All About the Trio





All About the Trio

A Mothers Day Celebration of Women in Jazz

  • $30 - SOLD OUT Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $20 - SOLD OUT 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
  • Sean Dobbins, 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 and in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.

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.

Sean Dobbins

Sean Dobbins got his start as sought-after Detroit area jazz sideman at a young age, when he would regularly play with Blue Note artist Louis Smith. As Sean’s Career progressed, he found himself the recipient of many awards and accolades including the “Woody Herman Jazz Award”, an award for outstanding musicianship, as well as the Louis Armstrong Scholarship. Due to Sean’s great talent both as a player and an educator, he has been the focus of countless news articles, jazz radio programs, and documentaries. Read more.

Though still young by jazz standards, Dobbins has amassed an impressive list of playing companions. He has performed/toured/recorded with Johnny Basset, Benny Golson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Frank Morgan, Joey DeFrancesco, George Cables, James “Blood” Ulmer, Marcus Belgrave, Larry Willis, Rodney Whittaker, Claude Black, Johnny O’Neal, Paul Keller, Tad Weed, Kurt Krahnke, Jon Hendricks, David “Fathead” Newman, Donald Walden, Cyrus Chesnut, Barry Harris, David Baker, Randy Johnston, Marion Hayden, Mose Allison, and a host of other great musicians.

Sean’s sound can best be described as hard-driving, solid rhythm with refreshing melodic sensibility. Some of Sean’s influences include Art Blakey, Jeff Hamilton, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Ed Thigpen, Sonny Payne, as well as Detroit area greats Gerald Cleaver and the one and only Elvin Jones. See less.