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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 and Ariel Pocock


Tuesday, October 29th at 7:30 p.m.
Patty and Fred Turner Jazz Center, Drake University
Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for non-Drake students with student ID.  Tickets can be purchased at the door, prior to the concert in the Fine Arts Box Office or on-line here.  

A Newhall, Iowa native, Chad Eby is a life-long student of music. Born in 1973, he began playing clarinet at the age of 11 and began studying the saxophone a year later. He went on to study music at Luther College, completing his degree in Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas, then earning his master’s degree in Saxophone Performance from Ohio State University. While in Ohio he released his first album, "Triptych" (2001), gaining critical acclaim from and fellow saxophonists Branford Marsalis and Wessel Anderson. His second album," Broken Shadows", was released in February of 2010, featuring Steve Haines, Jason Marsalis, Doug Wamble, and Branford Marsalis. "New Business" followed in 2012, centered around a suite of original compositions based on the visual art of Trenton Doyle Hancock. His newest release, "The Sweet Shel Suite: Music Inspired by Shel Silverstein", received a four star rating from DownBeat magazine, and features his working quartet with trumpeter Brandon Lee, bassist Steve Haines, and drummer Daniel Faust.

25-year-old Ariel Pocock has received international acclaim as an equally captivating jazz pianist, vocalist, and composer. Ariel's notable performances as a headline act include the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, the Rochester International Jazz Festival, the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the 2014 Jazz Cruise, the Tokyo Jazz Festival, the Quebec City International Jazz Festival, the Stanford Jazz Workshop, and many more. 

Ariel's original compositions and songs draw inspiration from a wide array of sources: Cuban and Brazilian folk music, the Great American Songbook, modern jazz composers such as Chick Corea and Brad Mehldau, and songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman, and Paul Simon.

Currently based in Durham, North Carolina, Ariel is a 2015 graduate of the University of Miami's Frost School of Music. In addition to performing, Ariel enjoys working with young musicians. She is an adjunct jazz piano professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has also worked as a Stanford Jazz Workshop Mentor Fellow, and as an instructor at the Northeast Jazz and Recording Camp at Salem State University.

Past Events at Patty's Place

  • Frank Basile
  • Geoffrey Keezer
  • Nate Sparks Trio
  • Adam Larson
  • The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra
  • Four Other Brothers
  • Dick Oatts
  • Steve Kenny Quartet
  • Chad Eby Quartet
  • Koplant No
  • Jason Klobnak and Friends
  • John Raymond Group
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