KCH's PASSING THE TORCH
featuring master Bassist Marion hayden
and up-and-coming saxophonist kaleigh wilder
Tuesday, May 17th @ 8:00 PM
The Passing the Torch series is
made possible with support from the
Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.
Kerrytown Concert House continues its community mentorship project connecting area master musicians with young, promising artists for a series of performances and mentorship conversations.
In this edition of Passing the Torch, master bassist, and U-M professor, Marion Hayden will perform with the talented rising saxophonist on the Detroit jazz scene, Kaleigh Wilder. A crucible of jazz, Marion Hayden is one of the nation’s finest proponents of the acoustic bass. Mentored herself by master trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, Hayden began performing jazz at age 15, and has since performed with diverse luminaries including: Bobby McFerrin, Nancy Wilson, Geri Allen, Regina Carter, Mulgrew Miller, Hank Jones, and more. Hayden is an active member of the community and has been widely recognized as a standard bearer of culture and artistic history. Kaleigh Wilder is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan. She performs regularly with Gnostikos and Wilder/Reid Duo (who recently debuted at Kerrytown Concert House’s Edgefest 2020).
Hayden and Wilder will perform original compositions, collective improvisations, shed light on their respective careers, and discuss the deep significance of intergenerational relationships in music.
Hayden and Wilder will also host a pre-concert conversation/masterclass at 5:30pm that is free and open to the public.
Can’t join us inside the House? Click the button below to watch the free livestream of this performance at showtime. (Free livestreams are only available this season during the actual showtime.)
COVID-19 Safety Policy for Indoor Concerts
- Moving forward, all patrons and artists who wish to attend or present performances indoors at KCH must provide a valid, complete COVID-19 vaccination card OR proof of a negative COVID-19 test performed by a third party within the previous 72 hours prior to entry. Such proof must be presented at concert check-in, may be displayed on a smartphone OR presented as a physical copy, and must also be accompanied by a matching, valid ID for verification.**
- Additionally, according to current CDC recommendations, masks are required for audiences inside the House and can only be removed when seated with a beverage (when available). When performing, artists may wear a mask, or not, at their own discretion.
**Proof of vaccination exceptions will be made for children under 5. These guests must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 72 hours prior to entry.
Born in Detroit, MI, a crucible of jazz, Marion Hayden is one of the nation’s finest proponents of the acoustic bass. Mentored by master trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, Hayden began performing jazz at the age of 15. She has performed with such diverse luminaries as Bobby McFerrin, Nancy Wilson, Geri Allen, Regina Carter, Steve Turre, Lester Bowie, David Allen Grier, James Carter, Dorothy Donegan, Joe Williams, Lionel Hampton, Frank Morgan, Jon Hendricks, Hank Jones, Bobby Hutcherson, Larry Willis, Vanessa Rubin, Sheila Jordan, Mulgrew Miller, Annie Ross and many others. She is a co-founder of the touring jazz ensemble Straight Ahead- the first all woman jazz ensemble signed to Atlantic Records. She is a member of the Detroit International Jazz Festival All-Star Ambassadors touring ensemble.
Widely recognized as a standard bearer of culture and artistic history, Hayden received a 2019 Art X Grant and a Creators of Culture Grant for original musical works. She was Artistic Director for a 2018 Knight Arts Foundation Grant encouraging young women in jazz. In 2016 Hayden washonored for her work as a performer and educator with the prestigious Kresge Artist Fellowship – a 1 year fellowship and grant award given an elite group of creative artists. She was the recipient of a 2016 Jazz Hero Award.- a national award given by the Jazz Journalists Association recognizing people who have made a significant contribution through their artistry and community engagement.
As an arts advocate, Hayden has served as Grant Panelist for the Detroit Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, Art-Ops and the Highland Park Cultural Commission. She also serves as panelist or consultant for South Arts, Detroit Sound Conservancy, Charles Wright Museum of African American History, the Kresge Foundation, Jazz Education Network and Society of the Culturally Concerned.
A passionate advocate for youth music education, Hayden teaches for Michigan State Univ. Community Music School Detroit and is an educator in residence for the Detroit Jazz Festival. As well, she conducts the Next Gen Ensemble- a performing group of some of the areas best young musicians. Hayden holds faculty positions in the Jazz Studies Departments at University of Michigan and Oakland University. Hayden is the Bass instructor for the Geri Allen Jazz Camp, Newark, NJ. , and in 2021 will join the faculty at Centrum Jazz, Port Townsend, WA.