Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 7:30 p.m.
Gentle Giant: The Music of John Coltrane
Ed Fuqua Quartet
Special guest Mark Rapp will join in for tune (or two).
7:00 p.m. - Q&A, pre-concert talk
7:30 p.m. - 1st Set
8:30 p.m. - Intermission
8:45 p.m. - 2nd Set
When you hear the name "Coltrane", what's the first thing that comes to mind? For most, it's the influence he's had on other saxophonists - the constant flurry of 16th notes, the angular harmony, the odd juxtaposition of chord progressions. But there's another side to the man and his music, a decidedly romantic and lyrical side, as evidenced in some of his work with the Miles Davis quintet. But also on two absolutely superlative recordings on the IMPULSE label, Ballads and the exquisite John Coltrane & Johnny Hartmann.
Join the Ed Fuqua Quartet for an exploration on the gentle side of this giant of jazz on the 95th anniversay of his birth, Thursday, September 23rd, at the Koger Center for the Arts.
This presentation is funded, in part, by a grant from South Arts in partnership with The National Endowment for the Arts and the South Carolina Arts Commission.
The Koger Center for the Arts is proud to bring back a season of Live in the Lobby: Koger Center Jazz and welcomes you to take part in this unique series! Created as a partnership between the Koger Center for the Arts and the ColaJazz Foundation, Koger Center Jazz will consist of concerts held in the dynamic, open expanse of the Koger Center lobby curated to embody a specific style and era of jazz music. New this season will be the addition of the Behind the Curtain performances which will take place with the audience and the performers together on the Koger Center for the Arts stage. Thirty minutes before start time, the concerts will kick off with an optional dynamic discussion between the artist and the audience about the music they are about to hear. Join us to experience this one-of-a-kind concert series designed for audiences seeking premier jazz and specialty experiences in exceptional settings.
About Ed Fuqua
Recently relocating to the SouthEast after living in NYC since 1987, Ed Fuqua has appeared with groups at the JVC Jazz Festival, the Highlights In Jazz series by Jack Kleisinger and performed in many historical jazz venues (Birdland, Lenox Lounge, Angry Squire, Village Gate, Sweet Rhythm, Danny’s Skylight Room) as well as newer spots (Knitting Factory, Karavan, Kavehaz, Augie’s, Small’s, Fat Cat). He has worked with established jazz luminaries like Dakota Staton, Frank Gant, Bernard Purdie, Eliot Zigmund, Rich Perry and Jimmy Lovelace, as well as up and coming “young lions” like Leon Parker, Dave Berkman, Randy Johnston, Doug Raney, Jacob Sacks, Dan Weiss and Tatum Greenblatt. He is the author of the Sher Music Publication book WALKING BASSICS: The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing and appears as bassist on the play-a-long CD to the Sher Music Publication THE BLUES SCALES: Essential Tools for Jazz Improvisation by Dan Greenblatt. Ed can be heard on the following recordings:
BURT ECKOFF – Ecology (w/Rudy Lawless)
JEFF SILVERBUSH – Pojo (w/ Joe Fiedler, Dave Berkman, & Jon Bollinger)
JEFF SILVERBUSH – Grandma Mickey (w/Jacob Garchik, Jacob Sacks & Jon Bollinger)
JON RANEY – Waltz for Talia (w/Eric Halvorson)
CHARLIE KRACHY – Jazzman’s Serenade (w/Charles Sibirsky & Pete Scatteretico)
LIN Z (Linda Smith) – I’m A Fool… (Jon Raney, Sam Allen, Lily White)
About Dan Greenblatt
Saxophonist and educator Dan Greenblatt has been performing and recording in Seattle and New York for nearly 40 years with a wide variety of jazz artists including such nationally known figures as George Cables, Rufus Reid, Jimmy Heath, Ben Sidran, and Peter Bernstein, as well as Seattle Jazz Hall-of-Famers Chuck Metcalf, Floyd Standifer, Don Lanphere, Buddy Catlett, Marc Seales, and Jay Thomas. He has been a faculty member at Cornish College of the Arts, The Northwest School, and Roosevelt High School in Seattle; while in New York he was on the faculty at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music as well as the La Guardia High School for Performing Arts. Currently he teaches at Edmonds-Woodway High School. He is also the author of two books on jazz improvisation–The Blues Scales and Minor Is Major!, both published by Sher Music—as well as scholarly studies of the relationship between music and language.
About Dave Marck
Pianist Dave Marck has resided and performed in New York City for the past 34 years. In addition to his jazz piano performances, Dave is associate music director for Jacque D’Amboise’s National Dance Institute as well as accompanist for the New School jazz and contemporary music program. Dave has performed with many noted artists including Junior Cook, Ralph Lalama, Jimmy Owens, Jed Levy, Ron Horton, Charles McPherson, Roy Hargrove and Charles Tolliver. He has also accompanied entertainers including Joan Rivers, Cloris Leachman and current Broadway star, Tony Yazbeck. Many NYC veteran jazz artists have participated in Dave’s twice weekly quartet sessions.
About Edwin G. Hamilton
Edwin G. Hamilton is professional musician, recording artist, and educator. Edwin earned a Jazz Fellowship to study with Herlin Riley in New Orleans, Louisiana. He has toured both nationally and internationally with various artists and has performed,
recorded and/or worked with notable names such as: Teddy Adams, Explorer’s Club, Chris Crenshaw, Michael Dease, Calvin Edwards, Delbert Felix, Mike Frost, Aaron Goldberg, Wycliffe Gordon, Niki Haris, Amos Hoffman, Enrique Hernandez, Charmaine Neville, Delfeayo Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Shannon Powell, Marcus Printup, Vinny Raniola, Eric Reed, Herlin Riley, Christian Sands, Tye Tribbet, Donald Vega, Frank Vignola, Christian Winther, Ben Wolfe and many more.
In August of 2015, he released his debut album, The Whole World Must Change. The record has received rave reviews in All About Jazz and Jazz Inside. In September of 2020, he just co-released his new recording entitled, Stories with Amos Hoffman.
Edwin’s talents, hard work and professionalism have made him one of the most sought after musicians in the Southeast. Additionally, he serves as the Minister of Music at Greater Young Zion Baptist Church (Augusta, GA) where Dr. William B. Blount is the Senior Pastor. Edwin also teaches private lessons and is an active session musician.
About Ocie Davis
Los Angeles native Ocie Davis was introduced to the drums at age seven. Now an internationally recognized musician, educator, and composer, he has traveled around the world performing at festivals and venues with some of the most influential figures in jazz. Some of those notable musicians include Ellis Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Christian Scott, Nicholas Payton, and Donald Harrison, who called Ocie ‘one of the premiere drummers in jazz’. Ocie has also had the distinction of being recognized as a Jazz All-Star by New Orleans Magazine. Davis studied music at the University of New Orleans under the direction of Ellis Marsalis. As a leader of his own group, the Ocie Davis Trio, he is currently performing at home and abroad while writing for his upcoming effort. The Ocie Davis Trio had the privilege of being chosen as “Best Jazz Group in Charlotte” by Charlotte Magazine’s “Best of the Best”. Ocie continues to share his experience and dedication for America’s classic music with young musicians through applied lessons, workshops, and clinics. Ocie also serves as the Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Charlotte-based Jazz Arts Initiative (JAI), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality Jazz education, performance, and musician support. He leads the organization’s creative efforts and supports the JazzArts Academy educational programs.