A Lewis County middle school teacher is earning a reputation as a "top cat" in the world of jazz music.
And when he purrs, the coolest cats want to join in.
The man with the notoriety is Adam Loudin, Lewis County Teacher of the Year, and a talented jazz trumpeter who is winning fans with each performance, along with some envy and admiration from other jazz artists.
"Adam is an outstanding talent," said Dr. James Moore, director of Jazz Programs at West Virginia Wesleyan College. "He is an artist with fans among the community of jazz musicians as well as with music lovers in
Loudin's growing recognition as a jazz talent does not come easily, as anyone passing by Robert L. Bland Middle School in the early morning hours can testify. The lights are usually on before 7a.m. in the band room where Loudin practices each morning before his students arrive.
"You work hard at those things you love," said Loudin in an interview between classes. "Whether it's teaching, performing or even learning more about music, I enjoy all of it."
Area music fans will have the chance to see what the buzz is about this December, when Loudin leads his band, The Current Jazz Band, into venues in Weston and Clarksburg as part of a series of holiday season shows produced by the West Virginia Jazz Society (WVJS).
Their first performance is on Dec. 13, in Weston, West Virginia's Museum of American Glass for a special show to dedicate a new semi-permanent exhibit, "Glass from the Golden Age of Jazz, 1930s through 1960s."
On Dec. 20, The Current Jazz Band with Moore as the special guest trumpeter. He will be one of the four headlining bands during the "Holiday Jazz Stroll" a promotional event featuring jazz music presented in a variety of formats. Loudin's quintet will appear in Uptown Seafood, a new venue in Clarksburg, West
The Current Jazz Band's name has both a temporal context as well as a descriptive meaning.
"We're the 'Current Jazz Band' because this is the band we've got going at this time," explained Loudin. "Each member of the band expresses as honestly as possible who they are and what is happening in their lives now at this current time."
The result, according to the West Virginia Jazz Society, is a totally fresh perspective on traditional and classic jazz.
The Current Jazz Band derives its personnel from a cadre of professional players from across the eastern United States. On a given night, you could hear Loudin sitting in with a pianist, Monika Herzig, when she's on tour, or a regionally recognized talent like Moore, or even true legend of jazz, Roger Humphries, the Pittsburgh-based drummer.
In addition to the music, the Museum of American Glass will offer light dining for a suggested admission donation of $20. Doors open for the special glass exhibit at 6pm, with music from 7pm to 10pm.
For more information, contact the Museum at 304-269-5006 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit WVJazzSociety.com