Rising Stars Series with the Sean Dobbins Trio
featuring vibraphonist Peyton Miller
- $30 Assigned Rows 1-2
- $20 Assigned Rows 3-5
- $15 General Admission
- $5 Student
- Peyton Miller, vibraphone
- Sean Dobbins, drums
- Corey Kendrick, piano
- Paul Keller, bass
Following the huge success of the initial concert in January, we pleased to present the second concert in Sean Dobbins’ “Rising Star” series! These concerts include a performance and conversation featuring a premier "rising star" in the Detroit area. Tonight the Sean Dobbins Trio will be joined by the young vibraphonist Peyton Miller.
This performance is made possible through the generous support of the Don Chisholm Friends of Jazz at the Kerrytown Concert House.
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.
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.
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.