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Jon Morgan Presents: Le Voyage
October 4, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
$10 admission at the door. $5 with valid student ID. Doors open 15 minutes before music starts.
Music composed in the moment, with stories expressed through sound.
Renowned reed player and music educator Donald Washington was born in Mobile AL, where he spent most of his childhood before migrating to Chicago with his family. In the windy city Donald took his first serious step towards becoming a musician after his father bought him a clarinet. Upon the completion of two hitches in the army he returned to the south to attend college at the University of Southern Alabama, where he received a degree in music education in 1970. Donald to moved to the motor city, and it wasn’t long before he organized the internationally known youth big band: Bird Trane Sco Now in order to mentor Cassias Richmond, Rodney Whitaker, Kevin Washington, and James Carter who came up in this ensemble and went on to significant careers in music.
Mister Washington moved to Minnesota in 1987. Donald has taught in Minneapolis Public Schools, and been a staple of the Twin Cities music scene for the past thirty years. He and his wife Faye Washington and his son Kevin Washington brought the New Day Blues Band to the MinniApple and found Twin City’s poet J. Otis Powell‽, pianist Sam Favors and bass player Elmar Romane to carry of the Blues Band tradition. He also performed with IMP ORK, Douglas Ewart, Members of the AACM such as Rosco Mitchell and Roy Brooks.
Steve Hirsh got bit by the music bug early on, and it never let go of him. He started playing snare drum and timpani in the junior high school concert band, after his orthodontist told his mother he couldn’t play the saxophone anymore because it would make his overbite worse. He got his first drum set in high school, right around the time he discovered John Coltrane and Miles Davis. After playing in rock and blues bands through the 1970s and early 1980s, he sold his drums to pay rent and quit playing. In 2001, while living in Bemidji, he returned to playing and performing. In 2005, he received an Individual Artist Grant from the Region 2 Arts Board, to make a recording entitled Steve Hirsh & Black Ice. During that period he also began collaborating with poet J Otis Powell ‽, appearing on his DVD Ways of Knowing, and in a Pangea Theater multi-media production called A Disease Called Freedom. Those projects introduced him to some of the Twin Cities’ finest musicians, including Donald Washington. Steve’s music has always been about improvisation and finding new ways to express musical ideas. He is currently studying with master drummer Babatunde Lea, and focusing on creating music that arises in the moment and seeks the spirit that connects us to ourselves and each other.
Richard Studer, bassist, a veteran of the local music scene has been performing all kinds of music since the late 1960’s. The many varied venues include: Clubs, lounges, the A. Q., Dakota, Black Dog Café, Jazz Central, auditoriums, parks, gardens, colleges, Hauser Studios, the Guthrie and Walker Art Center, to name a few. Since the late 1970’s he has concentrated primarily on free, spontaneous and original music, most notably with Smith&Studer(since 90’s), the Am-Am Trio(with Joe Smith & Red Freeberg) in 80’s 90’s, and previously with the Mn Jazz Co-op. He was awarded Special Recognition by the Minnesota Jazz Music Awards in 1987 as Avant-garde Jazz Bassist. He continues performing with the Smith&studer Duo, Donald Washington and most recently with Le Voyage.
Matthew Trice is a twin cities based saxophonist and composer. Under the mentorship of saxophonist Pete Whitman, Trice will receive a B.M. in Performance from McNally Smith College of Music in the fall of 2017. Originally from Belmar, New Jersey, Trice has toured with local bands in various cities across the country. He is fluent in many contemporary styles including Jazz, Bebop, R&B, Funk, Indi-Rock, Reggae, and experimental/avant-guarde music. Some of his many influences include James Carter, John Coltrane, Kenny Garrett, Frank Zappa, and Thelonious Monk.
About Wednesday New Boundaries:
Jazz Central Studios becomes a veritable laboratory for new compositions and jazz experiments presented by stalwarts of the local jazz community.