Jazz Masters Series: The Dobbins/ Krahnke/ Weed Trio

Diego Rivera

Jazz Masters Series: The Dobbins/ Krahnke/ Weed Trio

Tad Weed

Jazz Masters Series: The Dobbins/ Krahnke/ Weed Trio

Kurt Krahnke

Jazz Masters Series: The Dobbins/ Krahnke/ Weed Trio

Sean Dobbins

Fri

11/27/2015

8:00pm

Jazz

Jazz Masters Series: The Dobbins/ Krahnke/ Weed Trio

featuring Diego Rivera, saxophone


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  • $30 - THIS SECTION IS SOLD OUT! Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $20 - THIS SECTION IS SOLD OUT! Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $15 General Admission
  • $5 Student
  • Tad Weed, piano
  • Kurt Krahnke, bass
  • Sean Dobbins, drums
  • Diego Rivera, saxophone

Event Details

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

Tad Weed

Artist Tad Weed is active as a piano soloist, collaborative artist, lecturer, arranger and teacher. He studied classical piano repertoire and composition at Central Michigan University before migrating to Los Angeles. Tad’s studies culminated in a Bachelor and Masters degree in Piano Performance and Jazz Studies from the Grove School of Music. Tad’s discography contains over 50 records and CD’s which feature his playing as well as his arrangements and compositions. His performing experience includes international touring as a pianist/music director for Carmen McRae, Anita O’Day, Paul Anka and Jack Jones. He has collaborated with a number of various ensembles including Peter Soave, Charles Lloyd, Nick Brignola, Woody Herman, Mundell Lowe, John Patitucci, Vinny Golia, Ritchie Cole, Teddy Edwards, Dick Berk, Dave Bennett and the New York Pops Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and performed Astor Piazzolla tangos with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra. Tad was on staff at Discovery Records of Los Angeles. In addition to recording and arranging, he was an accompanist and performer with many artists including Chaka Khan, Al Cohn, Kenny Burell, John Clayton, Bill Waltrous, Shorty Rogers, Jerome Richardson, Bud Shank, Stanley Turrentine, Wycliffe Gordon, John Carter, Bobby Bradford, Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Frank Morgan, David “Fathead” Newman, , and many others. Tad is Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Toledo. He has also served as Adjunct Professor on the music faculties of University of Michigan, Bowling Green State University, Western Michigan University, University of Windsor and University of Oakland. He continues to teach and conduct jazz/composition clinics, including student summer clinics as well as performing and arranging for his groups, The Freedom Ensemble and Dobbins, Krahnke and Weed, a piano trio group.

Kurt Krahnke

Acoustic bassist Kurt Krahnke is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, but also studied at the New England Conservatory of Music. He toured the east coast with Ron Levy for two years and then returned to Detroit, where he taught with the Summer Music Program under the direction of Wendell Harrison. Since his return to Michigan, Krahnke has played with Phil Lasley, Jimmy Giuffre, Joe Henderson, Sonny Fortune, Pinetop Perkins, Russell Green, and toured and recorded with Leon Thomas. In 1989, Kurt performed as a finalist in the Hennessey Jazz Search in Hollywood, CA, with the Steve Wood/Brad Felt Quintet. Krahnke played and toured with the acclaimed JC Heard Orchestra from 1986-89 and received the Best Jazz Bassist award from the Metro-Times. Kurt has recorded and played with Paul VornHagen for eight years and continues to serve as a mentor for young bassists in the region.

Sean Dobbins

Sean Dobbins got his start as a sought-after Detroit area jazz sideman at a young age, when he would regularly play with Blue Note artist Louis Smith. 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, Paul Finkbeiner, Larry Willis, Rodney Whitaker, Johnny O'Neal, Paul Keller, Tad Weed, Kurt Krahnke, Kelly Broadway, David “Fathead” Newman, Donald Walden, Ramona Collins, and Michael Gabriel. 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, and also Detroit area greats Gerald Cleaver and Pete Siers. A product of the Ann Arbor Public Schools, Sean has stayed devoted to education throughout his life. Early mentor Louis Smith, an Ann Arbor Public Schools band teacher, impressed the importance of a good education upon Sean at an early age. Sean is known in his community as a band director, drum teacher and positive influence for many.

Diego Rivera

Diego Rivera has been called, “a vital, new voice on the saxophone.” His performances have taken him throughout North America, Russia and Japan. In 2005, Rivera was commissioned by the Center for Great Lakes Culture to compose and premiere an original jazz suite in honor of civil rights activist Dolores Huerta. An avid composer and arranger, Rivera’s arrangements can also be heard on two of The Carl Allen-Rodney Whitaker Project’s critically acclaimed Mack Avenue Records recordings: Get Ready (2007) and Work To Do (2008). In the fall of 2013 he will release his second album The Contender on the D-Clef Records label. Since 2002 Rivera has taught at Michigan State University where he is Assistant Professor of Jazz Saxophone and Improvisation. In addition to his own ensemble, Rivera has toured with Juno-Award winning Canadian Vocalist, Sophie Milman, The Rodney Whitaker Quartet. Rivera has also performed with Christian McBride, Ellis Marsalis, Jimmy Cobb, The Michael Dease Big Band, The Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra and The Gerald Wilson Big Band.