The Jeff Little Trio wraps up Hot Nights, Cool Music

Northeast State Community College wraps up the “Hot Nights, Cool Music” summer concert series with a sizzling performance by The Jeff Little Trio on Thursday, Aug. 14.

Acclaimed by National Public Radio, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe, the Trio light up at the Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater at the main campus next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the performance starts at 7 p.m. The show is free and open to the public.

A professional musician since age 14, Little is conversant with traditional old-time country, bluegrass, rockabilly, and blues. His involvement with fiddle tunes, old-time country, and traditional blues dates to his growing up in Boone, N.C. where his family owned a music shop. The shop became a gathering place for musicians who would stop by to pick a few tunes. Beginning around age six he would regularly sit in with many of the musicians, including one of America’s most influential musicians: Doc Watson. These influences helped shape his approach to the piano which is based on these deep musical traditions.

Several years ago Jeff and his family returned to the Blue Ridge where today he is the director of the new Entertainment Technology program at Northeast State in Bristol. The Trio’s performances include NPR, PBS, National Council for the Traditional Arts, American Piano Masters Series, The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and The American Folk Festival just to name a few. He has also performed internationally including concerts in Sri Lanka, Oman, and France.

The Trio includes Steve Lewis, one of the most respected acoustic musicians lauded for his flat picking on guitar and his mastery of the five-string banjo. Lewis earned many championships for his guitar and banjo playing in competitions at Merlefest, the Galax Old Time Fiddlers Convention, and the Wayne Henderson Guitar Competition. He is also a two-time national champion on the banjo.

Rounding out the Trio is Josh Scott, considered to be one of the most talented upright bass players working today. Scott has been featured on stage and in the studio with many critically acclaimed artists of acoustic and Americana music.

NPR called Little, “A remarkable musician, steeped in the tradition of his native Blue Ridge, yet also a virtuosic and eclectic innovator.” 

Northeast State extends its deepest thanks to all the performers and to the audiences that made this year’s series successful. For more information, visit www.northeaststate.edu or contact 423.279.7669.


Official OSHA safety course set for Aug. 26-29

The Workforce Solutions department at Northeast State Community College will present an official OSHA 30-hour General Industry course on safety and healthy work practices Aug. 26-29.

The course is ideal for any professional responsible for employee on-the-job safety and health work practices. This course provides successful participants with four days of information on current topics in occupational safety and health as enforced by the U.S. and state Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Course completion cards will be awarded from the OSHA National Training Institute to each student completing the course. Attendance at all four classes is required to receive the card.

The course will meet Aug. 26 – 29, 2014. Course hours are: Aug. 26 – 28, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and Aug. 29: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. The class will be held on the College’s main campus at Blountville.

Course fee is $399 including books and all study materials. This course is offered in conjunction with Tennessee OSHA (TOSHA). 

Please register for this course by Aug. 12. For reservations, contact Diana Harrison at 423.354.5520 or dlharrison@NortheastState.edu.


Six Sigma courses scheduled for Aug. 19

Workforce Solutions at Northeast State Community College has announced upcoming Six Sigma opportunities. The classes are scheduled to start the week of Aug. 19, 2014 and run for approximately 20 weeks.

All Six Sigma training will be held on the College’s main campus in Blountville, Tenn., 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. These courses are a combination of day and evening classes.

The registration deadline for Six Sigma classes is Aug. 12.

Course requirement: MUST have at least MINITAB 15 with 16 being preferred.

Black Belt
Training provides in depth knowledge of all the tools in Six Sigma Methodology. Upon completion, participants will be fully prepared to take on the role of Six Sigma Black Belt. The class provides mastery of all five phases complimented by the best training materials available including, but not limited to; project selection, measurement system analysis (MSA), basic stats, capability, inferential stats, hypothesis testing, normality, and design of experiments, control plans, and PFMEA.

Class Times - Combination of day and evening classes
Total Hours - 128
Cost - $5,600

Green to Black Belt
This training provides an opportunity to upgrade previous Six Sigma Green Belt training by local Six Sigma professionals. As part of the overall Spring 2013 Six Sigma curriculum, participants will need to attend as few as 61 hours of classroom instruction. Upon completion of these classes and an approved project, the Green Belt will become Black Belt certified.

Class Times - Combination of day and evening classes
Total Hours - 61
Cost - Previous Green Belt Students - $3,395 New Students - $3,955

Green Belt
Green Belt training provides hands on training and the opportunity to assist organizations in the roll out and use of the Six Sigma Methodology. The class will go through the full DMAIC process with emphasis on: project identification and management, proper project documentation, introduction to statistical tools and analysis, introduction to Minitab, root cause analysis, quality management, and introduction to DOE and control methods.

Class Times - Combination of day and evening classes
Total Hours - 67
Cost - $4,295

Note: The above costs will include all necessary training material but does not included Minitab software.

To register or for additional information, contact Diana Harrison at 423.354.5520 or dlharrison@NortheastState.edu.


Shaped-note singing offers glimpse into Southern musical history

Shaped-note singing is an American tradition of hymn-singing that endures today in churches and annual singing schools and conventions. The style began in New England in the 18th century and made its way to the Southern states where it enjoyed popularity through the mid-19th century.

Fans of the style, as well as newcomers to the method, will be treated to a concert and workshop by singers from Kingsport’s Tri-City Gospel Music Camp July 24 at 7 p.m. at Northeast State’s Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts. The event is free and open to the public.

Basically, shaped-notes allow for a simplified way to read music. Based on squares, ovals, diamonds, and triangles – the distinctive shapes of the notes instantly tell what pitch to sing. The style gained a great following in colonial times when many singers were musically untrained.

The performing arts center is located at 2425 Highway 75, adjacent to the Tri-Cities Regional Airport.

For more information, contact Jim Kelly at jpkelly@NortheastState.edu or 423.279.7669.


Frito Puente brings Latin jazz to Northeast State

The flavor is back, indeed! Northeast State goes en fuego on July 18 when the Frito Puente band brings their sizzling Latin jazz music to the stage for the College’s Hot Nights, Cool Music summer concert series.

Local jazz aficionados are excited for the return of Frito Puente to stages around the region. Jazz musician Bill Perkins has reunited in Johnson City with his former band mates Sam Burke on bass and Jose Castillo on percussion. Perkins and Burke have played together in various jazz, blues, and rock groups for over 30 years.

Frito Puente performs at 7 p.m. in the Regional Center for the Performing Arts Theater, located on the College’s main campus in Blountville, adjacent to the Tri-Cities Regional Airport. The concert is free and open to the public.

Perkins has been playing guitar since 1971 and has appeared on stage in the United States, Germany, Malta, Brazil, and Mexico. In his extensive travels, Burke has played with symphonies, garage bands, power trios, R&B show bands, folk bands, lounge bands, and bar bands. Castillo joined the band 13 years ago. He has played trumpet, flugle horn, guitar, and percussion not anywhere close to as long as his band mates. Cast spearheads the Latin sound that has defined this latest rendition of this ensemble.

Frito Puente’s style spans Latin-flavored artists like Santana, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Chick Corea, jazz standards from Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Thelonius Monk, and original compositions. Like any good jazz ensemble this core trio has had guest soloists, singers, and friends join them over the years. The Bill Perkins Quartet, Quintet, Trio and now known as Frito Puente, has performed at The Blue Plum Festival, Corazon Latino, and a wide variety of venues throughout the region.

For more information about this or other events in the Hot Nights, Cool Music series, visit http://www.NortheastState.edu or contact jpkelly@NortheastState.edu.


Rambling Rose Band brings classic country to Northeast State stage

Classic country never sounded so good when the Rambling Rose band performs at Northeast State on Tuesday, July 15 as part of the “Hot Nights, Cool Music” summer concert series continuing through July.

Rambling Rose plays traditional country music and bluegrass, gospel and an occasional rock and roll song. The band has been together for more than 35 years performing as fan favorites throughout the region. The legendary country sounds of Cash, Nelson, and Lynn among others get top-notch tribute from Rambling Rose.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The performance begins at 7 p.m. at the Regional Center for the Performing Arts at the College’s main campus in Blountville next to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. The performance is free and open to the public.

The Rambling Rose band features Earl Rose playing lead guitar and rhythm guitar, Ruthie Rose on vocals and bass, Norman May playing drums, Ted Cole on vocals and fiddle, Dennis Spangler on rhythm guitar and vocals, and Howard Bateman playing the Dobro guitar. Rambling Rose played Bristol’s wildly popular Rhythm and Roots Reunion music festival numerous times.

Earl Rose’s his love of music started as a child listening to the Grand Old Opry show. His father played banjo which led him to begin playing music at an early age. He later formed Rambling Rose playing with many of the same musical artists for more than 30 years. With an artistic legacy born in the blood, Earl Rose also teaches art and paints landscapes and portraits.

For more information about the summer concerts visit http://www.northeaststate.edu or contact 423.354.5169.