Kodiak residents are in for a treat this Friday as the Kodiak Arts Council holds an event that combines jazz, wine and dessert.
The Dan Mac Jazz Quartet will play at 7 p.m. in the Harbor Convention Center. The event is part of the Arts Council’s 2012-2013 performing arts series.
The quartet includes pianist Dan McElrath, bassist Milo Matthews, guitarist Mike Doolin and drummer Cameron Cartland.
McElrath has previously played in Kodiak at local house concerts, but the rest of the group is new to the island.
“This is something really new and different,” said Arts Council events coordinator Katie Helligso. “It’s not his normal sound and it’s not something Kodiak has seen before. Just expect a really fun atmosphere.”
Each member of the group has a unique style. Matthews is a funk-based jazz player originally from Boston, Mass, while Doolin is a cool jazz player from Portland, Ore. Doolin also makes his own guitars and will bring a harp guitar — a six-string guitar with an extra arm holding more strings — with him.
Despite the different styles, the collaboration has been successful, and McElrath said there is something for every jazz fan to enjoy.
“Every group has a chemistry of its own,” McElrath said. “The energy and music coming out has a lot of different pieces to it, a lot of variety. There is something there for everybody.”
Kodiak is the last stop on the group’s 907 Jazz Tour, which sent them to Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula.
“It’s been fantastic,” McElrath said. “We’ve had great crowds everywhere we’ve played and the chemistry has been really good.”
After the show in Kodiak, the four members will head to a recording studio to put their collaborative music on a CD.
“We’re going into the studio Monday and Tuesday and doing a CD called 907 Central,” McElrath said. “It’ll be based on the tour.”
In addition to the music, Friday’s event will also feature a free wine sampling by the Odom Company, and hors d’oeuvres from the Best Western Kodiak Inn. There will also be a silent dessert auction.
“The special wine tasting event is a new thing,” Helligso said. “Now that we’re starting to use the convention center for a venue we have more of an opportunity to make it more of an event than just a concert.”
The Arts Council is selling 200 tickets to the event, but attendees must be 21 years or older. Tickets are $50, and can be purchased in advance from the Arts Council or at the door.
Contact Mirror writer Nicole Klauss at nklauss@kodiakdaily