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Brad Shepik Jazz Organ Trio at CWU Jan 25th!

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Brad Shepik Organ Trio at CWU


Thursday, January 25, 2018

5:00pm Clinic, open to the public, CWU Recital Hall
7:00pm Concert, open to the public, CWU Recital Hall

Both events are free admission, thanks to the CWU Music Guest Artists Fund and the CWU Jazz Studies Area.


The CWU Music Department is proud to host the fantastic Brad Shepik Organ Trio, a jazz group hailing from New York City and beyond, with a background and artistry sure to dazzle and amaze. The group will present two events on Thursday, January 25th, both at the CWU Recital Hall. The first will be a clinic at 5:00pm which will cover jazz performance practice and information for aspiring musicians, with a mix of performance, demonstration, discussion and questions from the audience. Then at 7:00pm the trio will present a concert of mostly original music, much of it from a recent CD release “Top Down”, which has received wide acclaim in the jazz press.

The trio is on a NW tour, playing at the Royal Room and Cornish in Seattle, and will continue on to Edmonton following their brief stop at CWU.

Brad Shepik hails from Washington State, growing up in Kirkland, where CWU Jazz Studies Professor Chris Bruya, first met him. “During my student teaching experience way back in the 80s, Brad was a student in the band, and I could sense then the greatness that he’s achieved in the music world”. After a short stint at CWU as a student, Brad attended Cornish in Seattle, then moved to New York in 1990, and since then has become a major player in the jazz world, touring extensively with Paul Motian, Dave Douglas, Bob Brookmeyer, Carla Bley and Charlie Haden, among many others. “When I had the CWU jazz band performing at the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Netherlands, Brad was one of the headliners,” said Bruya.

He is joined by Gary Versace on the Hammond B-3 organ, a mysterious but influential instrument that has been part of the jazz lexicon since the 1950s. Gary moved to New York after an 8-year appointment at the University of Oregon, and has quickly become one of the most sought-after musicians, performing with John Scofield, John Abercrombie, Maria Schneider, Matt Wilson, Danny Gottlieb, Seamus Blake, Adam Nussbaum, Ingrid Jensen, Tim Ries and many others. He was recognized as a rising star by Downbeat Magazine in both 2004 and 2005.

Filling out the trio is the fabulous Mark Ferber on drums, and can be heard on over 100 recordings.  Ongoing projects includes the Gary Peacock Trio, Ralph Alessi’s ‘This Against That’,  the John O’Gallagher trio, and his twin brother, Alan Ferber’s big band and nonet. In New York he has worked with Lee Konitz, Don Byron, Fred Hersch, Norah Jones, Steve Swallow, Jack Wilkins, among others. He is currently touring and recording with Jonathan Kreisberg's Trio and Quintet.

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