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.
Rise Bmore, a concert event founded by faculty artist Judah Adashi (MM ’02, DMA ’11, Composition), is now in its fourth year and has announced the next event. On Friday, April 19, at Union Baptist Church in Baltimore, Md., Rise Bmore will present free evening of words, music, and movement in honor of Freddie Gray. At 7:00, Brittani McNeill will lead a conversation about art and activism with A Revolutionary Summer, a program that allows young women to gather and experience the creative works of Black women artist. The 8:00 concert includes music, poetry, and dance by Adashi, Binae Ali, Dance Chair danah bella, Taylor Hillary Boykins (MM ’14, Voice), Lavena Johanson (MM ’13, Cello), Richard and Elizabeth Case Chair in Jazz Studies Sean Jones, Jessie Montgomery, faculty artist Wendel Patrick, J. Pope, Tariq Touré, and the Peabody String Sinfonia.
The Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University will welcome pianist Richard D. Johnson to its Jazz Studies faculty beginning in the 2019-20 academic year. More…
Richard and Elizabeth Case Chair Sean Jones, jazz was interviewed by Geoffrey Himes about how he has restructured the jazz department at Peabody. He emphasizes the importance of “the hang” or when young jazz players interact with more seasoned performers to learn the craft. Jones also comments on the importance of living where you work in order to fully immerse oneself into the community. The article will be published in the March 2019 issue of Downbeat Magazine.