Glenn Tucker Presents A Jazz Nativity

Glenn Tucker





Glenn Tucker Presents A Jazz Nativity

  • $25 Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $15 Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $10 General Admission
  • $5 Student
  • Glenn Tucker, piano
  • Paul Finkbeiner, trumpet
  • Rafael Statin , sax/flute
  • Damon Warmack, bass
  • Jesse Kramer, drums

Event Details

Detroit-based, Ann Arbor-bred pianist Glenn Tucker presents fresh and vibrant holiday music centered around Olivier Messiaen's two Christmas cycles: La Nativité du Seigneur for pipe organ and Vingt regards sur l'enfant Jésus for piano. Both pieces depict images and ideas found in the Nativity story, reflecting Messiaen’s deep Catholic faith and mystic creativity. Tucker has studied La Nativité with legendary organ pedagogue Marilyn Mason, and brings his jazz background to mold these compositions into compelling new sounds. Joining Glenn will be some of the area’s finest musicians. Join us for this unique seasonal experience!

This concert is supported by the Don Chisholm Friends of Jazz at KCH.

Glenn Tucker

Glenn Tucker is a jazz pianist from Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is a  graduate of the University of Michigan, where he studied privately with Geri Allen. During high school, he studied with Tad Weed and Vincent York. Glenn has also been mentored by Detroit-area piano greats including bebopper Claude Black, early jazz historian James Dapogny, and modern jazz stalwarts Roger Jones and Gary Schunk.

Glenn learned the ropes early on from singing in the Ann Arbor Boychoir from ages 8-13. His professional jazz career started with subbing for Dapogny and Black at age 15 and gigging at the now-defunct Firefly club regularly with Paul Keller, Los Gatos, and the Easy Street Jazz Band while in high school. He has since worked with area greats Marcus Belgrave, Andrew Bishop, Vincent Chandler, Mike Karoub, Larry Smith, George “Sax” Benson, and Greg “Vibrations” Williams. Glenn is a favorite of singers, having accompanied jazz great Jon Hendricks, Toledo’s Ramona Collins and Kelly Broadway, and LA’s Barbara Morrison when she is in town. He is also sought-after by his peers, playing with young saxophone wizard Rafael Statin, the hip hop collective Tree City, and appearing on saxophonist/composer Marcus Elliot’s debut CD “Looking Forward.”

Paul Finkbeiner

Paul Finkbeiner was the fourth Jazz Major to graduate from Western Michigan University. He's performed in various jazz groups all over the world, including on cruise ships, the Orange County Jazz Festival in Los Angeles, the Evergreen Jazz Festival in Colorado, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the symphonic hall of the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, Spain. He has also appeared on several CD's with Paul Keller, Jan Krist, Bess Bonnier, Glenn Tucker, Steve Fentriss and Phil Ogilvie's Rhythm Kings.

Rafael Statin

Rafael Statin is one of those rarest of young jazz instrumentalist who can combine great passion, intellectual discipline, and a spiritual fire that is evocative of great artistic creativity. He has so far established himself as a remarkable composer and musician. Rafael has had the greatest privilege of sharing the bandstand amongst two of the very best Jazz musicians of today, Robert Hurst III and Jeff “Tain” Watts. Rafael received incredible reviews from New York's local jazz critics playing with them.

Hailing from Detroit, Rafael attended pre-college education at Detroit School of Arts and began to seriously study jazz at age 15 with Detroit's own Sax Master George Benson. During high school, Rafael also studied and played with the Detroit Symphony Jazz Orchestra. DSJO is an educational program that provides Michigan's premiere young jazz musicians with pre-professional training that builds upon the strong traditions of jazz in Detroit. Through this program Rafael got immeasurable tutelage from the legendary bassist Rodney Whitaker and his team of jazz mentors. Thanks to them, Rafael was able to work extensively among the Detroit jazz scene, developing and molding him into the traditional Mo-town sound while also pushing him forward out in the NYC jazz scene.

Currently, Rafael is under the strict and supportive guidances from some of the greatest jazz musicians of all time including Reggie Workman, Jimmy Owens, Mark Shim, Ron Blake, and Kenny Garrett just to name a few. Rafael Statin firmly believes that through his ancestors he has been bestowed an important inheritance of musical tradition and style of music “deemed as Jazz”. Even though he is deeply rooted in Jazz traditions, he has been influenced and inspired by many musical traditions.

Damon Warmack

By picking up a bass guitar on Christmas Day of 1991, Damon Warmack embarked upon a journey that would take him from Detroit's east side to Asia (Japan), Europe (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, Holland, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Slovokia, Russia and Turkey), Africa (South Africa), Canada, New York, Los Angeles and a few places in between.

Early influences such as Earth, Wind & Fire, George Duke, Marcus Miller, The Brothers Johnson, Frank Zappa, Branford Marsalis and John Patitucci helped guide Damon through the seemingly unrelated worlds of Jazz, Hip-Hop, R&B, Afro-Cuban and beyond.

Damon, a 2012 Detroit Music Award winner, has shared stage and/or studio with Fransico Mora Catlett, Pamela Wise, Wendell Harrison, Calvin Brooks, Stephanie Mills, Orchestra Fuego, Thornetta Davis, Vincent Herring, Shirley Jones (of The Jones Girls), Fred Hammond, Gary Thomas, Inohs Sivad, Kelvin Sholar's Esoterica, Bujo Kevin Jones' 10th World, Mathias, Q-Tip, Ronnie Cuber, Harold McKinney, The Edge, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Alyson Williams, Alexander O'Neal, Gayelynn McKinney and the McKinney Zone, Robert Bradley, Shelby-Brown, The Whitfield Music Group, Amp Fiddler, The Spinners, Brian O'Neal, Straight Ahead, Good Brother, Jean Carne, Martha Reeves, Lenny White, Carl Craig, Corey Harris, Johnny O'Neal, KEM, Bob James and Stevie Wonder just to name a few.

He's also participated in plays such as Dreamgirls, Anne Of Green Gables, MasterMixx, Perlie, The Wizard Of OZ, Unforgettably, The Great One, Menopause: The Musical, West Side Story, Oliver, The Wiz, Strong Women Keep Coming and Black Nativity.

Jesse Kramer

One of the most promising young drummers in Metro Detroit, Jesse has already performed at clubs, theaters, and festivals with some of the top local and national jazz musicians. Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Jesse studied with local masters such as saxophonist Vincent York (former member of the Ellington Orchestra) and drummer Sean Dobbins. While still in high school, Jesse was awarded a Downbeat Magazine Student Music Award for best group, and his trio performed at the Detroit Jazz Festival. Jesse’s career has taken off from there.
Jesse has shared stages with notable artists such as Paul Keller, Vincent York, Ellen Rowe, Vincent Chandler, Andrew Bishop, Barbara Morrison, Anat Cohen, Dwight Adams, Jeff Marx, Claude Black, and Tim Ries, just to name a few. He performs regularly in Detroit and Ann Arbor, and has quickly become a first-call drummer for many established artists/groups in the area.
Jesse has performed at clubs such as the historic Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, Cliff Bell’s, the Dirty Dog Cafe, the Jazz Cafe at Music Hall, Murphy’s Place, the Firefly Club, as well as some of Ann Arbor and Detroit’s premiere music halls such as Hill Auditorium, Power Center, Orchestra Hall, and The Majestic.
While establishing himself as a professional musician, Jesse also received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Jazz Studies at the University of Michigan. Jesse has studied with Michael Gould, Ellen Rowe, Marion Hayden, Andrew Bishop, Geri Allen, and others during his time at U of M. In the summer of 2011, Jesse was one of two students chosen to represent the University of Michigan at the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ) Conference led by Dave Liebman, held in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Jesse’s drumming combines the raw aggression and Afro-Cuban rhythms of Elvin Jones and Jeff “Tain” Watts, with the creative phrasing and melodicism of Max Roach and Tony Williams. Jesse’s music is deeply rooted in the jazz tradition but with a fresh and modern approach. His versatility allows him to play traditional jazz, avant-garde, bebop, funk, fusion, hip hop, and everything in between, all while keeping his unique voice. With a sound that is creative, emotional, spiritual, and always swinging, Jesse will be an important figure in the music scene for years to come.