Jenna Przybysz Quartet
Saturday, September 29, 3:00-4:00PM
Little Black Pearl
While keeping tradition in focus, THE PRZYBYSZ QUARTET explores the newer trends of jazz. Influenced by world music, hip-hop, and more, its members offer an organic and refreshing approach to jazz standards and original compositions.
The focus of this performance is Przybysz’s current project of re-imagining Mary Lou Williams’ Zodiac Suite. Williams composed Zodiac Suite for solo piano during her residency at Café Society, an interracial nightclub in New York’s Greenwich Village, affiliated with the Popular Front. Williams dedicated each movement of the suite to one of the many musicians with whom she became acquainted there.
Although many concepts and ideas are embedded within the composition, among the most relevant is Williams’ vision of democracy. Importantly, the piece was genre-less. WIlliams did not classify it as jazz or classical music. Later, trombonist and arranger Melba Liston arranged Williams’ compositions for strings, woodwinds, brass, and rhythm section. In her re-imagined arrangements, Przybysz blends recognizable elements of each artist within their respective movement in Williams’ work.
The musicians are: JENNA PRZYBYSZ (alto saxophone); ZAC NUNNERY (guitar); DAVI PRIST (bass); and ANDY DANSTROM (drums and cymbals).
Julius Tucker Trio
Saturday, September 29, 4:30-5:30PM
Little Black Pearl
A rising Chicago jazz pianist, JULIUS TUCKER has played at numerous venues around town including Green Mill, Room 43, Jazz Showcase, and Andy’s Jazz Club. The recipient of a Ken Chaney Scholarship and a Luminarts Fellowship, Tucker is a recent graduate of Northwestern University, where he pursued majors in both Jazz Piano at the Bienen School of Music and Civil Engineering at the McCormick School of Engineering. Tucker has been studying piano for fifteen years, and is grateful to have shared these years with many musicians and mentors who have helped carve his musical voice.
Musicians are: JULIUS TUCKER (piano); JEREMIAH HUNT (bass); and NEIL HEMPHILL (drums).