Saxophonists, clarinetists and identical twin brothers Peter & Will Anderson lead a celebration of the great George Gershwin (1898-1937), whose musical impact is unmatched despite the fact that his entire career spanned just two decades. This show will feature Gershwin gems including "Rhapsody in Blue," "An American in Paris," "Summertime," "Embraceable You," and "They Can't Take That Away from Me." The show will feature vocalist Molly Ryan, drummer/vibraphonist Chuck Redd, pianist Jeb Patton, guitarist Adam Moezinia, and bassist Neal Miner.
"Virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone," (New York Times) Bethesda, Maryland natives Peter and Will Anderson at a very young age were drawn to the music of Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Duke Ellington, and others. They toured the United Kingdom at age 15, and soon attended Juilliard in New York City. Peter and Will have headlined at Jazz @ Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, The Blue Note, and the Arizona Music Festival. Their ensemble has performed in thirty five U.S. states, Japan, and featured four times in the famed "Highlights in Jazz" series, performing alongside legends Lou Donaldson, the Jimmy and Tootie Heath, and Wycliffe Gordon. They've released six albums as co-leaders featuring jazz greats Kenny Barron, Paquito D'Rivera, and Bob Wilber, and have been featured on Garrison Keillor's Praire Home Companion. More at PeterAndWillAnderson.com
The Wall Street Journal says "Molly Ryan swings the melody - as well as the words - without affectation of any kind. She sounds worldly wise beyond her years, wonderfully gentle and lyrical." Indeed, Molly's silvery voice and lush, elegant vocal style evoke the big band singers of the 1930s and breathe new life into familiar old standards. Ryan has performed at such prestigious Manhattan venues as the Café Carlyle, The Town Hall, The Waldorf Astoria, Rainbow Room, Birdland, Iridium, and The Player's Club. She has performed alongside such prominent jazz artists as Randy Reinhart, Jon-Erik Kellso, Bria Skonberg, Dan Barrett, Mark Shane, Rossano Sportiello, and Vince Giordano's Nighthawks. Molly can be heard on the Grammy Award-winning HBO television series Boardwalk Empire.
Described as both a "young phenomenon on piano" and an "absolute great," Jeb Patton has earned his well-regarded reputation in the international jazz community. Patton is known as a "player of great expression" and a "simpatico accompanist" for The Heath Brothers, an "innovative" arranger, and one who "cuts...[an] impressive swath on his composition, Hanna's Mood," a tribute to his late teacher, Sir Roland Hanna. Jeb Patton earned his Bachelor's degree from Duke University, and earned his Master's degree from the Queens College, New York. Recent classical performances include a solo recital at Queensborough Community College featuring the Chopin Ballades and two performances with the New York Philomusica. In September 2000, Jeb traveled to Greece with the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band under the direction of Jon Faddis and at the invitation of the Consulate General of the USA to perform Ellington's "Black, Brown and Beige" Suite.
While still in high school, guitarist Adam Moezinia was internationally selected to be a part of the "Thelonius Monk High School All-Star Jazz Septet," was a representative for the Thelonius Monk Institutes's jazz education program, and was honored with the "Shelly Manne New Talent Award" by the LA Jazz Society. Since graduating from Juilliard, Moezinia has shared the stage with Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, George Coleman, Paquito D'Rivera, Jane Monheit, and Jon Faddis.. He has also performed at the Hollywood Bowl, the Kodak Theatre, Monterey Jazz Festival, the Kennedy Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Blue Note, the Jazz Standard, Joe's Pub, and Jazz Alley.
Since the age of 19, bassist Neal Miner has been a solid fixture on the New York City jazz scene and is a favored bassist to Harry Allen, Russell Malone, Peter Bernstein, Dena DeRose, Ann Hampton Callaway, Loston Harris, James Moody, Frank Wess, Etta Jones, Bob Dorough, and Warren Vaché. Neal has toured and recorded with Jon Hendricks since 1998, has been backing Annie Ross steadily since 2005, joined Jane Monheit's band in 2007, and has released four of his own recordings.
Drummer and vibraphonist Chuck Redd began performing and recording internationally when he joined the Charlie Byrd Trio in 1980 at the age of 21. To his credit are thirteen extensive European tours and five tours of Japan, with the Barney Kessel Trio, Ken Peplowski, Terry Gibbs and Conte Candoli. He served as Artist-In-Residence at The Smithsonian Jazz Café in Washington, DC from 2004-2008. Chuck was featured vibraphonist with the Mel Torme All-Star Jazz Quintet from 1991-1996. He has toured and performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme, Tommy Flanagan, Dick Hyman, Ray Brown, Monty Alexander, Red Norvo, Mickey Roker and Frank Vignola. Recent releases include his Arbors CD, "All This and Heaven Too" and his Noteworthy CD, "When Redd is Blue." Chuck is on the faculty at The University of Maryland School of Music and presents master classes, workshops and lectures around the country.