A small venue with only 132 seats, the Arts Council’s Centre for the Arts is a dream for musicians and audiences alike. The stage has held such musical luminaries as Catfish Hodge, Steve Abshire, Stef Scaggiari, Sue Matthews, James Gallagher, and Vince Lewis. On Saturday, May 15, 2010 the Centre will present piano jazz great Dick Morgan. Morgan will be on stage with guitarist Steve Abshire, bassist David Einhorn and Bertlett Knox on drums.
With over 60 years of experience as a jazz pianist, Morgan gained an early and prestigious start to his career thanks to Duke Ellington and Tommy Dorsey. Before his career developed, it was evident he had a musical gift and could play anything he heard. By age 10 he had a 15-minute radio show in Virginia and later a half hour TV program. In between gigs with artists such as Frank Sinatra, Etta Jones, Thelonious Monk, and Billy Taylor, he began study at Antioch University earning a B.A. degree. From there he went to Howard University and earned a law degree. In addition to his musical career he has lectured on the law in relation to music at Georgetown University and the Kennedy Center. Said Willard Jenkins of “Jazz Times” magazine, “…Morgan, no rookie when it comes to recordings, is one of Washington, D.C.’s most distinguished artists.”
Guitarist Abshire has a mainstream style that comes from years of study with Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel, Joe Pass and rhythm guitarist Steve Jordan. He has played with jazz giants such as Gene Bertoncini, Charlie Byrd, Joe Byrd, Tal Farlow, Keter Betts, Scott Hamilton, Frank Vignola, Milt Hinton, Louie Bellson, and Marian McPartland. He has also accompanied legendary vocalists: Della Reese, Rosemary Clooney, Joe Williams, Ernie Andrews, Etta Jones, Diane Shuur, and Ronnie Wells and is often on the stage in a trio or quartet with Mr. Morgan.
Bassist Einhorn has performed with many jazz and pop artists including Paquito D’Rivera, Hank Jones, Etta Jones, Al Gray, Susan McCorkle, John Gary, John Hicks, Monty Alexander, Scott Hamilton, Eddie Higgins, Gap Mangione, Johnny Hartmann, Anita O’Day, Kai Winding, Doc Cheatham, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Nat Adderley, Buddy Tate, and Mark Murphy. He has recorded with dozens of artists over the years, including three CDs with Dick Morgan. He was the producer, arranger/composer, and bassist on an award-winning CD with jazz multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan.
Bertell Knox is a drummer with over 50 years of experience playing with some of the country’s greatest musicians including Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel, Frank Wess, Arnett Cobb, Keter Betts, Mose Allison, Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Heath, Pearl Bailey, Ella Fitzgerald, and, of course, Dick Morgan. He leads his own group at many Washington area venues including the Kennedy Center, where he presented a tribute to Count Basie in 2004.
The performance is at the Centre for the Arts at 206 S. Commerce Street in Centreville, Maryland. Tickets can be purchased before May 14 for $30 and for $35 at the door if seating is available. There will be an After Party (meet the band and enjoy foods from the original jazz era) and a cash bar. Please call 410.758.2520 for tickets and information. This concert is presented by the Arts Council and sponsored by Neal Tilghman. The Arts Council is a non-profit organization supported in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.
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