Legendary Vocal Group back on Nighttown Stage! Playing Music from their new CD "Four Freshmen & Friends".
Featuring: Bob Ferreira, Tommy Boynton, Stein Malvey, & Jon Gaines.
The Four Freshmen have released over 60 albums, won numerous DownBeat and JazzTimes readers’ polls, and have been honored with the Satchmo Award for unique and enduring contribution to the living history of jazz.
The Four Freshmen remain the Acclaimed Masters of Harmony presenting their unique brand of vocal pop harmony of headlining concerts around the globe. As the Wall Street Journal proclaims, “Long live The Four Freshmen, may they never graduate.”
TOMMY BOYNTON is the newest member of The Four Freshmen, singing 1st tenor and playing bass. Growing up in Aurora, Co., his musical journey began in the 3rd grade, singing in a children’s chorus, and studying piano and drums. Tommy’s love for music lead him to Phil Mattson’s prestigious School for Music Vocations in Creston, Iowa. He then graduated from the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA, where he studied with Dominique Eade and Ran Blake. Boynton continued to share his love and passion for music by returning to SMV to teach. Tommy has shared the stage with several Grammy nominated musicians, including jazz pianist Fred Hersch, and critically acclaimed jazz vocalist Kate McGarry. While on the road, he does miss his kitties, Alice and Little Brother, more than anything.
STEIN MALVEY sings the 2nd tenor and plays guitar with The Four Freshmen. He began his musical journey at age four, studying piano at St. Olaf College in his hometown of Northfield, MN. Growing restless with classical repertoire, he discovered guitar at age 12, and fell in love. Just two years later he was playing guitar professionally. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in guitar performance from Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. Stein spent years in both the New York and Minneapolis music scenes, recording and touring with groups in many genres: rock, pop, r&b, soul, funk, jazz, country, and avant-garde. When he isn’t touring with The Four Freshmen, Stein lives in Los Angeles.
Jon Gaines was introduced to the world of music at the age of 5 when he began taking piano lessons from his grandmother in his hometown, Derry NH. By fifth grade, young Jon was expanding his musical talents to the trumpet, but it wasn’t until Jon first heard a recording of Louis Armstrong that a passion was sparked. After high school, Jon attended the prestigious New England Conservatory where he furthered his studies in jazz improvisation. Along with all his instrumental studies on trumpet and piano Jon also undertook several years of vocal instruction before earning his bachelors degree in 2014.
BOB FERREIRA auditioned for The Four Freshmen in 1992 for bass voice and percussion while a music student at Central Washington University. The group asked Ferreira to join, presenting him with a difficult decision of whether or not to leave his academics behind in lieu of a career in entertainment. Bob is still pleased with his decision and has not looked back since. He enjoys being part of such an iconic musical legacy having performed in fifty states, ten countries, and on nine Freshmen recordings. When not on the road with The Four Freshmen, Ferreira occasionally freelances as a drummer in Las Vegas.