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Spotlight: Idle Fret returns to Lee Burrows Center for the Arts

August 7, 2014

By Josh Kendrix, Appeal-Democrat, Marysville, Calif.

Aug. 07--The sounds of jazz will fill the Lee Burrows Center for the Arts on Saturday as local jazz band Idle Fret makes its return to the venue.

"There's going to be a lot of high-energy music," said James Achilles, the band's founder and guitarist. Achilles is a local musician and music educator. "We'll have some jazz standards and well-known pop tunes, and some creative originals."

Idle Fret consists of Achilles, David Coe on reeds, Judy Coe on flute, Robert Achilles on keyboards, David Bole on bass and Ken Horton on drums.

The band formed in 2010, James Achilles said. "We're all friends, and we all played in other contexts. I was looking for a venue in which I could try out the new music I was writing, so I asked the other guys. And we got together and started playing and we decided to keep going. It's a lot of fun."

In addition to jazz, the band's repertoire also includes swing to smooth jazz to more Latin-flavored music.

"We play standards and stuff people know," Achilles said.

Saturday's concert is the first of two the band will perform in the coming weeks. The second is next weekend at Gauche Aquatic Park in Yuba City as part of the Music in the Park series.

"Most of the music is very high energy," Achilles said. "It's very accessible, and not very esoteric or strange. Audiences will really like what we have to play."

Tickets to the concert are free, but because seating is limited, Yuba Sutter Arts -- which is hosting the concert -- advises calling ahead to reserve a seat.


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