AN EVENING OF JAZZ WITH THE SEMENYA MCCORD QUINTET
FEATURING FRANK WILKINS
February 15th, POLYRHYTHMS Third
The Semenya McCord Quintet is: Semenya McCord, vocals, Frank Wilkins, piano Bobby Tynes, reeds, John Tate, bass, and Chris Brooks, drums.
SEMENYA McCORD, vocalist/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.
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.
FRANK WILKINS, pianist and native of Milwaukee, WI, moved to Boston, in the early 1970s. Wilkins has become known as a “jazzmatician” --consummate music director and pianist among national and international venues and with vocalists, a multimedia producer/ director, music composer, arranger and experienced private instructor; with awards from The Artists' Foundation (Boston), Composition Fellowship (Berklee College of Music) and The Hank Jones Jazz Masters Award.
Playing virtually every major jazz and blues venue throughout New England, Wilkins has shared a stage with Angela Bofill, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kevin Eubanks, Semenya McCord, Tiger Okoshi, and Archie Shepp, to name a few. His career has included performances in the Newport Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, West Africa, Italy, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, and Mexico.
“...a lyrical writer and a warm swinging pianist with a feeling that sometimes sounds like its right for the ‘Saturday Night Function’ and sometimes sounds like its right for Sunday Morning.” Eric Jackson, WGBH-Boston
Polyrhythms Third Sunday Jazz Workshop & Matinee Series at the RME’s Redstone Room, February 15th, features an all-ages workshop at 3 pm, a 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 additional information, visit our website: www.polyrhythms.org.
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, February 15th, featuringSemenya McCord with Frank Wilkins.
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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by Melvin Hawkins Added December 1, 2012 at 1:53pm