25th Annual Sunday Jazz Showcase
A compilation video honoring Craven Arts Council & Gallery's history of Jazz in New Bern
Were you here for the very first Jazz Showcase in 1989? If not, here's your chance to celebrate another milestone of America's unique art form: the 25th anniversary of this fabulous program, to be presented in two performances on Sunday, February 9, at the Doubletree by Hilton in New Bern. Tickets go on sale at the Bank of the Arts beginning November 12. Now, here's the scoop on the talent!
Bria Skonberg, Leader and Trumpet
Bria Skonberg has earned a 2013 Jazz Journalists' Association nomination for "Up and Coming Jazz Artist of the Year." Originally from Chilliwack, BC, Canada, she has been a bandleader and guest artist all over North America, Europe, China and Japan, focusing on innovating while honoring tradition. Still in her 20's Bria's list of gigs is just amazing. Since moving to New York, Bria's appearances have included Symphony Space, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola and Birdland, alongside the likes of Bucky Pizzarelli, Nicholas Payton, Vince Giordano, Wycliffe Gordon, Howard Alden and Scott Robinson.
Adrian Cunningham, Woodwinds
Adrian returns this year and remains one of Australia's finest jazz musicians and multi-instrumentalists. Based in NYC since 2008, he has appeared at Smalls, Birdland, 55 Bar, Fat Cat, the Apollo Theatre and Dizzy's (Lincoln Centre) with such luminaries as Lew Soloff, Wycliffe Gordon, George Coleman Jr. and Bucky Pizzarelli.
Eddie Metz Jr, Drums
Eddie was given his first pair of drumsticks at the age of three from the drummer in his dad's Dixieland band. Known for his rock-solid time and swinging musical approach, he has become the drummer of choice for such performers as Chick Corea, Arturo Sandoval, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and The Woody Herman Orchestra. According to Hans Nagel-Heyer, president of Nagel-Heyer Records, "He is a most versatile man, with great ears, impeccable timing and immense drive, who swings like mad."
A World of Big Band Sound
is coming back to New Bern February 9, 2014!
Tickets are available at the Craven Arts Council & Gallery
317 Middle St.
New Bern, NC
Nicki Parrott, Bass
Nicki's musical training began in Newcastle, Australia, at the age of four. At 15, she switched her focus from piano and flute to the double bass, formed a band with her sister Lisa and began composing. She earned an Associate degree in Jazz Studies from the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music and began touring Australia in 1990, playing to sold-out audiences. In 1994, she traveled to New York to study with her mentor, Rufus Reid. The award-winning Parrott has performed and/or recorded with Wycliffe Gordon, Dick Hyman, Skitch Henderson, Michel Legrand and others. A familiar face at most of the world's best jazz festivals, Nicki can always "wow" a crowd with her musical abilities and her gift for entertaining.
Rossano Sportiello, Piano
Award-winning jazz pianist Rossano Sportiello began classical piano studies in Italy at the
age of nine and continued in this genre until his graduation from the Conservatory in 1996. At the 25th anniversary of the Ascona (Switzerland) Jazz Festival, he received the 2009 Ascona Jazz Award in recognition of his expertise and mastery of jazz piano, in particular stride piano. He has performed with the world's finest jazz luminaries, including Slide Hampton,
Clark Terry, Barry Harris, Dan Barrett, Kenny Davern, Bucky Pizzarelli, Bob Wilber, Warren Vache, and Bob Cranshaw.
Maddy Winer, Vocals
Maddy attributes her successes to her love of the Great American Songbook, jazz standards and the pop music of her youth. In 1985 she met pianist/composer Loonis McGlohon, host of the NPR Peabody award-winning series, "American Popular Song." Together they performed throughout the eastern U.S. She also toured as a headliner in the stage show, "North Carolina Is My Home," written by McGlohon and Charles Kuralt. Maddy now lives in Asheville, NC, and in 2012 released her newest CD, "Heart To Heart."