ABOUT THE EVENT
Phoenixville’s own Jason Newman brings his jazz piano trio to Phoenixville Public Library on Monday, August 21 at 7:00 PM. The trio will be performing a set of original compositions by Jason Newman from his debut trio album “Entwined” (2015), along with new compositions and other modern jazz arrangements.
Jason Newman is a pianist and composer based in the Philadelphia area. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music with an emphasis in Classical Composition and Jazz Studies from Lebanon Valley College in the spring of 2000. He received his Master’s Degree in Music Theory and Composition from West Chester University in the spring of 2016. Jason has been performing and booking shows throughout Philadelphia, Main Line, Lancaster and Harrisburg areas for his jazz trio, duo, solo & other ensembles for over the last fifteen years. With the current release of his debut trio album “Entwined”, Jason Newman continues to expand his reach musically through performance, composition and recording opportunities. In addition to performing and developing his piano playing, Jason works by day in his private home studio as a composer of classical chamber & piano music. His “Adagio for String Quartet” was premiered & recorded by Curtis Institute’s “Astral Artists” String Quartet at West Chester University, April 2014. His “Motion-Prelude” for solo piano was premiered by West Chester University pianist and professor, Dr. Carl Cranmer, at the university in the spring of 2010. In 2008, his “Sonata for Piano” was premiered by acclaimed Philadelphia classical pianist, Matthew Bengtson. In the fall of 2003, his “Preludes for Piano” (Opus 1), were premiered by classical pianist Gary Gress, at the “Concert for New Music” series in Philadelphia, PA. He also maintains a full roster of private students, teaching piano repertoire, improvisation and composition throughout the greater Chester County and Philadelphia areas.
Jazz bassist Matthew Parrish, has ‘come into his own’ as a sought after performer, arranger, and composer. Matthew brings skills and swing as he puts his heart into every note he plays. He has a genuine warmth and loyalty to the music that transcends every note, every tune and every interaction with his fellow musicians. Matthew also has recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Paquito D’Rivera, Clark Terry, Etta Jones, James Williams, Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison, James Newton, Miri Ben-Ari, Gary Thomas, Vana Gierig, and Orrin Evans, to name a few. Currently, Matt continues to tour throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America with bands of the legendary Freddy Cole, Houston Person, and Vana Gierig. No stranger to the New York City jazz scene, Matt frequents the Jazz Standard, the Blue Note, Dizzy’s ‘Coca Cola’ Club at Lincoln Center, Smalls, Birdland, and the Iridium. He is also no stranger to Washington, D.C. and Boston, MA jazz clubs and of course, he is a devoted Philadelphia performer. With decades of his life devoted to the art of jazz bass, Matthew shares his experience by teaching and mentoring young children through adults in assemblies, master classes, and lectures throughout the United States.
Drummer Tony Deangelis was born in Reading, PA. By age six he was playing the drums, and by age nine he was in his first working trio. He then attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, on scholarship. There he met and played with today’s top players on the jazz scene including Kurt Rosenwinkel, Larry Grenadier, Geoffrey Keezer and Roy Hargrove. After graduating from Berklee in 1990, Tony moved to Philadelphia. There he formed several groups and performed throughout northeastern United States. Once you have experienced Tony’s playing, it is immediately apparent who has influenced his style of drumming. Tony incorporates the rolling triplets of Elvin Jones, the space used by Jon Christensen, and the hard-driving time of Tony Williams and Jack DeJohnette. Because of his distinctive sound, stage presence, and ability to adapt to any situation, Tony is held in high regard by his musical peers. Bassists Matthew Parrish, Charles Fambrough, and Tony Marino, trumpeter John Swana, legendary trombonist Al Grey, saxophonists Ralph Bowen, Ralph Lalama, and Gerry Niewood, and pianist Jim Ridl are just some of the high-caliber musicians Tony plays with regularly. While working with these influential artists, he has learned from the musicians that have helped shape the jazz we hear today. Tony can be seen performing in clubs, at festivals (i.e. Berks Jazz Festival and Central Pennsylvania Friends of Jazz Festival) and on CDs by regional artists. He has performed clinics and judged high school jazz festivals as well as recorded jingles for NFL Films and soundtracks for HBO Films.
This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013 x132.