Corey Kendrick Trio





Corey Kendrick Trio

CD Release of Rootless

  • $25 Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $15 Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $10 General Admission
  • $5 Student
  • Corey Kendrick, piano
  • Joe Vasquez, bass
  • Nick Bracewell, drums

Event Details

"A debut album that stands among the finest albums of the year...old jazz done in a new way." - Travis Rogers, Jr., Jazz Times 

The Corey Kendrick Trio combines the infectious swing of the Oscar Peterson trio and the intricate interaction of the Bill Evans trio with a modern harmonic sensibility to create a truly dynamic group sound. Established while studying under Rodney Whitaker at Michigan State University, the Corey Kendrick Trio has developed their melody-driven, straight ahead sound over two and a half years of extensive performing.

On their debut recording, Rootless, the Trio delves into the themes of life in transition and all the associated emotions, whilst exploring the sonic tapestry of the piano trio. From the anxiety of starting anew (The Unknown/The Unexpected), to the loneliness of an unfamiliar home (Alone In Michigan), to the pure joy of new friends and experiences (Blues al Pastor), to the indescribable emotions of new parenthood (Lullaby For A New Mother), Rootless runs the gamut both in terms of emotional content and stylistic possibilities.

This performance is made possible through the generous support of the Don Chisholm Friends of Jazz at the Kerrytown Concert House.

Corey Kendrick

An Iowa native, Corey Kendrick is a pianist, composer, and educator living in Detroit, MI. Although soft-spoken and mild-mannered, you wouldn’t know it when he sits down at the piano. A pianist with a deeply expressive touch and formidable technique, Kendrick makes his presence immediately known. Harmonically daring and melodically inventive, Kendrick’s talents have granted him the opportunity to share the stage with some of the finest jazz musicians in the world. Kendrick has performed alongside Rodney Whitaker, Jimmy Cobb, Marquis Hill, Antonio Hart, Tim Warfield, Etienne Charles, Jeff Hamilton, Peter Bernstein, Christian McBride, Robin Eubanks, Jon Faddis, Randy Gelispie, Diego Rivera, Michael Dease, Ben Williams, Mark Whitfield Jr, Obed Calvaire, Alex Wintz, Brian Hogans, Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Tom Kennedy and Sachal Vasandi among others. Kendrick has toured internationally with Etienne Charles' Creole Soul, regionally with the Rodney Whitaker Quintet, and throughout Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, and Canada as a leader. Kendrick received his Master's in Jazz Studies from Michigan State University in 2015 and holds a Bachelor's in Liberal Studies from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Kendrick has studied with Xavier Davis, Reggie Thomas, and Willie Pickens.  

Joe Vasquez

Joe Vasquez is a young bass up-and-comer to the music scene and has made a strong impact in keeping the tradition of jazz music alive while still maintaining a modern sound under the direction of professor and renowned bassist Rodney Whitaker. He has performed throughout the U.S. as well as Canada and Trinidad and Tobago playing with artists such as Dwight Adams, Etienne Charles, Cory Allen, Anthony Stanco, and Diego Rivera and continues to dedicate himself to his bass and his music.

Nick Bracewell

Nicholas Bracewell, a Jazz Drummer from Essex, Ontario, began playing drums at a very young age. By the age of 8 he received his first drum kit which sparked his love for the drums. At the age of 11 he was accepted into the Civic Youth Ensembles jazz program in Detroit, and in this program he received mentorship from Rodney Whitaker, Diego Rivera, Sean Dobbins and Kris Johnson. He has played at festivals around the U.S. and Canada including the Detroit Jazz Festival, East Lansing Summer Solstice Festival, Lansing Jazz Festival, and the Windsor Blues Festival. He has played with artists such as Randy Napoleon, Rodney Whitaker, Diego Rivera, and Rick Roe.