TRACE MARIE & BLUE LEVEL CAPTURING THE SOUND OF COLUMBUS

During the past decade, Trace Marie & Blue Level have established themselves as one of central Ohio’s premier alternative pop bands. They were nominated in 2015 and 2017 for "Best Band in Columbus" by 614 Magazine's ColumBest. With the June 2014 release entitled, Raleigh Scattering, they recorded at their own Arch City Recording Studio. A celebration of the CD’s launch was hosted by Natalie’s (5601 North High Street) to a sold out crowd on June 8, 2014. They continue to work in the same studio on their latest album to be completed in 2017.

Presenting stylish originals as well as fresh interpretations of the classics, the live music of Blue Level is as versatile as the audiences they captivate.  Performing as a duo/trio, the band builds an intimacy with the audience in smaller settings.  They are equally at ease performing as a seven-piece band in front of crowds. That flexibility and wide appeal is the result of years spent sharpening their craft at festivals, clubs, restaurants, and private events. 

Rayleigh Scattering finds Trace Marie & Blue Level stretching out, morphing their vision with a broad range of local styles to claim new territory. “When we began this project in the autumn of 2014, we wanted to capture the legacy of music in our city,” says Trace Marie. “Our solution – our evolution – has been to blend that legacy with our own funky groove. Textured and soulful, this music is what Columbus brings out in us.”  They continue to be eager to rock their unique interpretation of the ‘Columbus Sound’.

The band features seasoned musicians including vocalist Trace Marie, saxophonist Craig Fernandez, drummer Los Giles, keyboardistAndrew Wade, bassist Adam Koltnow, percussionist Russ Frost, and guitarist/composer Bradley Scott. Collectively, they bring an emotive energy and passion to the music that engages sophisticated music fans as well as casual listeners.

 

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SILENT BELL : INSTRUMENTAL JAZZ - Expanding the Palette of Jazz in Columbus

Expanding the Palette of Jazz in Columbus

January 2017 (Columbus, Ohio)

Combining a blend of jazz styles, Silent Bell Quartet is a new project from a familiar group of Columbus music scene veterans. The band was showcased last summer as part of the line-up of the Jazz Series at M, a Cameron Mitchell restaurant in downtown Columbus. Tossing out older jazz standards, they have developed their instrumental re-imaginations of early legacy album-oriented rock.  Original compositions are included to launch their sets into new landscapes.

Silent Bell Quartet consists of members of the central Ohio band Trace Marie & Blue Level. Their versatility of influences, drawn together by Craig Fernandez’s sax improvisational flow, creates a sonic appeal that will break new ground, adding to the landscape of great live music in central Ohio. Guitarist, Bradley Scott notes, “We’ve performed an evolving mix of familiar pop and original songs for over 10 years now.  The experience has led us to expand our sound in a new direction. We’re proud to be part of Columbus’ musical tradition and ready to add some new spice to the stew with this latest instrumental project.”

Tenor and soprano saxophonist Craig Fernandez states, “Our arrangements are built on choosing great compositions from a particular era of rock and pop in the 1960s and 1970s.  I like to approach our songs like a vocalist. An element of what I am attempting to do is to sing the melody with my saxophone. ” Bassist, Adam Koltnow mentions, “These chill, tasteful tunes are perfect for many venues while giving the listener a new way to view the heritage of a jazz standard.”  Discover more and contact Silent Bell Quartet at www.bluelevelmusic.com.

HIRE THE BAND FOR YOUR EVENT

Featuring Columbus’ finest soul and jazz musicians, this band's emotive style and dynamic musicianship have proven to captivate diverse audiences.  Trace Marie & Blue Level or the instrumental  jazz of Silent Bell are available for corporate events, weddings and other private parties, community events and restaurant or club entertainment.

Trace Marie & Blue Level have the benefit of performing in a range of venues using a duet to full seven piece band receiving excellent reviews. The larger band can also provide continuous music without breaks. The focus can range from rocking originals to mellow classics. A complete song list is available that also features a fun fusion of jazzy standards to funky party starters; from Blondie, Sade to Adele. The band brings an energy, passion and professionalism to their music that will make your event something special.

Engaging the crowd, the infectious energy of Trace Marie & Blue Level will have your guests of all generations enjoying the live music from these incredibly talented musicians. Bringing your reception to life, the band is ready to serve your favorite songs to accommodate your special moments. From the best of the classics to the newest music that came out last month, the pristine vocals of Trace Marie and the jams from the band provide the perfect array of songs. They can tailor a set or entire gig to change the style of music played while providing a quality sound system with lighting, Mp3 music, and emcee services.

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Feel free to fill out the secure form or contact Brad Scott at brad@bluelevelmusic.com.

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A CHRONOLOGICAL JOURNEY OF JAZZ AND SOUL HITS PRESENTED BY TRACE MARIE & BLUE LEVEL

A  CHRONOLOGICAL JOURNEY OF JAZZ AND SOUL HITS

PRESENTED BY TRACE MARIE &  BLUE LEVEL

House of the Rising Sun -1850’s  Traditional

Summertime-1935 George Gershwin

My Funny Valentine -1937 Rodgers and Hart

Comes Love (Nothing Can Be Done )-1939 Billie Holiday

 

Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby?-1940 Louis Jordan/Anita O’Day

I Just Want to Make Love to You -1954 Willie Dixon/Etta James

Fever -1959 Peggy Lee

Sea of Love -1959 Phil Phillips

 

All I have to do is Dream -1960 The Everly Brothers

At Last! -1960 Etta James

Blue Moon-1961 The Marcels

Stand by Me -1961 Ben E. King

Crazy - 1962 Patsy Cline

The Girl from Ipanema -1962 Antonio Carlos Jobim/Stan Getz    

Ring of Fire-1963 June and Johnny Cash

Where Did our Love Go? -1964 The Supremes

I Got You (I feel good) -1965 James Brown

Ain’t too proud to beg -1966 The Temptations

What a wonderful world -1967 Louis Armstrong

Light my fire-1967 The Doors

Baby, Now that I found you -1967 The Foundations/Alison Krauss

Respect -1967 Aretha Franklin

Cold Sweat -1967 James Brown

Sitting on the dock of bay -1967 Otis Redding

I heard it through the grapevine -1968 Marvin Gaye

I want to take you higher -1969 Sly and the Family Stone

 

The thrill is gone -1970 B.B.King

Moondance -1970 Van Morrison

Wild Horses -1971 The Rolling Stones

What’s goin’ on -1971 Marvin Gaye

It’s too late -1971 Carole King

Wild Horses -1971 The Rolling Stones

Love and Happiness -1972 Al Green

Chameleon -1973 Herbie Hancock

Higher ground -1973 Stevie Wonder

You are the sunshine of my life -1973 Stevie Wonder

Jolene -1973 Dolly Parton

Cosmic Slop -1973 George Clinton/Funkadelic

Red hot mama -1974 George Clinton/Funkadelic

Pick up the pieces -1974 Average White Band

Tell me something good -1974 Rufus and Chaka Khan

Give up the funk -1975 George Clinton/Parliament

Landslide -1975 Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac

Dreams -1977 Stevie Nicks/ Fleetwood Mac

Fly Like an Eagle -1977 Steve Miller Band

Jamming -1977 Bob Marley and the Wailers

Ain’t no stopping us now -1979 McFadden and Whitehead

Walking on the moon -1979 Sting/ The Police

Chuck E.’s in love -1979 Rickie Lee Jones

Don’t stop ‘til you get enough -1979 Michael Jackson

 

Tide is high -1980 Blondie

Rapture -1980 Blondie

I’m Coming Out -1980 Diana Ross

Just the two of us -1981 Grover Washington,Jr.

Time after time -1983 Cyndi Lauper

What’s love got to do with it -1984 Tina Turner

Smooth Operator -1984 Sade

Hallelujah -1984 Leonard Cohen

Sledgehammer -1986 Peter Gabriel

Diamonds on the souls of her shoes -1986 Paul Simon

What I am -1988 Edie Brickell and New Bohemians

 

Groove is in the heart -1990 Deee-Lite

I can’t make you love me -1991 Bonnie Raitt/Bon Iver

Human Behavior -1993 Bjork

When you say nothing at all -1995 Alison Krauss

Give me one reason -1995 Tracy Chapman

To make you feel my love -1997 Bob Dylan/Garth Brooks/Adele

Kiss me -1997 Sixpence None the Richer

 

Fallin’ -2001 Alicia Keys

Running -2001 No Doubt/Gwen Stefani

Don’t know why -2002 Norah Jones

Let’s get it started -2004 The Black Eyed Peas

Fix You -2005 Coldplay

Crazy -2006 CeeLo/ Gnarls Barkley

Waiting on the world to change -2006 John Mayer

You want to make a memory -2008 Bon Jovi

The house that built me -2010 Miranda Lambert/Blake Shelton

Somebody that I used to know -2011 Gotye

Set fire to the rain -2011 Adele

Rolling in the deep -2011 Adele

Stay-2012 Rihanna

Locked out of heaven -2012 Bruno Mars

A sky full of stars-2014 Coldplay

 

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CLIENTS WITH EXCELLENT REVIEWS

The Ohio State Fair

 

The Ohio State University Faculty Club and Huntington Club

 

Greater Columbus Arts Council

 

Columbus Arts Festival

 

Granville Arts Festival

 

Powell Festival

 

Columbus Jazz Festival

 

Gahanna Jazz Festival

 

Grove City Concert Series

 

Victoria Secret

 

New Albany Country Club

 

Cameron Mitchell Restaurants and Catering

 

Franklin Park Conservatory

 

 City of Gahanna

 

 Short North Business Association

 

 Red, White, and Boom Festival

 

 Columbus Humane Society Fundraisers

 

 Worthington Concerts on the Green

 

Dayton Hollywood Casino

 

Columbus Children's Hospital