Celebrate International Jazz Day with Vincent York’s Jazzistry
- $25 Assigned Rows 1-2
- $25 Assigned Rows 3-5
- $20 General Admission
- $15 Student
- Vincent York, bandleader/multi-instrumentalist
- Rick Roe, piano
- Josef Deas, acoustic bass
- Zach Saginaw, acoustic/electric drums
- Gary Schunk, electronic keyboards
Last year Vincent York +4 took the first steps on a Cosmic Journey. This year you are invited to travel with them to the Next Frontier.
On the day that Jazz is recognized internationally for promoting peace, dialogue among cultures, diversity, respect for human rights and human dignity, eradicating discrimination, promoting freedom of expression, fostering gender equality and reinforcing the role of youth in enacting social change travel with us to a future that embraces cooperation and respect for all.
Jazzistry Founder, Vincent York will be joined by Josef Deas, acoustic bass; Rick Roe, acoustic piano; Zach Saginaw acoustic and electric drums; and Gary Schunk, electronic keyboards in a refreshing interpretation of traditional pieces by Roy Brooks and Harold McKinney and original pieces by the band.
This performance is made possible through the generous support of the Don Chisholm Friends of Jazz at KCH.
First and foremost, Vincent York is a jazz musician. He attended Southern University at Baton Rogue, becoming the first jazz studies major under clarinetist Alvin Batiste. After graduate study in classical saxophone at the University of Michigan, he toured with the Duke Ellington Orchestra under the direction of Mercer Ellington before forming his own band, the Force (now known as Vincent York’s new York Force), in 1977. York has recorded or played with noteworthy jazz artists such as Louis Smith, Marcus Belgrave, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Lena Horne, Joe Williams, Cab Calloway and Motown names such as The Temptations, Aretha Franklin and Martha Reeves.
In his position as artistic director of Jazzistry, Vincent’s roles include composer, bandleader, educator, and advocate for the arts. Vincent believes every American can be proud of jazz. He says, “it embodies our most admired cultural characteristics: self expression, spontaneity, boldness, and invention!”
Rick Roe won First Place in the Great American Jazz Piano Competition in 1994, was a Semifinalist twice in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, and has been a featured performer at many jazz festivals including the Jacksonville Jazz, Savannah Onstage International Arts, Montreux/Detroit Jazz and Hawaii Jazz Festival. He taught at the MSU and University of Michigan music departments, and his recordings include The Changeover, Monk’s Modern Music and Sphere.
In an age filled with mass produced, assembly-line tunes passed off as music, it's accurate to say that Josef is a rare talent. Nothing short of a breath of fresh air for those who still appreciate true musicianship, in just a short time the multi-talented savant has begun to carve out his own niche with his many layered and soulful musical compositions. With music in his blood and a insane amount of soon to be released music, he is an artists to be listened to and watched.
Zach Saginaw is an electronic music producer and drummer. He trained as a jazz drummer and calls his music “instrumental, electronically-produced music that is jazz and hip-hop influenced.” Growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he was heavily influenced by old jazz and Motown artists and developed his sound in the Detroit music scene. He has released four studio albums with the record label Ghostly International since 2010, in addition to releasing three EPs since 2008. In 2015, he played electronics for Dave Douglas’s High Risk project with drummer Mark Guilian. Saginaw has also done multiple North American and International tours.
Gary Schunk has earned much acclaim as an acoustic pianist, electronic keyboardist, and composer for his own electric jazz trio Schunk-Starr-Dryden. He has played with numerous jazz greats including Joe Williams, Earl Klugh, Sonny Stitt, Kenny Burrell, Anita O’Day, Mark Murphy, Pepper Adams, Terumasa Hino, Dave Valentin, David Newman, and many others. In November of 1995, Schunk was chosen as one of ten winners in JAZZIZ magazine’s Keyboards on Fire contest.