recently moved here from the San Francisco area, where he wrote for and played with the CSM Monday Night Band, the Interplay Trio, and the Collective West Jazz Orchestra. He leads his own band, Thin Air Jazz, and has written for and played with the Springs Contemporary Jazz Band and contributed an arrangement to the Air Force Falconaires.

Marc Neihof, acoustic and electric bass, has recently joined the faculty of Colorado College. He performs in the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and is sought out by the finest jazz and classical musicians in Colorado for recording projects and performances. His peripatetic wanderings have found him jamming with musicians across Europe, China and India.

Mark Rose, saxophones and woodwinds, has taught at the Colorado College, University of Denver and Adams State College. Mark has recorded with Tom and with pianist/vocalist Ellyn Rucker, Steve Barta, Alan Joseph, Barbara Ernst, and the Boulder vocal group Rare Silk. 

Lisa Smith, horn, has been a public school music teacher. Lisa was principal horn in Tom Wilson’s Chamber Orchestra of the Springs. She has performed with many other ensembles, including the New World Symphony and the Monument Hill Brass Quintet.

About Ryan Briathwaite: Ryan Braithwaite is a singer-songwriter from Colorado Springs. His music blends influences of folk, alternative rock, pop, and jazz all kept cohesive by his distinct, emotive baritone voice. In 2010 he released his first full-length album, “Dark State Of Grace”, a collection of personal yet universal acoustic songs. Recorded by his father, local musician K.J. Braithwaite in his living room, “Dark State Of Grace” spins an intimate tale of love and loss, heartache and hope. Over the last few years Ryan has showcased his original songs at several local music venues and is very excited about his performance at Studio Bee.

About Andy Clifton and Company: Andy Clifton and AC&Co. have worked 200 live gigs a year in the Pikes Peak Region for 18 years. (That’s somewhere over 3000 shows.) AC&Company can have 2-6 members, depending on the show and set lists always include at least 50% original material. Crowds appreciate Andy's original music and frequently sing along. 2003 solo CD "Eight" has sold thousands of copies. 2006 CD "Tenuous" has sold over 1000 copies. Digital downloads sell online. Andy was named "Individual Performer of 2004" by Pikes Peak Arts Council. Currently band management and bookings are handled by Andy.

Web info: Influences include Dave Matthews (DMB), Jamie Cullum, The Tragically Hip, Sting, Pink Floyd, Toad The Wet Sprocket, etc…

Songs are well-written with memorable hooks and intellectual content. No Profanity.  The music is emotionally powerful and unique, yet accessible to anyone. Listeners at shows often comment on the high familiarity of the original tunes. Andy’s writing has a very strong that’s me! aspect that keeps the tunes in your head all day. Songs like “Love & Booze”, “The In-betweens” and “Gravity” have real hit-song-potential. Love songs, such as “Dark Is Light”, “Song for Jenne” and “The I Love You Song” have caused and been performed at many weddings. Andy’s writing and great live performances will soon be the hottest commodity.

As a band, AC&Co. has a voice of its own. Andy always employs fine professional players and with over 6 hours of music ready-to-go, AC&Co. has earned a reputation as one of Colorado’s best live-music providers.