Blues in Lent
Blues in Lent 2018
Five Wednesdays in Lent • Begins February 21 • 7:30-8:15PM • FREE!
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Blues in Lent, beginning Wednesday, February 21 at 7:30PM, will run at St. Mark's for five consecutive Wednesdays during Lent. All performances are free and open to the public. Playing and listening to the blues and to spirituals allows a deeper experience of humanity, and is a way to reflect and grow. This month, New York City-based blues, rock, and jazz guitar player, singer, and composer Tom Larsen will be presenting a series of duos, performing some of his favorite pieces with special musical guests. He will be joined by a selection of impressive New York City-based musicians that he has worked with in the past, including Solomon Hicks, Wayne Tucker, Eric Finland, Spencer Murphy, and SaRon Crenshaw.
Tom Larsen and Spencer Murphy
Spencer Murphy was born in Syracuse, NY. He graduated from SUNY Purchase in 2010, where he studied the double bass with Doug Weiss and history with Arturo O'Farrill. Since moving to New York City, he's performed with bands led by Tivon Pennicott, Aaron Parks, Myron Walden, Kenneth Salters, Melissa Aldana, Joel Frahm, and Ari Hoenig. For nearly a decade, Spencer has toured the U.S. and Europe, while residing in Brooklyn, NY.
Tom Larsen and SaRon Crenshaw
SaRon Crenshaw is among the foremost bluesmen in New York City (or anywhere), and travels all of the US and internationally playing his brand of soul-infused blues music. He released his debut studio recording entitled, Drivin in July of 2017 with One Trick Dog Records. His band is a mainstay at the famous Terra Blues venue in New York City's West Village.
Tom Larsen and Wayne Tucker
Wayne Tucker is a 30-year-old trumpet player/composer/arranger based in New York City. He is a 2009 graduate of the Jazz Studies program at SUNY Purchase under the direction of Todd Coolman. Wayne has played with many of today's current jazz stars including Kurt Elling, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Cyrille Aimee, and pop stars like Taylor Swift, Elvis Costello, Matt Simons, and Ne-Yo. He has released 2 albums as a bandleader including his most recent Wake Up and See the Sun, in September 2017.
Tom Larsen and Solomon Hicks
Solomon Hicks is a jazz and blues guitar phenom who has been in the music biz since age 13. As a bandleader and composer, he has released two albums. He has worked with and played with many artists such as Ne-Yo, Tony Bennett, Jon Hendricks, Russell Malone, Stanley Banks, the B.B. King Blues Band (with Junior Mack, led by Jerry Dugger), Lonnie Youngblood, and Winard Harper.
Tom Larsen and Eric Finland
Eric began music lessons at the age of 4 and went on to study jazz performance at Berklee College of Music after receiving a world tour scholarship. He has had the honor to share the stage and back up Greg Allman, Michael McDonald, George Clinton, Nona Hendryx, Ian Hendrickson-Smith, Scott Sharrard (Greg Allman Band), Jaimoes Jasssz Band, Joe Louis Walker, The Eric Krasno Band, The Blues Brothers with Paul Shaffer, and many more. He has music directed The Tallest Tree-Moises Kaufman and has subbed for The Big Apple Circus. Eric is currently the Music Director for Frenchie Davis (Rent, American Idol). He lives in New York City and is endorsed by Nord Keyboards and American Music and Sound.