All About the Trio





All About the Trio

A Mothers Day Celebration of Women in Jazz

  • $30 Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $20 Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $15 General Admission
  • $5 Student


  • Ingrid Racine, trumpet
  • Janelle Reichman, tenor sax
  • Melissa Gardiner, trombone
  • Ellen Rowe, piano
  • Paul Keller, bass
  • Pete Siers, drums

Event Details

Take a behind-the-scenes look at the foundations of jazz. An education in the fundamentals of jazz...and a lot of fun! This month,“A Mothers Day Celebration of Women in Jazz” features music by women jazz artists. Special guests Ingrid Racine, trumpet; Janelle Reichman, tenor sax and Melissa Gardiner, trombone join Ellen Rowe, Paul Keller and Pete Siers. Featured compositions include music from Ellen’s upcoming CD, “Momentum-Portraits of Women In Motion”. 

This performance is supported by the Don Chisholm Friends of Jazz at Kerrytown Concert House.

Ingrid Racine

Born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI, trumpeter and composer Ingrid Racine embraces everything from early jazz to bop, fusion to folk and hip hop. Her strong bebop sensibility shines, even as she explores music across decades and geographical boundaries. After graduating from the esteemed jazz program at Community High School in 2000, Ingrid pursued a BFA in Jazz Studies at the University of Michigan, where she studied with the great saxophonist Donald Walden and Detroit Symphony Orchestra trumpeter Bill Lucas. By graduation, Ingrid was playing professionally all over Michigan with an eclectic array of ensembles including the 1920’s jazz ensemble Phil Ogilvie’s Rhythm Kings, Mady Kouyate’s Heat of Africa, and the Detroit-based all female jazz group Straight Ahead, in addition to steady sideman work in local small jazz groups. Additionally, she toured nationally and internationally with the group NOMO from 2003-2009. In 2007, Ingrid returned to University of Michigan to study with Professor Geri Allen, while completing a Masters Degree in Improvisation. Ingrid has recently performed with the Marion Hayden Ensemble, Wendell Harrison, the Heather Black Project, Jesse Kramer's Juice Box and Ethan Davidson. She currently lives in Ann Arbor, MI and leads her own groups, the Ingrid Racine Quartet and the Gin Dandies. 

Janelle Reichman

Janelle Reichman, clarinetist and saxophonist, has performed with musical greats such as Doc Severinsen, Les Paul, Anne Hampton Callaway, Sherrie Maricle and DIVA, Dave Liebman, Donny McCaslin and many others. Janelle first discovered her love of music when she picked up the clarinet in fifth grade, and would go on to become a multi-instrumentalist. As a teenager, Janelle was a member of bands that opened for Nicholas Payton’s ensemble and The Jazz at Lincoln Center Sextet, as well as attended numerous festivals around the country, including the Detroit International Jazz Festival, where Janelle was named Best High School Saxophonist. At age 17, she was accepted into Dave Liebman’s International Saxophone Masterclass, a weeklong intensive workshop located in Liebman’s hometown of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Janelle’s rich tone and creative melodic ideas landed her a spot in the IAJE (International Association for Jazz Education) Sisters-in-Jazz Quintet, which opened for Nicholas Payton at the 2004 IAJE Conference in New York, and had performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as part of the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival. Janelle was also accepted into the full-scholarship Henry Mancini Institute for two years running, where she performed with Maria Schneider, Christian McBride, Ray Buretto, Chris Potter, and Vince Mendoza. Janelle has performed all over the country with great musicians such as Doc Severinsen and his Tonight Show Band, Tim Ries, and Bob Mintzer. Janelle’s quartet has played club dates all over the Midwest, including The Jazz Factory in Louisville, Kentucky, The Firefly Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and The Blue Wisp in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2005 Janelle won a Downbeat award, and in 2006 Janelle performed with Ann Hampton Callaway as a featured soloist with the DIVA Jazz Orchestra at the Toronto Jazz Festival. In 2016, Janelle was a featured clarinetist at Lincoln Center for the show Moonglow: The Magic of Benny Goodman, which took place in The Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center in Columbus Circle of New York, NY. Janelle has a Bachelors degree in jazz saxophone from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she performed with Ahmad Jamal, Curtis Fuller, Kenny Wheeler, Joshua Redman, and Mulgrew Miller, among others. She also holds a Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Dick Oatts, Bob Mintzer and Steve Wilson. Janelle lived in New York City for ten years. Her debut album as a leader, entitled Middleground and co-produced by Steve Wilson, was released in the Spring of 2011. She continues to perform with various bands all over the East coast, the Midwest, the US, and the world.

Melissa Gardiner

Emerging jazz trombonist Melissa Gardiner has been described by Curtis Fuller as technically creative and emotionally powerful. Her improvisation is inspiring and motivating for the listener, and she draws you in with a raw expression that directly relates to life experience. Currently based in Syracuse, NY, Gardiner is the jazz trombone instructor at Cornell and Syracuse University. As a bandleader, she performs regularly with her jazz organ trio, MG3, and has an album out entitled Transitions, featuring soulful jazz standards and original compositions. She is a member of the CNY Jazz Orchestra and R&B soul band, The Blacklites, and frequently joins Sophistafunk, E.S.P., and Rochester-based group Paradigm Shift. Gardiner is very active in theater as a pit orchestra musician and has also worked with Carnival Cruise Lines and the Disneyland All-American College Band. Most notably, she has shared the stage with several legendary musicians including Aretha Franklin, Geri Allen, Wycliffe Gordon, Steve Turre, Gerald Wilson, and Patti Austin. Embodying the concept of artist as citizen, Gardiner aims to re-connect jazz music to the community, and create an environment of mentorship where students and professionals can make music together. This is accomplished in the form of regular weekly jazz jam sessions, and with Second Line Syracuse, a brass band that Gardiner formed, that performs at a variety of events and in spontaneous neighborhood parades. In just one year of existence, Second Line Syracuse has built an impressive resume so far, working with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, gaining grant funding for community and educational events, and winning the 2015 Syracuse NewTimes award for Best Jazz Band. Gardiner received her master’s degree in jazz performance at The Juilliard School where she studied with Steve Turre. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree at The University of Michigan where she studied with Dennis Wilson(jazz) and David Jackson(classical). Former teachers also include Bill Harris, Curtis Fuller and Wycliffe Gordon. Gardiner is a member of The Professional Musicians of Central New York Local 78 AFM.

Ellen Rowe

Ellen Rowe, jazz pianist and composer, is currently Professor and Chair of the Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation Department at the University of Michigan. She is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Rayburn Wright and Bill Dobbins. Prior to her appointment in Michigan, she served as Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Connecticut. Read more.

Winner of the Hartford, CT Advocate Readers’ Poll for Best Acoustic Jazz, Ms. Rowe has performed at jazz clubs and on concert series throughout the U.S., as well as touring in South Africa, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Ireland, Poland and Australia. Also active as a clinician, she has given workshops and master classes at the Melbourne Conservatory, Hochshule fur Musik in Cologne and The Royal Academy of Music in London. She has also made many appearances as a guest artist at festivals and Universities around the country.

When not leading her own quartet, she is in demand as a sideman, having performed with artists including Kenny Wheeler, Tim Ries, Tom Harrell, John Clayton, Frank Morgan, Ingrid Jensen and Steve Turre. She was also a guest on two installments of Marian McPartland’s “Piano Jazz” on National Public Radio. Her three CDs as a leader, “Sylvan Way” (2000), “Denali Pass” (2005) and “Wishing Well” (2010) have received extensive airplay and critical acclaim. Jazz critic Ken Franckling describes “Wishing Well”, featuring Ingrid Jensen, as a “gem in every respect, revealing much to savor on every track” and All About Jazz’s Bruce Lindsay says “The Ellen Rowe Quartet deserves wider recognition, with the beautifully realized Wishing Well a rich and engaging testament to this band's talent.”

Ms. Rowe's compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by jazz ensembles and orchestras around the world, including the Village Vanguard Orchestra, BBC Jazz Orchestra, U.S. Navy Commodores, Berlin and NDR Radio Jazz Orchestras, London Symphony, DIVA and the Westchester Jazz Orchestra. Many of these works can be heard on recently released CD’s including “Leave It To Diva”, “The Perth Jazz Orchestra”, “Bingo” (The Bird of Paradise Orchestra) and “I Believe In You” (DIVA). She has recently been a composer-in-residence at the Eastman School of Music , University of Wisconsin at Madison and Grieg Academy in Bergen, Norway. Her big band compositions are currently published by Sierra Music Publications.

Having been selected to conduct the MENC All-Eastern and All-Northwest Jazz Ensembles as well as All-State jazz ensembles throughout the country, she has also been an invited clinician at the Music Educators National Conference Eastern Division Convention and the International Association of Jazz Educators Convention. Her quartet was featured in performance at the 2005 IAJE Conference in Long Beach, California, the 2009 Detroit International Jazz Festival and the 2011 Jazz Education Network Conference. A new duo album with Andrew Bishop, “Chisel and Stone” and a new quintet CD “Courage Music” were released in early 2014. See less.

Paul Keller

Paul Keller is one of the busiest bassists in the Detroit area today, earning the nickname “The House Bass Player For The State Of Michigan.” Since 1989, Paul has led the 15-piece Paul Keller Orchestra, which plays original, obscure and classic big band material from all periods of jazz history, and performs every Monday night at the Zal Gaz Grotto in Ann Arbor. Paul also plays in the popular Keller/Kocher Quartet and in The Paul Keller Ensemble, a three-horn sextet that features creative arrangements by Keller and his bandmates. Paul has been recognized internationally for his association with pianist/singer Diana Krall and guitarist Russell Malone.

Pete Siers

Like Clark Kent, jazz percussionist Pete Siers is soft-spoken and unassuming–but put him behind a drum set, and a hard-swinging, intensely physical, dynamically sensitive drummer emerges. When Pete plays, “straight-ahead, readily apparent musical joy” can be expected, according to the Southeastern Michigan Jazz Association. And Paul Pearce of Bass World magazine writes that “Pete absolutely ‘sings’ with his drum kit.” Read more.

A consummate professional, Pete has an international reputation for his “restless curiosity, attention to detail, and mastery of many different styles,” according to Mike Stratton, host of the FM 89.7 radio show, “The Vinyl Side of Midnight.” Siers has played with jazz luminaries such as Russell Malone, Mulgrew Miller, Marian McPartland, Lee Konitz, Benny Golson, James Moody, Kenny Werner, David “Fathead” Newman, Eddie Daniels, Frank Morgan, Scott Hamilton, Bob Wilber, and Barry Harris. In addition to his expansive performance career, Siers has played on over 50 recordings, including Russell Malone’s Black Butterfly on Columbia Records. He recently played Carnegie Hall, has toured Europe several times, and is a long-time favorite at many jazz parties and festivals across the U.S. Pete continues to perform orchestral pops shows such as trumpeter Marcus Belgrave’s Louis Armstrong Tribute and Dave Bennett’s Salute to Benny Goodman.

In addition to his performance and recording career, Pete has taught percussion and jazz drumming for over 25 years. He teaches privately as well as having taught at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor School for Performing Arts, Emory University, Purdue University and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. He was also an artist-in-residence at Interlochen School of the Arts.

Despite being a veteran teacher, Pete recognizes the impact of other musicians on his style such as New York pianist and educator Kenny Warner with his concept of “effortless mastery,” Jeff Hamilton’s dynamic showmanship, New York drummer Bill Stewart’s flawless execution and coordination, and Elvin Jones’ primitive, organic drive. But one of Pete’s greatest lessons was from Detroit saxophonist Larry Nozero back in the ’80s when Nozero told him before their show, “Rehearsals are over–it’s time to play.” “This hit my like a shot,” says Pete. “From this, I began to understand what it is to play music at the highest level. When I play, I want to go up there and disappear, to be the sound.” Siers is an authentic risk-taker who serves the music and surrenders to what it calls for.

Siers’ aspirations are as numerous as his accomplishments. The ultimate goal for his Latin quintet, Los Gatos, is to experience first-hand the roots of Afro-Cuban rhythm in its place of origin, Cuba, and to study with the masters. The Pete Siers Quartet, including two tenor saxophones and organ, will release a new CD in 2009. The repertoire is post-bop and high-energy, straight ahead jazz. Pete also has his eyes on a trio project with piano and tenor saxophone. The arrangements are unique yet reminiscent of the Gene Krupa Trio from the early 1950s. This year, Pete will also continue his piano trio settings with the release of Organic Roots.

Says Siers, “Staying inspired is important, whether it’s practicing, teaching, playing, or just being a husband and father. I feel very lucky to be around positive energy.” Pete resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with his wife, Stephanie Hale, and their two children, Charlie and Neva. See less.

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