February 10, 2019 @ 3:00PM — 4:30PM
Hosted by Robin Connell with Xavier Davis
Our JAZZ IN THE SANCTUARY concert series continues its fifth season in February! Host and curator Robin Connell (piano/vocals) welcomes guest performer and series alumnus Xavier Davis (piano). General admission is $15 (or $5 for students with ID) online or at the door.
ROBIN CONNELL received West Michigan Jazz Society's 2017 "Musician of the Year" award for her widespread collaboration with area jazz artists and her work on this series. In 2016, she won the ArtPrize Public Choice Award for her original composition "Prisms". An advocate for jazz education, she co-directs the Youth Jazz Combo at St. Cecilia Music Center, teaches every June at Aquinas College Jazz Camp, and formerly served as summer jazz faculty at Interlochen Center for the Arts for 20 years. Learn more: http://www.robinconnell.com
XAVIER DAVIS was born in Grand Rapids to well-known music educators Duane and Kay Davis. He was brought into the spotlight by legendary vocalist Betty Carter, who invited him to New York after witnessing his performance at the 1994 International Association of Jazz Educators convention. Today, he is one of the most accomplished working jazz pianists in the world. He was a member of the teaching staff of the Juilliard School of Music for six years and now serves Michigan State University as Associate Professor of Jazz Piano. He has performed with dozens of world-famous artists like the legendary Freddie Hubbard, Tom Harrell, Christian McBride, Regina Carter, Stefon Harris, Abbey Lincoln, Wynton Marsalis, Don Byron, Nat Adderley, Nicholas Payton, Jon Faddis, Jimmy Greene, Steve Turre, Al Foster, and Jeremy Pelt. His talent has been featured on more than 50 albums. In 2005, Xavier became the first person to receive the prestigious New Works Grant twice from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation under the auspices of Chamber Music America. Learn more: http://www.xavierdavis.com
Jazz in the Sanctuary is made possible by the Fountain Street Church Music Committee, Aquinas College Music Department, Blue Lake Public Radio, West Michigan Jazz Society, WFVU Radio, WOOD-TV, and WYCE 88.1fm.