Friday, July 14, 2017, 7 pm
Led by powerhouse Latin jazz trombonist Chris Washburne and Brazilian virtuoso pianist André Mehmari, Celebrating 100 Years of Jazz is a centennial tribute to the first recording and the international roots of jazz. This all-star retrospective explores influences from traditional folk songs to early American jazz pioneers such as Scott Joplin, WC Handy, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, and Bessie Smith.
The full ensemble is Chris Washburne, trombone and bandleader; André Mehmari, piano and bandleader; Brianna Thomas, vocals; Dominick Farinacci, trumpet; Evan Christopher, clarinet; Dan Tepfer, piano; and Vince Cherico, drums.
Trombonist Chris Washburne is one of those rare musicians whose musical activities cross many styles and cultural borders. From early in his career he refused to be pigeon-holed as just being a jazz or classical player,but instead has continually pursued a diverse path. Chris is currently Associate Professor of Music and Founding Director of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program at Columbia University in New York. He also tours extensively with various groups and has concertized throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, Central America, and the Caribbean.
Pianist André Mehmari is considered one of the most talented young musicians of his native Brazil. His activities as pianist, composer, arranger, and instrumentalist are highly regarded in both popular and classical music. As his compositions and arrangements have been performed by important Brazilian orchestras (OSESP) and chamber ensembles (São Paulo String Quartet), his career in jazz and Brazilian popular music has attracted wide attention, as has his music in jazz festivals and concerts.