Saturday, September 3rd
3:00- 4:30 pm
Kristin Korb Trio
There are few bassists who can sing and there are even fewer who can do it well. Kristin Korb is one of those artists who make you forget that she is playing the bass when you hear her crystalline voice. Inspired by the days when music was romantic and made you want to dance, Kristin and her trio embody that spirit and carry their audiences along for the ride. Love eventually brought the American bassist and vocalist to Denmark in 2011.
In 2021, Korb released a double CD entitled “What If? / Why Not?” reflecting the pop and jazz sides of Korb’s personality. On “What if?”, Korb departs from her Great American Songbook tradition and dives deep into the exploration of pop tunes that burst with Korb’s trademark exuberance and inspired arrangements.
Korb’s familial connection to her bandmates Magnus Hjorth on piano and Snorre Kirk on drums is clear from the first beat. Joining Korb’s trio are Swedish saxophone titan Karl-Martin Almqvist, Danish trombone master Steen Nikolaj Hansen, and Denmark’s young lion on harmonica Mathias Heise. The touches of percussion by Tira Skamby and Aaron Serfaty give an extra sparkle to the project.
Bob Kase Quintet
TThe Grammy Nominated – Bob Kase Jazz Quintet features incredible performances from one of the most significant sounds in Jazz. Trumpeter, Bob Kase has a long and successful career as a Jazz Performing Artist. He has performed on more than 200 recording projects, including four solo jazz recordings with his own quintet and a latest GRAMMY NOMINATED – CD “As We Gather” on the Altenburgh Jazz recording label. Cadence Magazine says of Kase’s playing…”If we had to combine all of the different trumpet sounds into one, this would be it…” His trumpet sound is familiar to many through movie sound tracks, pop artists, jazz recordings, jingles and more. As a studio artist his has performed with many international recording stars beginning his career with Sonny and Cher, continuing a long and successful performing career including stints with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Andy Williams, Peggy Lee, The Temptations, Lena Horne, Wayne Newton, Natalie Cole, and many others. Having travelled the globe as a trumpet soloist he brings is always charming and infectious musical personality to every performance. He has assembled an incredible group of the finest jazz musicians to bring an evening of entertaining and swinging jazz that has something for everyone!
Bronx-born Samara Joy burst onto the New York jazz scene in 2019 when she won the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. Following the 2021 release of her self-titled debut album Downbeat called the 22-year-old artist a “deeply emotive vocalist, with power that usually takes a lot of living to master.”
Her self-titled debut recording was released in July of 2021 on Whirlwind Recordings. Within the album liner notes, veteran writer Will Friedwald comments that Samara Joy is “a fantastic collection of highly original new arrangements, beautifully sung by a rising talent, and a very impressive first album. People are forever using the word ‘timeless’ as if it were the greatest praise ever, but in a way, Samara’s voice and her music seem to belong to all time, like she’s connected to the entire history of jazz all at once – as if she were existing in every era simultaneously, she sounds both classic and contemporary.” Winning the Vaughan competition was transformational for Joy, and the release of her debut recording has brought her instantly recognizable sound to the jazz world. Moving forward, Joy will continue to dig deep to further find inspiration without losing sight of the innate simplicity that makes her sound shine.
Sunday, September 4th
PEGASIS is a vocal trio of Dominican sisters (Marvelis, Rissel, and Yaina Peguero) and jazz guitarist Matt Hillman. Currently based out of Green Bay, Wisconsin, the four members write, produce, and perform their original music. Their lyrics speak of the struggles and triumphs of everyday life, on being kind to our minds and bodies, on finding love and happiness, first and foremost within ourselves, and accepting each other as a part of the global collective we call humanity.
PEGASIS was recently nominated for a WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) award as Best World/Reggae/Ska/Latin artist and performed a showcase of their music at Stack and Steeples, a music series featuring all original music. In 2020, PEGASIS released their debut project titled ‘ONE’ and have since released a new single titled ‘Sanity’.
In 2022 PEGASIS released their second project “TWO”, with all original music and a smooth funky beat. They also have many other smaller projects including their highly anticipated Spanish EP in collaboration with their father, Roberto Peguero, set to be released September 2022.
Laura Caviani Trio
Pianist Laura Caviani is a veteran of two decades of performing, recording and composing. Most recently, her projects include arranging classical pieces in a jazz style, and revisiting the music of Thelonious Monk. In 2010, she was a finalist at the International Jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville, Florida. She is on faculty at Carleton College, where she directs the jazz ensemble, coaches chamber groups, and teaches jazz piano. Chris Bates is a bassist who has worked professionally for 25 years, including as a member of the Atlantis Quartet, Framework and Red Planet. He has won Mcknight Fellowships for his composing and performing. Drummer David Schmalenberger has performed with several notable artists, including John Scofield, Larry Grenadier, Steve Turre, the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Cab Calloway, the Fifth Dimension, and The Mills Brothers. He is the co–chair of the Percussion Department at McNally Smith College in downtown St. Paul, MN.
Fred Hersch Trio
The lineup of greats he’s performed with speaks for itself: Aretha A select member of jazz’s piano pantheon, Fred Hersch is a pervasively influential creative force who has shaped the music’s course over more than three decades as an improviser, composer, educator, bandleader, collaborator and recording artist. With some fifty albums to his credit as a leader or co-leader, he’s a 15-time Grammy Award nominee who continues to earn jazz’s most prestigious awards, including distinctions as a 2016 Doris Duke Artist and being named Jazz Pianist of the Year three times from the Jazz Journalists Association. Proclaimed “a living legend” by The New Yorker, Hersch has long defined jazz’s creative edge in a wide variety of settings, from his breathtaking solo recitals and exploratory duos to his extraordinary trios and innovative chamber settings. As a composer, he is a recipient of a Guggenheim Felloswhip – and his recent releases, Live In Europe with his celebrated trio, and the 2020 solo disc Songs From Home are definitive statements. His acclaimed memoir Good Things Happen Slowly is now available from Crown Archetype Books.
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