Her Song: Summer Music Series Curated by Brandee Younger
July 22 | Jessica Meyer
July 23 | Whitney Marchelle Jackson
July 24 | Sarah Elizabeth Charles with Jordan Peters
July 25 | Anne Drummond with Brandon Ross
July 26 | Dezron Douglas with Marianne Solivan
Genre-defying harpist Brandee Younger curates Her Song. With five diverse ensembles celebrating the works of women composers, join us for an afternoon of music all week-long ranging from jazz to classical to experimental, performed by some of New York’s premier artists and composers.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
July 22: Jessica Meyer
With playing that is “fierce and lyrical” and works that are “other-wordly” (The Strad) and “evocative” (The New York Times), Jessica Meyer is a versatile composer and violist whose passionate musicianship radiates accessibility, generosity, and emotional clarity. Meyer has premiered pieces for solo viola internationally – expanding the repertoire for viola by championing new works while also composing her own. Since embarking on her composition career only five years ago, premieres have included performances by the GRAMMY-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, cellist Amanda Gookin for her Forward Music Project at National Sawdust, soprano Melissa Wimbish for her Carnegie hall debut, and the Juilliard School for a project with the Historical Performances Program, among others. As a solo performer, Ms. Meyer uses a single simple loop pedal to create a virtuosic orchestral experience with her viola, voice, and hand percussion. Drawing from wide-ranging influences, which includes Bach, Brahms, Delta blues, Flamenco, Indian Raga, and Appalachian fiddling, Meyer’s music takes audience members on a journey through joy, anxiety, anger, bliss, torment, loneliness and passion.
July 23: Whitney Marchelle Jackson
Whitney Marchelle Jackson is a Blujazz Label recording artist, Grammy Voting Member, Young Gifted and Black 2016 Award Recipient, Eddie Durham Bronze Award, and Billboard Honorable Mention for Songwriting Award winner. She has worked with Quincy Jones, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Wayne Newton, Herbie Hancock, Clark Terry, Dezron Douglas, Rachel Z and others. She has performed extensively in the US and nternationally in Dubia, Japan, Singapore, and Paris. She has opened for KISS, Bill Withers, Fathead Newman and Donny Hathoway, and has performed in the NY/NJ area at World Cup Polo, Apollo, Carnegie Hall, Danny Glover Awards, Cerole Awards, NYC Blue Note, and at numerous jazz festivals. Jazz Times has called her “a swinger of immense energy; a fearless scat artist, formidable vocalist.”
July 24: Sarah Elizabeth Charles with Jordan Peters perform Maya Angelou
This collection of material, combining the artistic mediums of poetry and music, was initiated by Sarah Elizabeth Charles in partnership with The Catskill Jazz Factory in 2016. Specifically, it combines Maya Angelou’s poetry with Sarah Elizabeth Charles’ musical sensibility and unique voice. Charles began composing for this project in 2016 after being commissioned to create a new work for a set of performances. Following the initial performances in 2016, SEC has continued to develop the music, connect with Angelou’s estate and imagine this collection of music as a larger work to be performed by herself in conjunction with a rhythm section and a string quartet in tribute to Angelou’s life work. With this project, SEC utilizes her multi-faceted identity as a jazz musician rooted in folk, hymns, soul and the blues to celebrate Angelou’s imaginative, profound and historically relevant poetry in an emotively fresh musical space. Charles is a rising vocalist/composer based in New York. She has worked and studied with artists such as George Cables, Geri Allen, Nicholas Payton, Sheila Jordan, Jimmy Owens and Carmen Lundy. She released her debut record, “Red” in September of 2012 with her band SCOPE. As the active vocalist in a number of bands (including SCOPE, AJOYO, TONE, Transient Beings, Enoch Smith Jr. and Benjamin Rando) Charles has performed at venues such as The White House, Carnegie Hall, the first annual Culture Summit in Abu Dhabi, The Kennedy Center, the Bern International Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Blue Note in New York, the Apollo Music Café, Le Poisson Rouge, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the Rose Theatre with Jazz at Lincoln Center and many more. She has also had a commissioned composition performed at The National Gallery in Washington D.C. via The Canales Project “Hear Her Song” initiative. In addition to her performances, Charles is also an active educator and an adjunct professor at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Charles’ musical output has been described as a “genre of one” (DownBeat Magazine), “soulfully articulate” (The New York Times) and “an unmatched sound” (Jay Z’s Life+Times).
Based out of Brooklyn, Jordan Peters is a guitarist and producer who’s love for music ranges from Modern Jazz to Hip-Hop, Blues and everything in between. Originally from Montreal Canada, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance from McGill University’s Schulich School Of Music, as well as a D.E.C. in Jazz from Vanier College in “Jazz Arranging, Composition and Improvisation”. His musical abilities have been recognized with many prestigious awards such as the Oliver Jones Scholarship, and the Schulich Academic Music Scholarship for Excellence in the Arts. In between touring, he performs with numerous NYC based acts, and does regular studio sessions and production work. He has performed across the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Africa, and shared stages with numerous established artists such as Lauryn Hill, The Roots, The Weeknd, Andra Day, NAS, Billy Porter, Talib Kweli, and many others.
July 25: Anne Drummond with Brandon Ross
Anne Drummond has had a career that has encompassed jazz, classical, Brazilian and rock, as both a pianist and a flautist, as a soloist, leader and band-member. As a composer, she has written for string ensembles and woodwind quintets as well as original jazz compositions. Originally from Seattle, Drummond moved to NYC to study piano performance at the Manhattan School of Music. There, she came into contact with legendary jazz pianist Kenny Barron, who she later toured with. She has been featured with other greats such as Stefon Harris, Avishai Cohen, Bobby Hutchinson and Ravi Coltrane, as well as rock artists Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) and Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull). More recent projects include collaborations with harpist Brandee Younger, composer David Chesky and trumpeter Lew Soloff. Drummond feels fortunate to have worked with a younger generation of aspiring musicians in many settings. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at The New School, taught at the Manhattan School of Music, and has hosted a number of workshops and masterclasses for students. As a jazz musician that enjoys the creative and immersive experience of improvisation, Drummond has had the incredible pleasure and great reward of working with Dr. Don Robin and Dr. Amy Ramage on furthering research into musical improvisation and the brain. She is also excited to have produced Hiromi Suda’s upcoming album and to have appeared on more recordings by Benny Green, Oz Noy, Victor Goul and Ben Williams.
As a performing and recording artist, guitarist and composer Brandon Ross has worked and collaborated with several innovative voices in modern music such as Henry Threadgill, Wadada Leo Smith, Cassandra Wilson, Jewel, Tony Williams, Lizz Wright, Arto Lindsay, The Lounge Lizards, Leroy Jenkins, Oliver Lake, Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, Bill Frisell, Me’Shell N’degeocello, Arrested Development, Archie Shepp, Muhal Richard Abrams, Don Byron, Ron Miles and many others. Ross has been previously commissioned by the ASCAP Foundation, New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA), and is a recipient of Rockefeller Foundation’s MAP Grant and Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works grant. He is a current ASCAP writer and publisher member.
July 26: Dezron Douglas with Marianne Solivan
New York-based composer, bandleader, sideman and educator, bassist Dezron Douglas has established himself as a musician’s musician, respected not only for his talent but also for his dedication to the authenticity of the music. Known for his musical versatility, Douglas is one of the most in demand young bassists in jazz today.
Marrianne Solivan has made a name for herself as a hard swinging, passionate, vocalist who has a commanding stage presence and is able to captivate audiences with her joyous exuberance and whit. Having performed and recorded with the likes of Christian McBride, Peter Bernstein, Jeremy Pelt, Bruce Barth, Gregory Hutchinson, Jonathan Blake, Xavier Davis, Michael Kanan, Steve Wilson, Gene Bertoncini and Lewis Nash, Solivan has been consistently raising the bar for singers of her generation.
Curated by Brandee Younger