Program Friday July 28th 2017
Friday July 28th – 10:15pm
Hargrove effortlessly flows from ‘straight-ahead’ jazz to pop, funk, R & B, and back. Hargrove defies labeling because he transcends it.
He has recorded and collaborated with wide range of musicians including Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins, Michael Brecker, Diana Ross, Diana Krall, Kenny Rankin, John Mayer, D’Angelo, Common and Gilles Peterson. He won his first Grammy (Best Latin Jazz Performance) for 1997’s Habana, with his Latin Cuban band, Crisol, and his second Grammy (Best Jazz Instrumental Album) for 2002’s Directions in Music with Herbie Hancock and Michael Brecker.
Hargrove has been touring non-stop with his Quintet, Big Band, and the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, among others.
After picking up the trumpet in the fourth grade, Hargrove was "discovered" by Wynton Marsalis while a junior at Dallas’s prestigious Booker T. Washington School for the Visual and Performing Arts. He made his solo debut in 1990 on Novus/RCA; he made his Verve Records debut in 1994 and has recorded eight albums for the venerable label, including 2006’s double release, Distractions featuring the contemporary funk/jazz sounds of the RH Factor, and Nothing Serious.
Gambarini moved to the U.S. in 1998 and won a scholarship to the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. A few weeks after her arrival in America, she entered the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition and came in third behind Jane Monheit. She was invited to sing in New York City, where she met Benny Carter and James Moody. Moody became her teacher, mentor, and friend.
Her album So in Love was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. In 2004, she started touring with the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band, performing with James Moody, Frank Wess, Jimmy Heath, Paquito d'Rivera, and Roy Hargrove. From 2006–2007 she toured with her own trio, as well as the Hank Jones trio.
Friday July 28th – 08:30pm
Don't miss the opportunity to hear this year's Jazz Workshop faculty live.
Saxophonist, composer, producer and educator Greg Osby has made an indelible mark on contemporary jazz as a leader of his own ensembles and as a guest artist with other acclaimed jazz groups for the past 20 years. Highly regarded for his insightful and innovative approach to composition and performance, Osby is a shining beacon among the current generation of jazz musicians. He has earned numerous awards and critical acclaim for his recorded works and passionate live performances.
Born and reared in St. Louis, Greg Osby began his professional music career in 1975, after three years of private studies on clarinet, flute and alto saxophone. Coming from a vibrant and musical city, Osby showed an early interest in the performing arts and spent his years in secondary school with a heavy involvement in Blues and Jazz groups. In 1978 Osby furthered his musical education at Howard University (Washington, D.C.) where he majored in Jazz Studies. He continued his studies at the Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) from 1980 to 1983.
Upon relocating to New York in early 1983, Osby quickly established himself as a notable and in demand sideman for artists as varied as Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Jack DeJohnette, Andrew Hill, Muhal Richard Abrams, Jim Hall and Jaki Byard as well as with many ethnic and new music ensembles in the New York area.
In 1985 Osby was invited to to join Jack DeJohnette's innovative group, "Special Edition". It was as a member of this ensemble Osby was able to fine tune the more challenging aspects of his conception in an open ended, no holds barred musical situation. Says Osby, "My musical thinking for performance and composition advanced by light years as Jack was open to my input and was very encouraging in pushing me to to maintain a steady flow of experimentation. It marked a major turning point in my development as an artist."