We LOVE jazz! Even the name is rooted in music: 251 (or ii-V-I to most musicians) is the most common turnaround progression existing in Western music. Jazz Standards are timeless, and we enjoy re-working & re-inventing them for each performance. We have a list of some of the most popular tunes, but can always take requests for upcoming gigs.
Some of our regulars
Jazz 251 is a dynamic group of musicians, fluctuating in personnel from one gig to the next. So, you may see it as a guitar & bass duo one day, and a quintet with drums, piano & horns the next! We want to give an opportunity for flexibility: for customers & venues to customize the personnel for a performance, and to the musicians to coordinate with their busy schedules.
Neil Burcham (guitar, alto sax)
Neil started down the path of an artist and musician early on, playing saxophone, piano, and guitar for more than 20 years and entering local & school art competitions.. He continued that path as a fine arts major (with a music minor) at ETSU, where he established relationships with several local artists & musicians, collaborating and performing in the area as a professional musician and volunteer including his own jazz combo -- Jazz 251 -- who performs locally for private parties, coorporate events, and galas. Neil continues to further his education, studying with renowned Philadelphia-based jazz guitarist -- Jimmy Bruno.
Glenn Diamond (upright bass, vocals)
Glenn, on bass, brings the groove. His voice leans toward a smooth west coast cool sound. While living in Texas, he sat in with such greats as Lyle Lovett, and Ray Charles' long-time guitarist, Jimmie James, and was Columbian jazz pianist Eduardo Alcayaga's bass player before moving to the Tri-Cities in Tennessee. While attending ETSU, Glenn played with Jon Faddis, Rita Coolidge, and The Jazz Doctors. He also plays with the Milligan College Jazz Band.
David Mitchell (vibraphone, percussion)
David is an active percussion educator, performer, and adjudicator. Currently he is teaching the percussion chamber ensemble, music theory, and aural skills at East Tennessee State University. He is a percussion instructor at Science Hill High School, who presented a PASIC Showcase Concert in 2013. He often presents clinics at other schools in the region, and is an adjudicator for marching band competitions. He was formerly a principal percussionist for the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra. Mitchell regularly performs with bands from the Johnson City, Tennessee area. He has taught and performed throughout Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina. He is often given the opportunity to compose and arrange music for percussion ensembles and marching bands in these states.
Eddie Dalton (percussion)
Eddie Dalton is an active teacher, clinician and player based in East Tennessee. As a teacher, his duties include Director of Bands at Colonial Heights Middle School and Percussion Instructor at Milligan College where his students are in constant demand for playing and teaching positions. He consults, writes and conducts clinics for Marching Percussion Ensembles and adjudicates Marching Band Festivals and Contests. Eddie is also in demand as a clinician for both Concert and Jazz based Honor Bands.
As a student Eddie attended East Tennessee State University under Dr. Rande Sanderbeck. (Degree: BMED, 1995) He has also studied with Joe Morello, Mike Clark, Chester Thompson, Ed Thigpen, Jim Chapin, and Zoro the Drummer.
Eddie has also performed with such national and world renowned artists as Jerry Douglas, Kenny Chesney, Steve Lippia, Jon Faddis, Lee Greenwood, Ernie Watts, Louise Mandrel, Bill Perkins and the Blue Gurus, Sugar Hill Recording artists the Brother Boys, Tim and Mollie O’brien, The Four Aces, Mark Schatz, the Mills Brothers and former Tonight Show Pianist, Derek Smith just to name a few.
Ellis Waddell (upright & electric bass)
Ellis started playing guitar and bass while he was still in high school in Virginia. He is currently a student at East Tennesse State University in Johnson City, TN studying under Martin Walters. He also plays with the ETSU Jazz Band.