Blues in Lent
Blues in Lent
Tom Larsen and Jason Marshall perform.
Tom Larsen and Todd Caldwell perform.
Lent is a time for self-reflection, spiritual regeneration, and developing new practices to move us towards transformation and new life. In my experience, playing and listening to the blues and to spirituals has allowed me to experience a deeper part of my humanity, and has been a way for me to reflect and grow as a person. This month I will be presenting a series of duos performing some of my favorite pieces from this idiom. I will be joined by a selection of amazing musicians that I have been blessed to work with in the past, and each evening is sure to be unique and special. Please join us!
Tom Larsen is a New York City based blues, rock and jazz guitar player, singer and composer. His group People vs. Larsen (for which he is the bandleader, composer, and producer) has released 2 albums. He has performed all over the US, Mexico, Europe, and the Middle East, as well as on the music scene in NYC since 2008.
March 8 • 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.
March 15 • SaRon Crenshaw
SaRon Crenshaw is among the foremost bluesmen in NYC (or anywhere), and travels all of the US and internationally playing his brand of soul-infused blues music. He is going to be releasing his debut studio recording with One Trick Dog Records in the coming months.
March 22 • 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.
March 29 • Jason Marshall
Jason Marshall is a highly sought after saxophonists across the whole music industry. He has recorded and performed with a diverse and esteemed collection of artists such as The Mingus Big Band, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Roy Hargrove, Abdullah Ibrahim, The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, The Mambo Legends, Dr. Lonnie Smith and The Roots. Born in Washington DC, He holds degrees from The New School for Social Research and Aaron Copeland School of Music. As a composer, Jason was nominated for a Grammy for his composition and arrangement “Ms. Garvey, Ms. Garvey!!” in 2009 featured on Roy Hargrove’s big band album “Emergence”.
April 5 • Todd Caldwell
Todd Caldwell is a New York City based piano and Hammond organ player. Originally from Texas, Todd is from a family of musicians and essentially grew up in his father’s recording studio. He has toured extensively over the last 10 years, most notably with 60’s folk rock icons Crosby, Stills and Nash. In New York, in addition to recording and teaching dates, he can be heard playing with a variety of artists ranging from country to jazz. Todd is also a student of acclaimed jazz musician Sam Yahel.