Bresnan Unplugged

Saturday, October 2, 7:00 PM

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COVID UPDATE: We require that audience members either be vaccinated or have a negative COVID test within 72 hours prior to the performance. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result will be required for entry and may include the following options: a vaccination card (or photo), a digital record within an app, an official immunization record, or documentation of a negative test result. 
We also strongly encourage guests to wear masks. All PECPA theater team members are vaccinated and will wear masks.

Seating will include social distancing, leaving every other row empty and two seats empty to each side of your seats.

This performance will explore the jazzy side of the blues, featuring Swing Blues, Big Band Tunes, Jazz Standards, and Originals. This Bresnan Unplugged performance will include songs by artists such as Louis Jordan, Joe Williams, Count Bassie, and Duke Ellington. The ensemble for this performance features leader, Dan Bresnan (vocals/acoustic archtop guitar), Allen Ames (Violin), Felix Sainz (acoustic upright bass), and Charlie Bulla (drums).


Music industry veterans have recently praised Dan and his new ensemble: “Dan Bresnan is an inspiration. His guitar style is pure feel and color. ...” - Robin Dean Salmon (Sony Recording Artist); “Bresnan Unplugged is a refreshing ensemble that offers the listener pure song arrangements that appeal to any generation. ...” - Helen Lewis Mastor (Veteran Recording Artist, Songwriter - Motown Records)


Dan Bresnan (vocals/acoustic guitar) is an international recording artist, guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, as well as a revered luthier (Bresnan Guitars). His well acclaimed Bresnan Blues Band’s 2014 debut CD, “Party in My Backseat” has received rave reviews and has been in regular rotation on radio stations across Europe. Dan’s performance and songwriting style is a fusion of folk rock, Americana, Roots, Blues, Classic Rock, influenced also by 40’s and 50’s pop standards. Dan is currently a member of A.S.C.A.P., the Guild of American Luthiers, and Chamber Music Sedona.


Allen Ames (violin & acoustic guitar) is known for his recorded works with his own ensemble Lyra, William Eaton Ensemble, and Gypsy jazz groups around Arizona and the Phoenix area. He has played with orchestras and chamber ensembles including the Arizona Opera and Ballet Orchestras, Nouveau West Chamber Orchestra, the Phoenix String Quartet, and many others. He has twice performed in the Sedona Chamber Music Festival, and is a regular in the jazz scene in Phoenix. Allen has also appeared with Dave Brubeck in his Fiesta de la Posada Christmas Cantata.


Felix Sainz, Jr. (acoustic bass) is one of the most in-demand performance and session bassists in Arizona, with over 35 years of experience performing in jazz, latin, and pop ensembles around the state. Felix, a resident of Phoenix, AZ, is also a recording artist, vocalist, and classical guitarist with his own newly released album, "The Nearness of You." Felix can be heard regularly backing jazz greats in Phoenix, such as Beth Lederman, Diana Lee, Dennis Rowland, Carmela Ramirez, and regular appearances at the nationally famed premier jazz venue in Phoenix, The Nash.


Charlie Bulla has played professionally from 1972 to present. Charlie has performed on classical percussion and drums with talents such as: Little Richard, Marlena Shaw, saxophonist Plas Johnson, jazz flutist Sam Most, Bassist John Patitucci, arranger Nelson Riddle, and composer Aaron Copeland. He has collaborated and performed with pianist/ arranger/ composer Clarence Mc Donald on commercials, demos and sound clips for CNN, Fox Television, TVN, Denise Williams and Anita Baker. Residing in Phoenix for the past 20 years, Charlie has performed with Wayne Foster entertainment, as well as local Phoenix artists the Chris Putrino Band, the David Mohler Trio, Mike Smith, Big Pete Pearson, and Richard Palalay /Trio Three Eighty