By Stephanie Braswell for The Island Connection
John Pizzarelli Quartet
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., East Beach Conference Center, $10.
Tickets available at Kiawah Town Hall 843.768.9166 or online at www.kiawahisland.org/specialevents. Online Tickets will be verified at the door. Sponsored by the Town of Kiawah Island Arts and Cultural Events Council
John Pizzarelli is a world renowned guitarist and singer who has been hailed as “the genial genius of the guitar” as well as one of “the hottest jazz acts around.”
The Arts and Cultural Events Council is pleased to present the John Pizzarelli Jazz Quartet, featuring Paul Keller on doublebass, drummer Keven Kanner and Konrad Paszkudzki on piano. Pizzarelli started playing guitar at age six, following in the tradition of his father, Bucky Pizzarelli.
He turned to jazz in his late teens after playing in rock bands, and he received an education playing with his father and many jazz greats who would influence his work: Benny Goodman, Les Paul, Zoot Sims, Clark Terry and Slam Stewart, among others.
His solo recording career started in 1990 with My Blue Heaven on Chesky Records. He played clubs and concert halls on the jazz circuit, opening for such greats as Dave Brubeck, Ramsey Lewis and Rosemary Clooney. In 1993, he was honored to open for Frank Sinatra’s international tour and then joined in the celebration for his 80th birthday at Carnegie Hall, bringing down the house singing “I Don’t Know Why I Love You Like I Do” with his father accompanying him. Over his career, Pizzarelli has recorded more than 40 albums of music, either as the leader or in tandem with other performers.
In late May 2014, Sir Paul McCartney wrote to Pizzarelli: “I got an idea in my head. It might be interesting for you to do a few of my songs that are lesser known than some of the others. I realize this may be a little immodest, if not pushy.”
McCartney suggested the album might be titled “Midnight McCartney” and continued, “as I said, this may tickle your fancy or you may decide these are the ramblings of a deranged composer with too much time on his hands.”
Pizzarelli’s fancy was indeed tickled, and in September 2015, his latest recording, “Midnight McCartney” was released to critical acclaim. A radio personality who got his start in the medium in 1984, Pizzarelli is co-host, alongside his wife, Jessica Molaskey, of Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli.
Heard on more than 40 radio stations, the syndicated radio show brings warmth, humor and that long-lost “live” feel back to radio. The show takes place in their “deluxe living room high atop Lexington Avenue,” and the conversations are relaxed, candid and off-the-cuff as is the music. The show is also available globally as a podcast at www.johnpizzarelli.com and via iTunes.
Art Film #3 – Stories we Tell
Friday, Feb, 5, 2016 at 3 p.m., Sandcastle. No Tickets Required Sponsored by the Town of Kiawah Island Arts and Cultural Events Council
In this inspired, genre-twisting new film, Oscar®- nominated writer/director Sarah Polley discovers that the truth depends on who’s telling it. Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets kept by a family of storytellers. She playfully interviews and interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions. As each relates their version of the family mythology, present-day recollections shift into nostalgia-tinged glimpses of their mother, who departed too soon, leaving a trail of unanswered questions. Polley unravels the paradoxes to reveal the essence of family: always complicated, warmly messy and fiercely loving.
Stories We Tell explores the elusive nature of truth and memory, but at its core is a deeply personal film about how our narratives shape and define us as individuals and families, all interconnecting to paint a profound, funny and poignant picture of the larger human story.
Quentin Baxter Presents John Chin Trio Featuring Elias Bailey on bass and Quentin E. Baxter on drums
Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., Turtle Point Clubhouse, tickets are $20 and are available at www.baxtermusic.com or 843.766.8814 Sponsored by the Town of Kiawah Island Arts and Cultural Events Council
Grammy-nominated musician/producer and worldrenowned drummer Quentin E. Baxter presents an amazing 3-concert series on Kiawah Island! The second artist on the agenda is jazz pianist and composer John Chin, featuring Elias Bailey on bass, and Quentin E. Baxter on drums. John Chin has been a fixture on the New York jazz scene since 1998 and was introduced to the piano at age four. At fourteen, he began studying jazz at California State University as part of the Early Entrance Program for Gifted Students where he received a B.A. in Music by the age of nineteen. Chin continued his musical studies at the University of North Texas, before pursuing a Masters of Music degree from Rutgers University (under the tutelage of master pianist and composer Kenny Barron), and an Artist Diploma from the world-renowned Juilliard School.
His experience and reputation in the classroom would lay the foundation for his own pedagogy, which led to teaching opportunities the world over, while helping to sustain a New York studio of his own, located in Brooklyn’s history-rich Prospect Park. In 2013, JOHN CHIN began his partnership with Carnegie Hall working in outreach programs to help rehabilitate inmates in prisons, and with young mothers in teen clinics at hospitals.
John Chin has performed internationally as a leader and sideman for many major festivals as well as some of America’s most important and storied jazz rooms. He has shared the stage with Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Irvin Mayfield, Jaimeo Brown, Gregory Tardy, Marianne Solivan, Mark Turner, Dayna Stephens, Joel Frahm, John Ellis, Chris Cheek, and Rudy Royston, among many others.
In June 2015, John Chin accepted the invitation to join Grammy-nominated vocalist René Marie as pianist with Experiment in Truth and is featured extensively on Marie’s upcoming release on Motéma.
Art Film #4 – Keep on Keeping On
Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 at 3 p.m. Sandcastle, No Tickets Required Sponsored by the Town of Kiawah Island Arts and Cultural Events Council
The Film depicts the friendship of music legend and teacher Clark Terry, 89 and Justin Kauflin, a 23-year–old, blind piano prodigy. Kauflin, who suffers from debilitating stage fright, is invited to compete in an elite Jazz competition, just as Terry’s health takes a turn for the worse. As the clock ticks, we see two friends confront the toughest challenges of their lives. Terry was also Quincy Jones’ first teacher, and mentor to Miles Davis.
He is among the few performers ever to have played in both Count Basie’s and Duke Ellington’s bands. In the ‘60s Terry broke the color barrier as the first African-American staff musician at NBC – on “The Tonight Show.”
Shot over the course of five years, Keep on Keeping On is crafted with great affection by first time filmmaker Al Hicks, who is a drummer and former student of Terry’s. Paula DuPre’ Pesmen (behind the Academy Award winning The Cover and the Oscar nominated Chasing Ice) produced the film with seven time Academy Award nominee Quincy Jones, who also counts Terry as his mentor.
Beethoven and Shostakovich Performed by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Music Director Ken Lam and featuring Natalia Khoma, cello Yuriy Bekker, violin, Volodymyr Vynnytsky, piano Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016 at 4 p.m., Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Ticket Release: Kiawah 2/2 Public 2/5. Complimentary
Tickets available at Kiawah Town Hall 843.768.9166 or online at www.kiawahisland.org/specialevents Sponsored by the Town of Kiawah Island Arts and Cultural Events Council
The CSO returns to Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. with Music Director Ken Lam on the podium. Not only will Maestro Lam conduct the program, but he’s designed it specifically for his first concert at Holy Spirit. The program begins with Beethoven’s Overture to the Creatures of Prometheus ballet, and the bristling allegro section will gain your attention almost before you’re settled in your seats.
Second on the program is Dmitri Shostakovich’s intensely emotional Chamber Symphony in C minor.
The Chamber Symphony is based on Shostakovich’s 8th String Quartet, and was transcribed with the composer’s permission by violist and conductor Rudolf Barshai.
The original string quartet was composed by Shostakovich in 1960 over a three day period after he viewed the World War II destruction of Dresden. The official Soviet line said the quartet was a memorial to the victims of the Axis powers, but many close to Shostakovich felt it was autobiographical in nature relating to his depression after having joined the Communist Party in the preceding months. Many also believe it expressed his view against wars in general. Make your own judgment after listening to this not to be forgotten work.
The concert concludes with our three featured musicians and the orchestra performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto for piano, violin and cello. You’ve had the pleasure of hearing each of our featured artists as soloists and as a piano trio in recent Arts Council performances; and now you have the opportunity to hear them play the rarely performed Triple Concerto. The piano part apparently was written by Beethoven for his student Archduke Rudolph of Austria, who later became his patron. This is the only concerto composed by Beethoven where multiple soloists are featured, and in this case the cellist often takes the lead. The grand opening segment is followed by a short largo movement, which sets the stage for the thoroughly entertaining third and concluding movement.
Judy Carmichael’s “Jazz Inspired”
Feb. 22 & 23 Broadcast, 3:30 p.m., Feb. 24, performance by Judy Carmichael Trio, 7:30 p.m. River Course Clubhouse.
Ticket Release: 2/5. Complimentary
Tickets available at Kiawah Town Hall 843.768.9166 or online at www.kiawahisland.org/specialevents Sponsored by the Town of Kiawah Island Arts and Cultural Events Council.
Judy Carmichael’s Jazz Inspired returns to Kiawah Island, SC. Jazz pianist/ vocalist/radio host Judy Carmichael explores how jazz inspires the creativity of celebrated artists on her Public Radio Show “Jazz Inspired”. Judy often records the show on stage and in February 2016 “Jazz Inspired” will be in gorgeous Kiawah Island for 3 days of interviews and performances.
Monday, Feb. 22: Bill Cunliffe – Judy will interview and perform with pianist/ composer/arranger Bill Cunliffe and discuss his busy concert career and writing for film and television. Bill and Judy will be joined by bassist Pat O’Leary and saxophonist Harry Allen.
Tuesday, Feb. 23: Al Green – Biographer Al Green will discuss his new biography about his father, guitarist Freddie Green, who was a native of Charleston and an integral part of the Count Basie sound.
Guitarist James Chirillo will illustrate what is called the “Freddie Green style” and join Judy, Harry Allen and Pat O’Leary in performing songs associated with Freddie Green and Count Basie.
Wednesday, Feb. 24: Judy Charmichael Quartet – Judy and her quartet will perform a concert of swing music and Judy’s original compositions written with Harry Allen. Music by Harry, lyrics by Judy. www.jazzinspired.com/kiawah/