An artist in residency series Inspired by Ray Charles' seminal 1962 recording Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, the Steve Kovalcheck Quartet applies the jazz lens to songs and sounds of vintage Nashville. Jazz guitarist/composer Steve Kovalcheck holds a B.M. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and a M.M. from the University of Northern Colorado, where he currently teaches Jazz Improvisation, Jazz History, directs jazz ensembles and leads the Jazz Guitar Ensemble. His professional experience includes recording and touring with Columbia recording artist Robinella and the C.C. String Band. Kovalcheck has performed with artists including Victor Krauss, the “New York Voices,” the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, the Nashville Jazz Orchestra, Jeff Coffin, Tommy Sims, Blue Note Recording Artist Carrie Rodriguez, and the Dana Landry Quartet. His compositions have been played internationally, including performances at the “Jazz En Tete” festival in Clermont, France.