The Craig Thatcher Jazz Project
Friday, March 22, 2019, 7:30 pm
Craig Thatcher guitar
Cliff Starkey keys
Chico Huff bass
Don Plowman drums
Peter Fluck sax
KICK-OFF CONCERT TO BOSCOV'S BERKS JAZZ FEST
Craig Thatcher is a band leader (The Craig Thatcher Band), an International Clinician/Ambassador for C.F. Martin & Co. of Nazareth, PA, a guitar instructor & recording artist.
He has worked with and/or opened for many great artists including: Simone, Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, John Mayall, Jimmie Vaughan, Duke Robillard, John Hammond, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jonny Lang, Charlie Musselwhite, Train, Robin Trower, Dicky Betts, Savoy Brown, Jorma Kaukonen, Marty Stuart, Roseanne Cash, Roger McGuinn, Rory Block, Woody Mann, Peter Rowan, Herman's Hermits, Spencer Davis Group, Laurence Juber, John Mayer, David Bromberg, GE Smith and many other international artists.
Craig together with his band and friends also present tributes to Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, the Allman Brothers Band and Cream.
Craig is also half of a very dynamic, exciting and popular duo with violinist Nyke Van Wyk. Together they play often in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley as well as doing group tours to Ireland, Scotland and Italy.
Craig has performed in one capacity or another—often as a Martin Guitar Artist/Clinician — in nearly every U.S. State as well as over 35 different countries.
Theatres, Local/regional Performing Arts venues & Festivals where Craig and his band appear on a regular basis include:
The Sellersville Theatre — Sellersville, PA
ArtsQuest /Musikfest/Muiskfest Cafe — Bethlehem, PA (have been performing at Musikfest for the past 27 years as of 2018)
Mauch Chunk Opera House — Jim Thorpe PA
State Theatre — Easton PA
Kirby Center for the Arts — Wilkes Barre, PA
Metropolitan Museum Of Art — NYC
Museum of the City Of New York — NYC
Joes Cafe — NYC
The Apollo Theatre — NYC
Luce Auditorium — San Diego, CA,
House Of Blues — Atlantic City, NJ
Berks Jazzfest — Reading, PA
Zoellner Center for the Arts — Bethlehem, PA
Penn's Peak — Jim Thorpe, PA
… and many others.
Craig is also the originator and host of the PBS television series, “Behind The Guitar”, where he presents and interviews internationally known guitarists in front of a live audiences in the WLVT Channel 39 PBS studios.
“With both worldwide recognition and a slew of Lehigh Valley Music Awards, the Craig Thatcher Band has a well earned reputation for blending classic rock and blues standards with impressive original tunes, all with a joy of playing that's up front and bold. Wayde Leonard's rich vocals and solid bass and Don Plowman's unlimited expertise on the drums only take Craig's breathtaking guitar work to greater heights. Hey, they're the best!”
— Godfrey Daniels