POLYRHYTHMS THIRD SUNDAY JAZZ SERIES CELEBRATES A DECADE
WITH SEMENYA McCORD FEATURING GREG Ward & FRANK WILKINS
July 17th, CELEBRATING A DECADE, Polyrhythms Third Sunday Jazz Workshop & Matinee Series presents the Semenya McCordQuintet, featuring Greg Ward & Frank Wilkins with Darius Savage and Chris Brooks at the Redstone Room, in the RME on the corner of 2nd & Main, in Davenport. A Workshop at 3 pm isfollowed by a matinee concert from 6 – 8 pm.
“Semenya McCord, longtime friend, counsel and supporter of our Jazz Series, was actually the second group, along with Frank Wilkins, to perform for our program,” said Nate Lawrence. “Always one to surround herself with exceptional musicians; attending her shows and watching her work helped us to firmly establish the bar early on.”
McCord, an award-winning legendary jazz vocalist, celebrates 40+ years as a singing professional with her favorite groove musicians: Boston pianist - Frank Wilkins and Peoria Prodigy Greg Ward – saxophone, with Chicago bassist - Darius Savage; and Monmouth drummer-Chris Brooks.
Growing up hearing the greatest popular song standards as offered by her father, the late Ken Henderson, McCord explores that repertoire as well as pure jazz songs composed by Miles, Mingus, and Monk.
McCord commented, "I was in the Boston area for 30 years, working primarily with Frank in every venue from schools and nightclubs to churches and community parks; then added Darius to the mix when I moved back home to Illinois, and finding my cousin Chris, who had been everywhere as a professional drummer, came home to Illinois for reasons similar to mine...to attend to elderly parents. We are having a great time playing together and look forward to sharing that joy at every opportunity."
Frank Wilkins, pianist and native of Milwaukee, WI, moved to Boston in the early 70s. Wilkins became known as a “jazzmatician” and consummate music director and pianist among national and international venues and with vocalists. A multimedia producer/director, composer, arranger and experienced private instructor; he has received awards from the Artists’ Foundation (Boston), Composition Fellowship (Berklee College of Music) and the Hank Jones Jazz Masters Award.
Greg Ward (born 1982) has emerged as one of the leading virtuoso saxophone players of his generation, with a unique versatility in a wide variety of styles including Modern Jazz, Funk, Latin as well as Classical, Indian, Klezmer and African Music. Ward grew up in a musical household, singing in Gospel groups as a child before the discovery of Charlie Parker led him to dedicate his life to the saxophone. Honors quickly followed, including the Downbeat Magazine High School Jazz Soloist Award (2000), participation in the exclusive Stean’s Institute at Ravinia (2001), scholarships from the Vail Jazz Workshop in Colorado, and selection as a Jazz Mentor with the Jazz Institute of Chicago. In 2002 saxophone legend Fred Anderson hand-picked Ward to curate the Wednesday Night Jam Sesssions at the Velvet Lounge.
Polyrhythms Third Sunday Jazz Workshop & Matinee Series at the RME’sRedstone Room, July 17th, features an all-ages workshop at 3 pm, 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/VIP seating. For ticket information, call Polyrhythms: 309 373-0790. For more information, visit our website:www.polyrhythms.org.
Doors open at 5:30 pm. Come experience jazz “LIVE” like it was meant to be enjoyed. Find the groove and enjoy the best jazz in the Quad Cities… at Polyrhythms Third Sunday Jazz Series; Sunday, July 17th, with Semenya McCord featuring Greg Ward & Frank Wilkins.
Polyrhythms Third Sunday Jazz Series is made possible with major support of the Riverboat Development Authority, the RME and QCArts as well as the support of Hotel Davenport, Bowman Accounting, KALA, Peeples Heating & Air Conditioning, the Austin Family Charitable Fund, Cribbs Landscaping, the Goldstein Family Foundation, Greatest Grains, and DJ Mixxin Mel.
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by Melvin Hawkins Added December 1, 2012 at 1:53pm