Patty's Place Jazz Series

Patty's Place Jazz Series is a new series of jazz events brought to you by Drake University's Music Department. We are bringing the biggest jazz artists from around the country to the best jazz venue in town!

Chad Eby Quartet

Tuesday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Turner Jazz Center, Drake University
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online beginning October 11.

Chad Eby is a D'Addario Woodwinds Performing Artist.  As a saxophonist and composer Chad Eby has earned widespread critical acclaim as “a consummate improviser“ (Jazz Times), who “has tremendous poise and natural melodic sense“ (Ottawa Sun), and whose “tone is boundless, blues-inflected, and wholly satisfying“ (AllAboutJazz.com). Downbeat Magazine gave his newest release, “The Sweet Shel Suite," a coveted four-star rating saying, “Even at its most whimsical and breathless, The Sweet Shel Suite never ceases to be tuneful. Even if you’ve never read Silverstein’s poetry, there’s plenty of inspired composition here to sink your teeth into.”  

A highly sought-after arranger, Chad’s professionally commissioned works have been performed or recorded by Bill Charlap with Kurt Elling, Wynton Marsalis with Willie Nelson and Norah Jones, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, the Dallas Jazz Orchestra, the L.A. All-Star Big Band, and his own group, the Piedmont Triad Jazz Orchestra.  Eby is a clinician for Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington program, and has been a featured guest artist/clinician at universities across the country. 

Chad is an associate professor of music at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Music, Theatre and Dance.  He lives in Greensboro, NC with his wife Carmen, a professional clarinetist, and their two children.  

In 2001, trumpeter Brandon Lee would become one of 18 students selected to become a part of the inaugural class of the Jazz Studies program at the Juilliard School. While at Juilliard, Brandon performed with many of the jazz giants including Benny Golson, Kenny Barron, Ray Brown, Clark Terry and Hank Jones. In 2005 Brandon completed his Bachelors of Music degree and in 2007 he completed his Masters of Music degree at The Juilliard School. That same year, Brandon released his debut album, "From Within", and in March of 2010, Brandon released his second CD entitled "Absolute-Lee", which featured all original compositions. Brandon has also recorded with a plethora of jazz artists including the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Eric Reed, Carl Allen, Rodney Whitaker, Vincent Herring, Kirk Whalum, Michael Dease, Jazz Conceptions Orchestra, David Berger Big Band, Fat Cat Big Band, Richard Johnson, Mark Lopeman, Shirley Crabb, and Chad Eby. 

In the fall of 2008, Brandon became the youngest to join the faculty at The Juilliard School. In addition to his jazz faculty position, Brandon served on staff at the Juilliard School as the Artistic Coordinator of Educational Outreach from 2010-2012. Brandon is the newest faculty member to join the Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, joining in the fall of 2013. Along with teaching, Brandon plays frequently with his own group and as a sideman in numerous NYC and North Carolina based groups. 

Bassist Steve Haines has played with Wycliffe Gordon, Paul Bollenback, Joel Frahm, Ralph Bowen, Joe Chambers, Dick Oatts, Fred Wesley, Adam Nussbaum, Bob Berg, and Joe Williams. His first album as a leader, "The Steve Haines Quintet: Beginner's Mind" (Artist’s House Records), received international critical acclaim and was hailed as "one of the best inside/outside records of the year." His newest album as a leader, "The Steve Haines Quintet with Jimmy Cobb: Stickadiboom" (Zoho records), is available at www.amazon.com, or iTunes. He also plays on many recordings as a sideman, including Chad Eby’s" Broken Shadows" (Cellar Live) and "The Sweet Shell Suite". 

He is full professor and Director of Jazz Studies at the Miles Davis Program in Jazz Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Haines holds a B.M. in Jazz Performance from St. Francis Xavier University in Canada and a M.M. in Music (Jazz Studies) from the University of North Texas. Haines' music is published at the University of Northern Colorado Press. Steve orchestrated and arranged the musical Ella: The Life and Music of Ella Fitzgerald and Chopin’s piano Mazurka in A minor for full orchestra and jazz quartet. He is a recipient of the North Carolina Jazz Fellowship and is a semi finalist for the 2010 Jazz Knights Commission in New York. 

Daniel Faust is a drummer who has never been able to settle on a single genre. He traveled to Romania for the Bucharest International Jazz Competition with the jazz piano trio Unit Three, where they were awarded Best Band, and has also toured the country with Lowland Hum, Mount Moriah, The Soul Brothers, as well as New York-based theatrical New Orleans rock/soul band Brother Joscephus and the Love Revival Revolution Orchestra. 

Faust received his BM in Jazz Studies from the Miles Davis Jazz Studies program at UNCG. While there, he played in UNCG Jazz Ensemble I, through which he had the opportunity to perform and record with artists such as Delfeayo Marsalis, Lee Konitz, Seamus Blake, Joey Calderazzo, and Eugene Rousseau. He can be heard on Chad Eby's albums "New Business" & "The Sweet Shel Suite", pianist Antonio Truyols' "Alive!", among many others. 

Faust continues to be an in-demand drummer in the Southeast for performing and recording projects ranging from be-bop, swing, funk, and fusion, to contemporary gospel, country, and pop. When not playing music, Daniel enjoys the seemingly futile challenge of teaching himself how to cook. 

http://chadebymusic.com/about/index.html 

http://www.bleejazz.com/html/about.php 

http://www.stevehaines.com/offrecord.html 

http://www.ptjazzorchestra.com/meettheband/index.html

 

Steve Kenney Quartet

Thursday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Turner Jazz Center, Drake University
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online beginning November 3.

The Star Tribune calls him “a terrific trumpeter and a hilarious emcee”. Steve Kenny is a recipient of a Minnesota Music Award, and is a co-founder of the illicit sextet. He has won a West Bank School of Music Jazz Composer award, and is a multiple winner of the “Best Jazz Trumpet” award at the Eau Claire Jazz Festival. He performs in The Five, with Dave Karr and What Would Monk Do?, featuring Billy Peterson and Peter Schimke. He has recorded with Pete Whitman’s Departure Point, the Cedar Avenue Big Band, and with the Illicit Sextet.

 


PAST EVENTS


Koplant No

Friday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Turner Jazz Center, Drake University
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online.

Koplant No is a forward-thinking, cinematic electro-jazz ensemble that fuses intricate compositions and jazz improvisation with electronica, progressive rock, and hip-hop. Called "one of the most innovative ensembles in the Midwest" by Minnesota Public Radio's David Cazares, they are the recipients of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and have performed at venues across the country in New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Washington D.C., St. Louis, and at the 2015 World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, France. Their potent music has the rare ability to satiate the most discriminating jazz aficionados, while completely disarming the anti-jazz crowd, and has been described as “a textural feast for the mind’s eye." Koplant No is: Joel Vanderheyden (tenor saxophone), Brian Lewis Smith (trumpet, laptop, keys), Drew Morton (bass, synth), and Rob Baner (drums, loops, vibes).  


Jason Klobnak and Friends

Saturday, February 20th at 7:30 p.m.
Turner Jazz Center, Drake University
Tickets are $20.

Jason Klobnak is a versatile trumpet player that has
 been performing as an active musician, author, clinician, composer and educator. His band, The Jason Klobnak Quintet (JKQ) is made up of high-caliber musicians known for their professionalism and versatility. The JKQ brings an infectious energy, warmth and distinct sound to the jazz experience. Together they have recorded their second full- length album in 2015 called New Chapter in part thanks to the Pathways to Jazz Grant from the Boulder County Arts Alliance. In 2015, New Chapter was in the Top 75 on the Jazzweek charts, on the Top 10 playlists for over a dozen radio stations worldwide and received a first round Grammy nod. 

In 2015, the JKQ performed for the Five Points Jazz Festival, the Colorado Rockies MLB at Coors Field, the City of Greenwood Village Concert Series, the Lake City Arts Festival, the Denver Public Library, the Salida Concert Series and many other club performances across the state of Colorado. Besides the JKQ, Mr. Klobnak has played and recorded for numerous groups throughout Denver, CO and Des Moines, IA ranging from jazz, indie-rock/pop and gospel. He has also written two improvisation-based books called Targeting: Improvisation With Purpose and Breaking the Monotony and is currently an adjunct professor and brass instructor at Arapahoe Community College. Mr. Klobnak holds a bachelor degree from Drake University (Des Moines, IA) and a Master’s degree from the University of Denver, Lamont School of Music (Denver, CO).


John Raymond Group

Tuesday, January 26th at 7:30 p.m.Turner Jazz Center, Drake UniversityTickets $20. 

John Raymond is an American jazz trumpeter, composer and educator living in New York City.

Rooted in both traditional and modern forms, John's music incorporates jazz, classical, folk and indie-rock influences. He has collaborated with musicians such as Billy Hart, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Orrin Evans, Linda Oh, Ethan Iverson, Dan Tepfer and Gilad Hekselman among others. He has also recorded with Grammy-nominated singer Sara Bareilles, Dove Award-winning producer Darnell Davis, and performed at events such as the Austin City Limits Music Festival and on NPR's 'Toast of the Nation.'

John's latest album "Foreign Territory" was released in April 2015 to critical acclaim from the New York Times, Downbeat Magazine and others. Of note, his composition “Deeper” was chosen as a winner of the 2015 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award presented by ASCAP. John currently teaches at the United Nations International School, the New York Jazz Academy and is an active guest artist and clinician at high schools and universities around the country.

"A prepossessing young trumpet player..." (New York Times)

"With his warm, vibrant tone and near-flawless articulation, Raymond's solos jump out of the mix with clarity and grace. They avoid needless flourishes and extraneous ideas, captivating instead with their sincerity and wit." (Downbeat Magazine)

"Possessing a forte that few seasoned musicians have attained…a brilliant talent whose luminosity is endless." (Birmingham Times)

"A rapidly maturing artist with his own artistic vision." (JazzPolice.com)

"You cannot escape how fresh this music is, how spontaneous and joyous in its execution, how good it feels to hear musicians having fun creating." (Step Tempest)


 

Fine Arts News
September 22, 2016
The Drake University Chamber Choir, choirs from four Des Moines area high schools, and a professional orchestra will perform Gabriel Faure’s well-known Requiem at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9.
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