Jazz Concert - "Lush Life" the Music of Billy Strayhorn
The Holland Area Arts Council Presents:
"Lush Life" the Music of Billy Strayhorn"
Saturday, October 8, 2016.
In concert will be the unique jazz duo of local vibraphonist Jim Cooper and Cincinnati pianist Phil Burkhead. The concert will spotlight the music of Billy Strayhorn as well as selections from Dave Brubeck and new, original music. Cooper and Bulkhead teach each summer at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camps. They hit it off both musically and personally–finding a common love for the the music of Billy Strayhorn. The two plan to record a CD in October, recognizing Strayhorn’s centenary.
Billy Strayhdorn holds an iconic place in the history of 20th Century jazz. He was a composer, pianist, lyricist and arranger who collaborated with bandleader/composer, Duke Ellington for nearly three decades. He is best known for his compositions, "Take the A Train", "Chelsea Bridge", and "Lush Life".
The concert starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10. Spirits will be available at a cash bar.
or call 616-396-3278
Concert proceeds will benefit the programs of the Holland Area Arts Council
Jazz vibraphonist Jim Cooper recently celebrated his 65th birthday at the legendary Jazz Showcase in Chicago. Forty-five of those years he’s played the vibraphone, performing both as a leader and sideman throughout the country.
Throughout his career, Jim has performed with such outstanding musicians as Art Van Damme, Barrett Deems, Ira Sullivan, organist Jim Alfredson, Buddy DeFranco and Jon Faddis and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble and recently shared the stage with Joe Lovano and Steve Turre during a jam session with Ira Sullivan at the Jazz Showcase. "An imaginative improviser, Cooper delivered quicksilver solos and propulsive rhythms, wrote" The AZ Music Scene.
As an educator, Jim’s clinics and workshops focus on vibraphone technique, improvisation and combo performance. In 2016, Jim celebrates 15 years at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp as a summer jazz instructor and currently teaches jazz piano at Lake Michigan College. He taught jazz vibraphone at Northwestern University from 2013 to 2015. Jim is a Musser Performing Artist sponsored by Conn/Selmer and is in demand as a clinician/adjudicator for high school and college jazz festivals.
“When the mallets are in the hands of the exceptionally talented Cooper, it’s an extraordinary and inspired performance vs. the mere ordinary!” West MI Jazz Society Newsletter
Jim was a winner of the 2015 ArtPrize Critic’s Choice Award for his original song, Third Circle. His other awards include a 2014 WYCE-FM Jammie Award for his work on Jim Alfredson’s CD, Dirty Fingers, A Tribute to Big John Patton and in 2008, was nominated for three Jammie awards for their recording, Trio Musik featuring The Cooper, Hay, Van Lente Group.
Jim’s recordings as a leader include two CDs with the legendary Ira Sullivan: Tough Town and Nutville, Itchin’ To Groove and Chi-Town Sessions. He has also been featured as a sideman on recordings by
Michigan musicians Harry Goldson, Dave Bennett, Jeff Haas, Steve Talaga and Ken Morgan.
Phil Burkhead, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, has been studying and performing jazz since 1981. He has performed with Jon Von Ohlen, Tim Froncek, Cal Collins, Kenny Poole, Jimmy Rainey, Randy Sanke, David Liebman, John Fedchock, John Clayton, Jamey Abersold, Ron McCurdy, Jon Faddis, Ingrid Jensen, Pete Escovedo, Greg Abate, Jeff Coffin, DonBraden, and Lynn Roberts. Mr. Burkhead was also awarded Best Keyboard Artist by Cincinnati Magazine, the University of Boulder Jazz Festival Soloist Award while a member of the CCM group “Jazz Hates Johnny” which was voted Outstanding Combo in the USA and Canada by Downbeat Magazine.
Mr. Burkhead has taught at Miami University, Central State University, the CCM College Preparatory Program, and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. He taught music in Cincinnati’s Catholic school system and from 1993 to 2005 Phillip was an instructor at the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati. In 2005 he was given an award from the Cincinnati based organization JAZZ ALIVE in grateful recognition of his continuing support in providing and preserving jazz in the greater Cincinnati area.
Mr. Burkhead is currently an Adjunct Professor of Jazz Piano at The University of Dayton.