Duo Project ‘mini tour’ coming to Lakeview on July 2

By Mike Taylor • Last Updated 10:10 am on Monday, July 01, 2013

Derek Brown, left, and David Youngman, both Lakeview natives, make up the group Duo Project, which will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lakeview Community Church in Lakeview. — Courtesy photo


LAKEVIEW — The music of Duo Project — saxophonist Derek Brown and finger-style guitarist David Youngman — defies classification. It incorporates elements of jazz, bluegrass, pop and even classical genres.

And at 7 p.m. Tuesday, that eclectic blend will come to Lakeview with a live concert at Lakeview Community Church, located on the corner of M-57 and Lincoln Avenue in the building which once housed the Bargains Unlimited store.

Both Youngman and Brown grew up in Lakeview, so this leg of their current tour is a homecoming of sorts. The duo has toured before. From 2002-2004 they performed extensively throughout the Midwest. Their current tour is intended to promote their new album.

The touring is strictly a part-time thing, however. These days, Brown works as director of jazz studies and instructor in saxophone at Abilene Christian University, where he lives with his wife, Rachel. Also, he has shared the stage with such luminaries as Arturo Sandoval, Terri Lyne Carrington, Fred Hersch, John Fedchock, Marvin Stamm and Fred Sturm.

LIkewise, Youngman’s musical journey has been filled with impressive milestones. After studying jazz and classical guitar with Larry Williams at Spring Arbor University, he moved on to study under notable instructors and performers such as Brian Roberts, John Stropes, and Rene Izquierdo.

Over the years, Youngman developed what he calls the “Jazzgrass” style, which he incorporated while touring with the group Afterthought.

Over the years, he has performed at events that include the Lansing Jazz Festival, Grand Rapids Art Festival and the Crosby Festival of the Arts in Toledo.

According to Pastor Larry Brown of First United Methodist Church in Ionia, where the duo recently performed, the musical duo deeply touched the audience there.

“David has a sensitive heart and his music flows directly from it,” Brown said.

Youngman’s mother and Lakeview native, Sharon Youngman, is helping promote the duo’s current two and one-half week mini tour.

“The music is all their own creations,” Sharon Youngman said. “The setting for the (Lakeview) concert will be kind of cafe style. We’ll have a coffee bar open there.”

Cost of the show is a $5 donation. For more information, visit the Duo Project website at davidyoungmanmusic.com/duo_project.

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