Saturday, May 20, 7:30 p.m. Offsite.
Phil DeGreg and Brasilia plays the Jazz & Justice Music Series at St. John’s Unitarian Universalist Church, 320 Resor Ave., Clifton.
Phil DeGreg, a native of Cincinnati, began playing the piano in his childhood and now performs as a jazz pianist internationally. Phil considers music to be a gift and is dedicated to sharing his love of jazz through teaching. He is currently Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, where he teaches jazz theory, arranging, piano, and ensembles.
Brasilia is composed of these noted Cincinnati musicians:
Rusty Burge, vibraphone
Phil DeGreg, piano
Aaron Jacobs, bass
John Taylor, drums
The United States and Brazil share parallel histories historically, sociologically and musically, says DeGreg. Both countries were colonized by Europeans, decimated indigenous populations, and instituted slave trades to prosper economically. But they also developed unique musical universes of styles that grew from the synthesis of African and European influences. Throughout their histories the music from the United States and Brazil have cross-pollinated, and both have become vastly influential globally. The program will present some of the Brazilian repertoire and styles and demonstrate their fusion with American jazz.
St. John’s is committed to acts of racial justice and building community through the arts. Join us for the third of a three-concert music series to meet new neighbors and hear the voices of justice through the jazz idiom.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and can be purchased in advance online, or at the door on the night of each performance. For information, call (513) 961-1938.
All concerts include a 7 p.m. welcome reception prior to the 7:30 p.m. concert. Performances are located at St. John’s, 320 Resor Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45220.