GREENEVILLE, TN – “The Legacy of Floyd Cramer,” featuring his grandson Jason Coleman, will be performed at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 11, 3:30. Cramer’s 27-year-old grandson will not only be playing some of his grandfather’s songs, but will help kick off the Festival of Trees at NPAC by playing some favorite Christmas music.
Having been born and raised in Nashville, Coleman says, “I’m thankful to have the opportunity to make a career out of doing something I love. God has blessed me with a gift – I have played the piano all my life, since I was able to reach the keys as a little kid (or so my parents tell me). What makes things interesting though, is the fact that I was fortunate enough to be born with the genes of a piano legend; my grandfather, Floyd Cramer.”
Coleman says, “Music has always been an integral part of my life. Beginning at age five, I took piano lessons for eight years, which helped me develop the ability to read music. This complemented my innate ability to hear a song and imitate it very closely. To this day, I prefer playing by ear, but I truly value the ability to sight-read as well.”
Coleman graduated from Belmont University in Nashville as a music business major. He recalls performing on TV twice with his grandfather, once in 1990 on “Nashville Now,” hosted by Ralph Emery and once in 1994 on “Music City Tonight,” hosted by Lorraine Crook and Charlie Chase. “I also treasure,” says Coleman, “the memories of playing the piano on occasion with Granddad at his live shows.”
Prior to the 3:30 concert, from 1:00 to 3:00, there will be the Open House and official lighting of the Christmas trees for the 2012 Festival of Trees, sponsored by Wellington Place Assisted Living and NPAC. Cookies and punch will be served; there is no admission but guests are invited to bring canned foods for the Food Bank.
Tickets for the Coleman concert are only $22.50 for adults and $10 for students. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the NPAC Box Office at 423-638-1679 (Open from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday). NPAC is located adjacent to Greeneville High School at 212 Tusculum Blvd. For more information view the website at www.greenevillenpac.com