Wyoming Arts Council

Music & Poetry Series present Todd Scott Trio and Nina McConigley

From the ARTCORE web site:

The ARTCORE Music & Poetry Series presents the Todd Scott Trio and fiction writer Nina McConigley on Monday, Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m., at The Jazz Spot in Casper.

THE TODD SCOTT TRIO: Todd and Larry met at Casper College and formed the group “Baboomba” in 1973, which recorded many of Larry’s hit songs and resurfaced last May. Larry and Amy have worked together off and on for the last 17 years. Todd heard her incredibly dynamic interpretation of Sam Cooke’s “Bring it on home to me” and that provided the inspiration for the group that would ultimately become the Todd Scott Trio.

Hailing from Maryland, Amy Gieske has been in Casper for the past twenty eight years. She has worked with The Little Luke Band and Jalan Crossland, and currently, her bass playing provides the backbone for both the Todd Scott Trio and the Jeff Finlan Band.

Larry Neff began playing professionally at the age of 15 and has spent most of the last 37 years slaving over a hot piano. In 1980 he won the Wyoming Songwriter Contest with a song called “Out of the Frying Pan”. Larry started out playing mostly rock and roll in numerous bands, most notably Zephyr out of Boulder, Colo. Then, he met the legendary country guitar player, Thumbs Carlyle, who offered him a gig in Las Vegas where they were the opening act for every big name in country music, including Merle Haggard,, Reba Macintyre, Alabama, and The Oakridge Boys.

Todd Scott moved back to Casper almost two years ago, having spent the last twenty years in Boston, starting a family and collecting graduate college degrees. He currently is the organist of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, and he has been the guitarist for Casper College musical productions including “Little Shop of Horrors” and “A Chorus Line”. He is also active in the Wyoming Blues and Jazz Society and classical organ at the Bach’s Lunch recital series at the First United Methodist Church.

NINA McCONIGLEY: Nina was born in Singapore and grew up in Wyoming . She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston , where she was an Inprint Brown Foundation Fellow. She also holds an MA in English from the University of Wyoming and a BA in Literature from Saint Olaf College . She is the winner of a Barthelme Memorial Fellowship in Non-Fiction and served as the Non-Fiction Editor of Gulf Coast: a Journal of Literature and Fine Arts. Her play, Owen Wister, Considered was one of five plays produced in 2005 for the Edward Albee New Playwrights Festival, in which Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Lanford Wilson was the producer. She has been awarded a work-study scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 2005-2009. She has worked as a writer for the Casper Star-Tribune and as writer-in-residence for the non-profit Writers in the Schools in Houston . She has been nominated for The Best New American Voices 2009 and her work has appeared in The Virginia Quarterly Review, Puerto del Sol, and Forklift, Ohio. She is currently finishing a collection of short stories, Cowboys and East Indians.

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