Chamber Music America
VIRTUAL CONCERT #1
Cecilia Smith Quintet
October 1-30, 2022
The Cecilia Smith Quintet (CSQ) pictured are (l-r) Carlton Holmes (Piano and Keyboard), Lafayette Harris Jr. (Piano and Keyboard), Kenny Davis (Acoustic Bass), Cecil Bridgewater (producer), Cecilia Smith (Vibraphone) and Ron Savage (Drums). CSQ have been performing, recording, and collaborating for more than 30 years in venues ranging from HBCUs to the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Cecilia and Ron Savage were students together and eventually faculty members at Berklee College of Music. Lafayette Harris Jr and Cecilia have played together in quartet, quintet and most recently, duo settings.
Cecilia and the quintet will be playing pieces that have never been recorded, including unique arrangements and original tunes by Cecilia Smith, who says, “I believe these songs will be memorable and uplifting. It is a pleasure for me to work with some of today’s leading improvisationalists in jazz to create this concert.” Sheila Anderson of WBGO Jazz Radio will be the emcee for the concert.
Standards and Original Cecilia Smith tunes will include:
Photo by Cecilia Smith
The Cecilia Smith Quintet and their producer at Powerstation Studios of BerkleeNYC.
VIRTUAL CONCERT #2
Grant Gordy & Ross Martin,
Acoustic Steel String Guitar Duo
November 1- 30, 2022
Music writer Scott Nygaard greeted Grant Gordy (above right)and Ross Martin’s (above left) first album with the comments: “While obviously a must-have for guitarists looking for the latest in six-string virtuosity, Year of the Dog, as well as any upcoming live shows by the prodigious duo, will appeal to any music lover interested in new sounds and spontaneous musical sport. And it will likely be the Album of the Year (of the Decade, of the Century) for many listeners.”
Gordy’s recent jazz release, “Interpreter,” has received glowing reviews. Martin explored onstage performance in Off-Broadway’s version of Girl From the North Country and frequently on Broadway in Hadestown, both before and after the COVID-19 closure. This spring and summer, Gordy and Martin have devised duo arrangements for an upcoming jazz steel-string, acoustic guitar album.
Photo by Marc Dalio.
Ross Martin, left; Grant Gordy, right
The performances of Grant Gordy Duo and Cecilia Smith Ensemble, presented in collaboration with Gifts of Art, Michigan Medicine and VCU Health/Arts in Healthcare are supported by Chamber Music America’s Presenter Consortium for Jazz (PCJ) program, funded through the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. AGAR’s concerts through PCJ are delivered online as a “thank you” during the COVID-19 times to medical and non-medical staff and to patients at Centra Health, Central Virginia Alliance for Community Living, area nursing facilities, and