Composer, trumpeter, and banjoist, Douglas Detrick's work is distinguished by its quiet thoughtfulness and its embrace of good ideas from unconventional sources. His ensembles include chamber music-jazz hybrid AnyWhen Ensemble and roots-inspired band Little One.
The AnyWhen Ensemble's signature instrumentation (trumpet, saxophone bassoon, cello, and drumkit) sets them apart, but they make their real impact through Detrick's original compositions that integrate chamber music conception with jazz spontaneity.
Little One combines Americana, jazz, and chamber music with original songs. The quartet’s unconventional instrumentation with Detrick on clawhammer banjo, voice, and trumpet, William Seiji Marsh on guitar, Michelle Alany on violin, and Andy Rayborn on bass clarinet gives them a chameleonic ability to access a unique range of sounds and colors.
Jazz composer, pianist, and educator Darrell Grant is a creative artist who harnesses the power of music to create change. Whether through performing, composing, speaking, educating, or organizing musical initiatives around community, sustainability, or social justice, he seeks to leverage a deeper level of engagement and connection for positive change.
Jazz pianist and composer Helen Sung's Sung with Words
THE STORY Using jazz and poetry as powerful catalysts to create new music, Sung With Words is a multi-movement work and pianist/composer Helen Sung's first program of all original compositions using the poems of celebrated poet Dana Gioia as lyrics. Written collaboratively, Sung With Words presents a modern sensibility exploring themes of the human condition - love, betrayal, wonder, melancholy, mystery - bringing together the musical and literary worlds in a thrilling experience.
In addition to setting Gioia's words to music, Sung looks deeper into how words and music connect thru her Lament for Kalief Browder and Convergence, instrumental compositions inspired by words. Made possible by a Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Foundation New Jazz Works grant, Sung With Words will be Sung's 7th leader release.
THE MUSIC Amongst Dana Gioia's poems for Sung With Words are these works published by the Virginia Quarterly Review. Steeped in the sounds, rhythms, and flair of New York City, Gioia's evocative words inspired Helen to tirelessly search for that "perfect melody".
Sung With Words was featured at the 2017 Bryant Park IN/TER\SECT Summer Music Festival, a 2-day event co-produced and curated in partnership with Chamber Music America. Click on the images below for some fan-generated videos of the performance, as well as Helen in a brief post-set onstage interview about the project.
THE PLAYERS The album features an all-star ensemble enlisting Sung’s long time collaborators multi-reedist John Ellis, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, bassist Reuben Rogers, drummer Kendrick Scott, and percussionist Samuel Torres taking the listener on a musical journey where vocalists Jean Baylor, Carolyn Leonhart, Christie Dashiell, and Charenee Wade bring the words of Sung With Words to life with their vivid interpretations. Sung With Words can be toured with as few as five musicians.
Three-time ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awardee Ezra Weiss has performed with Billy Hart, Dayna Stephens, Antonio Hart, Michael Philip Mossman, Mark Gross, Vincent Herring, and Dennis Rowland, among others.
Over the years, Ezra has led bands featuring such luminaries as trumpeters Peter Evans, and Farnell Newton; saxophonist Dayna Stephens; bassists Corcoran Holt, Ameen Saleem, and Curtis Lundy; and drummers Kassa Overall, Steve Williams, Jason Brown, and Billy Hart (for whom he also served as arranger).
The Portland, OR-based composer/pianist has released six albums as a bandleader: The Five A.M. Strut (2003), Persephone (2005), Get Happy (2007), The Shirley Horn Suite (2010), Our Path To This Moment (2012), and Before You Know It [Live in Portland] (2014). Weiss wrote the music for the Portland Jazz Composer’s Ensemble’s multimedia concert/recording From Maxville To Vanport (2018), and music and lyrics for three children’s musicals designed to introduce young people to jazz: Alice in Wonderland: a Jazz Musical (2009), Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (2010), and Cinderella (2013). His arrangements for Derek Hines’ recording The Long Journey Home (2017) led to the formation of his own Ezra Weiss Big Band, which he leads along with his Sextet. Weiss has been listed in DownBeat Critics Polls in the Rising Star Arranger category.
His latest big band composition, We Limit Not The Truth of God, will be released by Origin’s OA2 Records in 2019.