Art of Jazz l Rodney Whitaker “Oasis: The Music of Gregg Hill”
Friday, April 12, 2024 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$35 – $40
Prepare to be captivated by the extraordinary musical talents of multiple Grammy® Nominated bassist Rodney Whitaker and his quintet of jazz superstars as they present the mesmerizing music of jazz composer Gregg Hill. This stellar ensemble features the renowned Terell Stafford on trumpet and flugelhorn, the exceptional Tim Warfield on tenor and soprano saxophones, the brilliant Bruce Barth on piano, and the dynamic Dana Hall on drums. Adding to the allure of this specially commissioned performance, the captivating vocalist Rockelle Fortin will grace the stage with select songs.
(Rodney Witaker and Gregg Hill)
Whitaker’s extraordinary musical journey spans far and wide, from his exceptional performances with esteemed ensembles like the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and the Roy Hargrove Quintet to his influential role as an esteemed educator. His unwavering dedication to this timeless art form is evident in every note he plays and every lesson he imparts.
Gregg Hill’s musical genius takes center stage in Whitaker’s latest project – Oasis: The Music of Gregg Hill. This remarkable concert showcases Hill’s masterful compositions alongside one composition by the talented Rodney Whitaker.
Get ready to groove to infectious melodies that pay homage to the beloved hard bop era. This formidable group ignites the stage with its dynamic two-horn frontline and propulsive rhythm section. Rodney Whitaker’s deep connection with drummer Dana Hall creates a captivating swing that permeates the ensemble’s performances. With its delightful twists and turns, the Oasis: The Music of Gregg Hill project showcases the ensemble’s award-winning artistry at the highest level in jazz.
Oasis: The Music of Gregg Hill promises a truly rewarding and memorable musical experience. Hill’s compositions are refreshingly innovative while remaining rooted in the rich jazz tradition, and the ensemble performances are nothing short of exceptional. Rodney Whitaker’s commanding presence and direction serve as the solid anchor for a collective featuring best-in-their-category musicians. From start to finish, Whitaker’s Oasis: The Music of Gregg Hill project delivers impeccable musicianship, resulting in an unforgettable listening event that will leave you spellbound.