JAZZ SATURDAYS AT THE STATION
Join us for our weekly Jazz concert featuring rotating musicians each week.
This week’s artist(s): THE BUCKET BROTHERS
The North Carolina-based Bucket Brothers—Logan and Casey Valleroy—have captivated audiences since 2012 with their sophisticated arrangements, seamless improvisation, and beyond-their-years mastery of jazz. Fans enthuse over their amazing musicianship, composure, and stage presence. Both brothers display a depth of musical understanding and an ability to listen to one another that is rare at such a young age. Derek Kratzer, who has shared the stage with David Grisman and Del McCoury, says, “Technical proficiency and performance can be learned, but listening to one another requires a different kind of understanding and awareness that can only come through experience.”
Logan has played violin since the age of 7, winning fiddle competitions, scholarships, and numerous accolades along the way. In October 2016, Logan was featured in Strings magazine as a “rising star” on violin. Logan is also a highly accomplished swing and jazz guitarist, and enjoys playing the mandolin, electric bass, drums, and piano.
Casey began playing piano when he was 5. Casey’s teacher, Robert Griffin, proudly says, “In my 40 years of teaching, I’ve never had a student of Casey’s exceptional talent.” Another instructor remarks that “Casey’s creative approach and joy for the musical experience are contagious to those around him.” Casey also plays drums, saxophone, and melodica.
The hard-working Bucket Brothers stay busy performing at festivals, fundraisers, and community and private events in North Carolina and beyond. Appearances in 2016 included the LEAF Festival in Black Mountain, NC, the OcraFolk Festival on Ocracoke Island, the Pocahontas County Opera House in Marlinton, WV, and a house concert in the Washington, DC area. The brothers capped 2016 with a Christmas Day appearance at DC’s Kennedy Center with jazz luminaries Chuck and Robert Redd and other leading jazz performers at the annual All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam. In early 2017, the Bucket Brothers were featured on the Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour, sharing the stage with Livingston Taylor and Rebecca Loebe. Woodsongs airs on over 500 radio stations worldwide and on PBS stations in millions of homes across America.
In 2013, when they were just 13 and 10, the brothers were profiled in North Carolina’s acclaimed Our State magazine. They also have appeared twice (2014 and 2016) on WUNC public radio’s “The State of Things,” hosted by Frank Stasio. The brothers successfully funded a Kickstarter project to record their debut album (also titled “Our State”), which was released in May, 2016.
All ages welcome!