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June 21st, POLYRHYTHMS Third Sunday Jazz Workshop & Matinee Series presentsAn Evening of Jazz with the Semenya McCord Quartet featuring George W. Russell Jr. to the Redstone Room, in the RME on the corner of 2nd & Main, in Davenport.   AJazz Demystifying Workshop begins at 3 pmand is followed by a matinee concert from 6 – 8 pm.


The Semenya McCord Quartet is: Semenya McCord, vocals, George W. Russell, piano, Glenn Brooks, bass, and Chris Brooks, drums.

SEMENYA McCORDvocalist/music educator/composer, earned her degree in Music Education from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.  Her popular musician father, the late Ken Henderson, was an early and significant influence on her desire to sing and touch people through music. At the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, she was turned on to the powerful traditions of gospel music with Horace C. Boyer, and of jazz with master drummer Max Roach and reedman Archie Shepp.


McCord performed throughout New England for over 25 years, presenting programs and residencies featuring spirituals, blues, traditional and contemporary jazz for audiences of all ages through Young Audiences of Massachusetts, Inc., the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the New England Foundation for the Arts.

“I want to honor Father's Day, June 21st, with ‘Song for My Father’: a

Tribute to my father, the Late Ken Henderson" says McCord.  Since 1982, she has directed annual tributes to the “life and dream" of Martin Luther King, Jr., the music of Billie Holiday and Duke Ellington, as well as community events that celebrate cultural diversity through the arts.

McCord, who returned home to Galesburg, Illinois in 2003 to assist her mother; earned her Masters’ in Music at Northern Illinois University in 2006.  She currently teaches Jazz Voice at Knox College; and teaches General Music and directs student choirs at Lombard Middle School.  

Inspirational Jazz Pianist George W. Russell, Jr's performances range from a solo piano, to a groove oriented jazz trio, to a soulful, fresh-sounding ensemble that arouses the listener's intellect and touches the soul. As a composer, his music and his harmonic approach to improvisation has jazz enthusiasts everywhere tilting an ear.


George has shared the stage with a number of legendary jazz artists including George Duke, Bob Moses, Billy Pierce, Stan Strickland, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White, Semenya McCord, and Andy McGhee. His CD “Self- Titled” places George firmly on the radar and solidifies him as a fresh voice for Inspirational Jazz. He is joined by jazz saxophonist, Walter Beasley and the two come together for two unforgettable ballads. He has stretched his listeners’ ears for many years with harmonically rich chords and he included a cover of neo-soul songstress Jill Scott’s Golden. The George W. Russell, Jr. Trio has performed to sold-out shows at Sculler’s Jazz Club and the Regatta Bar in Boston and Cambridge, MA. He and his music have been showcased at Jordan Hall’s Gospel Jubilee, as well as the Cape Cod Jazz Festival. He received the 2001 Gospel Music Award, given by the New England Conservatory of Music, for his contribution to gospel music in the New England area.


Polyrhythms Third Sunday Jazz Workshop & Matinee Series at the RME’s Redstone Room, June 21st, features an all-ages workshop at 3 pmand matinee performance from 6-8 pm.   Admission to the workshop is Free for Kids, and $5 for adults.  General admission for the 6 - 8 pm concert is $10 or $15 for reserved seating.  For ticket information, call Polyrhythms: 309 373-0790.  For additional information, visit our website: 


Doors open at 5:30 pm.  Come experience an evening of jazz like it was meant to be enjoyed “LIVE”.  Delight in some of the best jazz in the Quad Cities. Relish this captivating music at the Third Sunday Jazz Series; Sunday, June 21stfeaturingSemenya McCord with George W. Russell, Jr.


Polyrhythms Third Sunday Jazz Series is made possible with major support of the Riverboat Development Authority, the Scott County Regional Authority, and the RME as well as the support of Davenport Clarion Hotel, Bowman Accounting, KALA, Peeples Heating & Air Conditioning, the Austin Family Charitable Fund, Cribbs Landscaping, Greatest Grains, West Music and DJ Mixxin Mel.


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