Thursday , 22 March 2018
Sawyer Erickson - Arts in Bloom
Sawyer Erickson - Arts in Bloom

Local Musicians Bring Jazz to Historic Downtown McKinney, TX


Historic Downtown McKinney, TX is home to many talented musicians. Most nights spent on the Square are accompanied by the sounds of live bands performing in many of our local restaurants, cafés and even on the street corners. What people typically don’t hear is the seductive hum of jazz music; this is where Mark Noethan and theJazzMark trio are looking to make a change.

“My goal is to bring jazz to the downtown scene in a more regular way,” said Noethan. “I have only been in Mckinney for a year and a half and believe there is a latent audience in this fairly well populated area for more jazz music without having to drive to Dallas areas.”

With an ensemble of 3, theJazzMark pairs with talented vocalists and musicians to bring the music to the masses. Soon you’ll be able to see them again in Historic Downtown McKinney.

“I live in Mckinney and want to grow the jazz scene locally,” said Noethan.

TheJazzMark trio will be performing with vocalist Shelly Torres-West at fILTER(ed) craft coffeehouse on Saturday, September 12 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

For a full schedule of upcoming events for theJazzMark click here.

For a full schedule of upcoming events hosted by fILTER(ed) click here.

About Shelly Torres-West vocalist:

Shelly began singing jazz and pop at an early age. She studied voice at The University of Arkansas. Her journey took her to Chicago where she became a regular at well know clubs like the Back Room, Redford’s, and The Earl of Old Town among others. Shelly recorded her first album, “Take One,” live at the Back Room in Chicago with her band Wave. Shelly is a regular soloist at Metropolitan Community Church of Greater Dallas. Shelly also sang with Resounding Harmony, a mixed chorus in Dallas and also performed with them at Carnegie Hall and at the Royal Festival Hall in London. Her available jazz CD’s include “Next Step” recorded live in Dallas, Texas in 2001 and a digital remix of her 1970’s album “Take One”. Her first Christian CD “My Heart To Yours” is also available now along with a single digital download of “What A Friend We Have In Jesus” featuring Buddy Shanahan on piano.

About Mark Noethen on piano and vocals:

Originally from the Phoenix area, he first studied jazz piano with the great Bob Ravenscroft, and then performed with the University of Arizona Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Jeff Haskell from 1976 to 1980. While a graduate student at the University of Rochester he also performed with the Eastman School of Music Jazz Lab Band. He now performs regularly in both the Dallas and Tucson areas. You can check out my longtime Tucson group at

About Jay Gewertz on drums:

A Dallas native, Jay has studied with jazz greats Tommy Gwin, Ed Soph, Gregg Bissonette, and Colin Bailey.  A graduate of the University of North Texas, Jay currently teaches elementary music and drama in various campuses in both the Richardson and Dallas independent school districts.  He can be heard playing in various bands throughout the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.  He’s also a songwriter and is currently recording a collection of original children’s music.

About Tom Hardisen on bass:
Tom Studied the trombone as a Music Education major at the North Texas University School of Music. At the age of 19, Tom left the North Texas area to play bass guitar full time on the road with “Al Pierson’s Big Band USA,” based out of Chicago. He been playing full time since then with many Dallas area bands. He has also had recent stints with some jazz big bands including the Pecos River Brass, and the world renown Les Elgart Orchestra.

Information provided by theJazzMark and Mark Noethan.

By Sawyer Erickson


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