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Peyton Tochterman & High Society on Folk & Beyond

Peyton Tochterman & High Society
LIVE on Folk & Beyond
hosted by Aer Stephen
Thursday, February 9, 6-7PM

High Society

Aer Stephen welcomes Peyton Tochterman & High Society back to the LIVE studio at WTJU. They will be performing in WTJU's Live Studio this evening in the 6-7 PM hour and at the Gravity Lounge on Friday, February 10. Special guest Bobby Read will join High Society for both of these performances.


High Society

HIGH SOCIETY is creating new standards, new sounds, and new music for the modern times. With mandolin, trumpet, drums and percussion, double bass, guitar and vocals, HS is pushing the boundaries of acoustic music through an unusual combination of instruments and cutting edge social commentary. As the C-Ville Weekly notes, the band has "...some of the best musicians in town." Their performances are spontaneous, original, and most assuredly uncompromised by the cookie cutter mentality that plagues much of today's music.

Peyton Tochterman Peyton Tochterman- vocals, guitar

Peyton Tochterman was born in Virginia. He has played and written music his entire life. He studied guitar with Tom Espinola. He attended St. Lawrence Univiersity. Tochterman has performed with Old School Frieght Train, John Stone, Adrienne Young, and various other groups. He is co-founder of Charlottesville based bluegrass band Fair Weather Bums and High Society. He currently lives in Charlottesville.

Pete Spaar Pete Spaar - double bass

Pete Spaar recieved a Master of Music from University of North Texas, and Bachelor of Music from James Madison University. His former teachers include Sam Cross, Ed Rainbow, Tom Lederer and Mark Bernat. Mr. Spaar currently holds the Robert and Ruth Cross Principal Bass Chair in the Charlottesville University Symphony Orchestra. He is the founder and bassist of the Free Bridge Quintet, U.Va.'s jazz quintet-in-residence. He is also a member of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his teaching duties, Pete maintains a very active freelance career as both a jazz and classical bassist.

James McLaughlin James McLaughlin - drums, vocals

James began playing drums in a high school jazz ensemble near Boston, MA. He then pursued his musical interests at St. Lawrence University, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Music in 2000. He lived in the UK for most of 2001 working in the music industry. Since returning to the US he has lived in Charlottesville, VA and has been a regular on the music scene. Under the direction of Robert Jospe, James has developed his drumming styles further incorporating Jazz, Latin, Rock, and Funk elements. When he is not performing with Peyton, James plays regularly with Greg Howard, members of Old School Freight Train, and other various local and regional musicians. He owns and operates The Mountainside Studio, helping local artists through songwriting, arranging, recording and producing.

John D'earth John D'earth - trumpet

Jazz trumpeter and composer John D'earth has performed and recorded internationally and appeared on over 50 CDs working with Buddy Rich, Lionel Hampton, Miles Davis/Quincy Jones, Tito Puente, Bruce Hornsby, Emily Remler, Bennie Wallace, Eddie Gomez, The George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, Bob Moses, Pat Metheny, Joe Henderson, Clark Terry, John Scofield, and John Abercrombie, among many others. He has composed and arranged music for the Kronos String Quartet, The Kandinsky Trio, The Charlottesville Chamber Festival, Bruce Hornsby, The Dave Matthews Band, The San Diego, Atlanta, Richmond and Roanoke Symphony Orchestras, The University of Virginia Jazz Ensemble, The Great American Music Ensemble, and The Charlottesville-Albemarle Youth Orchestra. He recently completed a two hour score for five instruments to be performed live with Mernau's 1926 silent film masterpiece, Faustus. John has recorded as a leader for Vanguard Records, ENJA Records, DoubleTime Jazz and his own Cosmology label.

Currently residing in Charlottesville, Virginia he is cofounder of the Free Bridge Quintet, is the music director for Thompson-D'earth Band with his wife, vocalist and composer Dawn Thompson, leads the Charlottesville Swing Orchestra, the jazz/poetry project and his own quartet/quintet. As the director of Jazz performance at the University of Virginia, John teaches improvisation, jazz trumpet, and directs the UVA Jazz Ensemble. John D'earth's career in music is documented in the recently published Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz, (Oxford Press) by Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler.

Andy Thacker Andy Thacker - mandolin

Andy has been surrounded by traditional Appalachian music since he was a boy, listening to his parents play fiddle tunes on the mandolin and open back banjo. He learned electric guitar from teacher Dean Musser while in high school and he returned to his roots when he picked up the mandolin at the age of 20. He attributes his studies with Steve Smith to the progress he has made on the mandolin. Andy spends his time exploring the possibilities of the mandolin, not only in the traditions of Old Time and Bluegrass music, but also in other various styles. He is the co-founder of the Bluegrass trio Fair Weather Bums and he lives in Charlottesville, VA.

(High Society was) Easily one of the best shows we've had at the Gravity Lounge.
- Bill Baldwin, Partner/Owner, The Gravity Lounge, Charlottesville, May 2005.

Tochterman has made a CD that not only brings together top local talent, he also has imbued it with warm and catchy songwriting earmarking it for Charlottesville's "Best of 2005" list, as well as winning a coveted spot in my 'regularly played' CD rack.
- Mark Grabowski, The Hook, March 17, 2005.

Peyton Tochterman's new CD, The Personals is the perfect mix of songwriting and serendipty... His voice is in particularly fine form...and the musical arrangements are well done.
- Spencer Lathrop, The C-ville Weekly, February 8, 2005.

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