The Statesmen of Jazz will be giving a workshop and concert at VCU’s Vlahcevic Concert Hall on Sunday. This incarnation of the band features Chuck Redd (vibraphone) with Houston Person (tenor saxophone), Bob Cranshaw (bass), Mickey Roker (drums), and Tamir Hendelman (piano). The following information comes courtesy of VCU Jazz, which is hosting the event: […]
The following information comes courtesy of VCU Jazz, which is hosting the event:
The Statesmen of Jazz organization, overseen by Mathew Domber, consists of a roster of some of the world’s greatest living jazz musicians, with a mission to present concerts and educational programs internationally. The Statesmen of Jazz programs are primarily funded by private donors; this concert was also made possible by a generous gift from Max Corzillius.
Chuck Redd is a seasoned performer on both drums and vibraphone. He is currently the artist-in-residence at The Smithsonian Jazz Cafe in Washington, D.C. Chuck began performing internationally when he joined the Charlie Byrd Trio in 1980 at the age of 21. That year, he joined the Great Guitars (Barney Kessel, Charlie Byrd, and Herb Ellis). To his credit are thirteen extensive European tours and five tours of Japan with the Barney Kessel Trio, Ken Peplowski, Terry Gibbs, and Conte Candoli. He has toured and performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme, Tommy Flanagan, Ray Brown, Monty Alexander, Laurindo Almeida, Tal Farlow, Red Norvo, Scott Hamilton, and Frank Vignola and is featured on over 65 recordings. In addition to leading his own group, Chuck is a member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and is on the faculty at The University of Maryland School of Music. His January 2008 Noteworthy Jazz release is “When Redd is Blue.” a collaboration with his brother Robert, featuring saxophonist Harry Allen.
Houston Person is one of the most popular saxophonists in mainstream jazz. After a long successful association with vocalist Etta Jones and many years as a producer and bandleader, he has distilled his experience to become a master with a ballad, swinging standard or a romping blues.
Mickey Roker is one of the great drummers in the history of jazz. He has appeared on countless classic jazz recordings including Lee Morgan’s “Live at the Lighthouse” and Herbie Hancock’s “Speak Like a Child.” He also spent many years touring with Milt Jackson, Dizzy Gillespie, and Ella Fitzgerald and replaced Connie Kay with The Modern Jazz Quartet. Into his seventies he still plays with fire and a great sense of joy.
Bob Cranshaw is one of the most recorded bass players in history. He has been Sonny Rollins’s first-call bass player for more than 40 years and continues to tour with him. Bob also performed on the soundtrack for all of the Sesame Street programs for 30 years and was a member of the original Saturday Night Live Band. He was a member of Milt Jackson’s Quartet from the 1960s through the 1990s.
Award-winning jazz pianist Tamir Hendelman has performed with the Jeff Hamilton Trio, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Harry Allen, Teddy Edwards, Warren Vache, Jeff Clayton, Nick Brignola, Phil Upchurch, Rickey Woodard, John Clayton, Barbara Morrison, and also leads his own trio.
From 4-5:30p they will present a Jazz Workshop in Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Center. Admission is free and open to the public. At 8p they will present their concert, also at Vlahcevic Concert Hall, Singleton Center. Admission is $10 General Public and $5 VCU students (free to VCU Music students who sign up in advance in the Music Office). Call 828-6776, Monday through Friday, 2-4p to purchase your tickets via credit card.
On Wednesday, trumpeter Marvin Stamm will be coming to VCU to give a master class on Wednesday at 4:30pm and to perform with Jazz Orchestra I at 8pm on Thursday. Also on his itinerary is a lecture with VCU Jazz Director Tony Garcia for VCU’s Brandcenter, which will take place on Friday at 11am in Vlahcevic Concert Hall.
His biography tells of his numerous musical experiences:
While attending North Texas State University, a school noted for its innovative lab bands, Mr. Stamm was discovered by Stan Kenton. Upon graduating, he joined Kenton’s orchestra as his Jazz trumpet soloist from 1961-1962, recording five albums with the orchestra. In 1965-1966, he toured worldwide with Woody Herman.
Marvin Stamm settled in New York City in late 1966, quickly establishing himself as a busy Jazz and studio trumpeter. New York was bustling with Jazz activity during that period, and Stamm performed at key venues with many of the significant players in the business. He gained considerable recognition for his playing with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra (1966-1972) and the Duke Pearson Big Band (1967-1970), as well as performing with Frank Sinatra (1973-1974) and the Benny Goodman Sextet (1974-1975), among others.
Stamm was also a recognized first-call studio player (1966-1989). Some of the Jazz artists with whom he recorded include Bill Evans, Quincy Jones, Oliver Nelson, Duke Pearson, Thad Jones, Wes Montgomery, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, Patrick Williams, Michel Legrand, Lena Horne, Frank Foster, Paul Desmond, George Benson, and many other popular artists of the period as well.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
The Statesmen of Jazz
VCU Vlahcevic Concert Hall
$10 general public, $5 VCU students
[where: 922 Park Ave., Richmond, VA 23220]
Thursday, November 6, 2008
VCU Jazz Orchestra I with featured guest Marvin Stamm
VCU Vlahcevic Concert Hall
$5, free for VCU students