Celebrate International Jazz Day with Vincent York’s Jazzistry Celebrate International Jazz Day with Vincent York’s Jazzistry





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
  • Michael Malis, piano
  • Ingrid Racine, trumpet
  • Josef Deas, acoustic bass
  • Jesse Kramer, drums

Event Details

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.

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

Vincent York

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!”

Michael Malis

Michael Malis (b. 1988) is a pianist and composer based in Detroit, MI. In July of 2015, he self-released his debut album as a leader, “Lifted from the No of All Nothing”, featuring all original music by Malis. The Detroit Free Press called it “an uncommonly mature and distinctive debut... The music is loose and spontaneous, alert to dynamics and textural variety while balancing formal detail and discipline with freedom.” It was described by Hot House Jazz Guide (NYC) as “cover[ing] a broad range of free expression. [Malis] bridges the gap between original composed, complex material and the spontaneity of improvisation.” His trio, featured on the album, has toured in the United States and Canada, and in September 2016, they performed at the Detroit International Jazz Festival.

In August 2017, he’ll be releasing an album of duets with saxophonist Marcus Elliot, entitled “Balance”. The duo has been named an Artist-in-Residence at the Chamber Music Society of Detroit for their 2017-2018 season. As part of that residency, they will be presented in concert as part of CMSD’s brand new “Jazz Works” concert series, and will also be involved in a new educational initiative pioneered by CMSD which will bring jazz to students in public schools utilizing an innovative merger of technology and live performance.

As a pianist, he has shared the stage with a diverse array of musicians, including notables such as Marcus Belgrave, Tyshawn Sorey, Jaribu Shahid, Ken Filiano, Andrew Bishop, Dennis Coffey, and Marion Hayden. He has performed at the Kennedy Center, Birdland (NYC), the Detroit Jazz Festival, The Stone (NYC), and the Detroit Institute of Arts, among other venues. As a leader, he has maintained a touring schedule with his trio, playing in New York, Toronto, Montreal, Chicago, Baltimore, Cleveland, and across the Midwest and East Coast.

Ingrid Racine

Born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI, trumpeter and composer Ingrid Racine embraces everything from early jazz to bop, fusion to folk and hip hop. Her strong bebop sensibility shines, even as she explores music across decades and geographical boundaries.

After graduating from the esteemed jazz program at Community High School in 2000, Ingrid pursued a BFA in Jazz Studies at the University of Michigan, where she studied with the great saxophonist Donald Walden and Detroit Symphony Orchestra trumpeter Bill Lucas. By graduation, Ingrid was playing professionally all over Michigan with an eclectic array of ensembles including the 1920’s jazz ensemble Phil Ogilvie’s Rhythm Kings, Mady Kouyate’s Heat of Africa, and the Detroit-based all female jazz group Straight Ahead, in addition to steady sideman work in local small jazz groups. Additionally, she toured nationally and internationally with the group NOMO from 2003-2009. In 2007, Ingrid returned to University of Michigan to study with Professor Geri Allen, while completing a Masters Degree in Improvisation. Ingrid has recently performed with the Marion Hayden Ensemble, Wendell Harrison, the Heather Black Project, Jesse Kramer's Juice Box and Ethan Davidson. She currently lives in Ann Arbor, MI and leads her own groups, the Ingrid Racine Quartet and the Gin Dandies.

Josef Deas

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.

Jesse Kramer

Award winning drummer, composer, educator, and bandleader, Jesse Kramer is one of the most exciting young musicians in the mid-west. His talent has already taken him across the country and around the globe. Kramer has developed his own voice on the drums by blending jazz, hip-hop, world, and fusion styles.

 Jesse Kramer grew up in Ann Arbor. At a young age, he studied piano, baritone, and sang with choirs at church. However, he was particularly drawn to the drums, having his first lesson at the age of five. Kramer had his first professional gig at age twelve. In high school, while leading bands and playing gigs, Kramer studied with Sean Dobbins (Johnny O’Neal) and Vincent York (Duke Ellington Orchestra). Drummers such as Jeff “Tain” Watts, Elvin Jones, Art Blakey, Max Roach, and Tony Williams heavily influenced him. Kramer went on to study jazz at the University of Michigan School of Music, where he worked with Ellen Rowe, Michael Gould, Marion Hayden, Andrew Bishop, and Geri Allen. During his time at U of M he represented the University at the 2011 International Association of Schools of Jazz meeting in Sao Paulo (directed by David Liebman) and he received a Student Music Award from Downbeat Magazine in the Jazz Arrangement category. Kramer Graduated with a BFA in Jazz Studies in December 2011.

As one of the most promising young drummers, Kramer’s career has already taken him around the country and the globe. He has performed with Vincent York, Ellen Rowe, Paul Keller, Claude Black, Dwight Adams, Barbara Morrison, Anat Cohen, Ingrid Jensen, and countless others. His upbringing and his eclectic tastes helped him develop a unique style that combines creative phrasing and melodicism with raw aggression. Kramer’s music is deeply rooted in the jazz tradition but with a fresh approach that is modern, creative, emotional, spiritual, funky, and always swinging.