Price for Workshop: FREE for kids, $5 for adults
For ticket information, call Polyrhythms: 309 373-0790
For additional information visit: www.polyrhythms.org
October 21st, POLYRHYTHMS Third Sunday Jazz Workshop & Matinee Series presents An Evening of Jazz with the Semenya McCord Quintet featuring Frank Wilkins to the Redstone Room, in the RME on the corner of 2nd & Main, in Davenport. A Jazz Demystifying Workshop begins at 3 pm, and is followed by a matinee concert from 6 – 8 pm.
The Concert will include a “Birthday Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie” with Semenya McCord on vocals, featuring Boston pianist Frank Wilkins, bassist Andy Crawford, drummer Wes Julien; and special guest appearances by Manny Lopez on trumpet.
SEMENYA McCORD, vocalist/music educator/composer, earned her degree in Music Education from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. Her popular musician father, the late Ken Henderson, was an early and significant influence on her desire to sing and touch people through music. At the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, she was turned on to the powerful traditions of gospel music with Horace C. Boyer, and of jazz with master drummer Max Roach and reedman Archie Shepp.
McCord performed throughout New England for over 25 years, presenting programs and residencies featuring spirituals, blues, traditional and contemporary jazz for audiences of all ages through Young Audiences of Massachusetts, Inc., the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the New England Foundation for the Arts.
McCord has directed community events that celebrate cultural diversity through the arts.
McCord, earned her Masters’ in Music at Northern Illinois University in 2006 and currently teaches Jazz Voice at Knox College; and teaches General Music and directs student choirs at Lombard Middle School.
FRANK WILKINS, pianist and native of Milwaukee, WI, moved to Boston, in the early 1970s where he became known as a consummate music director and pianist among national and international venues and with vocalists, a multimedia producer/ director, music composer, arranger and experienced private instructor; with awards from The Artists' Foundation (Boston), Composition Fellowship (Berklee College of Music) and The Hank Jones Jazz Masters Award.
Wilkins has shared a stage with Angela Bofill, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kevin Eubanks, Semenya McCord, Tiger Okoshi, and Archie Shepp, to name a few. His career has included performances in the Newport Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, West Africa, Italy, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, and Mexico.
“...a lyrical writer and a warm swinging pianist with a feeling that sometimes sounds like its right for the ‘Saturday Night Function’ and sometimes sounds like its right for Sunday Morning.”
Eric Jackson, WGBH-Boston
Polyrhythms Third Sunday Jazz Workshop & Matinee Series at the RME’s Redstone Room, October 21st, features an all-ages workshop at 3 pm, and a matinee performance from 6-8 pm. Admission to the workshop is Free for Kids and $5 for adults. General admission for the 6 - 8 pm concert is $10 or $15 for reserved/VIP seating For ticket information, call Polyrhythms: 309 373-0790.
Doors open at 5:30 pm. Come experience an evening of jazz like it was meant to be enjoyed “LIVE”. Delight in some of the best jazz in the Quad Cities. Relish this captivating music at the Third Sunday Jazz Series; Sunday, October 21st, featuring Semenya McCord with Frank Wilkins.
Polyrhythms Third Sunday Jazz Series is made possible with major support of the RDA, the RME, QCArts and Visionary Arts as well as the support of Wells Fargo, Bowman Accounting, Peeples Heating & Air Conditioning, the Austin Family Charitable Fund, Cribbs Landscaping, the Goldstein Family Foundation, the Radisson, Greatest Grains, Radio station KALA, and DJ Mixxin Mel.