Alex Fournier (GPD ‘16, Jazz) released a premiere recording for his sextet Triio that features original music in the jazz/creative idiom.
Mark G. Meadows (BM ’11, GPD ’13, Jazz Piano; KSAS BA ’11, Psychology) has released a new single, “Be the Change,” available now. In addition to some upcoming releases, he has a number of shows in Maryland. On Thursday, June 13, Meadows performed at the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. starting at 7:00 pm. Then, on Saturday, June 15, he performed at the Atlas Theater, also in D.C., starting at 8:00 pm.
Faculty artist Nasar Abadey, jazz percussion, is part of an interdisciplinary team selected as one of 32 winners of the 2019 JH Discovery Awards. This project, called Billie Holiday Project: Bridging Art, Local History and Community Wellness, connected Lawrence Jackson (Arts & Sciences), Nasar Abadey (Peabody), Gabrielle Dean (Libraries), Roland Thorpe, Jr. (Public Health) & Kali-Ahset Amen Strayhorn (Arts & Sciences).
Peabody’s jazz faculty were featured in an article in BaltimoreBrew. Warren Wolf, Sean Jones, and Alex Brown performed at the Caton Castle, a venue that hosts jazz performances in a setting from another time. The article highlighted the new Peabody Jazz Program, mentioning that it has brought younger people into the venue and has created new lovers of jazz that keep the art form alive.
Jazz pianist Mark G. Meadows (BM ’11, GPD ’13, Jazz Piano) is the featured performer in “Unforgettable: A Tribute to Nat King Cole.” King’s hits “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons,” “Mona Lisa” and “L-O-V-E” combine with Meadows’ signature style for one “Unforgettable” performance. The show runs April 2-14 at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Va.