Long-time collaborators Rex Cadwallader and David Chevan have found a unique approach to jazz improvisation founded on the concept of an ongoing conversation. Over the past twenty years Cadwallader on piano and Chevan on bass have honed their improvisational skills and play like two old friends sharing their thoughts and opinions on the front porch. For this concert the duo will present a program of familiar and new jazz standards.
Proceeds from this benefit concert fund music programs at Pequot Library.
$20 each, in advance online
$25 each, at the door
FREE for children 12 & under
Dr. Rex Cadwallader:
Dr. Rex Cadwallader is a noted jazz pianist, composer, and educator. He received an Emmy Award in 1999 for his original score for "The Connecticut River: A Journey Through Time," a Connecticut Public Television Special, an Emmy Award nomination in 1998 for his score for "Connecticut For All Seasons," another CPTV presentation. He has received composition and performance awards from downbeat magazine, compositional study grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a research grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has published over sixty compositions for big band, jazz combo and vocal jazz ensemble.
His compositions for big band, small jazz ensemble, and vocal jazz ensemble have been recorded worldwide, including recordings by the Tokyo Big Band, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Great Britain, the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra, the Austin Big Band, and university and college big bands throughout the United States.
Chair of the Performing Arts Department at Greens Farms Academy in Westport, Connecticut, he has served as Assistant Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Texas in Arlington, Associate Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Northern Colorado, has taught at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, at Marlborough College in Marlborough England, at Southern Connecticut State University and at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, where he continues to teach jazz piano. He received his Doctor of Arts Degree in Composition and Music Theory from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, and his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music in Composition degrees from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.
As a jazz educator, Dr. Cadwallader has been a guest artist, clinician, and adjudicator at festivals throughout the United States and England. His performing groups have received many national awards and have appeared at numerous state music association conventions and at the annual convention of the International Association of Jazz Educators.
Bio provided by rexcadwallader.com
Mr. Chevan learned about music in in an open-minded environment. As an infant he crawled up to a speaker in his parents’ living room and put his head right up to it so that he could hear Beethoven as loudly as possible. His passion for music has led him on diverse stylistic paths. Considered to be a jazz musician, he has played in African-American church bands, Synagogue bands, Polka bands, Klezmer bands, Blues bands, Big bands, Punk Bands, Radical Jewish movement bands, Rock and Soul cover bands, and Italian wedding bands.
Chevan has composed music for a wide range of artists and ensembles, including several collaborations with dance and film. His most recent compositions have focused on melding jazz improvisational practice with Jewish liturgy. In addition to performing regularly in a duo with pianist Warren Byrd and leading his group, The Afro-Semitic Experience, he has recorded and performed with Frank London and played, composed and written arrangements for the Ayn Sof Arkestra. He founded the Nu Haven Kapelye, Southern New England's largest Klezmer orchestra.
He has performed and recorded with many musicians including: Aaron Alexander, Richie Barshay, Will Bartlett, Tommy Bayiokos, Joe Beck, Ron Braggs, Warren Byrd, Rex Cadwallader, Abu Alvin Carter, Sr., Alvin Carter, Jr., Chris Casey, Jesse Chevan, Noah Chevan, Will Cleary,Gerald Cleaver, Anthony Coleman, Mike Cohen, Baba David Coleman, Christina Crowder, Harold Danko, Matt Darriau, Giacomo Gates, Gary Grippo, Jesse Hameen, Jason Kao Hwang, Saskia Laroo, Frank London, Rich McGhee, Daniel Mendelson, Cantor Freda Mendelson, Cantor Jack Mendelson, Mixashawn, Tim Moran, Stacy Phillips, Herb Robertson, Cookie Segelstein, Paul Shapiro, Laura Wetzler.
He believes in jazz education in all its shapes, sizes, methods, processes, and encounters and is proud to be a member of the board of trustees of the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation.